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Thanksgiving Weekend Football

Lots of good games going on in college football this Thanksgiving weekend and a trio of duds for the NFL.

The Patriots and Jets, both 8-2, play the 2-8 Lions and Bengals respectively. The Saints (7-3) against the Cowboys (3-7) might end up being a better game than the records would lead you to believe, but I doubt the Saints have too much trouble with the Boys. I like the two AFC East powers and the defending champs to take care of business on Thanksgiving Day. Thankfully, the starts aligned just right to leave us with some great rivalry games and a lot of teams still fighting for postseason positions.


#21 Arizona at #1 Oregon
The Ducks are two wins away from playing for the national championship, and Arizona is their toughest test left. Coming off a bye week, the Ducks should be plenty recovered from their 15-13 near loss against Cal. Arizona’s had a nice season, but with three losses in the Pac-10 already, the best they can hope for is to knock Oregon from the unbeatens. Oregon should roll. Oregon 45, Arizona 21

#2 Auburn at #11 Alabama
The defending national champion from the SEC plays host to the prospective national champion from the SEC. Amidst controversy surrounding their all-world quarterback, Auburn has just kept out-scoring everyone this year en route to an 11-0 record. Like Oregon, they are two wins away from playing in the national title game. But unlike the Ducks, both of their remaining games are going to be extremely challenging. Bama would love to knock off their in-state rivals and South Carolina will have a BCS bowl riding on their SEC Championship matchup against the Tigers/War Eagles. The gameplan against Auburn is easy enough to identify even if it’s monstrous to execute—slow down Cam Newton. I think Alabama slows him down enough to have a chance to win. Alabama 27, Auburn 23

#4 Boise State at #19 Nevada
A convincing win on the road against a good team will probably be enough to jump Boise over TCU in the BCS rankings, which would set them up for the title game should Oregon or Auburn lose. I still think Boise’s schedule is severely lacking and I still don’t believe they’d be undefeated in any of the four major conferences (SEC, Big 12, Pac-10, Big 10). But should one of the top two teams go down, Boise has done more to impress me than TCU has. Boise State 38, Nevada 20

Colorado at #15 Nebraska
Nebraska’s 9-6 loss to Texas A&M last week opened up a whole slew of Big 12 title game possibilities. Most directly, it prevented the Huskers from clinching the Big 12 North division. Nebraska and Missouri now have identical 5-2 Big 12 records, with the Huskers holding the head-to-head tiebreaker, having beaten Mizzou soundly in Lincoln earlier this season. With Missouri playing on Saturday, the Huskers could wrap up the Big 12 North before Missouri even suits up this weekend. If they lose, all the Tigers have to do is beat Kansas. Despite Colorado’s drastic improvement since Dan Hawkins was fired, Nebraska is too good to lose at home to such an inferior team. Nebraska 28, Colorado 24

#14 Missouri vs. Kansas
The Border War has seen better matchups then this season is setting up, but that doesn’t mean excitement and intensity will be lacking. Depending on the outcome of the Nebraska game, Missouri could be playing for a spot in the Big 12 Championship and a chance at a BCS bowl appearance. Last time Mizzou was up for one of those, Kansas slid into the Orange Bowl, despite losing to Missouri in the Border War. Missouri 27, Kansas 13

#5 LSU at #12 Arkansas
I’m beyond the point of calling Les Miles lucky. Some of his coaching methods leave fans at a complete loss, but he’s done it and won so often that he has to be considered a good coach. His style is not always pretty and it’s certainly not entirely conventional, but it is successful and I expect him to leave Arkansas with another win. LSU 24, Arkansas 17

#13 Oklahoma at #9 Oklahoma State
While there are some convoluted tie-breakers that could come into play that in clude Texas A&M, for all intents and purposes, the winner of this game wins the Big 12 South. If the Cowboys win, they win the division outright, but if the Sooners win and Texas A&M loses, Oklahoma wins the division. If the Sooners and the Aggies both win, then it creates a three-way tie that would be broken by the highest ranked BCS team – which will most likely be Oklahoma. There’s a chance for Texas A&M, but really, it’s win and you’re in for this game. Oklahoma State 35, Oklahoma 31

#23 NC State at Maryland
Another win and you’re in game. If NC State wins, they clinch the ACC Atlantic division and secure themselves a spot in the ACC Championship. If they lose, Florida State goes. I’d expect Maryland to put up a good fight and a good game to break out. The ACC hasn’t been anywhere near as good as it’s been in seasons past, but there’s still some intrigue left. NC State 20, Maryland 16

