I’m having trouble putting my weekend into words. But I’m sure words will start spilling out shortly.
Fair warning: if you came here to read about running (yes, this is KaraRuns.com, you are in the right place), or if you hate college basketball, you might want to leave now. But I’d prefer you don’t.
I’m going against the golden rule of blogging today and am choosing to write about something completely unrelated to running. But it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want, right? Right.
2/25/2012 – KU: 87 Mizzou: 86
Allow me to lay down the facts about a very epic rivalry in the history of college sports; more specifically, basketball: The Kansas – Missouri rivalry.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m insane about my alma mater, the University of Kansas.
The tradition, history, spirit and camaraderie of KU contributed to what I believe was the best college experience EVER. I literally thank God that I made the choice to attend school there. I’m that girl who tries to convince everyone I meet to be a Jayhawk fan. (BTW there are SO many haters on the East Coast! Envy? If I had a dollar for every person that looked at my KU shirt and said…”Kansas???” or “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy”….)
I’m even more crazy about my Jayhawks’ basketball team.
Anyone who knows anything about college basketball knows about the Jayhawks; historically dominant, with five national titles and national rankings year after year. Most people also know about the rivalry between KU and Mizzou (The University of Missouri). Lawrence, KS and Columbia, MO are only about 160 miles apart, and since 1907 the KU – Mizzou tradition has been going strong.
It’s not even just about basketball; here’s a little history lesson for you. It goes back to 1863 and the battle between free states vs. slave states: pro-slavery raiders from Missouri led by William Quantrill burnt down the city of Lawrence, Kansas, as a response to previous attacks by John Brown, a Kansas abolitionist. KU Athletics plays this video (and this one) before every game- you get the idea.
Saturday was the 267th time the two teams met; and was likely one of the last Border War games to ever be played between the two teams. Not to mention, it was a highly important game in the race to win this year’s Big 12 conference. (Side note: when I was still in college they tried to change it from “Border War” to “Border Showdown” to be more politically correct. Fail.)
In addition to the fact that there lies such a short distance between the two cities, the two teams have been members of the same conference as well. Amidst all the conference changes this year, Mizzou has decided to leave the Big 12 and head for the SEC next year.
Enough with the talking – let’s take a look at the numbers, shall we?
I love these numbers.
As I’m sure you can imagine, KU fans like to taunt Mizzou with these numbers. I have family members who attended MU and I still have absolutely no problem reminding them of these numbers. Numbers that reflect 100+ years of talent, tradition, hated, and domination of Mizzou. This article sums it up way better than I ever can.
Moving on. I was lucky enough to be a student when my Jayhawks beat Memphis in overtime to win the 2008 NCAA National Championship game, a night (more like a WEEK) that still ranks as my best ever. (Along with graduation day – obviously my days in the Sunflower State were an amazing time in my life).
I’m still feeling (almost) that same post-championship winning feeling today. In an epic battle on Saturday, KU rallied back from a 19-point deficit to achieve the largest comeback in Allen Fieldhouse history. All this to end the Border War, maybe for good.
If you feel so inclined and would like a peek into the atmosphere on gameday, take a look at this video from our arena on Saturday before the game. Where the decibel level apparently reached 120.7 decibels, which ESPN reported as comparable to the sound of a jet engine. I’ve always been adamant that college sporting events have way more spirit and a million times better atmosphere than professional sports – maybe that’s because I went to an insanely passionate college sports school of 30,000+ students. Take a look at that video and tell me you don’t get goosebumps.
Anyway – that was my weekend. FlyWheel with B (his first time; he loved it AND he dominated! More on that later.), shopping, friends, and a huge KU win. I promise that tomorrow we’ll be back to regularly scheduled blogging and that I’ll be able to focus on running instead of epic basketball games.
Thanks for everything, Missouri. It’s been fun. I’m not gonna lie – you have a great team this year and you’ve certainly tested us. Your fans are passionate and it’s been lovely
beating knowing you, right down to the end. Best of luck in the SEC.
Just don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Oh wait…
KU: 87 Mizzou: 86
Ad Astra Per Aspera, fellas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk For life.