The Battleground of Kansas City

Many of you may know, but this summer I am interning in Kansas City. This post is going to be part life update and part observations.

First with the life update. I am interning at Deloitte accounting firm doing tax work. “Tax” is like a curse word when I tell people that’s what I want to do with my life. Most people cringe at the thought of spending all day working on taxes. I will probably devote an entire post in the future to this topic (exciting, right), but taxes are interesting to me, and should be to you too. All major business decisions have a tax aspect, and  taxes are in the middle of most political debates. Maybe by doing taxes all day I can learn how to make great business decisions and how to run this great country. Hopefully. Really enjoying the work for now though.

I am graduating in December with an Accounting Masters, and depending on how the internship goes, will hopefully be gainfully employed shortly after. I’ll keep you posted on that one.

Onto how it is living in Border War territory. I must first admit that I am living in Kansas now. Right on the border, but still in Kansas. Blame my buddy John who I’m subleasing with.

There’s a noticeable void in the Mizzou-Kansas rivalry. Blame it on Mizzou for leaving for the SEC. Blame it on Kansas for not wanting to play Mizzou. Either way, there’s something missing, and eventually the void must be filled. Throughout Kansas City and especially in KCK, there are more Jayhawks than Tigers from what I’ve noticed. That’s going to happen when the only other “metropolitan” area in Kansas is Wichita. I work with 2 other Mizzou people, 2 K-State people, a couple people from elsewhere, and about 10 Jayhawks. They’re everywhere. I am, however, learning how to have a civil argument with them. Admit they’re very good at basketball, subtly mention football, abort conversation.

I must admit I’ve never interacted with people from KU until the internship. All I can think of is Dr. Evil saying to Austin Powers “We’re not so different, you and I.”

You have all this automatic hatred for the sports teams and the university, but the people individually are just like us. We are working the same jobs and enjoying the same life essentially. We just strongly dislike opposite sides of the border. I hope we play again because there’s nothing like a friendly rivalry against people you’re around every day. One of the partners is a big Mizzou fan though so I’ll be alright even if it’s the few and the proud. Don’t get me wrong, I hate KU and everything, but I’d never say I hate all people from KU. The Jayhawks I’ve met are actually all really awesome.


That being said, scoreboard.

That’s what I think I think.

P.S. “Jayhawks” is sending my spell check crazy. It’s not even a word.


One thought on “The Battleground of Kansas City

  1. I was told by a friend of mine (much older than I) from KCK that the rivalry dates back to the pre-civil war “Bloody Kansas” disputes over whether or not Kansas would be a slave state.

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