Georgia Tech at Georgia
With neither team ranked, the annual matchup between in-state institutions has very little ramifications outside Athens and Atlanta. Georgia must win to become bowl-eligible and a win by Georgia Tech would give them wins against UGA in two of the past three years. Which, given recent history would qualify as a boon. Unfortunately, while both teams have struggled this season, UGA has done so in the SEC, while Tech has forged through a much more navigable ACC run. Georgia 44, Georgia Tech 24


Mizzou/Oklahoma Predictions Revisited

The hype was insane. ESPN’s College Gameday was broadcasting live from Columbia, Missouri where the school that invented homecoming was hosting the #1 team in the BCS standings with thousands of alumni in town. People were tabbing Saturday’s match-up as the biggest game ever at Faurot Field. Mizzou and Oklahoma were both 6-0 overall and unbeaten within the conference.

Mizzou fans rush the field after a 36-27 win

The Sooners ascended to the top spot in the BCS standings by getting through a tough non-conference schedule unscathed and winning their first two Big 12 games. They had close calls against Utah State, Air Force and Cincinnati, but ultimately pulled each game out in the end. The offense looked elite, but the defense proved somewhat susceptible when attacked through the air.

Mizzou enjoyed a softer non-conference schedule, surviving their only scare against San Diego State, by getting a late 68-yard touchdown catch-and-run by TJ Moe. The shutout Colorado in their Big 12 opener and handled Texas A&M on the road in all facets of the game. They ran the ball, passed the ball and showed off a revamped defense that allowed only a field goal and a garbage time touchdown.

Even though OU had been scared a few times, the national perception was the Oklahoma was still a much better overall team than the Tigers and the predictions leading up to the game supported that sentiment. I thought that given the Tigers 36-27 win over their crimson nemesis, I’d take a look back at what certain members of the media thought would happen. Lee Corso made the most visible pick of the game by tossing aside the Mizzou helmet in favor of the Boomer Sooner head, but here’s what several other media members believed would transpire on Faurot Field Saturday night.

David Ubben (ESPN Big 12 blogger)
I took Oklahoma, 31-27. I think Missouri opens up an early lead, but Oklahoma wears them down with the running game. Big, big game for DeMarco Murray.

Missouri did indeed open up an early lead, taking the opening kickoff 86 yards to the house, but the eventualy drop-off that Mr. Ubben predicted never happened. Mizzou’s offense was relentless and the defense didn’t give up a drive of longer than 15 yards in the fourth quarter. Mizzou was the team that took control late in the game and wore the Sooners down with the running, outscoring OU 16-6 in the final frame.

Toby Williams (Oklahoma blogger)
Missouri is playing well, but I don’t think Blaine Gabbert has seen anything close to the speed he will see from the OU defense on Saturday. I think he’ll throw one to the wrong team early. OU 24, Mizzou 17

Toby made it seem like Oklahoma’s speed on defense was elite and a potential obstacle for Blaine Gabbert and the Tiger offense. The same defense that gave up 341 yards in the air to Utah State. Gabbert was masterful in this game, throwing for over 300 yards without a turnover.

ESPN Insider
The Tigers offense won’t scare the Sooners with its short passing game and smoke and mirrors running attack. OU will drop 7 or 8 defenders into coverage all game, limiting YAC and forcing Gabbert into some bad decisions by taking away his primary targets. Stoops has owned Missouri during his career and this week will be no different. OU 31, Mizzou 20

ESPN Insider offers a lot of neat things, but this preview wasn’t one of them. The “smoke and mirrors” running attack gashed the OU defense 178 yards and allowed Mizzou to control the time of possession and opened up passing lanes for the air game. The Sooners did manage to limit Mizzou’s top two receivers, as TJ Moe and Michael Egnew combined for 10 catches, but just 44 yards. But Gabbert had plenty of time to throw and delivered the ball on target again and again, hitting eight other receivers besides Egnew and Moe. Jerrell Jackson and Wes Kemp combined for 13 catches and 210 yards. This past week was a heckuva lot different than past matchups.

Gerald McCoy (former OU tackle and current Tampa Bay Bucs DT)
It’s a given that OU will win. The reason I know they’re going to win is it’s like a slap in the face to schedule your homecoming with us coming to town. That’s like ‘Oh, we’re going to blow them out’ That’s going to be a fun game.

Missouri has now schedules Oklahoma as their homecoming opponent 15 times—the Tigers are 9-6 in those games. With Mizzou on the road three of the four weeks during homecoming season, the only game that made much sense to schedule for homecoming was the OU game. The only thing McCoy was right about was the fact that it was a fun game. A very fun game.

