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Michael Richards?

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Written by Jason Becking

November 24th, 2006 at 10:10 am

Posted in Tailgating Fun

die Beakers die

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First off, as any Simpsons fan can tell you, “die Beakers die” is simply German for “The Beakers, The”. (and anyone who speaks German can’t be all bad).

The happiest time of the year is sadly coming to a close. With the loss at ISU, we’ve officially entered the “grumble grumble whiny whiny grumble grumble” stage of the season. (I’m talking about the fans, not the coaches). It is a postive, though, that it took to the final home game to get there. The Tigers play the mythical shoe-wearing birds on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. It is senior day, so get inside early for those festivities. Nineteen guys will be playing their final game at Faurot Field and deserve an ovation. Due to the early start and senior day festivities, we’ll only be tailgating minimally this game. Will probably be there by 9:30 or so.

KU has a disgusting 3-game win streak against the Tigers, which will come to a close on Saturday… If we’re up 85-0 in the third quarter, leave the starters in and run up the score. A win over the shoebirds on Saturday and in the bowl game would still total 9 victories, which is more than any season in my lifetime. (At this point, most fans go back to grumble grumble whiny whiny grumble grumble stage.)

The Central Missouri Food Bank has been running their massive food drive this week. (Insert Mangino joke here.) In all my years of making fun, I’ve still yet to hear one reason (much less a good reason) on why that damn bird needs to wear shoes. Coach Mangino was lost in KC the other day, so stopped at a gas station for directions. “How do I get to 435?” he asked. “Start eating salad”, was the response.

you can’t spell “sucks” without ku. Stomp the shoebirds.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

For more vitrol, you can keep reading… no humor from this point forward (unless you find my anger funny. grumble grumble grumble.)

Their coach is fat and their mascot is a woody woodpecker ripoff, but the topic that’s eating at me currently is my renewed awareness of their hypocrisy. Their silly insistence on bringing up cheating and low class fandom is easily enough brushed away by their own worse actions. They are currently on probation in both football and basketball for “major infractions” including academic fraud and lack of institutional control and remain the only team in history unable to defend an NCAA title due to cheating. As for low class, just count how many “Muck Fizzou” shirts you see at the game on Saturday, much less any other of their games, or talk to anyone who went to either of the past two MU-KU games in Larry.

Still not there, though, I’m heading toward the idiocy of their mascot name. The same atheltic department who thought “Border War” was too inciteful is seemingly proud to recognize (and presumably honor) a band of the most vile vagabonds of the time. From the beaker website: “The word “Jayhawk” first was used in present day Kansas about 1858. It was associated with robbing, looting and general lawlessness.” Specifically, it was associated with burning down Missouri homes, stealing supplies and horses, and murdering Missourians who happened to live in the wrong counties. General Henry Halleck, Commander of the Department of the West, wrote of the Jayhawkers: “They are no better than a band of robbers; they cross the line, rob, steal, plunder, and burn whatever they can lay their hands upon. They disgrace the name and uniform of American soldiers. The course pursued by those under Lane and Jennison, has turned against us many thousands who were formerly Union men.” They also typically break out the red socks for the MU game, most times the only time they wear red socks all year, I assume to further honor the scum who were known for the red-leggings on their uniforms. It’s equivalent to an institution going by the name “lynch mob” and having a uniform resembling a sheet.

It’s disguting, dishonorable, and despicable. That said, I assume most KU fans don’t really know all that. They just buy the “free state” propaganda they’re fed from time to time. If they knew it, surely they’d surely be honorable enough to disassociate from the name.

Written by Jason Becking

November 22nd, 2006 at 12:01 pm

Posted in Tailgating Fun

19 Tiger Seniors

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19 Tigers will be playing their final games at Faurot Field on Saturday. If you have the chance and don’t come honor their efforts, you’re a beaker. Unless of course, you really are a beaker in which case I don’t know how to insult you further.

From MUTigers.com press release:

Nineteen Tiger seniors will suit up one last time at MU’s Faurot Field Saturday when they don the Black and Gold for the 2006 home finale vs. Kansas. This class has been a part of some great moments in Tiger football history. They have helped MU to 27 wins over the course of the 2003 season through now. This class (Head Coach Gary Pinkel’s second after taking over at Mizzou prior to the 2001 season) is the first since the 1983 senior class to play in three bowl games (MU appeared in three bowl games in a four-year span from 1980-83). Many of them played key roles in helping Mizzou to an 8-5 record in 2003 and to a 7-5 campaign in 2005 and MU’s first bowl win since 1998. Three Tigers listed as juniors eligibility-wise (Josh Barbo, David Lazaroff and Trace Teas) are being recognized as seniors this year, as all three are seniors academically, and have chosen not to use their final year of eligibility in 2007. Here’s a quick look at the senior class of 2006:

Tiger (Games Played) Hometown Career Notes
Marcus Bacon (45) Houston, Texas 228 career tackles, leads MU in 2006 w/99 tackles so far
Josh Barbo (24) Conway Springs, Kan. Has been a standout member of special teams last 2 seasons
Joel Clinger (35) Warrenton, Mo. All-Big 12 OL in 2005 has 23 consecutive starts
Brandon Coleman (13) Miami, Fla. Has thrown and rushed for 1 TD each; 114 rush yds., 73 pass yds.
Mike Cook (36) Friendswood, Texas 2006 team captain has 18 career starts
Brad Ekwerekwu (43) Arlington, Texas 93 career catches for 909 yds. & 6 TDs; Also thrown and run for TD
Dedrick Harrington (47) Mexico, Mo. 2003 Freshman All-American; Has 269 career tackles & 41 starts
Andrew Hoskins (22) Plattsburg, Mo. Special teams member missed all of 2005 due to injury
DeQuincy Howard (42) Tyler, Texas 2 career catches for 14 yds. and 1 TD (at Kansas State in 2003)
Xzavie Jackson (42) Vacaville, Calif. 179 career tackles, 14.5 QB sacks, leads MU in 2006 w/10.0 TFLs
David Lazaroff (1) Chesterfield, Mo. Joined team prior to 2004 season as a walk-on
Brandon Massey (32) St. Louis, Mo. 79 career tackles, incl. 54 in 2006
Darren Meade (1) Champaign, Ill. Joined team prior to 2004 season as a walk-on
David Overstreet II (47) Dallas, Texas MU’s active career leader w/275 tackles & 17 PBUs
Louis Pintola (6) Los Angeles, Calif. Junior college transfer in 2005 has played 6 games overall
DeMarcus Scott (18) Greenville, Miss. Has career-high 27 tackles & 3.0 TFLs in 2006 season
Brian Smith (44) Denton, Texas MU’s career QB sacks leader (31.5); 159 career tackles, 42.5 TFLs
Jamar Smith (23) Miami, Fla. JUCO transfer has 76 career tackles, incl. 18.0 TFLs & 1 TD
Trace Teas (0) Springfield, Mo. Lefty kicker joined team prior to 2004 season as a walk-on

Written by Jason Becking

November 21st, 2006 at 12:41 pm

Posted in Mizzou

Come to the Games

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If you haven’t noticed yet, and judging by the empty seats many haven’t, basketball season is fun again. Defensive effort, all around hustle, and an alley-oop per game have made MU an exciting team to watch. Currently 5-0 on the season, come get it while it’s hot.

On football, the losses have sucked. Over-reactionary fanaticism now rules the day. Get over it. We had the ISU game won, no matter how bad we played, but were nailed by a now admitted bad call. Some will say it doesn’t matter, the Tigers should never have been in that position to begin with. They’re right, except it does matter. The Tigers made plays to win the game. It’s the final home game of the year, against the shoebirds, and Senior Day. Come to the game and cheer for the Tigers.

Below is a link to Dave Matter’s Columbia Tribune football blog with quotes regarding the jacked-up holding call.

Behind The Stripes

Written by Jason Becking

November 20th, 2006 at 11:59 am

Posted in Mizzou

Timeless Thanksgiving Photo

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Written by Jason Becking

November 17th, 2006 at 10:19 am

Posted in Mizzou

“The Future of Flagship Universities”

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One of the many reasons I opposed the bastards at SMS stealing the Missouri State name is that I believe that leads down a road that ultimately harms higher education for Missourians. By giving ‘equal names’, they’ve created two allegedly equal universities in the eyes of most citizens, and more importantly most legislators, when by all reasonable standards MU is the premier (public) education institution in the state.

To quote a high-ranking MU official, “You invest in us and it will pay. If you lump us in with those who are not our peers, water down our identity and obscure our reputation, everyone loses.”

Here’s a commencement address to Texas A&M students by Robert Berdahl, Chancellor of UC-Berkely and former President of UT-Austin dealing with the issue of poor state planning and the potential result for flagship universities.

Written by Jason Becking

November 15th, 2006 at 1:25 pm

Posted in Mizzou

Nothing Up

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Some folks are probably wondering why Sarah hasn’t had photos from the last two games. No worries, no problems. Had a friend visiting from out of town for the first time in 7+ years, so planned on missing Friday’s game. Last minute chatting, decided to miss Saturday as well.
I’m typing this while watching the UT/K-State football game. I wonder why I don’t yet have a job as a sports commentator. These guys are awful and ill-informed.

Written by Jason Becking

November 11th, 2006 at 8:04 pm

Posted in Mizzou