Due to other discussion TODAY regarding why Vince Gibson was fired in 1974 as KSU head football coach, a long series of events led me to question MY MEMORY which, quite frankly, and despite years of substance abuse, I take great pride in being almost perfectly intact when it comes to youthful WILDCAT MEMORIES. So, I am going to re-publish this little ditty (no, it's not about Jack and Dianne) that I posted on last weeks KU open game thread. So, WHO ARE THE DOUBTERS? And who will help answer the question about the yardage on the Kansas Comet's punt return? Besides, the story is relevant to the subject of this post, to wit: stadium securtiy, and it will segue quite nicely into the story about the GREAT PURPLE HAT CAPER in Lincoln, NE. on November 14, 1970.
My first vivid memory of a KSU football game was when we played the Jayhawks on October 31, 1964. I had snuck under the fence at the north end of the old Memorial Stadium in Manhattan. Because it was KU, the game was a sell out. Also, Gale Sayers was in town. As a 5th grader, and with the buzz about the All-American Sayers, I was excited. Sayers did not disappoint. KU won that sunny fall afternoon (7-0) when The Kansas Comet returned a punt about 67 yards for the game’s lone score. It was a fantastic afternoon, even though we lost.
Now grandpa here isn’t that good at doing internet research. I’m relying on some seriously frayed brain cells on that 67 yards on the punt return, but I think it’s pretty darn close. I’ll say I’m plus or minus 3 yards. How many on here say I’m within the +/- three yards? WHO ARE THE DOUBTERS?
And what internet research wizard can look this up and give us an answer? I swear I haven’t cheated and looked this up (I forgot how - to look things up - that is). Now, I did look up the date as Oct. 31, but I knew it was 1964 (Sayer’s senior year) at KU. EMAW !