VICTORY!

Again, this is a homer post.  Again, I don’t care.  It’s my blog, I do what I want with it.

Like I wrote on Thursday and had posted on Friday (internet problems again?  Really?), I was too excited about the Mizzou-Oklahoma to even think about anything else, except a few Blues games.

So mostly for my own records, I’m going to recount my 36 hours or so, just for when Mizzou does eventually lose I can come back to this and remember just how perfect things really went.

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WaB’s Thoughts on Conference Realignment

CAUSES

There has been lots of talk lately about possible conference realignment involving teams from almost every major conference in existence.  Unfortunately, I have been left without the benefit of the internet to help me with this post so you will truly be getting my completely uninformed speculation about what all is happening.  I have no inside information, but I like to think I’ve read enough articles to have some idea about what is going on.  There’s plenty of propaganda running around out there and tons of articles written with heavy bias so sifting through it all is not easy.  Plus, I’ve tried to set aside my own Missouri bias to see the facts; whether or not I’ve done a good job…well that’s for you to decide. Continue reading

Alright, I’ve Had Enough

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe

For once, I am actually okay with the BCS.  I don’t like the Fiesta Bowl, but overall, I’m happy.  First, give the mid-majors a chance against one of the big boys.  Second, TCU and Boise St. played in last year’s Poinsettia Bowl with TCU prevailing 17-16.  We don’t need a rematch.  But no, this is not what this post is about.  This post is down to a more personal level.  I’m a Missouri fan and I’m sick of the Big 12.

For the third year in a row it was announced that Mizzou was going to a lower bowl than we deserve.  Three years ago we trounced Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl while Kansas, who we beat 36-28, went to the Orange Bowl.  Last year we beat Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl while Nebraska, who we beat 52-17, went to the Gator Bowl.  Now this year, we’re headed to the Texas bowl against Navy while 6-6 Iowa State will head to the Insight.com Bowl and 6-6 Texas A&M takes on Georgia in the Independence Bowl.  We’re 8-4 and beat Iowa State 34-24 just a few  short weeks ago.  There is no excuse for two 6-6 teams to jump an 8-4 for bowl placement.  None.

But the Insight.com Bowl is trying.

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College Football Time!

Last year at this time, I was in St. Louis watching my Missouri Tigers win a shootout against Illinois and Weller was at home keeping you updated with some notes on the early action.   This year, the roles are reversed as I’m sitting in my living room waiting for the Tennessee-Western Kentucky game to start while Weller is at Neyland Stadium.  Apparently he already has a Lane Kiffin bobblehead, but I won’t steal all of his thunder.

We’ve already had a few games on Thursday night; both of them were bitterly disappointing.  I’m hoping the Oklahoma St.-Georgia game and the Virginia Tech-Alabama games will live up to the hype.  I’m going to take both SEC teams in those matchups.

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Big 12 North Preview

Yesterday I started our brief college football previews with the Big 12 South.  Today, we’ll preview the much weaker North. The Missouri Tigers have won the last two North Titles only be trounced by Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game.  So who gets to be the sacrificial lamb this year?

I think it’s going to be the Kansas Jayhawks.  Of the three real contenders in the North, only Kansas returns their starting QB.  Todd Reesing set all kinds of school records last year while leading the way to 7-5 record and an Insight Bowl victory over Minnesota.  As good as Reesing is, wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe is better.  Briscoe caught 92 balls for 1,407 and 15 touchdowns.  He may be the second best receiver in the Big 12, behind OSU’s Dez Bryant.  The running game is okay with senior RB Jake Sharp returning after two straight 800 yard campaigns.  The passing game will obviously be the feature, however.

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Sportsmanship Question

Today’s post is a very simple question.  I’m curious to hear other people’s thoughts on this.  I’ll give you a little back story before I put up my poll.

