Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Kansas & Missouri: The Border War

People throughout the sports world think they understand rivalries. There's Michigan v Ohio State in football. Duke v Carolina and Indiana v Kentucky in basketball. Boston v New York in MLB.

But there is nothing like the rivalry there is between Kansas & Missouri. Nothing. Sure, we haven't won as many championships between the two schools. But each and every competition between the two is called the Border War. And while ESPN can pimp all they want to the Duke v Carolina basketball rivalry, it is Kansas v Missouri that stands out in front.

Don't like each other? Seriously, what two other rivalries had great-grandparents that shot at each other? That burned each other's town to the ground? And look! The Missourians are still proud of it. (For those of you that don't know, that's Lawrence, KS burning on the shirt. Nearly 150 men of Lawrence were left dead or dying that fateful morning after Quantrill's Raid.)

I credit the Missouri nation for their creativity and success this year. It's one of the reasons I love to "hate" them. And I know they feel the same way. :)

By the way, the most creative shirt floating around Kansas right now refers to our successful football least this year.

Our coach beat bulimia.

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