Jimmy Burch (Ft. Worth Star Telegram)
“Missouri in this series has enough mental baggage to fill a jumbo jet. I’ll need to see Tiger fans tearing down the goal posts at Faurot Field before I believe Mizzou’s defensive superiority will translate into a victory over OU.

Like this, Mr Burch?

Stewart Mandel ( writer)
The Sooners have owned Mizzou during Bob Stoops’ tenure (and throughout history), but the Tigers’ menacing pass-rush will force a couple of Landry Jones turnovers and spark a landscape-shaking upset.

Tigers menacing pass rush? Check.
A couple of Landry Jones turnovers? Check. (2 interceptions)
Landscape-shaking upset? Check.

Mizzou and Oklahoma

Mizzou’s football program has been on the rise ever since Gary Pinkel took over in 2001. He’s put his stamp on the Tigers, building high-powered offenses based around excellent quarterbacks. Mizzou was one win away from a national title in 2007 and has appeared in several Big 12 championships the past decade. This Saturday, ESPN’s College Gameday will make its way to Columbia, Missouri for the matchup of #1 Oklahoma and #11 Missouri. Oklahoma has been the proverbial thorn in Missouri’s side since Gary Pinkel arrived. He hasn’t beaten Oklahoma in six tries and some of those losses were more devastating than just another loss.

After losses to OU in 2002 and 2003, the Tigers and Sooners didn’t meet again until 2006. The Tigers were 7-1 (3-1 Big 12) and coming off a big win against Kansas State. The Sooners were unranked and struggling through the season after their starting quarterback Rhett Bomar was forced to leave the school following NCAA sanctions and star running back Adrian Peterson was out with a broken collarbone. It looked like a good opportunity for Missouri to knock off one of the historical Big 12 powerhouses. But Peterson’s replacement ran all over the Missouri defense and the OU defense held the offense that had been averaging over 30 points a game to just 10 and won by sixteen.

The next season, Missouri once again started the season unranked but skated through a soft non-conference schedule and then pummeled Nebraska on national television 41-6 to move to 5-0 headed into the Oklahoma game. Mizzou headed into Norman to face the number 6 ranked Sooners and erased a 13 point deficit to take a one-point lead into the fourth quarter. But Oklahoma rattled off three straight touchdowns to knock Mizzou from the ranks of the unbeatens.

The two Big 12 rivals would meet again two and a half months later in the Big 12 championship game. In the time since their first meeting, Oklahoma had suffered their second loss of the season two weeks beforehand against Texas Tech which wiped out their national championship hopes, but Missouri had won six straight games by an average of more than three touchdowns and came into the game 11-1 and ranked second in the nation. A win against Oklahoma would send Missouri to the BCS national championship game. The two teams were deadlocked at 14 going into halftime and Mizzou was 30 minutes away from college football’s biggest game, but Oklahoma scored twice within a span of two minutes in the third quarter to take a 28-14 lead. Missouri was overmatched by the bigger and stronger Sooners and lost by a score of 38-17 to knock them out of national title contention.

They did not meet in the 2008 regular season, but the 9-3 Tigers won the Big 12 North and the right to face Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship for the second consecutive season. This time around it was Oklahoma looking at a trip to the national championship game should they win the Big 12 and Missouri looked to return the favor Oklahoma paid them the previous season. But Oklahoma was better and Missouri not as good as the last time they met and Oklahoma wiped the floor with Missouri in a 62-21, piling up over 600 yards of total offense without turning the ball over. Oklahoma would move on to the national championship game against Florida which they lost 24-14 while Missouri managed a 30-23 Alamo Bowl win over Northwestern.

Missouri (#11) and Oklahoma (#1) have not met since the 2008 Big 12 championship and both come into Saturday’s College Gameday matchup with 6-0 records and realistic national title hopes. ESPN’s College Gameday will make it’s way to Columbia for the first time. This will be the fifth Mizzou game that they cover, but the first time that MU’s campus will play host to Chris Fowler and company as they preview Saturday’s matchup. Gameday covered the Mizzou-Oklahoma game in Norman (2007), the Border War matchup in Kansas City (2007), the Big 12 title game (2007) and the Mizzou-Texas game (2008).

This will be the third time Missouri participates in a Gameday while ranked #11 and are 0-4 in Gameday games. They have been the higher ranked team only once, in the 2008 Big 12 Championship game when they were #1 and Oklahoma was #9. Gameday is known for it’s prediction segment, when various people predict the winner of the game. Two of the more well-known predictors are Lee Corso, who dons the mascot head of the team he picks and the celebrity picker, who is a well-known alum from the host school. NFL quarterback Brad Smith, actor Brad Pitt and performer Sheryl Crow have all been unavailable for this weekend’s matchup, and the celebrity is still TBD.

