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Living in the Big Doughnut Hole

Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:29 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 10:22 am
 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Welcome to the Big Doughnut Hole.

This used to be the center of the college universe. At least one of them. This city still has hosted more Final Fours (10) than any other. It's a Chiefs town first and a Jayhawks town second. Most of all, it's a melting pot with a sizable amount of Iowa State, Nebraska, Missouri alums here as well.

We have the NFL and Major League baseball (barely) but it's a college town more than anything. A better college town than New York or L.A. We are connected by our teams and events. They give us our sense of self.

The annual Big 12 basketball tournament is a gathering place to drink, gossip and people watch. The Missouri-Kansas football game at Arrowhead is an event that traces its roots back to the Civil War. Kansas, and all its basketball history, is 40 miles away. Bill Snyder is still working miracles down the road at Kansas State.

But with Missouri declaring its intentions to look around on Monday night, suddenly there is no center here. Just a big hole where that gathering place used to be. You can feel it. To the right of us, probably soon, will be the SEC (Missouri);  a short three-hour drive to the north of us is the Big Ten (Nebraska). To our left will be what's left of the Big 12 (Kansas and Kansas State).

Kansas City could become a great staging area for GameDay's equipment semis in the Midwest, but for the actual college experience, it's slipping away. The Big 12 tournament is now in danger. It will continue, somewhere. But it has to be hard to anchor a conference tournament in a state where the league has no teams.

The Kansas-Missouri rivalry is now in danger too. That's another shame. After the Iron Bowl and the Red River Rivalry, it is the best.

A few years ago, they moved MU-KU football to Arrowhead Stadium and it became a spectacle. In 2007, No. 2 Kansas lost to No. 3 Missouri and the Tigers became No. 1. ABC/ESPN still counts the game among its most highly-rated in history.

But like that Wicked Witch, it's all melting away. I know this because Bill Self didn't hold back Tuesday when Missouri declared its intentions

Kansas' basketball coach told the Lawrence Journal-World that the MU-KU series may be over.

" ... I don't think I would be interested in having a once-a-year game like I did when I was at Illinois, playing Missouri," Self said. "I could probably change my mind (but) trust me, we would have no trouble finding a non-league game to play.

"I love the rivalry .. but I can't imagine why would we continue playing?"

Which is sad because the basketball series goes back to 1907. The football series goes back to the 1890s. Kansas, like a lot of folks in Kansas City and the Big 12, are upset at Missouri. By taking its ball to the SEC, it would be impacting that Big 12 tournament. It would damage the Kansas rivalry.

Point being: Why put money in Missouri's pocket by playing a non-conference game?

"I have no ill will toward Missouri at all," Self said, "but to do something at a time that could be so damaging and hurtful to a group, I can't see us just taking it and forgetting ."

If this is truly the end , then someone may want to hire extra security for what could be the final regular-season Border War game in history -- Feb. 25 in Lawrence. Forget the fans for a moment, there are scores of sportswriters who would shed tears over the end of this epic rivalry.

We are losing that sense of self here in Cowtown. Clearly, Missouri administrators don't care. The SEC doesn't care. The networks will continue to televise games. They don't care.

Conference realignment goes on unabated. Traditional rivalries are being cut down like rainforests. Our natural habitat is being destroyed. Is this a good thing for college athletics? No, that's not really the point.

Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas called modern conferences "scheduling opportunities" and "amalgamations". I called them "content farms."

Now it's hitting home. It would suck to be a doughnut hole.

 

Comments

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:53 am
 

Living in the Big Doughnut Hole

And I wish Megan Fox would give me a chance but that isn't going to happen either!



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:42 am
 

I wish things were different Lots different.

I wish things were a lot different I wish it were like this.

