Think Quantrill’s Raid sans the massacre…
At this point the plans are a little sketchy, but if push comes to shove, Black & Gold Tavern owner Zach Cartwright may celebrate the 1863 burning of Lawrence by leading a band of MU Tigers to the Jayhawk capital this summer.
“August 21st of this year is the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s excursion to Lawrence, so we will be celebrating it here at the Black & Gold Tavern” Cartwright says. “We might even take a bus load of Missouri fans over to Lawrence that night, but we’ll leave the matches at home.”
The first raid left between 185 and 200 Jayhawks dead.
And while that might seem a little gruesome to the average Kansan today, it’s as good a reason as any to party as any if you happen to be a red-blooded Missouri Tiger football or basketball fan.
Especially one who was recruited to play football by legendary MU coach Dan Devine like Cartwright was.
“I was an offensive lineman in the early 70s,” he says.
Cartwright and his son opened the Black & Gold recently and are hard at it getting their astro-turfed party loft in back ready for prime time.
“We’re going to line it like a football field and paint a scoreboard on this black wall and call it The Stadium,” Cartwright says. “And we’re bringing back food the BLT that (former tenant) The News Room was famous for. Our goal is to start serving food by the Super Bowl.”
Judging from Cartwright’s Yellow and Black decorating scheme, it looks like the last place a lowly Jayhawk want to find himself – let alone be welcome – in.
“It’s not strictly an MU bar,” he says. “It’s for fans of all teams, but we’re proud of our colors and we’re going to decorate it with memorabilia from MU and other local colleges – other local Missouri colleges.”
So no Jayhawk blue, right? Wrong.
“There is a picture of Todd Reesing with a clod of dirt in his face mask,” Cartwright says of the former KU quarterback. “So we do have one KU picture in here.”
The nicest thing Cartwright can say about KU: “They have some pretty cheerleaders.”
And as for what remains of what was once referred to as the oldest Division One football rivalry west of the Mississippi, “The rivalry will never die,” Cartwright says. “Hopefully we will begin playing KU again someday when the hard feelings subside.”
Maybe after they get over over Quantrill and Cartwright’s raids.