November 24th, 2007

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Jayhawks and Tigers and Bowls, OMG!

The KU-MU football game at the end of the year in recent years is something that most people don't notice.
Both teams by then have already knocked themselves out of any bowl contention other than a Consolation Bowl somewhere you'd never heard of, at best. So at the time when the TV networks talked the KU AD Lew Perkins into moving it to Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium at the beginning of the season, it didn't seem like all that big of a deal.

Of course that's before we knew what would happen with the football season so far. Never did I think that the football Kansas Jayhawks would go 11-0 and be ranked No. 2 in the nation, with MU ranked No. 3 at 10-1.
The last time that KU was this good was 1899, when the rivalry with Missouri was still pretty new and most people still rode in horse-and-buggy. Normally the game that doesn't mean anything means everything, as it stands to shake up the BCS Standings big-time and determine the conference champion of the Big 12 North, and possibly who gets to the National Champion in football. Wow.

The Jayhawks and the Tigers, for those of you that don't know, have likely the bitterest and second-longest football rivalry, called "The Border War" going back to the Civil War and the "Bleeding Kansas" era of the state's history. Both the Kansas Jayhawk and the Missouri Tiger are born out of this Civil war between two states back in the 1860's, and you can still see the rivalry (and the divisions) played out in Kansas City, which straddles both states (making it two Kansas Cities)

This is played out in many sporting events between Kansas and Missouri ever since, but none more than the football game. Especially this one. I expect this game will be one for the ages. I'll be on ABC-7 at 5 PM today watching!
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