Insecurity makes one do silly things
Posted on: July 9, 2012 at 16:48:13 CT
MU was awarded titles for 2 of those seasons: 1920-21 and 1921-22. They were independantly selected as the nation's top team by both Premo and Porretta in their polls.
Probably a better indication of the strength of each team in 1921-22 comes from Allen himself in his autobiography in which he describes what he considered a huge upset:
“We were hoping and planning for breaks which might turn our misfortunes into a startling victorious upset…The Missourians had not lost a game. Kansas was not conceded a chance by well-informed dopesters. The Missouri Tigers were big and powerful. The Kansas Jayhawkers were shorter and lighter. They had a great outfit and really looked like much the better team.”
It was ku’s first Mo Valley title since 1915, it was MU’s 4th in the prior 5 years. The two teams split the head to head contests by an equal margin of 10 points, the Tigers lone loss by far the season low in output in terms of points. MU had defeated ku in 20 of the prior 24 meetings. Simply speaking, considering the ku team superior is revisionist and not the way it was actually seen at the time.
The Helms title was actually awarded to them 21 years later by the Helms Bakery Company by a former semi-pro baseball player and sports collector named Bill Schroeder. Schroeder picked only 1 team for each season and gave no support or justification for his selection.