Does KU have Moxie?

Last year, we seemed to lack something in close games. We played with a sort of somber fatalism not unlike that which many Jayhawks felt under Roy's Jayhawks in tournament games - something was going to go wrong and by hook or by crook, we were going to lose. This year it's a little different. Kevin Haskins at the Capitol-Journal thinks it's moxie (for the history of the word moxie, scroll down):

A 65-60 victory Wednesday over Texas A&M, though hardly a work of art, marked the fourth time this season the 10-0 Jayhawks have successfully rallied in the final five minutes. "Last year, when we lost, we lost good. I mean, we got our money's worth," Self said. "In games we were behind (entering) the last five minutes last year, we were 0-8."

That's a pretty big turnaround, but it's not terribly surprising given that our players didn't really have faith in the system to get them through it. I for one am glad to have some ugly wins, because we'll need them in the tournament if we're going to meet my projection.

Read the whole thing.

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The History of Moxie, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Moxie, a carbonated beverage, is considered to be the USA's first mass produced soft drink. Created in 1884 in Lowell, Massachusetts by Dr. Augustin Thompson, Moxie was marketed under the product name "Moxie Nerve Food" and originally sold as a "cure all" medicine (snake oil). Later in the 20th century, it was sold in carbonated form and merchandised as an invigorating drink, which claimed to endow the drinker with "spunk."

The name entered the American language, when a person was said to be "full of Moxie", meaning that the person was skillful, or spirited. In this popular meaning, the word is sometimes spelled "moxy". Moxie became unique in that it was the name of a commercially produced soft drink, also included in dictionaries.