Big Games, Big Fun

While a good chunk of the sports universe is focused on Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, folks in the Midwest have their eyes set on a different game.

Missouri. Kansas.

Saturday night, the rival Kansas Jayhawks come to Mizzou Arena to face the No. 4 Missouri Tigers. With the Jayhawks ranked No. 8, and this being the last time KU will challenge the SEC-bound Tigers in Columbia in a Big 12 contest, the game has taken on added significance.

How big is this game? Well, the ESPN College Gameday crew is in town and Saturday’s tilt is nationally televised in prime time, 8 p.m. central.

This rivalry has seen its share of thrilling games (and some blowouts, too) over the years, and Saturday night’s contest is likely to go down as one to remember.

While the collective attention of Columbia will be focused on hoops Saturday night, there’s plenty to do during the day to stay occupied while waiting for tip-off.

If you’re going to be in the Columbia area, why not explore The District? Or you might enjoy seeing a movie at RagTag Cinema (Oscar frontrunner The Artist is playing). Don’t forget about Rock Bridge Memorial State Park; it’s supposed to be between 45 and 50 degrees Saturday, though rain is in the forecast. Hey, it’s February in Missouri, rain and 50 degrees is like being in the tropics.

At some point during the day, you’ll need to eat. Grab a slice of pie at either Shakespeare’s or Kostaki’s, or maybe check out what’s brewing (sorry, terrible pun, couldn’t help it) at Flat Branch.

You’ll find there’s no shortage of things to do, things to see and places to eat in Columbia. The best part: The more active you are the more quickly game time will arrive.

As for Sunday, the build up to the start of the Super Bowl can be soul-crushing. One of the networks begins its game coverage about six hours before the coin toss. Ugh.

Hopefully, Saturday’s Missouri-Kansas game will become an instant classic (with the Tigers winning, of course) that will be replayed throughout the day on the ESPN family of networks.

If that doesn’t happen, take heart; you’re in Missouri and fun is just around the corner. Go to to find adventure in your area, or plan a quick day-trip to someplace new.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the games!

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