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Friday, February 3, 2012

Fans chirping over what could be last KU-Mizzou basketball game in Columbia


As Kansas University and the University of Missouri are ready to meet on the basketball court for what could be one of the last times, the game came with the usual amount of sniping.

The Missouri Alumni Association held a contest where fans could win tickets to Saturday night’s game against “kU,” as they referred to it, by entering and listing “three reasons why I’m not a Jayhawk.”

More than 2,700 people participated in the contest. Jack E. Kinney Jr., a 1969 journalism alumnus of the school, won.

His reasons? His late uncle Bob said the best school for a Missourian is MU, and Tigers are better than “some goofy bird.”

Other submitted reasons will be posted online later.

“(Former Missouri basketball coach) Norm Stewart would not let his teams eat or sleep in Kansas. Whatever Stormin’ Norman says is good enough for me,” Kinney wrote.

Todd McCubbin, executive director of the MU Alumni Association, said the contest could “definitely can slip into some not fun areas if we’re not careful.”

The association is also using the week to boost membership, pointing out that it has the fourth-highest members in the conference, trailing KU.

“I think it’s fair game and we have some fun with it,” McCubbin said of the rivalry. “It has driven some membership, there’s no doubt, this week.”

Kevin Corbett, president of the KU Alumni Association, said this kind of tactic is nothing new.

“It’s at least the third campaign they’ve run to try and recruit more members than the KU Alumni Association,” he said.

It hasn’t worked so far, he pointed out.

But it wasn’t all sniping this week.

Xavier Billingsley, president of the Missouri Students Association, distributed a letter to the university community asking fans to avoid committing “some act of ignorance against our opponents.”

“Keep your eyes and ears open this week,” he wrote. “And if you see an example of insensitive fan behavior or encounter words or actions unbefitting Mizzou, make sure the students behind that ignorance know you don’t appreciate it.”

— Higher education reporter Andy Hyland can be reached at 832-6388. Follow him at


evanevanmiz 2 years, 2 months ago

Are you all aware that you are acting just like the "classless" Mizzou fans? It's pretty pathetic that some of you can't seem to spell "MU." Typical KU trash talk because it's all you got. We own you in football and for the time being, basketball. Also, it is KU's choice to end the rivalry. You aren't good enough for us in football and that's part of the reason we left. We talk trash because you all act like everyone in the college basketball world should bow down and forfeit. Stop being crybabies.


toots_mom 2 years, 2 months ago

Give me three reasons why I should care that this may be the last KU-MU basketball game.


nuleafjhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

“(Former Missouri basketball coach) Norm Stewart would not let his teams eat or sleep in Kansas. Whatever Stormin’ Norman says is good enough for me,” Kinney wrote.

They also should not have been allowed to exhale while they were here.


Mark Lindrud 2 years, 2 months ago

I love going to moo because tigers have antlers!


wisenhiemer 2 years, 2 months ago

Three reasons why I ain't a-goin to KU...

  1. I love fudge.

  2. I love fireworks and porn.

  3. I love to throw batteries at the other team's band. And throw rolls. I love me a good throwed roll.


JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 2 months ago

"His reasons? His late uncle Bob said the best school for a Missourian is MU, and Tigers are better than “some goofy bird.”

  1. Who is the moron that selects the school that will prepare him for the rest of his life based on a mascot?
  2. Who is the moron that decides to select a school based on a mascot and... still gets it wrong? The answer is the winner (and his uncle) of the "“three reasons why I’m not a Jayhawk.” contest. Folks, you can't make this stuff up...

Gregor Southard 2 years, 2 months ago

1 Your mascot is the spokesman for Frosted Flakes cereal 2 Your police force lets you through objects at opposing teams as they enter the building 3 University officials allow you to scream obscenities into opposing players ears during bball bames


Ludwig Supraphonic 2 years, 2 months ago

Mizzou is a good choice because:

1) You can park anywhere in Kansas because your Mizzou sticker is accepted as a disability. 2) Your coach will never make you feel guilty about your drinking. 3) Your teacher will let you use your favorite crayon. extra bonus credit: You can get in free at all Klan functions or use your team jersey as a Halloween costume.


Mark Lindrud 2 years, 2 months ago

Three reasons to not be at moo.... 1. I don't go cow tipping to get a date 2. I have all my teeth. 3. I didn't take a family member to prom

Just for gits and shiggles I didn't get a ged instead of a diploma!


jayhawkinmullen 2 years, 2 months ago

Believe me when I say this. Beating Mizzoura tomorrow is as important as getting to any final four that I have ever witnessed. I want Mizzouri fans to suffer having to know that they will never get another chance to beat us in Methu arena ever again.


manginorh00lz 2 years, 2 months ago

The real KU music video:

Now shut up.


Steve Brown 2 years, 2 months ago

when does life begin?

My priest says at conception.

My pastor says at birth. | My rabbi says when MU leaves the conference don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Rumors say that ATM was out, MU still contemplating whether to stay or go and whispered that if they depart they would stay one more year to take legal pressure off WVA and fullfill the contract. Then went back on their word, putting this fall schedules and West V. in a bind with BEast. Lots of departure animosity unlike with ATM.


