Border War renews in Softball Regionals, Mizzou wins (twice), advances to Super Regionals + Border War Notes

A funny thing happened in Columbia this weekend. Missouri played Kansas. It’s a rare sight these days. And one that happens only on an impromptu basis now, except in club sports where the two teams still schedule each other because they aren’t governed by the universities’ athletic departments themselves, which are of course the birthplace of conference loyalties. But in NCAA-sanctioned sports, the two ancient adversaries don’t schedule each other anymore, despite having a rivalry on the playing field that dates back to 1891 and a rivalry on the battlefield that dates back to the 1850s. And we all know why they don’t schedule each other anymore. From Kansas’ point of view, Missouri is like the cheating spouse who bolted from years of commitment to the allure of newer, greener pastures, while Missouri views Kansas as the stubborn ex-spouse who ran off with half the stuff even though they couldn’t use it, then refused to negotiate a way to move forward which would be good for both [Read more...]

Mizzou ending it’s 13-game skid + sending the seniors off with a win (2 wins in 3 games!!!) has offered a brief bright spot in an otherwise derailed season…So, what went wrong?

From losing his debut to UMKC – Missouri’s ONLY loss to the in-state school – to the longest losing streak in the school’s 109 years of basketball history, its been a trying year for True Son Kim Anderson in the first season of his dream job. “This has been miserable,” Anderson said. “This has been hard. Hard for me and hard for [the players].” Keanau Post and Keith Shamburger, who have played a combined three seasons in a Missouri uniform – in one of the worst seasons in those 109 years, celebrated their senior night, and did so with a win, 63-61 over Auburn (12-18, 4-13) in the battle of the two worst teams in the league on Tuesday Night. “I’m happy I got the chance to coach the seniors,” Anderson added. “I’m really happy for those guys and that we could get them a win. It didn’t look very good there with three or four minutes to go.” It was with 3:46 remaining that TJ Lang, who averages just 1.9 points per game, but scored 13, put Auburn up 59-51 with a 3-ball. Missouri then [Read more...]

Mike Alden sets end date as Mizzou AD, what legacy will he leave?

  The tenure of Mike Alden as the Athletic Director of the University of Missouri is coming to an end. Alden announced via press release on Thursday afternoon that he will be leaving the post on August 31 of 2015 as the second longest tenured AD (behind Don Faurot, 1946-66) in university history. Alden came to Mizzou in 1998 from Southwest Texas (now Texas State), where he was hired as the Athletic Director in 1996. He began his career in administration at Arizona State in 1985. He was hired by Mizzou on July 16, 1998, succeeding Joe Caastiglione in the position. Today, in a presser, he said, “Our family has been so blessed by this institution. If you think about the things that are going on in our community and the amazing opportunities that are out there in front of our University and our athletic programs, if you truly want to try to be selfless, if you truly want to be a servant leader, if you truly want to let other people be the drum major, and you really believe that [Read more...]

Mizzou slowly improving heading into SEC play

Missouri enters conference play with a losing record for the first time in 34 seasons (1978-79 season) and the only team in the league below .500. But, they’re taking baby steps. With nine underclassmen, including six freshmen, it’s been a work in progress for Missouri and first-year head coach Kim Anderson. But, there is progress being made. The Tigers, like every other Division I win this year, struggled – trailing by as many as 11 (30-19) after Lipscomb (5-9) scored 13 in a row before cutting the lead to 35-33 by the half before finding themselves down by 10 (48-38), answering with a 16-1 run – in a 72-60 win Saturday in the non-conference finale, but the two games prior – although both still losses – offered Missouri fans glimpses of hope for conference play. Missouri entered Dec. 20’s “Braggin’ Rights” game with Illinois in St. Louis 0-3 against Power Conference teams with an average defeat of 75-56, then lost at the buzzer on a Rayvonte Rice 3-pointer, 62-59, in their first [Read more...]


It’s December 23, which means only on things – its Festivus. For those, who are unfamiliar with phenomenal holiday watch this: One of the Festivus traditions is the Airing of Grievances – the gathering of everyone in your family around a table, and telling them how much they disappointed you throughout the year. It’s our time to do that, most notably you Royals and Chiefs Facebook, for you have presented us with so many disappointments its like gold! It’s like the gift that keeps on giving all year ‘round. Conrad McGorkin and I, quoting our inner-Frank Costanza, “WE’VE GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH YOU PEOPLE, AND NOW YOU’RE GONNA HEAR ABOUT 'EM!” And, my oh my, where to start? You have provided us with so much material. First, Conrad: Sweet Jesus piss, what on EARTH are you trying to say here? “with hope win championship with a with…” #with. How is it possible to spell “Bautista” and “Buehrle” in different ways twice, and be wrong both times on both in the same post? Explain [Read more...]

