I'm not here to point any fingers. There will be no names mentioned, we're all Jayhawks so we are all in this together. Throughout the week I've seen a wave of sentiments similar to: "This game just doesn't feel as big to me", "I'm over Missouri, I just don't care anymore about them". "As the season has gone on, I just find myself not caring about this game like I thought I would."
I call bullshit.
I was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. I guess that makes me an expert of sorts. No, it doesn't give me extra insight into the history of what Kansas-Missouri means. It doesn't give me any extra knowledge in the history of Kansas vs. Missouri in sports, one of the longest running streaks in US sports. But what it does give me is the deep passion that lies in what it means to be a Kansan and learn about what happened with our ancestors. Let's face it, what happened one and a half centuries ago is officially the time of our ancestors. It was a damn long time ago, but we still all talk about it. Where in this country does that happen much anymore? In my experiences it really doesn't, I think that's what makes this damn thing so fun. Not only does it give us the chance to be passionate about the sports teams we love, it gives us the chance to look back in history and feel as if we're a part of something bigger than just the Tech Era that we live in.
That being said, this isn't a post about that, it's a post about sports. I was pissed when Missouri decided to go to the SEC, it's been well documented and we all have our feelings about it. As much as I wanted to put on the face of "I don't give a crap", I find myself not being able to lie anymore...this sucks. The team I love to hate, Misery, is leaving. Can we really find the passion that we have playing against Missouri against our more friendly K-Staters? After all, that K stands for Kansas.
After everything, I guess my point is that I'm feeling a passion that I've never felt in this rivalry since the 90's. Does a lot have to do with the fact that Missouri has one of their best teams in years? Hell yes. With dominating the series in the last decade, it's hard not to feel an extra bump in what this game means. Take out the rankings, take out College Gameday, take out the National TV audience and what do you have? The "last game" before the "last game" in one of the most storied series in American Sports. How the hell can you say this game doesn't feel as big to you? This is the biggest regular season game that KU has played in years. And you know what makes it even cooler? The fact that it's even bigger for Missouri.
It's now about 7 hours till game time and if there are people out there that this game still "doesn't feel as big" to you, then I'm sorry but you need to reevaluate your KU fandom because this thing is huge and it's going to be a lot of fun!