What Do We Do Now?

As our sports generation is now faced with a quagmire whose only modern precedent is the Spanish Flu pandemic, local sports fans have come to a menacing and gut-wrenching reality, that there are no sports to fall back on in these times of Coronavirus pandemic.

Stern warnings are being issued that this may be the toughest week for Americans yet. Pearl Harbor and 9/11 have been mentioned as equally impactful precedents.

But in the thought of progression and doing thing we have to do so we don’t drive ourselves or others nuts, here is The Mizzou Report’s ‘What Now’ list.

Don’t Inundate Me With Your Fake Sports

I’ve already had it with this frenzy of fake sports in some sort of weird effort to satisfy the desire for competition. Any type of e-sports substitution, theoretical/simulated games or fantasy sports without real competition is an annoying farce.

Countdowns are a semi-tolerable form of recent recollection on sport, but most are outdated.

College Football WILL Happen

Insiders are already saying those in the know are committed to carrying out the 2020 college football season. Even if it means moving the start of the season as far back as November, the season will happen in its entirety.

This is great news for all of the SEC, terrible news for kansas. Interesting to see however, if February becomes the new November this season in the FBS.

Andrew Kaufman is Killing It

So reporting sports during this COVID-19 quarantine has been a challenge, but ABC17 Sports Director Andrew Kaufman is putting a little sizzle into the pot, primarily by using the energy his offspring is burning behind the wheel of a stunt bike.

Aerial jumps, sick slo-mo replays and raw attitude is what you’ll get when you watch Kaufman’s home sports report. You might also get schooled on the difference between ͏bath towels and plush white blankets from Target.

Anti-Christ is Coming

So with all this COVID-19 stuff comes the conspiracy perspective, which is also what is religious perspective.

This past December, a public ceremony was held for the alter that will be used in the Third Temple that will be built in Jerusalem. Groups are declaring that construction of the temple is about the begin.

But there’s one major problem.

The Dome of the Rock, al-Aqsa mosque is there, one of the most holy places in Islam. In order to build this Third Temple, there’s going to have to be some major deconstruction activities going on.

Not only that but they apparently have their guy to put in place, who would be—you guessed it—the anti-Christ. Nothing is known until it happens, but certainly worth keeping an eye on.

So What Now?

Survive and become stronger, mentally and physically. Try to learn a language…I’m going for ten right now, no kidding.

It’s never too later to start learning something amazing, especially now. Several language groups agree you can “fluently” learn a language in less than two months, so why not give it an honest attempt?

Anyone who Tweets at the @MizzouReport or @realdanielirwin in a different language will be responded to, just be ready to carry on a conversation!

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Is Liberalism Ruining Sports?

Attendance numbers all around sports, especially college sports, have seen a rapid decline over recent years. Mizzou has sadly been no exception.

Even after a hefty upgrade to Memorial Stadium, which reduced overall seat capacity by roughly a couple thousand, Mizzou has been unable to fill the stadium and produce a profitable calendar year, and it’s starting to become a trend.

So, just like any other situation where you’re wanting to figure out the cause and solution, people have blindly applied blame to everything, from the cost of the games to the fact a team isn’t playing for a championship every season.

But none of these claims hold any merit and I can say that with confidence because there are no examples or data points that show anything to support it, no predeceasing case. Not across the board on this level.

You know, evidence.

However, looking at the central point of what’s caused the most societal degradation, liberalism has been at the forefront of every unnecessary uprising that’s happened in the 20th Century up to now.

From the Black Lives Matter (which cares nothing about black lives, only complicity with neo-Marxism) movement to these indoctrinating feminist groups and instructors that seem to be promoted on every college campus in America, liberalism is the obvious social mechanism being used by higher elites to install Communism, which is liberalism.

And that’s very hard to refute when you see who funds these groups corporately.

So then the question is, is it possible—because trust and believe no writer will even entertain this possibility—that the rise of liberalism in society has caused a dislike for sports and we’re simply seeing the product of that social mentality?

I’ve brought the subject idea up a few times to various writers, and it’s always met with an immediately defensive attitude. Expected, but they certainly can’t offer up a structured defense, because there isn’t one that exists.

Why? Well that’s the point of this article.

The feminist movement didn’t necessarily make sports less popular, in fact you could even argue its helped propel women’s sports at nearly every age level. The homosexual movement of the 90’s and 2000’s sought to view sports as an unfamiliar and unnecessary form of entertainment, but even that never had a sweeping overall negative impact on how most people viewed sports.

But rooted out of the combination of both of these neo-Marxist groups came an ideology, or more of a tagline, to represent their disdain for the Christian white male: “toxic masculinity.”

