Halftime: A Half of Two Halves, the Mizzou Way

Forget those guys who were too timid to pull the trigger and find their comfort zones, and it started with a huge three-point-shot by Torrence Watson on the baseline. Taking the lead isn’t going to be essential right now, just staying in the game and allowing the hot shooting to potentially continue in the second half is going to be the recipe.

Amazing that it’s been the transition play, this could be the Florida game all over again.

Preview: Mizzou Basketball Travels to Morgantown to Take on West Virginia

Take that image you had at the beginning of the season out of your head. Seeing the West Virginia game on the slate brought a guarded optimism that Mizzou could pull out a win against a relatively consistent program.

Come Gameday however, it doesn’t have the same fuzzy feeling we were all hoping. Mizzou moral is low, but there is a silver lining to all of this, in that the Tigers would have a lot to gain from what is now a ranked West Virginia team.

The important thing to remember while the Tigers seem to be in a free-fall is that this isn’t a Kim Anderson squad. These teams aren’t losing games they should be in by 20, 30 points. I remain absolutely resolute in my stance that this team is talented enough to play with the majority of the SEC, they’ve just happen to lose a lot of games.

The scouting report on the Mountaineers is pretty intimidating given the Tigers recent weaknesses. Success begins and ends with two of their forwards, Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver, both of which nearly average a double-double every game. Tshiebwe is 6’9″ and listed at 258, while Culver is only 6’10” and weighs in at 255.

One of their primary three-point threats is a freshman they’re big on, Miles McBride. He’s currently better than 40 percent from 3-point range on the season. Over the last three games, shooting percentages have been 71, 73 and 57. So if you plan on somehow establishing a physical game, you’re going to have to contend with McBride on the outside.

So is there a hope? There is if Mizzou can meet three major criteria, and they will probably have to pull every one of them off to even have a chance.

One, shoot lights out from three. We will have to have another “Florida game” from behind the arc to be able to stay level.

Secondly, we’ll need to continue the absolutely red hot pace from behind the line. We need to get to the line often, hopefully establish foul trouble for their forwards, and keep netting free throws.

Finally, and yes I mean this, something is going to have to happen that takes one of their players out of the game. Whether it’s a freak illness, or somebody accidentally pulling a muscle in warmups, Mizzou will also need the benefit of some freak bad luck.

The odds aren’t good, but that’s why they play the game. West Virginia has an excellent coach in Bob Huggins and a bench of very big, talented guys. The Tigers have leadership and talent as well, it’s just going to take every bit of it for Mizzou to come out with a victory on Saturday.

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Free Throw Record a Bitter Consolation Prize

Mizzou took an odd streak into Tuesday night’s game against Texas A&M. It didn’t come along with winning any games, so there just wasn’t any real excitement about it. Acknowledgement? Sure, but more of a sarcastic excitement almost.

It was a team record, which should be a bigger deal, but following the 66-64 loss, the only thing the team really wanted was to have won the game.

And the fans, too, for that matter.

But, just as a “win is a win” I guess a “record is a record” as well. We’ll all be able to look back fondly years from now and remember the time where the team was still terrible but they at least got that record.

The season presses on. The Tigers next play at No. 14 West Virginia on Saturday at 11:00am Mizzou Time.

Tony Gonzalez Arrogantly Claims to Support Chiefs; NFL Fans Shred Him

Former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez took to Twitter on Sunday evening following the Chiefs 35-24 win over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium.

“Yeah baby, going to the Super Bowl! Ha ha ha ha! Yeah,” Gonzalez said in a short video with the conclusion of the game playing in the background.

Gonzalez holds several Kansas City Chiefs records, in addition to being one of the most decorated tight ends and receivers in NFL history. But his exit from Kansas City was outright nasty, with Gonzalez’s choosing to display his displeasure openly.

Let’s take a small trip back and refresh ourselves on a few events.

