Didn’t think so.
Well for starters, there’s nothing for KU football fans to be full of, so there’s that.
That said, as a longtime, kinda-sorta KU fan I think I can objectively critique the Jayhawks without giving the impression of harboring a secret agenda. But just for the record, I went to the University Arizona – not K-State or Mizzou.
Growing up in Kansas City I was kind of oblivious to college sports until well into my 20s.
Let’s cut to the chase though, because ever since I splashed down in Lawrence five years back I’ve been living life in what amounts to a cult – a PG rated cult with no end of days scenarios, multiple wives or Kool Ade chugging – but none the less a cult.
A sports cult, to be exact.
One of the most sacred covenants of this cult is a hatred of all things Missouri.
Forget the Civil War, Bleeding Kansas connection clap trap – and forget the 100 year-plus sports rivalry between the schools – this is far more personal.
Not to mention small minded…more on that later.
Basically the harshest thinking by the average KU basketball zealot in Larry Town is all about MU’s “infidelity” to the Big 12.
They can’t get over it.
The way KU zealots see it, Missouri is like a spouse that slept around and cheated on their significant other. Even though they were sworn enemies – go figure.
And when the going got tough in the Big 12 five years back and Mizzou bolted for the SEC leaving KU for dead, that was the ultimate, unforgivable betrayal.
Never mind that Nebraska, Colorado and Texas A&M also bailed. MU’s exit was especially painful and difficult to swallow.
The reason: KU’s most bitter sports rival big time benefited from the near disaster of the Big 12 going under…and because KU didn’t have a successful football program, the school’s options were far fewer – maybe none.
And let’s face it, no self respecting dude wants their smoking hot wife running off with some rich banker right as the family farm’s about to get repossessed.
That’s a tough wound to heal.
That hatred played out for about five years after Williams ditched KU for North Carolina and his replacement Bill Self was able to lock up a national championship in 2008.
However this new hatred (and denial of it) of MU is far more extreme.
Compounding that was Mizzou’s early success in SEC football, coinciding with KU’s unseemly slide into becoming the worst Division 1 football team in modern history.
That was somewhat offset by Missouri basketball’s steep decline, punctuated by its loss to lowly UMKC three years ago.
Which brings us to the present and Sunday’s KU-MU basketball “scrimmage.”
Self and the KU elitists were loathe to call it a game, even though that’s exactly what it was.
“No way KU is going to play hard to try and win and risk injuring one of our players on a meaningless scrimmage,” one ardent KU booster told me.
Even the Lawrence Journal World newspaper played along and downplayed the game just in case those sexy new upstarts at Mizzou managed to pull off an upset.
Trust me, that would have been a bitter pill to swallow for KU’s “wine and cheese set” as Williams once famously referred to its fans.
Once KU won however, the local newspaper took off the gloves with THE gigantic headline: “BORDER BRAGGING RIGHTS”
Luckily for the Kansas cultists.
Had they not, you would have heard more excuses and rationalizations from KU fans than imaginable.
The downside of that might have been adding more to the bad blood that prevents Kansas – not Missouri – from agreeing to renew the rivalry after all these years.
The bottom line:
Until the KU cult gets over itself and agrees to do the right thing and play Missouri in team sports across the board, what was once the oldest Division 1 rivalry west of the Mississippi will continue to collect dust, courtesy of the snobby KU donors, boosters -even educators – demonstrating to the world their small mindedness.
Because the way they see it, allowing the sluts at Mizzou back in to the matrimonial bed after sleeping with the enemy all these years is unfathomable.
Which brings us to the real reason KU won’t schedule Wichita State in basketball: