Tim Kaine, the Virginia senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate, has his sights set on reinstating the Border War. No, he's not talking about the US-Mexico border and building a wall; rather, Kaine is aiming to make the Kansas-Missouri rivalry great again.
Kaine tweeted today in response to a Kansas City Star piece asking if he could possibly re-ignite the rivalry.
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According to the Kansas City Star article, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says Kaine is the right man to jump start the dormant KU-Mizzou series. The two teams haven't played since the Tigers left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012.
“When he’s the vice president he can finally melt the ice between the Jayhawks and Tigers and have them willing to play us again,” said Nixon over the weekend.
Kaine seems uniquely qualified to play mediator between the two schools. He grew up in Overland Park, Kan., and obtained his undergraduate degree from Missouri, but also claims to be a Kansas basketball fan.
“He’s stuck right in the middle of it,” Nixon said. “It’s not the most important issue he’s facing right now…We just need to start playing again.”
Missouri and Kansas is the second-most played rivalry in FBS history. The two teams first met in 1891 and have played 120 times in total. The Tigers lead the all-time series 57-54-9.
In 2007, both teams entered the game ranked in the top five, with the third-ranked Tigers knocking off No. 2 Kansas 36-28.
If Kaine is able to get these two programs back on the field facing each other--well, it's not exactly brokering world peace but it would make a lot of fans in America's heartland happy.