Steve Brown 2 years, 2 months ago

2 reason I just love ole Mizzwho:

Give Buffs 5 downs to score.


Steve Brown 2 years, 2 months ago

On the evening of 8.1st Clemons placed a phone call from County Jail to the home of Asst. A D. Stewart’s wife, Amy, answered the phone. She said some guests, incldg the MU pres. wife, were coming for dinner. Former player Clemons expressed bitterness toward Coach Snyder in recorded jail phone tapes.. The depositions in Clemons’ assault case hit the media, & MU Coach Snyder & Odom were publicly accused of giving Clemons improper cash. "We’re celebrating," Amy told Clemons. "Celebrating your little ass because it’s all out."
"You’re going to take them down. You know that, right?" Amy Stewart told Clemons.
Clemons laughed. "I’m taking great pleasure," Amy Stewart said. "You’re taking them down." President Elson Floyd is said to be furious with A D M. Alden for revoking Clemons’ scholarship. The coaches are ridiculed for desperately trying to get Clemons out of town before he reveals the program’s NCAA violations. Meanwhile, Clemons refuses Odom’s jailhouse visit & spends much of his free time on the phone with a pair of unlikely confidants, Amy & C Floyd. According to jail conversations, the MU A dept. is one big dysfunctional family. Carmento Floyd said her husband’s displeasure with Alden stemmed from Alden’s decision to yank Clemons’ scholarship after he wrecked an all-terrain vehicle while at a gathering at the Floyds’.
In the recordings, Amy Stewart related a story, which she attributed to her husband, about the atmosphere at the Hearnes Center at the time. "Ed come home, every time he come home, he be like, ‘Them crackers shaking. They going crazy. They don’t know what to do. They can’t talk to Ricky. They’re like some crackheads running around there,’ " Amy said. "Well, good enough for them," Carmento Floyd replied. Clemons also said he was angry because the reason he lost his scholarship - breaking the terms of his probation by leaving his halfway house to go to the Floyds’ home - was Odom’s idea. Clemons said he rode to the party with an athletic department employee named Sue, whom he called "the study lady." Clemons’ attitude toward Snyder varied throughout his jail stay. In early discussions said he didn’t want to reveal the basketball program’s dirty laundry to the media because Snyder. To illustrate Snyder’s loyalty to him, Clemons related a story to Rawlinson that Snyder had threatened to quit when Alden raised the possibility of revoking Clemons’ scholarship after his first arrest. "Quin, like, he got faith in me, he believe in me, " Clemons said. "But it’s only because he think I’m gonna say something, you know what I mean, about the money," Clemons said, referring to the cash he says he got from coaches. Snyder met with a Tribune reporter yesterday but repeatedly declined to comment: "As tough as it is for me personally not to respond, and for my coaches not to respond, I cannot discuss these allegations."


texashawk10 2 years, 2 months ago

<--------- Biggest reason I'm a Jayhawk, our women shave!


Migady 2 years, 2 months ago

3 reasons im not a tiger... 1) i left my "i heart boobs" shirt at Arrowhead 2) i couldnt date a member of my family 3) i like national championships


mojayhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

3 more reasons MU fans will go their SEC grave wishing they were Jayhawks:

1: (S)till so much prideful envy from Mizzou toward KU 2. (E)nvy is one of God's 7 deadly sins 3. (C)hew on the fact that KU has mastered the "rivalry" in basketball and football 'forever'! (add 'em up)

Enjoy the SEC.

AND, where's my ticket?


jayhawkboogeyman 2 years, 2 months ago

"His reasons? His late uncle Bob said the best school for a Missourian is MU, and Tigers are better than 'some goofy bird.'"

Umm.. wasn't this contest to submit THREE reasons? 1. MU is the best school for tards who can't count. 2. Generic "tigers" are better than a mythical bird that means something to the region. 3. __

Wow, what a high quality contest.


Jason Keller 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes, me too.

1) Distribution of a Methamphetamine is a felony in Kansas.

2) Kansas does not allow marriage between siblings.

3) I enjoy finding colorful reasons to justify our team's losses, this isn't possible as a Jayhawk.

Tiger fans, you got Kansas coming to town. Not Texas, not K-State, Kansas. It's time you get reminded just why you are running away to another conference. Let's go get these sorry @ss bastards.


Ralster Jayhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, they want to beat us so bad, their fans (& a judge in Missouri) hold up signs at the Arrowhead KU/MU game EVERY year showing "Missouri 81 - Kansas 0", referring to when Quantrill's raiders burned Lawrence and killed 81 men, women, children...Again, this is something 'they' keep bringing up, not us...That is no "victory", and has no place in intercollegiate athletics/rivalry/or in a civilized nation.

If you cant beat us, then turn tail and run...(oh, yeah, they did that).

Dealing with those fools, I think John Brown had it right, considering the unfortunate ideological clash of 150yrs ago...


