It Doesn’t Get Better Than Braggin’ Rights

University of Missouri v University of IllinoisSaturday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) A few years ago, when rumors were swirling about Missouri potentially jumping from the Big 12 to Jim Delany’s favorite league, there was one B1G reason why I didn’t want it to happen.

Braggin’ Rights.

In many ways, of course, Mizzou made perfect geographic and competitive sense for the Big Ten – certainly much more than Rutgers and Maryland. However, as a longtime lover of the annual Christmastime clash between the Illini and Tigers down in St. Louis, the last thing I wanted to see was college basketball’s most electric nonconference match-up to turn into two run-of-the-mill conference ones.

Call me selfish, if you will. But, either way, you could certainly call me relieved when Mizzou-to-the-Big-Ten didn’t happen. And at 4:30 p.m. today, you’ll also be able to call me excited when I’m in the stands at the Scottrade Center for my first Braggin’ Rights game since attending back-to-back battles in 2001 and 2002.

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