Letters to the Editor

Lesson learned?

November 29, 2007


To the editor:

Let me acknowledge first that Missouri University has a slightly better football team than we do. That is precisely why we should have never given up home-field advantage! Bill Snyder refused to give up home field for a road game at K-State as would have Mark Mangino if it were his decision.

If you weren't in Arrowhead Saturday night, you may not know what I mean by road game. After all, wasn't this designated as a home game for Kansas University? True, but someone forgot to tell the Missouri Tiger fans. ABC announced the crowd as about 50-50 at 7 p.m. True again, but there were still several thousand Missouri fans still trying to find their seats in a crush of people that was close to scary.

Anyone who was there knows that the stadium was at least 55 percent Mizzou. Did this matter? Maybe not, KU has upset "superior" teams many times at home due to our students and many fans that really get into the game. Additionally, does anyone think KU would have failed an unheard-of four times in the red zone in Memorial Stadium?

And if money is the only reason, what about the bigger money of playing this weekend in San Antonio or Jan. 7 in New Orleans?

Our kids worked their tail off to reach a near impossible goal. Our students, alums, and entire "Jayhawk Nation" supported them. We let them down.

Did we learn our lesson? I hope so, but I fear not.

Bob Grabill,



paavopetie 10 years, 5 months ago

Actually, I remember K-State playing California at Arrowhead stadium ten years ago or so. Although one could argue that still acted like a "home game", don't put Snyder and K-State on such a high pedestal.

Also, "Anyone who was there knows that the stadium was at least 55 percent Mizzou" is the most ridiculous statement I've read in a while. How did you come to this conclusion? Did you take panoramic pictures all around the stadium and digitally analyze the amount of blue versus yellow?

Also, why does LJW keep printing these letters? Ahh!!!!!!!

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 5 months ago

Bob, MU is a better team and played better teams than we did to get to the point where they kicked our butts last Saturday. All the heartfelt spirit in the world can't change that fact, so stop trying.

And please, no more letters regarding the MU/KU game, ok LJW?

djgratt59 10 years, 5 months ago


this is a big deal because it's not every season that your team gets a shot at the National Championship. God Bless Mangino and his team, but getting back to this point again for another shot at the Title may be decades away.

Our fine basketball team - when was their last National championship?

Richard Heckler 10 years, 5 months ago

Keeping it in town is more fun and more revenue for sidewalks perhaps instead of raising the sales tax. Lawrence needs to make hay during the KU sports seasons.

del888 10 years, 5 months ago

Explain this one.... If Arrowhead holds around 80,000, and the stadium was 50/50 KU / MU, doesn't that mean that KU sold about 40,000 tickets. If the game was at Memorial, they would have sold about 50,000 tickets. Isn't that more tickets / money for KU. And wouldn't we still get the TV money. OR.... since it was a 'home game', did KU get money for all 80,000 tickets? Just how does this work??? Does anybody know? Hum......

estespark 10 years, 5 months ago

I've never seen KU fans not "own" a loss. Pathetic.

Haiku_Cuckoo 10 years, 5 months ago

Anyone who was there knows that the stadium was at least 55 percent Mizzou.

And why was that? Well, some Lawrence business owners called on the KU fans to boycott the Arrowhead game. The lesson to be learned here is to stop doing business at those establishments from now on.

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