It’s a huge opportunity for not only Missouri’s football program but to showcase the campus, the school and the town to the rest of the country. I wish that I was able to make it out there to be on the quad in the crowd the morning of the game, but hopefully the student body and community has one helluva showing. And hopefully that showing is well-behaved and mature. Missouri has some terrible juvenile fans and the school would do well to avoid those particular individuals when representing itself on a national scale.

Mizzou quarterback Blaine Gabbert

Due to the nature of college football that includes high turnover rates, games that happened two or three years ago have little significance on what will transpire this year. Mizzou and Oklahoma are still included amongst the nation’s top teams, but both are starkly different from their 2007 or 2008 counterparts. Oklahoma owned the nation’s highest scoring offense and was loaded with future NFL talent led by quarterback Sam Bradford. Missouri had a flashy offense but an extremely porous defense. They were dominated on both the offensive and defensive lines and could not establish any semblance of a running game.

This time around, Missouri possesses more complete talent on the defensive line and the offensive line looks to be the best unit Gary Pinkel has had. Despite the dismissal of top running back Derrick Washington before the season, Mizzou has used four different running backs and is averaging nearly five yards a carry headed into their matchup with the Sooners. Both teams have changed, as college teams are wont to do. Both are still excellent programs, but have adjusted themselves to the talent that they have. Expect the Zou to be rocking on Saturday night and one helluva football game.

Mizzou Tigers In The NFL

Mizzou has recently turned out some high-caliber NFL players. There are currently thirteen former Tigers suiting up for NFL teams, including three players that were drafted in the first round since 2009.

Brad Smith

From 2002 to 2005, Brad Smith started every game for Mizzou and set 68 different MU, Big 12 and NCAA game, season and career records. He was the first player to pass for 8,000 yards and run for 4,000 yards in career and the first player to pass for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in a season twice in a career.

He was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round (103rd overall) in the 2006 NFL draft. Smith has since been used in several different situations. He’s taken snaps as a quarterback, running back, wide receiver and has become a standout on special teams. Smith has become one of the most versatile players in the NFL, having scored touchdowns on a kick return, caught a touchdown pass, rushed for a touchdown and thrown a touchdown pass. Smith has become the catalyst for the Jets Wildcat formation, causing matchup problems for defense due to his ability to run or throw the football.

Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin was another record-setting player at Mizzou, setting the NCAA mark for most all-purpose yards in a season as a freshman with 2,776 returning, rushing and receiving yards. He was named an All-American in both 2007 and 2008 and entered the draft as a top prospect.

He fell further than expected on draft day but was eventually drafted in the first round (19th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles. He made his first start three weeks into his rookie season and scored his first two touchdowns a month later against the Buccaneers. At the end of his rookie season, he became the youngest player (21 years, 243 days) to score a touchdown in the playoffs when he turned a bubble screen into a 76-yard score. In 2010, Maclin has caught four touchdowns in four games and is establishing himself as a dangerous deep threat for whoever takes snaps for the Eagles.

Sean Weatherspoon

Sean Weatherspoon was one of four true freshman to see game-action for Mizzou in 2006, as he saw playing time in all 13 games. He was named the starter in 2007, led the team in tackles with 130 and was named to the All Big-12 first team. The 155 tackles he would amass in 2008 were the second-most in Mizzou history and he would go on to be named the Alamo Bowl’s Defensive MVP. He returned for his senior season and tried unsuccessfully to persuade Jeremy Maclin to do the same.

Weatherspoon declared for the 2010 NFL draft (after graduating with me in 2009) and was selected in the first round (19th overall, just like Maclin) by the Atlanta Falcons. He won a starting job in training camp and recorded his first career sack in his second ever game, dropping Arizona’s Derek Anderson for a nine-yard loss. My favorite part of the sack is his Spoon Dance afterwards.

William Moore

William Moore struggled with injuries throughout his career at Mizzou, but was tremendous when he was on the field. Despite the missed time, he finished his college career with 284 tackles, 11 interceptions, three sacks, and a school record four interception return touchdowns. As a junior, his 117 tackles and school record eight interceptions earned his All-American and All-Big 12 honors.

Moore was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons and made only two tackles while playing in just two games during his rookie season, missing most of it due to injury. He has earned a starting job in Week 2 for the Falcons in 2010 and has appeared in three games this season for the Dirty Birds, recording 12 tackles, two pass breakups and forcing a fumble. He recorded his first career interception against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 and added his second two weeks later against the San Francisco 49ers.

