For some of you the question I’m about to ask will confirm your suspicions as to the number of brain cells I’m in possession of…
As in, not very many.Aanyway here goes.
I’m looking for a bar or tavern in Lawrence, Kansas – home of the almighty Kansas Jayhawk basketball team – that doubles as a watering hole for fans of the Mizzou Tigers.
Not necessarily an MU-themed bar, I’ve been around long enough to know better. But surely there’s a public place where MU fans gather at to catch Missouri football and basketball games on television. Surely.
In Kansas City – an unadulterated love nest for KU, MU and K-State fans alike – there are hideaways scattered about town where lowly Iowa State, Notre Dame and fans of other colleges go to watch their teams.
It’s a known fact.
However to date, I’ve yet to find a single soul in Lawrence who thinks that possibility even remotely exists or that I’m not crazy for even asking.
See, this is a town that eats, sleeps and drinks Jayhawks.
Nothing is more sacred here – nothing – and I’m going to go out on a limb and say that includes churches. In my humble opinion, of course.
And there’s practically nothing in Lawrence – people, places or things – that isn’t festooned with some sort of Jayhawk frippery. I haven’t seen this level of universal, blind public adoration since Jim Jones got all those people to drink cyanide-lace grape kool-aid.
So quite naturally pretty much everybody I’ve asked looks at me like I’m nuts. And they may have a point.
But I’m still looking, because Missouri Tiger fans are people too.
They deserve to – and they must exist – somewhere in the burg of nearly 100,000 Kansans. And odds are they slither out of their man caves from time to time, go to a bar and try to watch Mizzou on television.
I mean, it’s not like they’re lepers.
The question being, does anyplace here allow them to?