It is finally looking like Mizzou is on the national stage for sports for many years to come. Thank you Big 12 for everything but we are tired of being bullied around.
Lets look at the Tigers’ resume as of late: swept Baylor in basketball, beat kU in basketball, reached number 2 in basketball rankings, signed the number 1 overall high-school prospect, moving to the SEC, beat Texas in football this year, and if you look at last year we beat #1 ranked OU in football. In addition to this Mizzou has landed College Gameday for football last year, and for basketball this year. All of this has made Mizzou on the tip of a lot of peoples’ tongues as of late.
Mizzou has positioned its self to only more recognition by joining the SEC, which will help us financially and get the Mizzou brand out to the nation. If Pinkel and Haith can keep up the superb coaching and recruiting they have potential to do even more damage at a consistent level on the national stage.
Even though Mizzou lost to kU this weekend it looks like the programs are headed in polar opposite directions. kU has been struggling in football and shows no signs of getting better, and their basketball success might rely on OU and Texas not dissolving the Big 12. The future is extremely bright for Mizzou and I can not wait to see our campus and school evolve over the years.
Every year there seems to be one guy in each sport that captivates everyone and that is all the sports world ever talks about. Such as Tiger Woods 5-6 years ago when he was at the top of his game winning Masters left and right. This year we have had a double headed monster of the hype athlete….Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin. I have nothing against either of these guys personally but I do not think these guys have earned this type of publicity.
Both Tebow and Lin seem like great guys but they are both only in the second years of their young careers, and every time I turn on the TV all I hear about is “Linsanity” and “Tebow-mania”. Both have made an impact with their strings of consecutive wins, but neither have been a starter for a full season yet! Lets wait until teams have more tape on them and have had time to make schemes to stop them, and then we can judge how good they are.
Another reason why I think they are blowing these stories out of proportion is because they both represent big markets, this includes Lin being the first Asian-American to play in the NBA, and Tim Tebow who is extremely open about his Christianity faith. These two have in common a couple of things; one being the fact that they come up with wins in the 4th quarter, and two is that they are also very unrefined and commit a lot of mistakes. The mistakes that they make are often overshadowed by the fact that most of the public wants them to succeed because of their race or beliefs.
What does this have to do with Tiger Woods?
Tiger Woods was praised for being of a mixed heritage, but that was not all. Tiger was heralded as the best golfer that many of us have ever seen. He did this every week for years not for just a couple of weekends one year. Tiger dominated all of his competition to the point where they thought he was going to win no matter what.
So all I ask is that we get back to rewarding people for being great over an extended period of time, and not just the greatest things that are going on now.
This week was the first time that I have ever attempted to interview a person for a project. Going into it I had plenty of good ideas, but one in particular stood out to me. The one I had in mind had a lot of potential because it involved kids and that could have been very visually appealing. To get things rolling I contacted the necessary people and this turned into phone tag between the company and I. During our phone conversations I let them know I was on a deadline, but they were unsure that I could be accommodated by the time I had to turn my first project in.
This instantly stressed me out, and my brain was reeling for ideas so I could complete the project by my deadline. After a day of thinking I came up with the brilliant idea of interviewing my bus driver who is a nice guy, but the only problem was that I had never really talked to him. As I got off the bus I asked him if he would be interested in helping me out on my half-semester project, and thank goodness for my sanity he said he would be glad to help. So I set a meeting time with him and set off to get my audio kit.
I met my bus driver and started the interview without any problems and to my knowledge everything was going smoothly, I look down at the recorder and it had been recording for 4 minutes before the interview was finished…success! I immediately go into my car and put my SD card into my laptop to admire my work. The first thing I read was error no data found. I can confidently say there is no worse feeling than knowing something you had worked so hard to get was not where it was supposed to be. After about 10-15 minutes of angrily looking through the recorder I eventually stumbled upon the files that held my interview.
After reflecting for a while that all the anxiety and stress that I was feeling was what this program is all about. These projects are supposed to get us out of our comfort zone, and that is exactly what is happening. Mizzou is preparing us for what we are going to encounter outside of school and this learning is infintely more helpful than any text book could ever be. For all these reasons I am proud to be apart of this school and program.