While a few definitions entail things that are utter common sense like, “domestic assault is toxic masculinity,” the outline for the cause reads like a pledge to feminism. Condemning anything feminine is described as toxic masculinity. So you know…can’t criticize it or you’re guilty. Sounds like another kind of policy.

But along with both groups embracing this social stance has come new evaluations. Sports is now viewed through the judgement of toxic masculinity as something barbaric. With C.T.E. cases gaining so much attention and understanding, it’s helping propel a stigma that sports is a violent showcase that’s enjoyed by a lot of non-leftists.

The interest is lost, because not only do these kids not relate to sports, but they refuse to support an industry they essentially see as being enjoyed by homophobes and Christians.

As this becomes more of a gripping movement, expect attendance numbers to keep tanking. Mizzou, or any other team struggling financially right now, is going to need to enjoy some success that equates to dollars, there’s no other way to put it. Winning is the only recipe that can undo this destructive trend.

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Obnoxious Analysis: Tigers Attack Basket, Change Fortune vs. Georgia

The Missouri Tigers had their hands full Tuesday night. Not only were they getting beat by a lackluster team they were favored to beat at home, but the team now had the restless fan base to deal with, who were already filing out of Mizzou Arena.

They knew it was coming, the criticism. They could feel it. Players aren’t blind to what their perception is, despite the fact they seldom acknowledge it.

Not again. Another loss. There’s going to be more criticism of coach Cuonzo Martin, they’re going to say the players gave up, they’re going to pick the team apart.

But then slowly, and with precision, Xavier Pinson began to hit small shots and get to the foul line. Big man Reed Nikko was able to establish a presence inside in the continued absence of Jeremiah Tilmon, and played what many local journalists referred to as the best game of his career.

Dru Smith’s 16 points were essential as well, and his chemistry with Pinson during the second half comeback was butter. It wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough to enable the comeback.

Defense was a key, as Mizzou had essentially allowed Georgia Bulldogs standout Anthony Edwards to have a pro-day exhibition up to that point. On draft day, when Edwards easily goes in the top-5, you’ll likely see highlights from this game at some point. But the Tigers were able to contain Edwards in a team effort, while Georgia wasn’t able to supply an answer from someone else.

But perhaps the happiest person was Coach Martin. You could tell from the tone in his voice and the words he used that the relief he’s feeling will allow him to have a much better night of sleep than he’s been getting lately. He was happy for his players that succeeded, and happy he didn’t have to go into a defensive mode to start his press conference.

It was a feel-good night all around.

The big positive in this is that Mizzou was able to win this game after abandoning what is perceived to be their primary strength, the three-point shot. Granted that Reed Nikko will not be able to win every game for Mizzou simply by taking the ball to the hoop, but with Jeremiah Tilmon expected to return this Saturday at South Carolina, there may be a new dynamic approach to the Tigers’ offense.

Relying on the three-point shot is like taking a gamble. But being able to have two legitimate threats to keep defenses guessing, might help open up the three a little bit more.

We’ll see how this game plan plays out against the Gamecocks, game time is 2:30pm Mizzou Time on SEC Network.

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Comeback City: Xavier Pinson and Reed Nikko Lead 20-Point Mizzou Comeback

Mizzou was able to shake the ugly identity that’s usually associated with close games, at least since the Kim Anderson-era. It was an epic comeback that hasn’t been seen in Columbia in quite some time.

The Tigers started well, but then found themselves down by as many as 18 points in the first half before closing the break trailing 42-30 against one of the worst teams in the SEC in the Georgia Bulldogs.

Mizzou went down by 20 points with around 13 minutes remaining in the game. But, the play of Xavier Pinson and Reed Nikko got the Tigers back into the game. Pinson’s free throw shooting and field goals helped enable the comeback.

The play of Nikko down the stretch helped establish a more physical game to a winded Georgia team.

Dru Smith also had 16 points.

The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak, winning four of their last five games against Georgia.

Mark Smith sat on the bench during the whole second half with an injury that looked painful.

Mizzou next plays this Saturday at South Carolina on SEC Network. Tip-off time is set for 2:30pm Mizzou Time.

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WR Damon Hazelton Announces Transfer to Mizzou From Virginia Tech

There’s plenty to be excited about on the offensive side of the ball for coach Eliah Drinkwitz as of late, and especially after a big announcement on Saturday afternoon.

Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Damon Hazelton took to Twitter and announced he was going to be making a change.

This will be a great addition, as Hazelton will bring three years of consistent experience to the table. Certainly a working part for the Hokies, he will now help the Tigers in their quest for another SEC East division championship.

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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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