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Missouri lawmaker’s vow: No Jayhawk license tags on his watch

May 14, 2012

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Take it as a sign that even though the University of Missouri is leaving the Big 12 Conference, its rivalry with Kansas University is alive and well.

This license plate is a preliminary design the Kansas University Alumni Association submitted last summer, when it began the process seeking approval for a KU plate in Missouri.

This license plate is a preliminary design the Kansas University Alumni Association submitted last summer, when it began the process seeking approval for a KU plate in Missouri.

Two Missouri state senators are trying to quash the KU Alumni Association’s attempt to make a Jayhawk license plate available in the state after news of the effort hit last week.

“It’s a fascinating study of hatred,” said Kevin Corbett, president of the KU Alumni Association.

Corbett said the association was trying to provide the tags for its 30,000 or so alums in the state.

“Missouri happens to be a state where we’ve got a lot of graduates that would love a license plate,” he said. “It has nothing to do with the University of Missouri.”

Two state senators — Kurt U. Schaefer, R-Columbia, and Bill Stouffer, R-Napton — issued a press release Monday declaring their intentions to block the measure.

Stouffer is a co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight and the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. He said he thought it was “pretty reasonable” to assume that the proposal wouldn’t make it out of the transportation oversight committee. After the news that KU was pursuing a Missouri license plate, Stouffer said his email hadn’t lit up like that since the Missouri House speaker announced plans to honor political commentator Rush Limbaugh in the state’s Hall of Famous Missourians.

Even though Missouri offers other universities’ license plates — Pittsburg State University and the University of Arkansas are two examples — Stouffer said KU was a special case.

“We can’t sell our souls,” Stouffer said.

But wouldn’t that mean Missouri is losing out on a new revenue source?

“KU’s turning down a lot of revenue by not playing MU in football,” Stouffer said.

He said he wouldn’t be able to look his grandchildren in the eyes if he allowed the KU license plate to go forward.

“My goal is just to save the world from a mythical bird invasion in the state of Missouri,” Stouffer said.

Comments

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

Missouri shooting themselves in the foot because of KU. Some things never change.

marykU 2 years, 7 months ago

Missouri is just fine. Just an FYI SEC>>>>>Big 2 Little 8 (which ku is in the little since they are not OU or Texas) and forever will be. Just another fyi football drives tv revenue when it comes to TV contracts, and kU wants to say KC is a kU city, yet all the star KC kids on both sides of the city are choosing MU.

But hey you have basketball, and ONLY basketball to hang you hat on. Oh and 3 National Titles which is better than MU (psssst you dont have 5, only you and UNC recognize Helms titles as National Championships, nobody else does)

sparky1958 2 years, 7 months ago

Tag meeee Tag meeee marykU I love putting beakers in their place

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

So in your opinion you're moving from a worse league in which you couldn't win anything to a better conference where you'll definitely never win anything. You just can't teach that kind of brilliance.

anonyname 2 years, 7 months ago

"A fascinating study of hatred." I wonder how many supporters of this idea would approve of a Kansas tag with Truman the Tiger.

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

I couldn't care less. Make some money off those ignoramuses.

marykU 2 years, 7 months ago

yes they are ignorant. Because ku wants to put a jayhawk, which is a symbol for terrorists who killed innocent Missourian's and burned their towns is offensive to Missourians. That makes sense, you know cause during the Civil War, Missouri brought Tigers from Africa to kill kansan's.

kU is acceptable, kansas is blue colored font on the side of the plate is fine. The jayhawk logo is not fine, and never will be fine in Missouri.

If you are making a big deal out of this, which you are. Why dont you lead the charge for MU plates in kansas? Hmmmmmm an eye for an eye.

MarchHare 2 years, 7 months ago

"Because ku wants to put a jayhawk, which is a symbol for terrorists who killed innocent Missourian's and burned their towns is offensive to Missourians."

And Tigers are the cause of death of individuals every year, and the Americans used to paint their gunner airplanes to look like sharks, or decorate the sides with "pin-up" girls. Should all of our WWII enemies boycott anything with a shark on it, or any pictures of beautiful women in seductive poses...?

Putting undue weight on a symbol is what gives it its power in the first place... Honestly the thing looks more like a chicken or a do-do bird than any menacing symbol of "Death to Missourians".

I guess I missed the part where African Americans refused to live side by side with the ancestors of their oppressors and the Jewish people were able to forgive the rest of the world...

Oh yea, but you're totally justified in an overblown reaction to the kind of thing that literally happens everyday all over the world... especially since it happened so recently and all.

Yes, yes, I see now how this relates to liscence plates, MY GOD, the humanity!!! Absolutely the last straw, if I were allowed to express the fact that I am a KU alumni who lives, works and drives in Missouri... THE END OF DAYS I TELL YOU.

Armen Kurdian 2 years, 7 months ago

I'd prefer Kansas plates with Tony the Tiger. They'rrrrreee Great!

marykU 2 years, 7 months ago

yes you are right, even though MU has alumni clubs in many cities across the USA and kansas has one club, in a town, which quite frankly smells like shyte.

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

sorry there isn't a special plate for GED

Armen Kurdian 2 years, 7 months ago

More like a fascintating study of Missouri dumbasses. Actually it's not fascinating. It's laughable.

Haiku_Cuckoo 2 years, 7 months ago

I'll bet senators Schaefer and Napton still use the term "freedom fries".

FlintlockRifle 2 years, 7 months ago

“KU’s turning down a lot of revenue by not playing MU in football,” Stouffer said, dang that is one brilliant statement, oh I forgot we are talking about "Misery" and who left the conference

marykU 2 years, 7 months ago

for by far bigger and better things. Let us know who that practicing game winning FG's works out. Since every football player in KC that is of high D1 quality is heading to MU.

somedude20 2 years, 7 months ago

It is good to have standards MO. The Hawks are out but Rush Limbaugh is in the Missouri Hall of Fame and will have a bronze bust in the state Capitol next to Twain and Truman. Yep, it is good to have standards, keep it classy, MO!

mdlund0 2 years, 7 months ago

As someone who doesn't have a dog in this fight (I came from another state well across the country and attended universities that do not include KU or MU), I have to say that it fascinates me how in rivalries such as this one (UT / A&M is another good example) there is always one team/side (MU or A&M in this case) that takes it extremely seriously with utter hatred and contempt for the other side while the opposition (KU or UT) tends to brush it off and not really understand what all the fuss is about. Rivalries are asymmetrical. Can someone explain to my why Mizzou people have their undies in such a bundle? What is the origin of this?

kuhusker 2 years, 7 months ago

We won the Civil War. Also we are a lot better then them in basketball.

jonas_opines 2 years, 7 months ago

In the national consciousness, our football programs are the same level of mediocrity (while in reality Missouri's is a little better), and there's really no comparison when it comes to the basketball standard.

And no one likes being considered inferior.

Budgets_Smudgets 2 years, 7 months ago

Ego check: This is no more embarrassing than those of you who wanted to rename Missouri Street in Lawrence.

Budgets_Smudgets 2 years, 7 months ago

Money is irrelevant. Both are juvenile actions in motivation.

motercyclejim 2 years, 7 months ago

This is rideculus!! I went to missu and i dont want any jay hawkes on the missouri lisense plate!!! they just are mad that were going 2 the sec which is a beter confrence!!!!! all hail missou!!!!!

Beth Ennis 2 years, 7 months ago

FYI: Kansas has it in their law/regulations that only Kansas schools can be on KS license plates. They don't allow any out of state schools. However, Missouri already allows out of state schools on their licenses plates, so to not allow KU could be called discrimination which could cost the state some money if someone decides to make a case of it. I sure wouldn't put a Jayhawk on my license plate if I lived in Missouri. Like someone else said, that's putting a target on your car, and I personally would be too paranoid to do that.

MarchHare 2 years, 7 months ago

“We can’t sell our souls,” Stouffer said.

He said he wouldn’t be able to look his grandchildren in the eyes if he allowed the KU license plate to go forward.

“My goal is just to save the world from a mythical bird invasion in the state of Missouri,” Stouffer said.

Absolutely stunning examples of hyperbole. This, people, is what we elect our Senators for. Who else is going to save us from the imaginary cartoon characters?

pace 2 years, 7 months ago

Does any state legislature pay attention to the real problems, Head line grabbing goons, writing law on sports, religion, marriage, but NADA on jobs, homes, fair tax. What goons on both sides of the border. Losers.

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