Cleaning out the Kansas City audio files here. When you’re there for five days they can collect.
I had an interesting conversation with Murphy Holloway about the Land Shark.
I got a tweet during my stay asking me to explain the history of the Land Shark to the television announcers, some of whom had taken to calling it the “Rooster Thing.”
Well, we’re not in direct contact with the network guys at these events. They have their own section of the arena, their own meetings, etc.
Eventually the school did tell them about the Land Shark.
On the Thursday prior to the Wisconsin game, Marshall Henderson was the big story for regional and national media in KC. His locker space drew huge crowds.
Holloway was being questioned about Henderson and was asked if he felt like he would like Henderson if they were not on the same team.
“You know how we throw up the Land Shark? If he hit a 3 on the opposing team, he would throw it up. That’s just him. That’s just him. People feel like that’s a sign of disrespect, but him being on your team, hitting 3s and disrespecting the other team … gives you hype.”
The questioner was intrigued by Henderson’s decision to run the length of press row in Nashville doing the Gator Chomp when there was so much time left in the SEC tournament championship game against Florida.
“He knew we were on our way back, and he let them know about it,” Henderson said.
Talk returned to the Land Shark and how it was often misunderstood. Holloway felt like he had a role in the confusion.
“I think they call it the Rooster Thing, because one time Marshall threw it up, and I threw it up right after him, and I waved my fingers,” Holloway said, eyes wide and smiling as he spoke.
I asked him if he waved his fingers because he, having such a history with South Carolina, was channeling his “inner Gamecock.”
“I probably was,” he said.
Then he recalled a story from the Ole Miss-Texas football game.
“To tell you the truth, I saw Texas do it to us when they scored a touchdown. Texas kind of mocking us, trying to be funny.”