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Count Zarth
11-19-2007, 10:30 PM
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/columnists/jason_whitlock/story/368904.html

Border War is as big as it will ever be

The outsiders may never understand. When Armageddon at Arrowhead is over, the onlookers from afar might still want to snicker, belittle the rivalry and predict that it will never happen again.

Thatís fine. The 116th football meeting between Missouri and Kansas may never be fully appreciated by outsiders. The Border War has never been a main event, a showdown with national implications, a contest to decide conference supremacy.

Itís not Ohio State-Michigan or Auburn-Alabama or Duke-North Carolina in basketball.

But that is exactly what makes Armageddon at Arrowhead special. Ohio State-Michigan settles the Big Ten football race just about every year, and many years the game plays a role in the national title picture.

What we have this Saturday night inside Arrowhead Stadium is a one-time event, a brawl to settle it all. Itís Muhammad Ali-George Foreman. There will be no rematch. Weíre about to witness history. The winner will forever be remembered as the greatest of all time, and the loser will have to reinvent himself 30 years later when thereís a new generation of fight fans.

You follow?

There is no next year for the loser of this game. Itís highly unlikely that Kansas and Missouri will ever meet again in a football game this big, this significant. In basketball, Duke could beat North Carolina in the national title game, and Carolina fans could console themselves by envisioning returning the favor the next season in the ACC title game, the NCAA Tournament or perhaps even in the title game.

The winner of Armageddon at Arrowhead gets lifetime bragging rights. Short of Mizzou and Kansas meeting in the NCAA Final Four, there is no sports victory that will top Saturdayís outcome.

The winner of Saturdayís football game could lose 20 straight Border War basketball games and still shut up a rival fan by pointing to victory in Armageddon at Arrowhead.

This is it. The Kansas-Missouri rivalry will be settled Saturday night. Seriously, it will never be the same. If Missouri wins, its basketball inferiority will be rendered irrelevant and the Ricky Clemons jokes wonít be nearly as funny. If KU wins, the Mangino size jokes will be rendered irrelevant and the Mangino size jokes wonít be nearly as funny.

Do you get my point?

The fact that this football rivalry has been fueled solely on hatred, passion and the history of the two states ó and devoid of significance ó is why this meeting is the greatest thing to happen to the college football season this year.

Armageddon at Arrowhead is more rare than gold, more treasured than diamonds.

I say let the outsiders run their mouths about Kansasí soft schedule and about Harvard-Yale, Indiana-Purdue and Notre Dame-USC.

We know the truth. Those rivalries canít touch Missouri-Kansas. I used to live in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines and the Buckeyes respect each other. Itís a good solid rivalry. So is Indiana-Purdue, the rivalry that defined my home state.

Missouri-Kansas is just different. Itís a way of life. It dates back to the Civil War and the abolitionist movement. I have Missouri friends who donít like to cross the state line, and Kansas friends who feel the same way. Yeah, Norm Stewart has softened in retirement. He made peace with the Jayhawks. But I guarantee you he wonít sleep in Kansas or spend a dime in the state this week.

And I guarantee you on Saturday, no one inside Arrowhead Stadium will care who the Tigers or the Jayhawks beat to get here. All that will matter is what they do to each other. Thatís all thatís mattered for more than 100 years.

Boyceofsummer
11-19-2007, 10:39 PM
I still can't believe that these two teams have a shot at destiny. What a great story this is becomming.

Guru
11-19-2007, 10:43 PM
Watch it turn out to be a 9-6 game.

KcMizzou
11-19-2007, 10:49 PM
I still can't believe that these two teams have a shot at destiny. What a great story this is becomming.The "becoming" is over... it's here.

Huge. Epic. Historic.

This is it. The biggest game ever in the MU/KU rivalry... and one of the most important games ever played in Arrowhead.

Yeah, this game is THAT big.

PriestMVP31
11-19-2007, 10:50 PM
Or a blowout either way

KcMizzou
11-19-2007, 10:58 PM
I've gotta hand it to jwhit.

Not only does he understand MU/KU, I think he enjoys it a bit.

Chiefs Pantalones
11-19-2007, 11:11 PM
I'm a KU fan, but if MU wins, even though I hate them, I'll root for them to go all the way and win it.

KcMizzou
11-19-2007, 11:22 PM
Bump...

:mizzou:PBJ:mizzou:

bowener
11-19-2007, 11:26 PM
The more I think about being at this game the less I want to drink... just to make sure I remember it all... but then, if the unspeakable does happen (MU loss), maybe I will have wanted to drink my senses into oblivion. Anyway I look at it, this is going to be one hell of a game.

Another thought... does anyone here think more points will be scored in this game, between these 2 teams, than the Chiefs will score in their remaining 6 games? or is that too obvious?

KcMizzou
11-19-2007, 11:31 PM
The more I think about being at this game the less I want to drink... just to make sure I remember it all... but then, if the unspeakable does happen (MU loss), maybe I will have wanted to drink my senses into oblivion. Anyway I look at it, this is going to be one hell of a game.

Another thought... does anyone here think more points will be scored in this game, between these 2 teams, than the Chiefs will score in their remaining 6 games? or is that to obvious?I'll get my buzz goin' in the lot before the game. Then maintain it sipping the $7 beers.

I have no intentions on getting so silly I can't follow the game.

As for the score, you may be right... I'm guessing somewhere in the 38-31 range.

kstater
11-20-2007, 04:12 AM
If KU wins, the Mangino size jokes will be rendered irrelevant and the Mangino size jokes wonít be nearly as funny.

No, they will still be funny.

Pushead2
11-20-2007, 04:48 AM
No, they will still be funny.

Argreed , that guy is large. I am a Michigan fan but Go :mizzou: !

the Talking Can
11-20-2007, 06:31 AM
I've gotta hand it to jwhit.

Not only does he understand MU/KU, I think he enjoys it a bit.

heard him interview Pinkle on Rome...Whitlock said he was so excited that he won't sleep all week

he also said that he has a family member, a cousin or something, on MU's squad...don't remember his name

DaKCMan AP
11-20-2007, 06:38 AM
LMAO

What a backhanded complimenting article. "What a great season for both teams. This game is HUGE, EPIC, ENORMOUS. The winner will go down as LEGENDARY. Oh, by the way, you both will suck next year and in the future."