Advertisement

Letters to the Editor

Welcome ‘war’

January 25, 2007

Advertisement

To the editor:

I was surprised and delighted by the headline in the Jan. 23 Journal-World: "'Border War' has new battlefield."

I was surprised not by the story's content, which announced that the Kansas-Missouri football would be played in Arrowhead Stadium instead of Lawrence or Columbia, at the expense of local merchants and with prime seats going to Chiefs season ticket holders instead of mere college fans. This sort of thing is to be expected as long as we have Lew Perkins running athletics according to the Pretty Boy Floyd school of administration (when asked why he robbed banks, Pretty Boy replied, "Because that's where the money is.")

What delighted me was to see the term "Border War" used unabashedly as the description of this rivalry once again. A couple of years ago, some overpaid maven of political correctness over in Strong Hall decided that "Border War" was insensitive, either because it trivialized actual warfare (which everyone knows ought to be fought in the Middle East with real bullets) or because it pertained to the same genre of social conditioning that compels Raging Grannies to take up cudgels against war toys, video games and reruns of Chuck Norris movies. I expected the Oklahoma schools to follow suit by renaming their fabled "Bedlam" series on the grounds that it might be offensive to psychiatric patients.

It's always gratifying to see a staple of mindless political correctness give way to common sense and common usage.

Bill Getz,

Lawrence

Comments

Raider 7 years, 11 months ago

Amen Bill!! I agree with you 100%. I remember a few years ago, with the Texas - OU game they changed the name to the "Red River Rivalry" because "Shootout" is considered insensitive. At Texas Tech, they were forced to remove a vitage WWII air raid siren b/c it might traumatize people who have been in war. The whole "insensitive" thing has got to stop.

Janet Lowther 7 years, 11 months ago

Just personally, I wouldn't mind it one bit if KU played ALL their football games over there. Game days are such a PAIN.

Raider 7 years, 11 months ago

jrlii,, GET OVER IT! You live in a COLLEGE TOWN! If game days are such a pain for you, then why don't you move to a section of town where you're not affected, or simply go away on Saturdays.

budwhysir 7 years, 11 months ago

Please calm down, this will all be over when we realize there is no longer a border. We will be playing all of the games in the same state from here on out

Commenting has been disabled for this item.