Today, my girlfriend and I went to a regional softball game between Mizzou and Illinois.  We were only there for about 20 minutes because there was a huge line of storms headed our direction.  We saw about five hitters from Illinois and then the game was postponed for the evening.  Illinois did manage to scratch across one run in that short time.  That’s where my question comes from.

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Sweet 16 Picks – Day 1

Weller gave his picks for the first two rounds, so now it’s my turn for the Sweet 16.

UConn over Purdue.  I love Purdue, they’re a fun team to watch, but no one is playing better than UConn right now.

Memphis over Mizzou.  If Mizzou can force Tyreke Evans to make bad decisions, they can win this game.   As long as Mizzou doesn’t start out ice cold, as they’re prone to do, this game may be one of the best of the tournament. (I hope I’m wrong here.  Go Mizzou.)

Villanova over Duke.  I love the way Nova is playing right now.  They took a good UCLA team to task and I think their streak continues.

Pittsburgh over Xavier.  I don’t think the Musketeers have enough talent to hang with Pitt for the entire 40 minutes.

Mizzou-Kansas Firsthand

I’ve never been a big basketball fan; just couldn’t get into the sport.  Tonight, I became a little bit more of a fan.

As most of you know, my Missouri Tigers came back to down their hated rivals, the Kansas Jayhawks, 62-60 on a buzzer beater by Zaire Taylor.

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Big 12 Championship

On Saturday a group of five of us headed up to Kansas City to see the Big 12 Championship Scrimmage.  Most of you probably tuned in for the first half and then turned it off.  I probably would have also, except I was there and couldn’t do that.

picture-179I’m not sure if it showed on TV, but it was about 17 degrees in the stands, which makes a 40 point drubbing even harder to take.  I took two “positives” from the 62-21 loss.  At least we weren’t the only team to get beaten by Oklahoma like that and at least it wasn’t this.  I don’t really feel like talking a whole lot about the game, it wasn’t exactly a bright spot in Mizzou Athletics, but I will mention that the back judge for the game was absolutely terrible.  He missed at least four easy calls both ways.  Of course, none of these calls would have changed the game, but had the game been closer, they might have.  I hope the Big 12 reviews that.

Now, as far as our trip went, we had a great time.  Four of us left from Columbia and met Weller in a Wal-Mart parking lot so we could pick him up and buy a box of hand warmers for the game.  Great idea.

We showed up about 45 minutes before the game, ($22 parking again) and went straight into the stadium.  It was too cold to walk around anywhere else.  The Oklahoma section was full about 30 minutes before kickoff while the Mizzou side filled up just before kickoff.  Maybe that should have been a sign of things to come.  We had a guy behind us who kept yelling, “IN THE FACE!”  at different points in the game, which was odd, but funny at the same time.  Not a whole lot around it, just, “in the face.”

After Chase’s untimely fumble, it was decided that we were not going to win, so we began to try and find the lighter side of some of the fan’s antics.  This brings me to the best part of the whole night.

picture-182After another Oklahoma touchdown an unsuspecting fan comes walking out of the entry ramp with his newly bought nachos and cheese.  I’m not sure what caused this, but he got the very end of the ramp and lost it.  He went headfirst over about five rows of people, spilling nachos and cheese everywhere.  The guy falls in between two rows and disappears for a second, only to poke his head up from the ground to reveal that he got the worst of the cheesing.  He was covered, as were most of the people he had flown over.  It was great.

We left at the start of the third quarter and went to Hooters to watch the rest of the game there.  We were never heckled by any Sooner fans, to their credit.  I guess the 40-point loss was enough.  I hope they crush florida in the Championship Game.

More WaB Field Trips

Tomorrow, a couple of friends and the writers of the blog you’re reading are headed up to Arrowhead Stadium for the Big 12 Championship game. I won’t say we (Mizzou) are headed in confidently against Oklahoma, but we’re headed there nonetheless. If Mizzou wins, you’ll probably get the recap from me, in we lose, you’ll get it from Weller.

For the record, I’m saying OU will win it 48-31. Boy, I hope I’m wrong.

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