Chase Daniel

After a prolific career at Mizzou that returned the school to a national prominence, Chase Daniel went undrafted in the 2009 draft, but signed on with the Washington Redskins. He was cut a few weeks later and signed on with the New Orleans Saints. He bounced back and forth between the practice squad and the active roster, and was released and re-signed on two separate occasions. He never saw the field in 2009, but was a part of a Super Bowl season and was named the emergency quarterback for two games.

Daniel battled with Patrick Ramsey for the Saints backup quarterback job going into the 2010 season and won the right to back up MVP candidate Drew Brees. Daniel logged his first official NFL minutes this past Sunday in a win over the Carolina Panthers, serving as the holder for extra points. I expect that he’ll eventually see some game-action as a quarterback sometime this season during garbage time.

Ziggy Hood

Ziggy Hood is perhaps the forgotten first-round pick from Mizzou, taken 32nd overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 NFL draft. Hood enjoyed a successful collegiate career before entering the NFL, where he has become a rotational defensive lineman. He recorded his first career sack and his first career fumble recovery against Baltimore in December of 2009.

Justin Gage was drafted in the 5th round of the 2003 NFL draft by the Bears and has enjoyed some solid seasons with the Tennessee Titans, leading them in receiving yards in 2007. Chase Coffman was drafted in the 3rd round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. He spent most of the year injured and was released and re-signed to the practice squad. Martin Rucker was drafted in the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns in 2008 but was released nearly a year later without ever seeing the field. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 and was promoted to the active roster on December 15. After he was released, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys and is currently on their practice squad.

Atiyyah Ellison (3rd round, Carolina) and CJ Mosley (6th round, Minnesota) were both drafted in 2005 and have spent their NFL careers bouncing around from team to team. Mosley is currently a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars while Ellison remains unsigned. Offensive lineman Colin Brown was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 draft by Kansas City.

Justin Smith

Justin Smith was the fourth overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and is the longest tenured Mizzou Tiger in the NFL. Smith holds the Mizzou record for most sacks in a season (11) and most tackles for loss in a season (24). In 1998, he became the first true freshman since 1986 to start every game for Missouri and was named as an All-American in 2000.

Since becoming a starter in his rookie season, Smith has missed only four games in the NFL. He recorded 8.5 sacks in his rookie season, setting a Bengals rookie-record. In 2008 he signed a lucrative free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers that included an $11 million signing bonus. Of the Mizzou Tigers drafted within the past ten years, Smith has enjoyed the most success—including a 2010 Pro Bowl appearance.




Nebraska 27, Missouri 12

For three quarters in the pouring rain, Mizzou controlled the game defensively. The slipped in for a touchdown late in the first half, but for the most part, Nebraska played well on defense too. Then the fourth quarter came.

I think that what happened in the fourth quarter is best explained by the following excerpt from South Park.

I believe the official count was that the Huskers scored 500 points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.

Conceal-Publish Worse Than Conceal-Carry

Seeing that Mizzou allegedly houses one of the more prestigious Journalism schools in the nation, you’d think that the student newspaper would be able to put together an editorial board that isn’t complete horse-squeeze.

The Editorial Board uses their twice-weekly column to consistently vent their ill-informed and highly inaccurate “concerns”. Editorials can only be effective if the Editorial Board is credible and accountable, of which, the Maneater’s staff is neither. They are however, full of themselves and hold their misinformed opinions in the highest regard.

Take last Friday’s editorial, Conceal, carry laws endanger students.

Missouri recently passed a bill to lower the age for concealed weapon carry in Missouri from 23 to 21 and permit concealed carry on college campuses. The age thing is somewhat irrelevant as an 18-year old can obtain a Maine permit which is valid in Missouri.

The concealed carry portion of the bill was tacked on in an amendment – likely so it would pass more easily…

If their point here is that somehow this makes it a less valid or even a bad idea, they’re wrong. Look up the term “genetic fallacy”.

Turning universities into potential battlegrounds by deputizing the students is not an effective measure against campus violence…

I have a problem with this because clearly, the Editorial Board is speaking on a subject on which they clearly have no knowledge. They equate having a permit to carry concealed weapon with “deputize”. A deputy, in the law enforcement sense is one charged with upholding the law, serving warrants and guarding prisoners, none of which apply to a student carrying a concealed weapon. If a student were to brandish his or her weapon in order to apprehend a graffiti artist, they would lose their weapon permit and most likely face jail time. Having a conceal-carry permit doesn’t magically make you a law enforcer, but rather grants you a better ability to what people are already entitled to do: defend yourself and others from a deadly threat. Look up the term “straw-man fallacy”.

