Letters to the Editor

Precious tradition

January 21, 2007


To the editor:

I am following Mr. Keegan's suggestion that we make our views known regarding moving the Kansas-Missouri football game to Arrowhead Stadium.

I became a Kansas University alum 63 years ago so am well acquainted with this great rivalry. Although we may have many Missouri friends, that all goes out the window that week!

I would like to say that I feel, as I think do many alums, that Lew Perkins has done an outstanding job fulfilling what he was hired to do: raise tons of money, reorganize the athletic department and do it ethically. However, we cannot throw out treasured traditions in the name of raising money. Greed is a terrible thing as demonstrated by David Wittig and the late Ken Lay.

Perhaps we are losing some of these because so few people working in the athletic department have any KU connections. The attempt to change any KU-MU competition to the border showdown instead of border war has been a complete flop with alumni. (I am happy to say the Kansas City Star always refers to it as the border war).

It was thrilling last football season to look across at the great student section all dressed in KU blue and see them on their feet cheering. All that home advantage would be lost in Arrowhead as well as pre-game excitement.

I challenge my fellow alumni to make themselves heard as we draw a line in the sand and say "Enough!" We must not diminish this tradition.

Scottie Lingelbach,



OnlyTheOne 11 years, 2 months ago

Do you really think Lew cares what you think? If there's more money in it for the athletic dept. it'll be at Arrowhead.

dthroat 11 years, 2 months ago

I have an idea. Why doesn't the LJW do a story about how the other side's fans feel. It would be interesting to see Missourah fans take on this.

While not really liking Mo fans and not giving them a whole lot of credit, I would just about bet the fans and local businesses in Columbia feel the same way.

Maybe pressure could be put on from both sides to prevent this. Or, their athletic dept. could be just as money hungry as "5K Lew" is.

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