The annual border matchup between KU and MU is at Arrowhead Saturday. For anyone like me who grew up in western Missouri or eastern Kansas the possibility of the end of an era is heartbreaking.
The annual border matchup between KU and MU is at Arrowhead Saturday.
For anyone like me who grew up in western Missouri or eastern Kansas the possibility of the end of an era is heartbreaking. Although I did not attend either school, I still have attended the historic games since I was 10 years old. I was even at the 1968 game that ended with colorful head coaches Dan Devine and Pepper Rogers exchanging hand signals!
Former players from Blue Springs High School who played games in the Border War all tell of the significance of the games to their college careers. The 2007 game at Arrowhead was the most surreal sporting event I have ever attended. It seemed to me that there were at least as many fans in the parking lot as there were in the sold-out stadium. I have never seen that much atmosphere at any event (including World Series or football playoff).
You grow up either a Tiger or a Jayhawk fan if you live here – period. It’s difficult for me to believe that the rivalry may be coming to an end.
I understand that Missouri felt the need to make a solid business decision when it chose to move its conference affiliation to the Southeastern Conference. I also understand that Kansas does not feel the need to depend on MU to remain in the Big 12. The loyal fans of both schools are the real losers.
KU will still have a rivalry with Kansas State (a smaller rivalry.) Missouri will be hard pressed to develop any type of an intense rivalry in the SEC. The hope is for Arkansas to fill that void, but I just don’t see the Razorbacks replacing the Jayhawks with the same amount of passion.
The ideal situation would be for the schools to realize the fan base loyalty to the competition and to continue to play the game outside of the conference. Many big rivalries are in the same boat – Army-Navy, Southern Cal-Notre Dame, Florida-Florida State and Georgia-Georgia Tech.
I imagine money does still rule and the schools will not lose sight of the $2 million payday when the two play. It’s one of the few times I agree with money dictating action!
The college climate will continue to change. The Big Eight is just a fleeting memory. No more Nebraska versus Oklahoma on Thanksgiving. No more Big Eight Christmas basketball tournaments. No more Big 12 Conference tournaments.
I could go on and on as a fan who has watched MU vs. KU football and basketball games nearly all of my life. I will continue to hope that the Border Showdown can be worked out simply because it is the right thing to do.
• The Big 12 football conference is a fun one to watch if you love offense.
However, I don’t believe any of the teams possess a defense that could put them in a national championship game.
• I am growing tired of Scott Pioli’s lesson to Kansas City on how to do things the New England way. Give me a break!
• My quote this week is from Benjamin Franklin: “All the education and all the knowledge in the world can’t help the poor soul who has no common sense.”