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I am pleased that you happened to mention the fact that in 1992 few, if any "observers" thought that adding SC and ARK were going to be a good fit. The situation in 2012 mirrors that as well. I live in Ala. and am a Mizzou J-school grad. I understand that Ala. fans, in particular, could care less about any of the other 13 schools and am realistic to know that the first two years will be tough for the "other" Tigers. But, as you have repeatedly noted, expanded facilities at both schools, increased ticket sales, adding two Top 40 Nielsen markets, will all bring Greenbacks to Mike Slive's table. And that's a good thing. Let's stop all of this talk about "the fit" and let's strap up and play some ball. Mizzou just might surprise some people. And no, they won't win the Eastern Division or beat Alabama. You gotta start somewhere...
2 years, 2 months ago on Was The SEC, Missouri, And Texas A&M Union A Smart Move?
Spurrier is the son of a preacher, right? When he finally winds up taking a dirt nap I can only hope he rots in Hell.
2 years, 3 months ago on Carolina's Spurrier Is Ready To Do Some More Talking
John: As a fairly new reader of this site, would you have thought that posting such an innocuous article like the one originally written about the Mizzou uni's would have resulted in so many comments? Glad to know we Tiger fans are adapting well to SEC customs, traditions, etc.
2 years, 5 months ago on Mizzou’s New Nike Duds Not As Bad As they Might Have Been
Can't really disagree about the fan base underestimating SEC talent, particularly on defense. It'd be fair to say that the Tigers will need two years to make an adjustment (meaning that they likely will have to make changes once they get first-hand experience playing against all of the teams). The analogy is similar to when a pitcher from the American League faces a National League batter for the first time. You can watch all of the game film you want but it ain't nothing like the real thing until you experience it up close and personal. I'm optimistic they can have a 7-5 or 8-4 season but I am also realistic to know they won't be going to the Sugar Bowl.
2 years, 5 months ago on Mizzou OC Yost Ready To Challenge SEC Defenses
OK. Let's try this once more. Comments such as, "Just don't get mad at the rest of the SEC for laughing at you every week for looking ridiculous," will be settled on the field and not in fashion magazines. Those of you/us who live in Big 12 Country surely realize that teams such as Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, in their heyday, were certainly of SEC-calibre. My point really was the constant barrage that Mizzou is the equivalent of a Vanderbilt or MSU. We have a whole 2012 season to "show them" (a play on "show me" ) that they are wrong. Insofar as criticism of the uni's is concerned, I am fine with reading the criticism but I understand the necessity of re-branding for marketing purposes.
2 years, 5 months ago on Mizzou “Wants To Grab A Little Piece Of What Oregon Has Done” Uniform-wise… Ugh
I think "Statesman" said it perfectly that Mizzou does not need legacy SEC fans/schools approval. When Mr.SEC mentions the 12 fan bases that collectively scratched their noggins when the expansion was announced and Mizzou was one of the teams, it is time now to just say to all our SEC brothers and sisters: Deal with it. Move on. We're going to play in an elite college league and we are ready! No, of course we don't expect to be world-beaters right out of the gate but within two years we will certainly be more competitive than in our first year. if my memory is correct, when South Carolina and Arkansas were both welcomed into the SEC in 1992 there was this same type of head scratching going on.