MU won the game, but KU gets the bowl

In a roundabout way, history repeated itself Sunday evening when Missouri accepted a bid to the Cotton Bowl and Kansas was chosen to play in the Orange Bowl, one of the big-money Bowl Championship Series games reserved for the top teams in college football.Yes, Missouri handed Kansas its only loss, 36-28, on Nov. 24 at Arrowhead Stadium and vaulted to the top of the polls. Then, after being routed by Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game, 38-17, Missouri slipped to No. 6 in the BCS standings. Kansas was No. 8, but it made no difference.The Tigers were the only squad ranked in the BCS top 10 to be denied a BCS bowl berth.Even when Missouri wins, it still is considered second-rate to Kansas.Quantrill and his raiders may have burnt Lawrence to the ground, but in the end Kansas and the Free Staters rose again and came out on top.The MU football team goes from No. 1 to left out in 24 hours. Meanwhile, Kansas is invited back to the party.Or : as somebody posted on a forum: [Missouri is Scott William Winters while Kansas is Matt Damon.][1]![][2]Even in its best season in school history - a season that even derailed Kansas' hopes of a national championship - Missouri still was deemed second-rate to KU.If anybody ever wondered why Missouri fans loathe Kansas so much, this is your answer. Sure, some of them still haven't got over that loss in the Civil War, but for many modern MU fans it's this lack of respect. Of course, respect is something that must be earned. The Tigers won the 1954 College World Series, but they've never won a national title in football or basketball, and they've never been to a BCS bowl or a single Final Four.On the national scale, Missouri athletics have been largely irrelevant. This was their opportunity to make their presence felt on the national scale. They had one of the most high-powered offenses in college football. They had a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Chase Daniel. They held off rival Kansas in the most meaningful game in the Border War's 117-year history, and they did it in front of a national television audience. They were ranked No. 1 in the nation going into the final week of the season. Respect was theirs.Then a three-touchdown loss to Oklahoma - a top-10 team - sent the Tigers spiraling out of the national championship and BCS pictures.The Cotton Bowl's not bad. It's on New Year's Day. It has a mid-day national television broadcast. Plus, Dallas is a fun town to party.But it's not where Tiger fans want to be.Miami would be much better. That's where the Orange Bowl is on Jan. 3, and it comes with warmer weather, an evening national broadcast and a hefty BCS payout.That's where Kansas will be.Even in the best of years for Missouri, Kansas still came out ahead. [1]: [2]:


Chris Tackett 12 years, 7 months ago

Looking forward to watching my Hogs stomp all over Mizzou. DMac is gonna go out in style!

Aufbrezeln Eschaton 12 years, 7 months ago

Crap. I can't believe I read a sports blog. I have an even harder time believing I cared about it.

I don't pay attention to sports. The whole business seems utterly ridiculous to me. But maybe it was working at the stadium during this season, perhaps I soaked up the enthusiasm from people who had paid to be there instead of the other way around.

Not only did I watch the game against Missouri, but I yelled at the TV. I threw things on the ground in disgust.

And I have a sneaking suspicion I'll be watching the Orange Bowl for the first time ever this year.

I think those blue-suited bastards may have created a fan. G-d help us all.

MyName 12 years, 7 months ago

Going to games is how I got started too. There's nothing like being there with thousands of other people cheering a bunch of guys throwing around a ball. It's fun to have a team to follow, as long as you don't get hooked on ESPN or something ;-)

Razn_cane 12 years, 7 months ago

KU was sold out to the highest bidders in Missouri we should never have allowed the game to be taken to Arrowhead at all keep the team at home where they are loved and also keep the revenue in Lawrence. For all the fair weather ku fans shame on you for not believing in KU i feel that KU will do very well in the (ORANGE BOWL ) can you believe it they done a great job lets show support for them .

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