This season has been a crazy ride for the Mizzou basketball team. Actually it has been an up and down two two years. The Tigers had extreme upside entering the 2011 season with multiple juniors on the team and the rising start freshman Phil Pressey. But right out of the gates Mizzou was unable to secure the acquisition on of the top recruits in the nation…Tony Mitchell. Tony is a type of player that can totally change a team and could have gave Mizzou real depth. After committing to Mizzou Tony was unable to graduate high school in time and missed his opportunity to play here. Then Mizzou underachieved all season long, and especially in the NCAA tournament losing their first game 78-63 to Cincinnati.
After the conclusion of the season Missouri’s head coach Anderson decided to leave Missouri to go coach at his alma mater Arkansas. This move sent the program into a panic trying to sift through candidates for the new coaching job. On a Saturday evening it was announced that the next Tigers’ basketball coach would be Frank Haith…this was followed by a “who?” from much of the Missouri fan base. After not landing the perceived first choices for the position such as Matt Painter at Purdue, many fans and students thought the school had to settle on Haith.
Frank Haith came into a job where he had 6 seniors that could play extremely well; Marcos Denmon, Michael Dixon, Kim English, Ricardo Ratliffe, Steve Moore, and Lawrence Bowers. There is no doubt that this team could make a run in the big-12 especially if the sophomore Phil Pressey matured at the point guard spot. Then seemingly out of no where Laurence Bowers injured his knee sidelining him for the upcoming season. This was a huge loss because Bowers brought experience, depth at the post, and had just come off one of his best statistical seasons. This was just another reminder that this season was going to be an uphill battle.
Coach Haith got the Tigers believing him early on as they went on to be #2 in the nation at one point. Missouri was also doing this with an untraditional 4 guard line-up and only having a 3 person bench to go to. But as the season came to a close Missouri had beaten Kansas once, and Baylor twice both were in the top 10. This led to a 30-4 record and a Big 12 Tournament Championship to cap off the amazing year. So against all odd the Tigers have braved the challenges with their heads held high and given opponents their best shots. Most of all this team belives in the coach and his system, and in one another.
Once again Missouri was snubbed by not being given the number one seed, making Mizzou the first team with 30+ wins from a major conference to to get a #1 seed. This is just the continuing trend for the Missouri Tigers and their season so on Friday they get to start a new chapter in their story in the NCAA Tournament. Norfolk State beware you are facing a determined Missouri team with lots to prove, as the team has been saying all year #FEWDM (For Every One Who Doubted Me).
I think a very interesting quote from this story is “And maybe, for your generation, the Trojan Horse is what you’ve got, your talent, backed by a legion of friends. Not friends in high places. This is the era of Friends in Low Places. The ones you meet now, who will notice you, challenge you, work with you, and watch your back. Maybe they will be your strength.” This has to do with me because I definitely see my friends and peers that I meet here as a sort of Journalistic support group. They challenge me because I get to see what work they have done, and they challenge by showing me what I am capable of and giving me all sorts of feedback.
The article I got the quote from and read is http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2011/05/12/“there-are-some-people-who-don’t-wait-”-robert-krulwich-on-the-future-of-journalism/
Ahhh this is officially the best time of the year! Any sports fan will tell that the possibilities of players moving from teams that you hate to teams that you love is way above anything else in sports. These moments are the best when not considering actual games being played.
First order of business has to go to the NBA trade deadline and upcoming free agency. The two names being talked about by everyone are Derron Williams and Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard might turn down 30 extra million dollars to stay but in Orlando, or he can test out greener pastures. The Orlando Magic have been shopping Howard potentially to the LA Lakers or New Jersey Nets. He would go to the Lakers to pair up with Kobe, but the lakers might have to give up their raising star Bynum who still has a lot of upside. The trade to the Nets is looking more and more unlikely because their center Lopez is sidelined 3-4 weeks with a reoccurring ankle injury. So what all this means is that Dwight will enter free agency in the summer time. If this happens he is most likely going to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. Derron Williams has also expressed that he would love to go back to his hometown and play for the Dallas Mavericks alongside the perennial all-star Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Howard. If all things pan out Dallas looks to be a dangerous title contender once more.
Another interesting name being thrown around lately is Peyton Manning.
Yes the Moses to the city of Indianapolis is taking his talents elsewhere after team owner Jim Irsay said no way to a 28 million dollar roster bonus. It is hard to imagine Peyton wearing some other colors other than blue and white. The leaders to sign the competitive veteran are the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins. Both teams are looking for a boost at quarterback, please don’t start on Tebowmania. If the Broncos were to get Manning it would take them from a mediocre 8-8 team to a powerhouse instantly in the AFC.
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.