So this weekend the future national champs kick off the season against Illinois at the Edward Jones Dome in the Lou. Everytime I think about this rivalry I just get anrgy. It is a rivalry because someone else says so. Maybe in basketball there is one, but that all that is there.
I have no beef with Illinois. I hate the big 10, so I can get on board for hating them for that, but that is about all I got. I like the color orange. I like Michael Jordan and since his son goes there I got to like that. Deron Williams is really good. I wish Bill Self would have coached here instead of Kansas. Alumni of Illinois invented the plasma screen TV. What is there to hate?
Is it because they border us? Are we rivals with every state that borders Missouri? I loathe Tennessee? Screw you Kentucky? Stupid.
The Kansas rivalry is legit. It is legit because we freakin went to war with them. This is no manufactured rivalry. There are years of history there.
You can’t just pick your rivals. This just makes me angry.
I didn’t want to go here, but I think that St. Louis people were a little jealous of the KU/MU rivalry and so they made their own. GASP! Yeah I said it. Maybe I am biased (ok, not maybe, I am biased) but I think there is some truth to that.