Haskin: Turns out Ice Dogs (ho-hum) fly to road games

Top NAHL exec has team flying

Musings at the mid-week:

 

-- A column angle I pursued briefly in regard to the Robertson Cup was to track down the season travel logistics for Fairbanks.

-- Figured there’s got to be a lot of stories to tell about grueling bus trips through wintry Alaska conditions.

-- Called the general manager, Rob Proffitt, to get some details. He told me his team flies to road games.

-- Moot point. No column.

-- No surprise, really, that Proffitt was named the NAHL’s top general manager and the Ice Dogs were named the top organization.

-- Scott Langer deserved his award as coach of the year after guiding the Topeka RoadRunners to the best regular-season finish.

-- Interesting how well Collin Klein threw the football when calling his own plays in Kansas State’s spring game.

-- The quarterback was rarely instructed to throw last season when he attempted 76 rushes and 18 passes. Klein winged it 37 times last Saturday.

-- Of course, he was attacking a backup secondary, one in which third-teamers were elevated because of injuries to regular safeties Ty Zimmerman and Tysyn Hartman.

-- What can Brown(s) do? Quite a bit, apparently, based on the performances by Arthur and Bryce.

-- That paints a colorful outlook, though anything worn by an opponent will be more imposing.

-- Any kick return drills Kansas wants to show off in a spring scrimmage, such as the sideline skit it ran Saturday, better produce.

-- Last season the Jayhawks ranked 10th in the Big 12 in kickoff return average (21.0 yards) and last in punt return average (3.8).

-- All that considered, D.J. Beshears is a solid return man. Other threats exist too on a team that could be loaded with ballhandlers but short on blockers.

-- Found it only natural before kickoff to bump into Sheahon Zenger near the KU practice fields. The first-year AD was engaging fans, as usual.

-- Ricky Stanzi, the Iowa quarterback the Chiefs selected in the fifth round, has considerable upside and should immediately become the backup to Matt Cassell.

-- Still can’t help but think of some downside to Blaine Gabbert, who never turned into a big-time winner as Missouri’s QB.

-- Disappointing that a few ailments raised concerns about Daniel Thomas, when he proved so incredibly durable the past two seasons at K-State.

-- But as a second-round pick, Thomas went in about the right spot and to a team, Miami, familiar with the Wildcat formation.

-- The eight players chosen from the Big 12 in the first round of the NFL draft was one fewer than last year, but it still represented 25 percent of the Thursday total.

-- Von Miller of Texas A&M proved it is feasible to stay through your senior season and still go high in the draft.

-- The hybrid linebacker — Joker in Aggie dialect — went second overall, a spot previously reserved for A&M stars Quentin Coryatt and John David Crow.

-- Boot up the Shot Tracker link. Topeka’s Gary Woodland is back in action this week at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.

-- Woodland’s recent layoff hurt him so much he is only ranked sixth in FedEx Cup points, seventh in earnings and 46th in the World Golf Rankings.

-- When is practice scheduled at Congressional?

-- Rather than discuss the modification of some rules, golf officials need to consider the elimination of some rules.

-- First, Padraig Harrington and now, Webb Simpson, are penalized for their golf balls moving a fraction following address.

-- Last year there was the hazard episode affecting Dustin Johnson where the gallery stood at the PGA Championship.

-- Commoners, to borrow a term the R&A heard a bunch on its soil recently, are turned off by such ticky-tack fouls.

-- By the numbers: 54 -- Years since Baylor had two first-round selections in the NFL draft. They were defensive tackle Phil Taylor (No. 21 overall, Cleveland) and offensive tackle Danny Watkins (23, Philadelphia).

Kevin Haskin can be reached at (785) 295-1159 or kevin.haskin@cjonline.com.

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