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Web Trends: Kansas vs. Missouri

An interesting little website called Seer (developed by Hint.fm) allows you to compare sets of web trends and see how they differ and overlap. Let’s see what it can tell us about Kansas and Missouri.

Terms used: "Kansas Univeristy" vs "Missouri University"

From this first comparison we can see a couple of common terms like Basketball and Football. Not surprising Kansas has a hevaier line to basketball, but also captured the edge with football too.

Terms used: "Kansas wins" vs "Missouri wins"

Terms used: "KU wins" vs "MU wins"

These two simply show the tendency for Kansas to win and Missouri to Win-ston Churhchill. Searches for Missouri wins and MU wins resulted in nothing more than coincidental sentence about the famous general. Whereas the Kansas results show Big 12 and National Championship trends and a nice nod their dominance over in-state rival Kansas State.

Racial Vandalism at Mizzou

Racism at Mizzou

via Columbia Tribune: Cottonballs Scattered in Front of MU’s Black culture Center

“Before the Civil War, many enslaved African-Americans were forced to work on cotton plantations.” Now during Black History month, cotton balls were used by a couple of University of Missouri¬†students to send a racially charged message.

Talk of the incident spread via text message, Facebook, Twitter and word-of-mouth later in the morning. Many comments on the subject said it was an example of continuing racism.

Facebook Faceoff

Not sure how this got started, but it looks like a couple students on each side of the KU / MU rivalry decided to run a popularity contest between the schools.  The challenge is see which school can get 100,000 fans on their Facebook page first.

As I write this Kansas leads with 68,318 votes to Fizzou’s 67,871. Not too bad considering the contest only started 6 days ago. Even more impressive on Fizzou’s part to find that many people who would want their name permanently associated with the school. But eventually we all know who is going to win, but Fizzou should be able to keep it closer than they did in basketball.

Do your part if you haven’t already and help put Kansas over the top.

Kansas’s Facebook

Or talk trash on those hated tiggers.

Missouri’s Facebook

Know Your Enemy

I ran across these public service posters the other day and realized that Fizzou fans are all around us. Knowledge is the best form of protection, so if you are in doubt of an acquaintances legitimacy take a look at these helpful diagrams.

If you are still in doubt about whether the person in question is a Fizzou fan you can also consult the the long list of redneck jokes. If the answer is yes to any of them…you have a Fizzou fan.

Bulettin Board: Very High on the Underachiever Scale

From ESPN Commentary:

Under-Achievers

Pat Forde is Mizzou Journalism Alum.

MU Band Disrepects Future Heros

BandCamp

A report from the Columbia Missourian tells how the Fizzou band disrespected Navy after getting embarrassed in the Texas Bowl.

The author, Margaret Fries, describes the situation:

At the end of the game, the Missouri players left the field and most of the Missouri fans had left. The Missouri marching band played the Missouri alma mater and the fight song. Navy players, fans and midshipmen waited patiently at the other end of the field for the Missouri band to finish.

When Missouri finished, the Navy Drum and Bugle Corps (small in number compared to the Missouri band) started playing the historical Navy Blue and Gold. At this point, the Missouri band blasted the Missouri fight a second time and completely drowned out Navy’s turn to sing their alma mater.

Fzzou quickly wrote it off as a “misunderstanding” and that they couldn’t hear Navy’s band.

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Follow-up: January 5

Once again the Missourian posted an article from an open contibuter askinga about MU’s tarditions.

He states:

I’m writing in response to the Navy-Mizzou band mix-up. Is it tradition that the Tigers rush off the field as their band is playing the fight song and alma mater after a loss? Most teams stick around long enough to carry out the tradition, or they might otherwise be accused of disrespecting their own school. Heck, I bet Mizzou didn’t have 200 fans in the stands by the end of their ritual.

If the school does have traditions they apparently seem to throw them out the door after getting pounded.

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Follow-up: January 7

Mizzou Apologizes, but Navy Hardly Accepts Itstltoday.com

Officials for the University of Missouri have apologized to the US Naval Academy for what call a misunderstanding.

Richard Johnson, executive vice president of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation had this to say in response:

he finds it hard to believe that was the case. He attended the game and said he watched MU band officials looking over their shoulders as the Naval Academy began to play.

“I’m not sure this isn’t revisionist history going on,” he said. “I think Navy fans were disturbed by it. It was an embarrassment for Missouri. Whether or not it was intentional, that’s the way it came across.”