Bottom LINE  I dont think Texas schools can be at peace with anyone but themselves.
Central Conference
Home City: Kansas City

Nebraska (keeps rivals, maybe continue playing Iowa Annually)
Iowa State (Iowa has been a none conference game for about a hundred years)
Missouri
Kansas State
Kansas
Air Force
Wyoming
Colorado State (U of C has almost always an annual out of conference game)
Oklahoma State (OU becomes an non-confrence annual game)


South Conference
Home City: Dallas

Texas
Texas Tech.
Texas A&M
Baylor
Oklahoma
New Mexico
Arkansas
LSU
Ole Miss


Southeast Conference
Home City: Atlanta, Birmingham

Miss State
Vanderbilt
Tennessee
Kentucky
Georgia
Alabama
Auburn
Florida
Tulane


South Atlantic Conference
Home City: Charlotte, Atlanta

Miami
Florida State
Georgia Tech.
Clemson
South Carolina
North Carolina
NC State
Duke
Wake Forest


North Atlantic Conference (10)
Home Cities: Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia
Virginia Tech.
Virginia
Maryland
Delaware
Rutgers
West Virginia
Boston College
Pittsburgh
Syracuse
UConn

Metro. Conference (8)
Home City: random home campus cities

Louisville
Cincinnati
Memphis
Houston
Charlotte
South Florida
UA-Birmingham
East Carolina


"B1G 10 + 1(PSU) + ND" Conference
Home Cities: Chicago, Indianapolis
Penn State
Ohio State
Michigan
Michigan State
Purdue
Notre Dame
Indiana
Illinois
Northwestern
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Iowa

MWC
Home City: Las Vegas
San Diego State
San Jose State
Fresno State
Hawaii
BYU
UNLV
Nevada
Boise State
TCU

Pac 12 is the same no changes
The rest is the sam



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:19 am
 

Living in the Big Doughnut Hole

Can't dispute the history of the boarder war but you sure can the rivalry.  The rivalry started when colleges were formed and they decided they should join the same conference, (not a very war like mentality) and play each other in a GAME (also not a very war like mentality.  You don't hear anything about the war being chanted throughout the crowd, they just play the game and hate each other because they are conference rivals and nothing more!



Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:15 am
 

Living in the Big Doughnut Hole

Yeah ellupo, they were actually shooting each other, take a US history class and you might know that. Check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleedi

ng_Kansas



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:09 am
 

Living in the Big Doughnut Hole

It's just history man. No one can dispute it. And I f*cking hate KU.




Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:40 am
 

Living in the Big Doughnut Hole

"We are losing that sense of self here in Cowtown. Clearly, Missouri administrators don't care. The SEC doesn't care. The networks will continue to televise games. They don't care."

Most of us DON'T care. 

      
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Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:39 am
 

Living in the Big Doughnut Hole

Would it be disappointing to end the rivalry.. sure it would.  They could, if KU was down & the SEC doesn't hit 16 teams play a rivalry game at Arrowhead each year.. and B-ball can get a huge once a year game in KC as well.  Now, I am excited to see LSU & Bama come to town each year.. and every couple of years Tenn, Fl, SC, GA... pretty exciting time coming to MO.. and being in the SEC will help pull recruits to MU.



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:33 am
 

Living in the Big Doughnut Hole

It stemmed from ACTUAL F*cking warfare. It doesn't get more hardcore than that. This rivalry has more blood spilt than any other


So you are saying they were shooting each other and then one day decided, hey lets play football instead?  Yeah that sounds about right.  I can tell how bad it is since you are a Kansas fan on everything except college football.  Brutal over there.



Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:25 am
 

Living in the Big Doughnut Hole

More like Israelis and Palenstinians?  No ~ more like a Snooki and Sammi pillow fight.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:15 am
 

Living in the Big Doughnut Hole

The MU/KU rivalry is one of the greatest rivalries in NCAA history. It stemmed from ACTUAL F*cking warfare. It doesn't get more hardcore than that. This rivalry has more blood spilt than any other. How could you compare the Border War rivalry? Red Sox/ Yankees? Duke/ UNC? Nah. More like Israelis and Palenstinians.


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