Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This Week in Local Sports: KU Men's Basketball, KU Women's Basketball, and the Heroic KU Spirit Squad / Plus, Chip Reads E.L James' 50 Shades of Grey

It's an exciting week for KU Sports with the men's basketball team heading for a Sweet Sixteen match-up with North Carolina State in St. Louis on Friday.

But you may have also heard that the women's basketball team is doing well down in Little Rock. First off, some dudes from KU's Spirit Squad are going around saving people's lives on the street (Chip: "I've often dreamed of being rescued by KU cheerleaders, although usually it's the female ones."). Watch a video via Huffington Post here ). And what about the tournament? The Lady Jayhawks handily dispensed with Nebraska on Sunday (while you all were watching the men's game) and will face Delaware tonight, whose star player Elena Delle Dunne is getting a little attention on the KU Sports message boards today.

Bangkok_Jayhawk says:

"Men's sports: Become famous for being good.
Women's sports: Become famous if you are good AND good looking."

RedDemon99 cracks wise: "How do you explain Brittney Griner?"

And KatieKelley retorts: "Male chauvinist pig.........".

And Bayhawkaholic tries to mediate these brewing disputes: "We can notice her outer beauty, AND value her beautiful spirit at the same time."

But getting the most attention on the talkbacks today is the LJ-World piece titled "Kansas’ Ben McLemore headed home," a headline that terrified this morning's readership (even though it's really just a cuddly piece about Ben being hyped to visit family in St. Louis this weekend).

Gardenjay says: "someone needs to proof and re-write the thing, maybe by morning. It would be nice to acknowledge the posters after this article is re-written so that we don't look like over-critical doofuses."

Sorry, Gardenjay, the LJ-World talkbackers are always going to find a way to look like "over-critical doofuses." It's just the nature of talkbacks in general.


Readers, we've written before about the popularity of e-book erotica, but somehow the latest sensation, E.L James' 50 Shades of Grey, escaped our attention until recently.

Forbes writes:

"The erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey by British author E L James began as Twilight fan fiction that slowly built an audience online before triumphantly erupting on the publishing scene as “THE book everyone is talking about.” It’s called “mommy porn” for its suburban female readership and graphic sex scenes, is getting credit for spicing up marriages across the U.S. and even received criticism for encouraging women’s sexual submission." (read the full piece from Forbes here ).

So what does "mommy porn" sound like? It's not as easy to find excerpts on-line
as you'd think, but we discovered this list of memorable quotes via a site called Read/React/Review (check it out here ):

“I’m lost in a quagmire of sensation.”

“I revel in his possession, his lust slaking mine.”

“Trepidation lances through me.”

“He’s got right under my skin, literally.”

“I turn into my pillow and the sluice gates open.”

Chip: "Does the 'sluice gates' line mean that she's crying or does it mean...something dirtier? Or both? Damn it, I suppose I'm going to have to read this erotic trilogy."

Also, "Slake" is a word we need to use more often.

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