It's been a rough nine months between our collective readership.
But for those of us who have been around from the beginning, there have been some good times. More good times than bad, I venture to say. Before writing this letter, I looked back through the BOTC and RMN archives, to remember the happier times.
There was the "Beat KU" chant after Jeremy Maclin and company ran roughshod in Manhattan in 2007. There was the Q&A in 2008 that solidified the relationship. There was the christening of the Unholy Alliance in the "KU Course Catalog" post that grew out of an email exchange with Bill C. There were the Unholy Alliance photos. There were a hundred other examples, posts and comments and gifs and farks and everything else, that I don't have time to go back and find right now.
And that's why the turn of events, and the turn in the relationship between BOTC and RMN last fall, made me so unhappy. It was refreshing to go back through the archive and remember what it was like to blog before all the realignment bullshit. It's not a popular stance around here, but I would be more than happy to trade West Virginia and TCU back to the Big East and bring Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M and Missouri back into the fold. Things were just fine the way they were, thank you very much.
I wish Missouri the best in the future. My views about the decision made by Missouri's administration and its coverage by some of its media outlets haven't changed, but I hold no personal ill will toward Missouri fans. Whether the move was necessary to MU's long-term stability is as yet undecided, but the fact that it's still an open question means the decision was not wrong.
In shared sports hatred for KU, I remain always your unholy ally,