Their perch at Allen Fieldhouse awaited. Chris and Jimmy just had to get there.They ducked out of work in Omaha at 3 p.m., met up and climbed into Chris’ spotless Ford truck. No way Chris was taking Jimmy’s ride, filled with dog hair and mysterious odors. He once neglected to clean up a spilled sippy cup of milk on a scorching summer day.“Jim, what the hell, you have to do something about this.” “I’ll just open the windows.”Best friends before they could dribble, they rarely ventured outside a few miles of each other. Chris Jessen specialized in sports medicine — left brain. Jimmy Nedrow was a golf course superintendent — right brain. Put them together and they completed each other’s sentences.En route to Lawrence, small talk lasted about 10 minutes. Then they were deep in the weeds on taxes or investments — Chris’ passions — or religion or kids or (gulp) wives.“I’m married to his sister for crying out loud,” Chris says. We’ll get to that later.They agreed on Kansas basketball. Jimmy grew up a fanatic and converted Chris. The past seven or eight years, they traveled down I-29 a few times a season, almost always on weeknights. They rolled… Read full this story
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