We couldn’t imagine allowing people to carry and conceal weapons on campuses doing anything but harm…

That’s cool, but who cares about your imagination? First, you’re the Editorial Board of a liberal trash-rag student publication, secondly, no one knows who exactly you are. If you say “we”, especially when referring to your personal imagination, you should let people know who you are. Lastly, liberals are known to have little-to-no imagination when it comes to constructive advancement.

The fact that legislators are putting people who will be required to take an eight hour class with two hours of practiced shooting on the same level as officers who undergo 24 hours of training annually is appalling

Kind of a run-on from #2. MU Police officers are sworn with full powers of arrest provided to them by Missouri Revised Statutes. MU Police officers carry mace and a baton, they carry handcuffs and open display a weapon. They drive police interceptors, and are charged with intervention on even minor infractions. They wear a uniform and are Columbia Police Special Police Officers, Special Deputies of the Boone County Sheriff, and are Peace Officers commissioned by the Curators of the University of Missouri. They respond to calls for law enforcement and general service, take reports of criminal incidents, respond to fire and intrusion alarms, assist in medical emergencies and handle traffic accidents. They patrol not just the MU campus, but are the primary if not only law enforcement on MU dozens of remote facilities and farms, and they provide security at many university events. On exactly which of these things would a student with a concealed weapon be “on the same level”. (text in this paragraph from the MUPD website).

Some college campuses around the state don’t even have armed police officers…

So because some students are even more vulnerable than MU students, we don’t need more protection?

To make campus safer, the state should instead be making provisions to provide support for more support and resources for mental health care…

I agree we need more provisions for mental health care. But that wouldn’t have prevented the muggings that have taken place on campus this past year. Why can’t we have conceal-carry AND better mental health care?

This bill needs to be stopped, and we’re hoping that the Senate can exercise some restraint by not focusing on gathering votes…

Here, they make an unsupported assertion as to the motive of legislators. Most likely, it is completely untrue, and is another prime example of genetic fallacy.

A fact completely overlooked by the Editorial Board is that conceal-carry gun owners are documented to be the most responsible with their weapons. Someone who goes through hours of training to obtain their firearm is less likely to rampage a college campus than a punk or a thug that bought his or her gun through some black market dealer. When’s the last time you read a news story about a conceal-carry permit holder shooting up Virginia Tech or NIU?

The most likely outcome of this legislation would be the prevention or control of these types of tragedies.

Journalism used to be a field that interested me, and it’s situations like these that turned me off from it. The simple fact that these types of uneducated and improperly informed people can print whatever they want, regardless of inaccuracy and bias is appalling.

March Madness at Mizzou

For the first time in 6 years, Missouri’s basketball team is dancing in March. The Tigers would have received an at-large bid even if they didn’t wrap up an automatic bid by winning the Big 12 championship.

I don’t care how my brackets turn out, I’m picking Missouri to win everything, upsetting Memphis, Connecticut, Louisville and Syracuse along the way.

And I felt I’d match the blog to the times. Enjoy DeMarre Carroll and Wheeler graduate JT Tiller for the next few weeks.

Up first, No. 14 Cornell!

2009 Mizzou Iron Chef

On Thursday, February 26 RHA hosted the third annual Mizzou Iron Chef competition. However, the 2009 installment of Iron Chef was the first since the event won the MACURH Program of the Year Award.

Five teams of three student chefs (paired with a CDS sous-chef) competed for the title. Each team was required to prepare two dishes, with one required to incorporate something from another culture’s cuisine. Each dish must use the featured ingredient, which this year was rice.

Patrick & I check in with Vice Chancellor Cathy Scroggs

Alicia models the featured ingredient, RICE

I pose with the MACURH Program of the Year Award

One of the teams prepares their dish

Jim’s guide-dog helped clean up any dropped food!

All of the competitors pose for a photo after the event

Tanner’s Birthday Weekend

Tanner turned 21 this weekend.

On Friday, a bunch of us went out to the Heidelberg to buy him drinks and it didn’t take too much to inebriate Tanner. He bought his first drink himself (Tom Collins) and then I bought him and myself a shot that he picked out (something grapey) and the bartender bought him a shot. He was pretty tipsy by now and ordered a Coke and Greg ordered him Jack on the rocks to go with it. Some of it ended up in Tanner’s Coke, but not a lot.



