Wednesday, March 24, 2010
But then, in yet another of the weirder days in Missouri sports history, and if you know anything about Missouri, you know we've had some really bizarre incidents in our past. (5th down anyone?) On March 26th, 2006, Mike Anderson was to be announced as the new head coach of the Tigers following the termination of Snyder by Missouri play by play announcer Gary Link. Seriously. No need to make up stories about Missouri, we can do weirder shit on our own just by accident. Anyway, the press conference was delayed while the Board of Curators was holding a meeting on whether or not to fire athletic director Mike Alden for the botched firing among other things. So we have television cameras and reporters but no athletic director and a coach sitting in the back wondering whether the contract he'd just signed was going to be worth the paper it was printed on. When push came to shove, Alden was able to hold on by the skin of his teeth and Mike Anderson's hiring was complete.
The future looks bright for the Tigers again. A good portion of this years team were just sophomores and he's bringing in his best recruiting class to date including high flyer Tony Mitchell and point guard Phil Pressey, son of his lifelong friend and college room mate and former NBA player Paul Pressey. While Coach Anderson may never enjoy a stretch of league titles that Coach Stewart did, his system is built for the NCAA tournament and I firmly believe Missouri's first final 4 appearance will occur sooner than later. Between he and Gary Pinkel, people are finally realizing that Mike Alden is a pretty damn good judge of coaches when he's not also being charged with finding 25 million dollars for a new arena.
A few things to talk about concerning spring football and that's what I'll be getting to next time. Have a good week.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
But, it's just the beginning of spring practice and optimism always flows like water for me. The practice reports I've read from Gabe DeArmond and Dave Matter have both mentioned the defensive back playing more press coverage and less giving the receivers 8 to 10 yards of cushion. This would definitely be a good thing, but one thing I have noticed is the Tigers lack of a defensive tackle that creates chaos on the line. In 2007 Lorenzo Williams was an absolute terror in the middle, collapsing pockets and giving the quarterback no place to go. In '08 Ziggy Hood was a run stopping piece of machinery, but rarely provided any discomfort for the quarterback as he tried to step up to get away from pressure. Last year it was more of the same for starters Jaron Baston and Dominique Hamilton. However, Hamilton was a red shirt sophomore and came on as the season went along so I have some high hopes for him. I have no idea where the other starter comes from but some candidates are Terrell Resonno, Jimmy Burge, Marvin Foster and possibly even incoming freshman Lucas Vincent. We simply have to get some pressure up the middle, whether it come from a down lineman or a linebacker. There are ways to scheme around the lack of an overpowering defensive tackle. It's just going to be up to Steckel and the rest of the defensive staff to find it.
Another spot I feel good about is the linebacking situation. Missouri has quietly built depth there and despite the loss of All America Sean Weatherspoon, I expect the crew to be more than adequate. The guy in the middle should be junior Will Ebner; a Texas kid that just loves to hit people.
No idea what I have going on to write about next time, so if you have anything you'd like to hear about, please let me know. I know people are reading this since I hear from some of you from time to time. Please feel free to leave me a comment and have a great week.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Today I'd like to take a look at the offense for the Tigers. Despite losing most of their weapons from the year before, the Tigers averaged 29 points per game last year, which ranked 6th in the conference. Not the heady statistics from the previous 2 seasons of course, but still pretty good from a conference that views defense as just something you do while you're drawing up plays for the next drive. Sophomore Blaine Gabbert was ranked 3rd in the conference in yards per game and 2nd in pass efficiency with a score of 140.5, trailing only Colt McCoy of the Longhorns. Of course, he's going to lose his biggest weapon in Danario Alexander, which might actually make him a better quarterback in the long run. He's got to improve on his habit of staring down the receiver. If he does that you can pretty much pencil him in as one of the favorites for 1st team all conference along with Jerrod Johnson from Texas A&M.
Jerrell Jackson absolutely showed that he's capable of making the big play. There's also plenty of returning talent in Rolandis Woodland, Michael Egnew, Jaleel Clark and TJ Moe as well as incoming freshmen Marcus Lucas, Jimmy Hunt and Bud Sasser. I think the red shirt burns on at least 1 of these guys, but frankly, I doubt any of them open the season as starters. The tight end position was forgotten last year which was surprising considering the success of former Tigers Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman. Junior Andrew Jones opens as the starter and really the only thing I believe he lacked last year was Gabbert being able to find him.
So in closing, despite the fact that Mizzou lost one of the premier receivers from last years team, I really don't expect the Tigers to miss a beat this year. They've been recruiting top notch talent and frankly they expect to succeed. Offensive coordinator David Yost will benefit from his year of experience and the youngsters will have the benefit of another year in the program. Mark it down, the Tigers will average 35 points a game this fall.
Next time we'll talk about the other side of the ball where the future is just a bit more cloudy. Have a good week folks!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
This was the lead in for Night Court for years and made it, in my opinion the best night of television for the week. The story took place in a neighborhood bar in Boston. The owner, Sam "Mayday" Malone, a former Red Sox reliever and alcoholic was the owner. The bars patrons and staff meshed together beautifully. The show rarely had much of a plot but was more a series of skits, generally taking place in the bar with few exceptions. The show started out with Shelly Long as Diane, his over educated barmaid and love interest. Shelly left after a few seasons and was replaced by Kirstie Alley, who had the most beautiful eyes of any woman that's ever graced this planet. But the real stars of the show, again in my opinion were 2 of his regulars, Norm and Cliff, played by George Wendt and John Ratzenberger. Norm had some of the great one liners I've personally ever heard, and Cliff was the classic bar "know-it-all". Their foil was Carla, the perpetually pregnant and tempered barmaid played by Rhea Pearlman. NORM!
WKRP in Cincinnati:
turkey drop. The show launched Loni Anderson as the newest sex symbol of the day as receptionist Jennifer Marlowe, but for my money, give me Bailey.
That 70's Show:
Maybe I'll find something football related to write about next time. After all, spring practice starts Tuesday. After yesterday's game against the beaks we could use it. Have a good week!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Enjoy the rest of your week and I'll see you this weekend!
Monday, March 1, 2010
No, I'm not talking about some robin showing up in my yard. They apparently have their butts parked down south somewhere still. I can't even coax a sparrow to show up at the bird feeder right now. What I'm talking about is spring football which starts up in a few short days, which culminates in one of my favorite events of the year; the "PowerMizzou Black and Gold Tailgate" which will be taking place on April 17th. I'll absolutely get into that some more later but right now, just for fun, let's take a way too early look at some of the teams that will effect the success or lack of for my favorite team.
So starting out today I'll take a look at the south division of the conference or as we like to call it, the have's. 4 of the 6 teams reside in Texas, home of spring football at the high school level. We're 2 weeks away from basketball conference championship in Missouri which lead up to the state tournament and they've already determined their state champions, which tells you all you need to know about the food chain down south. Can't have your star quarterback miss a snap because he's playing forward on the basketball team now can you?