KU fans split on idea of Border War scrimmage


None by Matt Tait

With rumors of a possible scrimmage, for charity, between the Kansas and Missouri men's basketball teams later this month dominating sports talk in the area late Thursday afternoon, one natural question came to mind.

Are Kansas fans excited or upset about the idea of renewing the Border War with the Tigers, even if only for a day?

A quick Twitter poll that was open for just 15 hours drew more than 1,700 votes and revealed that people appear be split down the middle, with 52 percent of voters saying they were against the idea and the other 48 percent saying they couldn't wait for it.

While there still has been no official word about whether the scrimmage will actually happen, it's worth noting that this is far from a slam dunk, at least from the Kansas side of things.

Sure, the idea behind the game is a good one — old rivals come together to raise money for hurricane relief. How can anyone argue with a good cause like that?

But it seems as if there are more than a few KU fans who still believe the Jayhawks and Tigers should never play again because, in their minds, it was Mizzou who ended the rivalry and the Jayhawks don't own them anything.

That debate will rage on for a while. Possibly even decades. And the particulars have been well documented throughout the past few years.

What will be interesting is to see how the attendance breaks down at Sprint Center, if this scrimmage is in fact played. The guess here is that the crowd advantage would got to the Tigers, with the advantage on the court clearly going to Kansas.

Time will tell if either of those guesses are true or if the game even happens. But, at least based on a little feedback from Twitter, it's clear that not everyone is giddy about the potential game.


Titus Canby 4 years, 12 months ago

Absolutely not. They made the decision to leave us. They can't come crying back now.

Henry Joseph Hofmeister 4 years, 12 months ago

I'm against it. Definitely against any sort of recurring one and one series. On the other hand it is awesome that it is for a good cause.

Damian Glaze 4 years, 12 months ago

How can you claim KU fans are split? The poll was on Twitter where anyone could respond (KU fan, Mizzou fan, K-State fan, Kentucky fan, Russian Bots, etc.). I believe the real number of actual KU fans is closer to 80% against, 20% for it.

Michael Randall 4 years, 12 months ago

I'm pretty certain your assessment is closer to accurate

Danny Delgadillo 4 years, 12 months ago

Any real KU fan with a spine or principles.. Says "ABSOLUTELY NOT!" Seriously, what is the university thinking?? We're losing football supporters daily and now they want to gouge 52% of their basketball fans. (per @mtait) That's not even considering the business end. It cant possibly help KU to bring back relevance to MU especially in the KC market where we recruit and sell tix. Whose idea was this anyway. They should have to come forth with names.

Craig Carson 4 years, 11 months ago

Danny, it will take A LOT more than a meaningless scrimmage and a good recruiting class to bring MU back to relevance....Couzo Martin does not have a great coaching record..he'll have MU in the NCAA this season, but once he loses the Porters, MU fans will see why Cal had no qualms about him leaving

Pius Waldman 4 years, 12 months ago

Well everyone is free to an opinion so neither good or bad. More than likely Mizzou fans probably wish they hadn't changed. So here is mine. Like a divorce eventually hate doesn't solve problems. So man what a thrill to beat those Tigers. Bring it on.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 11 months ago

"it was Mizzou who ended the rivalry and the Jayhawks don't own them anything."

That's clearly a Freudian slip, Matt, as I would argue that the 'Hawks have "owned" Misuse in basketball for quite a while now ...

As for the game itself, I think playing an exhibition game against them that will raise a lot of money for a good cause is fine, but I certainly wouldn't want to schedule them again for anything else.

Greg Ledom 4 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely..100%...YES!!! Come on people, who gives a rip they left. This rivalry should have never been stopped. Period. Purge that brick fro your arse and let’s go watch the Hawks beat up on Misery for a good cause. Rock Chalk!!!

Clara Westphal 4 years, 11 months ago

Mizzou used the back door to get this game. Presenting it as a charity is a facade for getting back on the KU schedule. If that happens, someone needs to be fired. What if one of KU players gets hurt? That could affect the season.

Alan Braun 4 years, 11 months ago

There is NOTHING in this good for KU.

  1. It's outside Kansas. No revenue for KU or for Lawrence merchants
  2. It gives relevance to a program that doesn't deserve it.
  3. It could give them credibility in recruiting in the Kansas/Missouri area that they don't currently have
  4. If televised it could bring them revenue they desperately need that I'd just as soon they never have

The notice on this whole thing is sufficiently short that there won't be time to promote it well for the "charity" aspect anyway

Plus I agree with whoever it was that said the charity thing is really just a backdoor way for them to get back on our schedule.

FWIW all the same reasoning applies to scheduling a home-and-home with Wichita State, except for #1 and maybe 2

Craig Carson 4 years, 11 months ago

at this point WSU would be a more worthy opponent than MU..I see this scrimmage being played more like an All star game than an actual real game..a bunch of dunks, a little defense, but no real intensity..the rivalry thing has lost some its sting

James Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

The Thomas Robinson block to end the series was to iconic. No, we should not play.

Thomas Harrison 4 years, 11 months ago

I cannot believe that we would be willing to give MU national exposure at this point! Nothing good can come from this game for KU.Hope we don't get anyone hurt and that fist fights do not break out on the court! Bad blood between the two schools will never go away I am truly diappointed with KU's administrative personnel that would allow this event to proceed

Robin Smith 4 years, 11 months ago

Completely against this scrimmage. It's a travesty that it should happen. How can people be so confused about something that happened little more than 5 years ago?

Mizzou left and almost folded the Big12. It's not a point of opinion why this rivalry ended, it's a point of fact. They deserve nothing but to languish woefully in their league.

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