Woody Cragg 2 years, 2 months ago

Whaddaya call a misery grad in a tree with 9 monkeys?

      Branch Manager!

manginorh00lz 2 years, 2 months ago

"As Kansas University and the University of Missouri"

Why in the H does the ljworld call MU by its proper name and refuse to extend the same courtesy to KU?


haps 2 years, 2 months ago

Why I like MU over KU:

  1. I don't like exclusivity and prefer honoring anyone, like honoring the cheating heiresses who didn't attend MU (it will always be The Paige to me), or Truman the Tiger named after Harry Truman who also did not attend MU. Anyone can name things after famous alumni like Phog Allen or James Naismith...well...if they have bada$$ famous alumni.

  2. I can't count so MU's lack of final 4s, national championships, etc. is the perfect number for me.

  3. I also don't understand geography, which is why I'm so excited to be a part of the East division in the SEC!


Brett Arnberger 2 years, 2 months ago

Three reasons I don't attend Mucking Fizzou:

  1. I like my family tree to have branches.

  2. I can't pull off the Cutoff-Frayed-Jean-Shorts look.

  3. I can't produce a horrible, frat boy "rap" video.


bradynsdad 2 years, 2 months ago

Had to get in on the reasons not to attend ku.

1) I think my cousin is extremely attractive and people in Lawrence frown on that. 2) anyone can win big 12 titles and national titles, it takes heart to lose them all. 3) I believe the union has infiltrated the big twelve so were better off down in the confediracy.


rob4lb 2 years, 2 months ago

I will get trashed for saying this, but the rivalry does not have to end. MU wants to continue it in both football and basketball. Comments about discontinuing the rivalry by the KU coaches,AD and the chancellor embarrassed me as a long time member of the KU Alumni Association. We came across as extremely self-absorbed. MU's leaving the Big 12 had nothing to do with KU, but our comments tried to make it about us which made the rest of the country laugh. We all know that if the roles were reversed and we had a chance to move to one of the three stable conferences, we most likely would have done the same thing MU did. I know there are many people on this board who drink the crimson kool-aid and as a result, cannot look at this objectively.


jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

"Fictional KU Fan Association Announces Top Ten Answers To Question: Why Jayhawk Fans Are Glad They Are Not Tigers?"

  1. Becoming brain dead would be no fun.

  2. I draw the line at bestiality.

  3. Meth heads grinding their teeth distract me at basketball games.

  4. Just not stupid enough to fit in comfortably in Columbia.

  5. Don't like the way MU fans stop to pee on their own Columns.

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)


Matt Bowers 2 years, 2 months ago

The top three reasons why they didn't go to KU:

  1. In jail
  2. Didn't graduate high school
  3. Hooked on meth

MU can't even tell the truth from fiction.

Rock Chalk


Marc Frey 2 years, 2 months ago

Simple: Good vs Evil. For you Historians: Free vs Slave.


jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

Online Editors,

"Fans chirping over what could be..." is an awful headline.

This is a big game, one of a few crucial ones in KU's hunt for a conference title.

It is a joyous game, because we never have to play these gene damaged cretins again.

It is the end of the longest rivalry in basketball, or one of the longest.

It is a confrontation of good (KU) with evil (MU).

It is a defense of the holy grail of college basketball against basketball barbarians.

It is many things.

And "chirping" describes none of the realities, nor feelings, associated with this event.

Please change it, since it is so easy to do in the digital age.


sloppyscience 2 years, 2 months ago

I believe it will eventually be discovered that Quantrill didn't actually burn Lawrence to the ground on purpose. But rather, he and his Missouri buddies were partying here when their portable meth lab blew up, engulfing the entire city. When asked what happened, they had no choice but to say 'we did it fer the south!'


jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

"Three Reasons Why MU Fans Are Not Jayhawks"

  1. Literacy requirement at KU.

  2. Not enough meth labs in Kansas.

  3. Can't stand winning.

Where' my ticket?


onceinawhile 2 years, 2 months ago

This headline is pretty misleading, no? Mizzou is scheduled to play KU in Lawrence at the end of the month. So this weekend's game definitely won't be the last game between the two.


John Myers 2 years, 2 months ago

Wait, so that's the BEST entry in their contest? And he listed two reasons in a contest where you list your top three? Or was "What Norm said" his third? That's pretty sad. Expected, but sad.


Joe Joseph 2 years, 2 months ago

I imagine Billingsley is referring to the internet rumor of the "No Mom Tom" shirts.

I think that would take the classlessness that is Missouri to a whole new level.


justinryman 2 years, 2 months ago

Three reasons I'm not a Tiger:

1) I value my education.

2) My family tree has a lot of branches on it.

3) I like to win, but when I lose I do not run away so I don't have to face the one that keeps beating me down(171-94).


Phoghorn 2 years, 2 months ago

  1. I don't like Oranges.
  2. Final Fours are overrated.
  3. Not too keen on KU's trophy case. It just looks too "busy".

Now gimme my game tickets!


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