When it comes to double standards, we’ve all got em…
So while there’s been no shortage of bellyaching about Missouri leaving the Big 12, why the vilification? All that hocus pocus about it being shameful for Mizzou to turn its back on family and friends in the Midwest. How dare they perform such a tasteless act of conjugal sports infidelity.
Is nothing sacred?
In a word, no. It’s been a lifetime since sports fans shed what few illusions remain as to professional sports teams true loyalties. Not since Babe Ruth left Boston to play for dreaded rival the New York Yankees. Who doesn’t recognize that today’s Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs are merely mercenaries. We root for them with a suspension of disbelief, just like when we pretend what we see at the movies is real.
Rarely do players on pro sports teams have much more than fleeting affiliations with the cities and fans that root for them.
Just like most of the hired gun journalists who cover those teams, Jason Whitlock, Joe Posnanski and Sam Mellinger to name three.
Case in point: For months Mellinger fretted and fussed in the Kansas City Star about how sinful and stupid Missouri’s leaving the Big 12 would be. It was the worst thing imaginable for Kansas City and local sports fans. Then Sam woke up and realized he’d be getting all-expense-paid free rides and courtside and press box seats to all those glam games. What’s not to like about that?
Naturally, Mellinger couched his epiphany differently.
Focusing instead on the joys a thimble full of locals might experience after dragging 120 miles east to Columbia to catch a MU-Kentucky basketball game. Yippie!
Just one problem…
Sam left out the part about unless you’re part of the one percent (or the media), the chances of your getting tickets close enough to the action to even recognize Mellinger in his freebie courtside seats without binoculars are slim and none.
Occupy Mizzou? Fat chance.
Now let’s get down to the business at hand. And that’s to address the hypocrisy of Kansas City and Big 12 fans for getting completely bent out of shape over MU’s faithlessness. Its having the audacity to jeopardize a 100-year sports rivalry with Kansas and place the future of the entire Big 12 at risk.
For a fistful of dollars.
How could they stoop so low?
Almost as low as the Big 12, Kansas and Kansas State for doing the exact same thing to not one, but two other conferences. Breaking and entering the Mountain West (TCU) and Big East (West Virginia) and burglarizing their crown jewels.
The Big East wants West Virginia to hang for a couple years and leave in an orderly fashion. Screw them, the Big 12 wants ’em yesterday. And maybe Louisville, too.
So keeping it real, the Big 12 and KC’s sports media crybabies need to put it back in their pants.
Because the bottom line today is that nothing is sacred, not even in college athletics. Money talks, everything else walks and Missouri isn’t doing anything Kansas, Kansas State or UMKC even wouldn’t do if they had half a chance.
And that’s the name of that tune…