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Bittersweet Voluntears

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It’s Friday, Tiger fans,

Tomorrow our beloved Tigers will host the Tennessee Volunteers, with kickoff scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Bryan and Val Ninichuck are providing food this weekend, via Lee’s Famous Fried Chicken. Lee’s is bringing chicken, green beans, biscuits, and mashed potatoes. Food will arrive around 2:00, I’ll arrive long before that. As typical, sides or desserts (or blankets) would be good items to bring if you’re bringing. And call Wingate for all your pest control and lawn care needs.

The final home game of the year is always bittersweet. Old people crying, stealing rocks, and wondering when we’ll be at Faurot again. And that’s just me, the players do some of that too.

This year 21 seniors (listed below) are playing their final home games, some guy named Pinkel will also be coaching his last home game, Mizzou is honoring the 2005 Independence Bowl team (hi Brad Smith!; T-Rucker is going to run over people on a fake punt for fun, etc.), and we need a win to qualify for a bowl this year. Hello Shreveport, nice to see you again. That’s one reason to attend for every degree it will be.

Finally, if you haven’t already, you should read Dave Matter’s piece about a private conversation he had with Coach Pinkel way back. I’ve got a couple of similar stories myself about Coach Pinkel, several of the other coaches and their families, and several of the players’ families. In all, a group of people that I hope are all still coaching here when the new guy comes in. But at least some of them likely won’t be, so come cheer for them too.

go Tigers, beat Tennessee, dress warm, go in early, and cheer loud. on a side note, screw ku.

Thank you seniors:
PK Andrew Baggett (Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
QB Corbin Berkstresser (Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
C Evan Boehm (Captain from Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
LB Kentrell Brothers (Guthrie, Okla.)
FS Cortland Browning (Tyler, Tex.)
OL Taylor Chappell (Canadian, Tex.)
CB Kenya Dennis (Captain from Leland, Miss.)
TE Clayton Echard (Eureka, Mo.)
LB Clarence Green (Clute, Tex.)
OL Mitch Hall (Russellville, Ark.)
TB Russell Hansbrough (Captain from Arlington, Tex.)
OL Jordan Hill (Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
TB Tyler Hunt (Huntsville, Mo.)
WR Wesley Leftwich (Columbia, Mo.)
OL Connor McGovern (Fargo, N.D.)
CB DeAndre McKenzie (Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
OL Brad McNulty (Allen, Tex.)
OL Nick Monaghan (Darien, Ill.)
FS Ian Simon (Captain from Mansfield, Tex.)
TB Andrew Stevens (St. Louis, Mo.)
DB Trei Walton (Northville, Mich.).

Written by Jason Becking

November 20th, 2015 at 11:09 am

Eatin’ Chili Dogs, Beatin’ Bulldogs

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Happy Friday, Tiger football fans!

What’s that, not Friday? Pshaw, I say. Game day tomorrow means Friday today.

Tomorrow night, the Tigers host the Bulldogs from Mississippi State University, with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. The Tigers are 0-2 all time at home during Thursday night games and 2-0 all time against Mississippi State. Here’s to 1-2 and 3-0 and TOUCHDOWN PLAYS!!!  Thursday night games mean rain, rain, cold, rain, cold, and rain.  With potentially some craziness thrown in. The craziness shall be the aforementioned TOUCHDOWN PLAYS!!!

Parking lots open at 4:30 tomorrow, so that’s when the tailgate shall begin.  Food will be provided by some combination of Sarah Messer and Jessica Robertson. They’re bringing hot dogs, chili, accompaniments, and warm beverages. They’re also bringing a bucket for you to throw money in, raising money for Armani’s Angels — a charity helping people care for injured or ill animals. Other non-chili dog related food items would be welcomed of course.

Now, some might say it’s callous to serve hot dogs and beat the Bulldogs while simultaneously raising money for a charity aimed at helping injured dogs. Yes, some might say it’s callous. Also, prepare for cowbells during the game, for some unknown reason.

Go Tigers, Beat the Bulldogs!  on a side note, screw ku.

Written by Jason Becking

November 4th, 2015 at 11:31 am