Saturday had the makings of one of the most memorable days in the history of Missouri Tigers athletics. It was certainly memorable but not all the memories are good ones.
The day started with the Tigers men’s basketball team kicking off CBS’ college basketball coverage for this season with a home game against the 18th ranked UCLA Bruins. Besides having one of the most storied programs in NCAA basketball , UCLA looked to be the better team coming into the game and in the early going that seemed to be the case. However, Mizzou showed that resilience that appears to be a trademark of Frank Haith teams as they battled back to take the lead in the second half and hung onto it. The Tigers played an excellent game on both ends of the court on their way to an 80 to 71 victory. Mizzou just missed the top 25 last week, they will not miss it this week. They do not play again until next Sunday night when they play Western Michigan.
It was my hope that the win by the basketball team was just the beginning, however it turned out to be the best part of the day. Words cannot adequately describe my feelings after the SEC Championship game. Missouri’s defense played terribly! In fact they played worse than that. My heart goes out to James Franklin and the rest of the offense because if it were up to them Mizzou would have won that game. When your offense puts 42 points on the board against one of the best teams in the country that should be enough to win a football game. Auburn’s offense shredded Missouri’s defense in ways I never thought possible. The key to beating Auburn was to stop their running game and the defense never even came close to doing that. It was almost as if Auburn’s offense could walk the ball down the field and be able to score. It was like watching an arena football game. I will not be forgetting this game for a long time but I sure would like to. I don’t want to hear any talk about Mizzou getting snubbed by the BCS because after Saturday’s horrible defensive showing the Tigers are right where they need to be. The Cotton Bowl is the perfect place for them and they should be thankful they got that. There is absolutely no excuse for Missouri to turn in the kind of defensive showing they managed to produce on Saturday. Yes, Auburn is good but they aren’t that good and their offense is totally one dimensional. Unfortunately Missouri’s defense failed to do anything with that one dimension and that’s why they lost the game 59 to 42. Missouri plays Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl on January 3 which should be enough time for Mizzou to go find a preschooler who is more qualified to be defensive coordinator than the person they have now.
The Truman State Bulldogs women’s basketball team began Great Lakes Valley Conference play on Saturday night with a tough loss at Quincy against a very good Lady hawks team. Quincy was able to hang on for a 79 to 75 victory and I find myself very much looking forward to the rematch in Kirksville later this season.
The Truman men’s basketball team defeated Quincy 79 to 68 on Saturday night to remain undefeated on the season as well as pick up their first GLVC victory. The Bulldogs were led by Mike Carlson who did everything but drive the bus home and for all I know he may have done that. It was definitely an outstanding performance. The more this team plays the more excited I get. It’s gonna be a fun year!
The Kansas City Chiefs ended a three game losing streak yesterday by thrashing the hapless Washington Redskins 45 to 10. This was probably the most complete game the Chiefs have played all year as the offense continued its excellent play while the defense got back on track in a major way. The Chiefs picked up their 10th win of the year and will now prepare for the Raiders on Sunday. The Chiefs have not always played well in Oakland so hopefully yesterday’s momentum will carry over to the game with the Raiders.
The St. Louis Rams rematch with the Arizona Cardinals did not go well to say the least. The Rams were easily defeated by the surging Cardinals 30 to 10 yesterday. The up and down Rams appear to be down again after two lackluster showings in a row. I didn’t see the game so I can’t comment on it but the Rams are now firmly in last place in the NFC West and will most likely be staying there.
After a long layoff the Kirksville High School Tigers boys basketball team get back to action tomorrow night by once again traveling to Hannibal where I believe all their games have been thus far. Hopefully this will be the last time this season they have to make the long bus ride to Hannibal.
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