At the October 2008 trade deadline, Gonzalez wanted out of Kansas City. He didn’t even care where he went. Coach Herm Edwards was open to appeasing him, but former General Manager Carl Peterson wanted optimal trade value. The deal fell through, according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, and Gonzalez became upset.

“I’m done, I’m retiring, I’m quitting,” Gonzalez said of his Kansas City Chiefs and NFL career at this point, because he wasn’t getting exactly what he wanted. “I’m not playing for this guy,” referring to Peterson.

There’s countless other stories of Gonzalez’s general disdain for the Chiefs, from top to bottom. He didn’t like management, he didn’t like other players, he didn’t like fans; it was more than safe to say he outright hated the Kansas City Chiefs and everything about being in Kansas City.

After the 2008 season, Scott Pioli was named the new General Manager of the Chiefs. Gonzalez lobbied hard and was granted his wish and traded to the Atlanta Falcons. Gonzalez would be a professional and never talk badly of his former team while with Atlanta, but the damage to his time had been done as many Chiefs fans didn’t forgive him for his very obvious dislike of his time in Kansas City.

Gonzalez would finish out his career with Hall of Fame credentials. His overall body of work was extremely impressive.

After finishing out his playing career, he got hired as an analyst of CBS Sports, mainly due to his extensive knowledge of the game and his ability to comfortably speak on the air. But then in 2019, over a decade after he was traded to Atlanta, with all the time as an adult to think about his words and actions, Tony Gonzalez decided to say this, of which we are still not one calendar year removed from:

“The Falcons honestly made my career. When I got to Atlanta, now it’s like you’re a part of a winning organization,” Gonzalez chose to say at the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony in February of 2019.

The comment alone warrants a raised eyebrow, but the fact it came from the same guy who has a history of general Kansas City dislike, shows that Tony still harbors negative feeling about his time in Kansas City. With so many accomplishments, it’s surprising that he would choose to hold a grudge, but then again he attended Cal-Berkeley.

Here’s a sample of some of the comments to his post:

There were other comments of support and dislike that weren’t as interacted with. You can see all the comments by seeing the Tweet here.

Tony, please stop claiming the Chiefs. Your efforts here have been forgotten. You won’t be on any Chiefs Super Bowl graphics, you won’t be anybody’s invited guest, and in fact it would do the entire Kansas City community a favor if you just shut up and claimed Atlanta only. We don’t want you here trying to soak up accolades that you clearly “didn’t get made from.”

Obnoxious Mizzou Fan doesn’t know how to fry an egg, and likely needs you to tell him how to do so on Twitter.

Worst Hit of the Year: Travis Sailo Tries to Hurt Mizzou’s Kelly Bryant

In one of the worst displays of sportsmanship seen in college football this year, Troy Trojan senior defensive tackle Travis Sailo went for Mizzou quarterback Kelly Bryant’s left leg from behind in Saturday’s game.

Making matters worse, Sailo clearly hold on to his leg and follows through with the very illegal move. He returns to the sideline to laugh about it with his teammates.

The only intention a player has when making such a move, is to hurt the player he’s trying to tackle.

Some fans pointed out that Sailo’s Twitter account currently accepts Direct Messages without him following you, which isn’t likely to last long after the coward gets to his phone.

The Mizzou Report will keep you updated on reaction and coming disciplinary that will be taken against Sailo.

Rapid Reaction: Caleb Love Chooses UNC, Mizzou Loses Out on Big Recruit

Another big name college recruit from the state of Missouri is leaving to play elsewhere, this time for the North Carolina Tarheels.

Mizzou fans were predictably unhappy, but not too many expected Caleb Love to pick Mizzou over national powerhouse North Carolina.

Most of the reactions were frustrated, but within reason.

The Antlers had a direct yet unemotional response:

Everyone’s favorite Twitter fan Mizzou Kris came at it with a little sarcasm, which is perfect for this kind of situation.

Not everyone was so happy, however. Some people were a little salty with Love’s presentation.

Still others weren’t as focused on Love so much as they were Mizzou coach Cuonzo Martin.

