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See ya, SE LA

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Happy football season Tiger fans,

Despite my belief that Mizzou’s first game is next Saturday against Georgia, it does appear the boys will be playing a football game this weekend as well.  Kickoff against the Southeast Louisiana Lions is scheduled for 6:07 p.m.  Since you can no longer leave at halftime for a bathroom break or a beer, that :07 might be a critical period for some.

We’ll be tailgating early, can almost guarantee I’ll be there before you’d likely want to show up, so come on out whenever you like.  It might rain, it might not, but we’ll again be in glorious Lot D.  We should be in the same spot although the first game or two there’s always a bit of a feeling out process (meaning I have to feel out what time I have to arrive to beat the rest of the crowd so I can get the spot I like), so look around a bit if needed.  I’ve added another flag pole to the mix and will be flying a USA flag this year as well, because the SEC loves America.

Mike Messer’s meat will be on display during the latter parts of the tailgate…. what i mean to say is Mike is planning on smoking a bunch of pork, with a cajun dry rub recipe.  We are bringing red beans & rice and jambalaya, so feel free to bring a side dish or dessert of your choosing, if you like.  As always, if you’d like me to take anything to the tailgate for you, just have it at the house Friday night sometime.  And call Mike Messer for all your insurance needs.

In case you’re curious, here’s our path to #1 by the SEC Championship game, as predicted by me in an e-mail to a fellow prognosticator last week:

  • We open by crushing SE Louisiana earning us no love in the polls.
  • Beat Georgia by 15 the next week, to suddenly jump to 15.
  • Hangover euphoria, just barely hang on to beat Arizona State by 7,move up to 12.
  • Win in Independence Bowl fashion, big come back at South Carolina, moves us up to 8.
  • Win at Central Florida ugly, but move up to 7.
  • Beat Vandy, move to 5.
  • Game day in town, insanity rules the day, Gold Pants!, Gahn McGaffie runs another kickoff back, Alabama goes down like OU.  We move to 3 behind LSU at 2 and the USC Kiffins at 1.
  • Drill Kentucky, stay at 3.
  • Win at Florida, go to 2. Suck it LSU.
  • Win at Tennessee, stay at 2.
  • Beat Syracuse at home, USC falls, we’re number 1. We’re number 1.
  • Beat A&M at our second home, play for the sechampionship.  I fall over in anticipation at least five times that week, thus unable to accurately predict those last two games.

It goes without saying, however, 14-0.  on a side note, screw ku.

Written by Jason Becking

August 29th, 2012 at 1:38 pm


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It’s been a long, long, time since I’ve written anything here.

An update, the former Kim George & I were married on May 5, 2012.  She and Brandon moved in the week prior to that, we spent the months prior (and after) getting the house ready.  All of that is going well.  Brandon spends the majority of the summer in Kansas City with his dad and his family, but is able to be with us quite a bit as well.  We’ve spent a lot of time at the Lake of the Ozarks as well as taken trips to Denver & Estes Park in June and Indiana in July.  Brandon, Adelaide, and Jack are all adjusting as well or better than could possibly be expected, as are Kim & I for that matter.  If you’re friends with either Kim or me on facebook, you’ve at least had the chance to see a bunch of pictures of it all.

I’ve taken to redesigning the becking.com site.  It’s at least partially done now, how much more happens depends largely on my abilities and what I decide I do or don’t like about how it is now.  One priority will be to figure out how to get pictures here too, easily, so facebook doesn’t own all my memories.

On the design, and the delay in writing, and pretty much everything surrounding me, part of the delay has been me trying to figure out if there’s a better way to proceed, especially with regard to everyone’s feelings.  Since I started doing becking.com in roughly 1998, I’ve simply added whatever I’ve wanted to put up here, and that’s it.  I edited, added, and captioned all of Sarah’s photos, and then wrote or joked or added pages about whatever I wanted to beyond that.  While I’ll still largely do that, I also am trying to be sensitive to how any of this might be read/understood by Kim and her family (whereas I assumed Sarah and her family knew me well enough by 1998 to just ignore me) while also figuring out how to best remember and honor Sarah.

For the moment anyway, I’ve added some “about” pages for myself, Kim, and Sarah, to try to make it clear who we each are and to continue to provide an outlet for Sarah’s photography as well as point toward Kim’s businesses and personality.  Hopefully that’s acceptable to all.  If not, hopefully all will figure out they can simply ignore me.

Football practice is underway, which makes me happy.  I’m hopeful we’ll still be in Lot D for tailgating, which will make me happy.  The Tigers looked pretty good in the one practice I’ve seen thus far, which also makes me happy.  Hopefully I can figure out how to get to more practices and some road games, which will make me happier still.  On a side note, screw ku.  #MIZSEC.

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August 4th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

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