Is Kansas this interesting? |

Is Kansas this interesting?

What sort of mutant, steroid-enhanced high school football are they playing in Kansas? The Smith Center High Redmen scored 72 points in the first quarter of last Tuesday’s game with Plainview, begging the question, what did the Plainview coach tell his team at halftime? “We’re changing the defensive alignment from a 3-4 to a 4-3, guys. That oughta stop ’em.”

Smith Center won the game 86-0, which included three interceptions that were run back for touchdowns.

My question: Who plays high school football on Tuesdays? From the Salina (Kan.) Journal:

“Smith Center forced six turnovers in the first quarter as it racked up what is believed to be a record for points in a quarter by a high school team. The previous record was 66 by Prescott (Ariz.) in 1925. The defending state champion has outscored its opponents 640-0 so far this season, including a 69-0 win over Plainville earlier this year.”

Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, certainly approves. Of course, this is also the area of the nation that recently gave us this story:

Salina Central High seniors Jessica Sheahon and Haley Wenthe had an idea for raising money to help fight breast cancer: They designed T-shirts with the slogan “Save Second Base.” The shirts had two baseballs at chest level.

The school responded by complimenting the girls for their originality and dedication to a good cause. Ha, just kidding! They banned the shirts from campus. From the Salina Journal:

“We thought that would be a great way to market to kids and get them thinking about breast cancer,” Sheahon said. However, the school disagreed. They were told they couldn’t sell them or wear them on campus.

“The T-shirt in question included a sexual innuendo that we felt was inappropriate for school; it was not a message we wanted to convey in school,” said Salina Central High School Principal Stan Vaughn.

The girls got the last laugh, however, thanks to the Internet. Since word got out of the school ban, people have been ordering the shirts in droves, and Sheahon and Wenthe are selling more shirts than they have had time to mail out. The creative side of the human brain triumphs!

You can get a shirt through the Journal’s Web site,

In conclusion may I just ask: Kansas! When did YOU get interesting?

– Rick Chandler is the associate editor of Contact him at

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