State of Missouri basketball, 10 games in: With Gant’s return, it’s time to go young

It’s a few hours from tip-off at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis for the always fun Mizzou-Illiois “Braggin’ Rights” Rivalry. It might not be very fun for Missouri this year. The Kim Anderson era began with an embarrassing home loss to UMKC. It hasn’t really got any better for the first-year Division 1 head coach since then. Ten games into the 2014-15 basketball season and Missouri is 5-5 – 0-3 against Power Conference teams, 5-1 against everybody else. Despite the return of the best member of this year’s recruiting class, Mr. Georgia Basketball Jakeenan Gant, last Saturday in a 74-58 loss to Xavier, Missouri is still really bad at basketball, right now – one of the worst Power Conference teams. Gant, the Top 50 recruit, made his debut after sitting out the first nine games while under investigation by the NCAA for impermissible benefits. He made an immediate impact. But, it didn’t matter. Missouri still sucked – and they’re going to most of the season, but with nine [Read more...]

Mizzou beats Arkansas in inaugural Battle Line Rivalry, locks up back-to-back SEC Championship Game berth, will face No. 1 ‘Bama

November 27, 2012, nearly two years to the day, Gary Pinkel reiterated that missing a bowl game for the first time in eight seasons, going 5-7 (2-6 SEC) in their first year in the new league had absolutely nothing to do with the Southeastern Conference. I agreed. Turns out he was right. Since? 22-4 and consecutive 7-1 conference seasons – good for back-to-back trips to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game. This is something the Old Guard didn’t want…not the new kids on the block...The casual “down south” fan sees Missouri periodically on national TV and they see losses to Indiana and Georgia (34-0 embarrassment on Oct. 11) and have their mind made up and refuse to give the Tigers credit for winning. Yes, their division/schedule presented Missouri with a great opportunity and they took full advantage of it, going out and winning every game on the schedule after the Georgia loss, taking care of business – something Georgia did NOT do, losing a South Carolina and Florida, who have a [Read more...]

Mizzou’s going to have to get A LOT better in a hurry if they want to compete in Maui + previewing the rest of the 2014-15 season

“True Son” Kin Anderson ushered in his era in embarrassing fashion – a loss to brethren UMKC – the first-ever win for the Roos over Missouri. WELP. The next two games were better than the one before it, defeating Valpo 56-41 and Oral Roberts 78-64. They’re going to have to get A LOT better in a hurry if they want to do anything but finish seventh place in the Maul Invitational – starting today vs. Arizona. Normally I would be excited about an early season opportunity to play the No. 2 team in the nation, but this year? Not so much – not when I know there is very little chance of winning. Missouri lost nearly 80% of its scoring from a year ago – but that’s nothing new. They had to replace four starters in each of the past two seasons. Frank Haith was able to get through it with a patchwork of transfers. It was just a temporary fix – a Band-Aid. But, Haith saw the future and bailed – to a lesser program. Kim Anderson decided to start over with a bunch of young guys; to try and build [Read more...]

Mizzou’s offense awakens, scores 4 3rd Quarter TD’s; defense shuts the door as Tigers inch closer to Atlanta

“Teams that win in November will be remembered,” Gary Pinkel likes to say. If the Missouri Tigers continue to do just that – win – they’ll be headed back to Atlanta for consecutive SEC Championship Games. After Saturday’s 34-27 win over Texas A&M at Kyle Field, or Faurot Field South, the Tigers (8-2, 5-1 SEC) need just two more wins – at Tennessee Saturday and Arkansas in Columbia on Black Friday. With a loss, Georgia (8-2, 6-2), who finishes the season with two non-con’s, take the SEC East. “Players can do the math, you don’t have to tell them what’s out there,” Pinkel added. “If there is anything we learned from last year, in November you want to be playing football games that matter and the one you’re playing is the most important one.” Missouri entered the second half trailing 13-6, despite controlling the game, but used a 28-point third quarter to take a two-TD lead. The 28-7 quarter put Missouri in position to win, but it was the defense – who had been the backbone of the [Read more...]

Murphy, defense takes a chomp out of the Swamp; Vandy next

If two phases of a game can absolutely dominate, apparently you can still blowout a team on the road, apparently, despite a futile offense that gained just 20 yards in the second half and had seven total first downs. Missouri proved that in last night’s 42-13 win at Florida – a game unlike any I’ve ever seen. See: Missouri scored just 14 points on offense (TD, 2 FG, 2-point conversion), but scored the game’s first 42 points in becoming the first team in 15 years to have four different types of return touchdowns (kick return, punt return, fumble and interception) in the same game, in winning their eighth straight road game (third longest FBS streak) as Gary Pinkel improved to 12-3 in his last 15 “bounceback (games after a loss) games.” "An embarrassing performance," said Florida head coach Wes Muschamp, who endured “fire Muschamp” chants throughout the third and fourth quarters. Senior running back/return man Marcus Murphy single-handedly did enough to beat the Gators (3-3, 2-3 [Read more...]