And this is when Tanner provides some gold nuggets of drunk behavior. First, he and I went to play darts. I had given him a dollar earlier in the night for when we got around to darts and asked him for it now to put it in the machine. He proceeded to hand me his folded up work schedule. When I told him I couldn’t pay with that he was stunned. I stuck a dollar in the machine and he found the dollar halfway through the game. But my favorite was when we were outside waiting for STRIPES to come get us, Tanner proceeded to type his phone number into the ATM outside the Berg. He pulled out his own cell phone and informed us that the ATM was broken.

We got home around two in the morning or so, and Tanner and I left at nine to go into St. Louis for his birthday. We spent a half hour at the license office renewing his ID, and then met up with his dad and dad’s girlfriend for lunch at Chili’s. After that we went back to his mom’s house and watched football for awhile with Bipperboobles (cat).

We went out for dinner with his mom’s side at a small steakhouse before going to the casinos. Tanner likes lottery tickets and is enthralled by the casino. Even though they’re not really my thing, I went with him, like a good friend.

We went to Ameristar Casino in St. Charles first with his mom and step-dad where Tanner quickly lost $60 at Blackjack and $20 at slots but then won about $15 in roulette.

I just kind of followed Tanner around for awhile before buying into a Blackjack table with $40 and left the table with $65. Tanner and I cashed out after about two hours on the floor, most of it spent watching and looking.

Our friend worked at HOME Nightclub and he had gotten us on the guest list for that night so we went in for free with special passes. Neither of us much like nightclubs and it was very loud and very dark. We met up with our friend for a few minutes, checked the place out, scoffed at the insane prices of drinks and left.

We made our way to the brand-spankin’ new Lumiere Place on the Mississippi River. Tanner lost $10 on slots in about five minutes and quickly lost his fascination with slot machines. We both joined in a blackjack table after that, him with $50 and me with $40. There was an older couple at the table and another middle-aged woman already at the table and over the course the five of us struck up a table friendship.

Everybody at a blackjack table wants you to win, even the dealer. Everyone is willing to throw their opinion out there for you to consider. Tanner and I had a really good time at this table and we were at it for a good two hours or so.

Tanner left the table at $250 and I was at $155. We took our chips over to the cashier and got the heck out of there. At the end of the night, Tanner had $125 more than he went in with and I left with $140 more.

I’m certainly not planning on going back to a casino in the near future, or ever. But we both had a great time and made some money. I’m not a huge fan of casinos, but if you’re smart, they’re not horrible. If you’re drunk and pumping money into slots all night, hoping to line up three ovals for a million dollars, you’re going to lose a lot of money, as Tanner found out. But if you stay sober and play the right stuff, you can come out in the black.

Tanner and I had a lot of fun and most of the people there were friendly and a lot of fun. We came back to Columbia on Sunday and went to Mizzou’s basketball game against the 6-1 California Bears as part of the Big 12/Pac 10 challenge. A 20-1 Mizzou run in the first half pretty much set the tone of the game and Mizzou won by almost 30 points.

MACURH 2008 Weekend

Win for the Missouri Tigers over Kansas State on Saturday night
Win for the New York Jets over St. Louis on Sunday afternoon
Win for the New York Knicks over Utah Sunday afternoon
And one huge Program Of The Year win for Mizzou’s RHA.

On Friday morning, we left Mizzou with a delegation of nine people headed for the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls conference at the University of Missouri of Science & Technology. We checked in, went to a few hours of programming and then checked into our own assignments for the night. For myself, and Ryan (our PCC), Lauren (NCC) and J (advisor), we had our own socials to go to, with our respective counterparts from throughout the region.

I got to spend about an hour chatting with other RHA Presidents from about forty other schools from our region. We introduced ourselves, reviewed how our boardrooms were going to be structured the next day and then just compared how semesters were going at other schools.

As much fun as all that was, Saturday was the big day. Boardrooms abounded for Lauren, Ryan and myself in the morning, but although we got a ton of work done in my President’s boardroom, the central part of the day was my bid presentation after lunch.

Mizzou has had a rather lackluster participation in regional and national conferences in recent years, and this bid was our first serious bid in several years. The Program Of The Year award consists of a 20-page written bid about a program that your organization has put on within the past year for the residents. Then comes the presentation at the conference which includes a fifteen minute oral presentation followed by a question-and-answer session with the joint boardroom (NCCs, PCCs, NRHH reps & advisors .. roughly 200 people). In the POY presentation boardroom, the PCC has the speaking power and the school’s vote. The delegation from each school in the boardroom is allowed to converse together before a vote, but the PCC holds the final voting power. One school, one vote. Mizzou’s huge on-campus size counts the same as the 200-resident K-State Salina.