Many other top recruits hang in the balance still for Missouri, but no question that losing out on Love was a huge missed opportunity that could have helped propel Mizzou to the next level. But as for now, the next step for some will be learning how to cope with this shattering reality check.

Dan Irwin wrote this. He has a Twitter account but you probably shouldn’t follow it.

Blake Harris Transfer Means Less Than You Might Think

It’s the start of an unassuming Friday right before a huge game against Florida on CBS tomorrow, and everything was feeling good. Even listened to Keep Their Heads Ringin’ by Dr. Dre this morning while driving, just because everything was feeling like a good Friday.

But now the news about Blake Harris, a former ESPN Top 100 guard who came to Mizzou from the basketball-entrenched land of North Carolina, purely to play with Michael Porter, Jr.

Now a lot of people are beginning to hit the panic button quickly. Why? Aside from leading the team in assists with moderate numbers, his points and productivity during minutes isn’t going to be a very big loss at all.

And of course, any “glass half empty” fans will tell you we lost *another* four-star guy, and that doesn’t look good. I get that, but they’re leaving for different reasons (C.J. Roberts and Blake Harris), so I’m not to worried about the culture of the team falling apart, and I just don’t buy into the “Cuonzo has lost the team” sentiment either, there’s no proof of it. Even Harris, who could have really taken any kind of shot he wanted on his way out, said there was nothing wrong with the program (h/t @DaveMatter), and I belive him.

So what does this all mean?

Well, it means that a guy who didn’t have the best attitude about already being “the man”, and finding a way to blame his surroundings, is gone. He was also not likely to stay longer than Michael Porter, Jr’s career at Mizzou anyway, was probably going to transfer afterwards. This means fewer team resources and assets going into a player who ultimately won’t be helping Mizzou.

The big question moving forward is can Terrence Phillips and Jordan Geist step up to lead this team. Both players have had their inconsistencies, but have great speed and defense as well. The success of the team moving forward depends on them more.

As for Harris, he’s probably headed to N.C. State…or kansas if he really wants to try to stick it to Cuonzo.

Gary Link Firing Leaves Bad Taste in Fans, Donors Mouths

For years, the enthusiasm and excitement brought to the basketball radio broadcasts have been encompassed by the presence of former player Gary Link.

“Linker” as he was affectionately known by his close colleagues, was let go today by the University of Missouri’s Department of Athletics, in a move that absolutely no one saw coming.

Link fulfilled his most recent on-air duties for the Mizzou Network with his pregame, halftime and post-game coverage of the Mizzou football team’s trip to Georgia this past weekend. So with no hint of there being anything wrong, no information about health concerns, Mizzou fans were hit with this statement:

“Gary Link has been removed of his duties with Mizzou Athletics, however, it would be inappropriate to comment further on a personnel matter. The athletic department will work with Mizzou Sport Properties to identify a replacement for Gary on our radio broadcasts.”

In the coldest way imaginable publicly, Link was fired and made an example of. A man who dedicated his life to Mizzou didn’t receive the same sentiment from his employer, who was focusing on assuring fans of a replacement, rather than addressing the obvious concern of why he was let go.

I did speak on The Big Show on ESPN radio 1580 KTGR earlier today to air these sentiments that the rest of the media refused to touch. Unfortunately, the only thing that can be gathered is that fans and donors alike will have to wait for more information to come out.

The professional thing would be to let the public know why Link is being fired. If he was found hiring prostitutes, I could understand this a lot better. But with no reason supplied, the University has stooped to another mark of disrespect and allowed rumors and false information to take over. If there was nothing to hide, and Mr. Link was fired for a justifiable reason, then let the public know. The University owes it to its supporters.

If it’s found that Link was fired for some sort of absurd or political reason, there is going to be major backlash. Fans will not tolerate a Director of Athletics who attempts to rule like he’s King Nimrod. The University needs to supply a reason sooner than later if they don’t have anything to hide.