Yael Abouhalkah’s position on the KU-MU series entirely misses the point and spirit of the rivalry (11/29, Opinion, “Showdown welcome on the border”).
First of all, I didn’t realize that the litmus test for a college football game was the value to local merchants. As an alumnus of KU (’82-’86), I would have been furious if that game had been taken away from campus. We had very little to play for in those days, so rivalry was everything. Now there’s much more at stake, and it should be decided on the respective campuses.
As to having to go to a hostile environment to see your team play: boo hoo. Isn’t that what rivalry is all about? I doubt the Wolverines feel very comfortable in Columbus, but I don’t see anyone clamoring to play that game in Detroit. Maybe we should go to a flag football system and have a “5 Mississippi” rush to limit any hard feelings.
This decision saps all of the spirit of rivalry and tradition from that game. It’s about only one thing: money.
Harlow D. Schmidt