This year, there were three bids for Program of the Year. Mizzou’s bid was for our program Mizzou Iron Chef, which was a recreation of the Food Network’s hit show, Iron Chef America involving teams of student chefs paired with a Campus Dining Services sous-chef. Missouri S&T’s bid for The UnGodly Hour, a 9-session discussion about atheism and christianity. The University of Missouri-St. Louis’ bid was for their Amateur Drag Show which is exactly what the title indicates. Students cross-dressing and walking down a runway. The Mizzou bid you can find by clicking the link provided. The bids for UMSL and Missouri S&T are no longer available online, as only the winning bid remains available on the MACURH website. Although if anyone really wants to read them, I still have the PDF files on my computer.

After reading all three bids thoroughly, I felt our bid was far and away the most impressive of the bunch. I’m not a huge fan of drag shows, but UMSL’s bid was well executed and beneficial to a large number of residents. It did was a good RHA program should do for its residents .. entertain and educate. Missouri S&T’s bid looked very impressive, but after reading it I felt it was rushed, shallow and a quite honestly, a disgrace. What the program boiled down to was two friends got into a religious debate on night and decided they wanted to do that more often. So the two of them stuck up a few paper fliers, read a few articles and just argued with twenty people or so nine times. It was extremely limited in scope and not something that I would have nominated for a Regional award.

The joint boardroom for the POY presentations open with everyone (including presenters) in the boardroom and a roll call of voting schools. Nominations are then accepted for POY bids. A school that bids for Program of the Year are not guaranteed since they must be nominated. This is usually just a technicality as a school’s PCC can nominate his or her own school’s bid. And they usually do just that.

After all three bids had been nominated, the boardroom was emptied and the first presenter prepared the room for her presentation and then the session reconvened. Missouri S&T (being first alphabetically) went first while I and the UMSL presenter sat outside, not allowed to view the other presentations. After the Missouri S&T presentation, the boardroom emptied again and I set up my presentation. I started with our promotional (damn, that was the word I was looking for in my presentation .. ended up using “preview” instead) video created by our then-Speaker of Congress, Tanner Tucker and then transitioned into my killer PowerPoint presentation. After my presentation I entered into the Q&A part of the process. I felt that this was the strongest part of my presentation and the representatives obviously were passionate about our program and presentation as it was moved to extend the Q&A for further information.

After my presentation ended, I was again escorted outside of the boardroom to wait. And this is where my time in that boardroom ended. Everything else is information given to me by Ryan, Lauren and other school’s representatives that were in the boardroom. I hope to soon have the minutes from the boardroom to know exactly what went on.

After the UMSL presentation, which I’m told was okay .. not too bad but not overly impressive either .. they said the presenter seemed uneasy and somewhat unprepared, the boardroom moved into a time of discussion. This starts with a pro/con session for each bid, that start with alternating pros and cons about each program and ends with three unanswered pros or three unanswered cons. Mizzou Iron Chef was the only bid of the three that ended in three unanswered pros. After that process the boardroom was moved to an open discussion.

Let me preface this part by explaining about the representatives from Missouri S&T. They are overinvolved and very passionate about Residential Life. They pride themselves on bidding for everything and everything and are very vocal about their many wins. Add that to the fact that they hosted this particular conference made them nearly unbearable this weekend. And this boardroom sealed the deal and ruined the region’s perception of them.

One of their delegates spent over half an hour (an entire page of minutes) doing nothing but trashing Mizzou Iron Chef and Mizzou, while praising their joke of a program and pathetic bid – they used 11 quotes in their bid from five people (all students), while I used five quotes from five people (3 students, 2 faculty) .. quotes are often used to spice up a bid, but they also help take up space. Ryan then was allowed to talk and he yielded to Lauren who led with

I’ll try to only take half a page, but..

And proceeded to tear apart everything Missouri S&T had said and then tore apart Missouri S&T. I’m so proud of my NCC and PCC. After that, a boardroom that had been expected to be fairly divided turned drastically in favor of Mizzou. Or perhaps more accurately stated, turned against Missouri S&T. A clear majority is needed to win Program of the Year which probably meant somewhere around 20-25 votes. So multiple votes were expected. But only one was needed. And Mizzou won on the first count.

I sat outside the boardroom for 90 minutes for a discussion that should take fifteen. I spoke with the UMSL presenter who was back to normal dress, except for the hot pink nail polish for most of the time that the boardroom ran. We both expressed a desire to win, but a stronger desire to see Missouri S&T lose. So needless to say, when the winner was announced at the banquet (even though we were back in Columbia) I’m sure both of us were pleased, as I’m sure the majority of the region was as well.

The whole point of this post I guess was to inform everyone that MIZZOU was the recipient of the 2008 Program Of The Year Award for the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls.