I have an item for your reading list for border war week. Please go to coachturnergill.com, click on "Traditions", then click on "Rivalries" and then click on the Missouri-Kansas Rivalry. What follows... I wouldn't call it revisionist history because it's largely fabrication, but it's funny to know that this is what the KU administration can pawn off on their ignorant fan base as historical fact. As you can guess, the rivalry description focuses on the actual border war.
My favorite highlights of the piece:
1. Quantrill apparently left from Columbia before the raid on Lawrence
2. Over 2,000 people apparently walked from Lawrence and Columbia respectively to the first game in Kansas City
Needless to say, there is nothing about how Quantrill's raid was in retaliation for similar raids into Missouri.
So take a look and see history through the eye of a Kansas Jayhawk fan. Also, maybe if there are a lot of clicks on Turner Gill's website it will come off as support for him and help keep him around for a little bit longer? (A guy can dream.)
For me, this article sums up why I hate Kansas. Atrocities were committed on both sides of the state line 150 years ago. Hastily-done, shoddy propaganda still reigns supreme on one side all these years later and Kansas fans are so proud of something they know so little about.
So, I'm working on some rivalry facts we could post on a Mizzou athletic website in a vein similar to coachturnergill.com. My ideas for talking points include:
1. Ghengis Khan was a KU grad
2. Benito Mussolini was Phog Allen's father