Posts Tagged ‘mizzou’


PHOTOS: Texas Bowl – Missouri vs. Navy

December 31, 2009

By Craig Thomas

“Team Missourian” has arrived at Reliant Stadium for today’s Mizzou vs. Navy game – the 4th Texas Bowl. Below are a few pics to check out.


Just for fun: Uniform check for Mizzou vs. Navy

December 30, 2009

In the Texas Bowl, Navy players will wear their special uniforms from the Army game. Missouri will wear an infrequently used combination of white on black.

Photos courtesy of the Washington Times and St. Louis Post-Dispatch


PINKEL: Navy QB Dobbs tough to stop

December 28, 2009

By Craig Thomas

Coach Gary Pinkel addressed some of the things on his mind as he prepares the Tigers to play Navy in three days.

CONTAINING NAVY QB RICKY DOBBS: “You do the best you can. We put a couple of our best athletes at quarterback to simulate. He’s a great player. He makes that whole offense go. I don’t know if you can simulate it, percentage-wise, significant enough to get as good a look as you need.

“It’s an offense that you don’t see hardly ever, and it scares you.”

MU SECONDARY MUST STAY AWAKE DESPITE FEW PASS ATTEMPTS: “Well he’s a great thrower and they’ve had a lot of big plays. Thats the problem with the offense. That’s what they do (rushing) and that’s what they’re good at. As soon as you load up on the run they back off the line of scrimmage and hit big (passing) plays. That’s the great challenge that we have.”

JARED PERRY CAN PLAY: “He looked good today. Medical staff has released him. Now can he function? Once that happens, Can he play full speed? – Which he looked like he did well today. I was very happy for him. Looking at him today, he’ll play. How much he’ll play, he hasn’t practiced for a month. He has a lot of experience, hopefully he can use that experience to be ready to help us.”

Dobbs led the Midshipmen to a near-upset of Big Ten champ Ohio State in the season opener. SOURCE:

THE “FUTURE BOWL”: “It’s our last pads practice and we let the players that redshirted and the walk-ons scrimmage at the end, we call it the Future Bowl. So players had a good time.”


Brad Smith helps send Colts to first loss; good day for former Tigers

December 27, 2009

By Craig Thomas

The New York Jets are still alive in the NFL playoff hunt. In part, they can thank the previously unbeaten Colts (14-1), who took starters like Peyton Manning out of the game for good. In part, they can thank a former Missouri Tiger.

Brad Smith holds the record for the longest play in Jets history after his 106-yard kickoff return Sunday in Indianapolis. The Jets (8-7) knocked off the Colts 29-15. Smith’s third-quarter dash gave New York a 10-9 lead.

He also carried twice for 16 yards.


Jeremy Maclin stepped up today, too. The rookie Philadelphia Eagle and former MUwide receiver managed to keep his toes inbounds as he hauled in a Donovan McNabb pass inside the 10-yard line in the final minute against Denver. That allowed David Akers to drill a game-winning field goal with just seconds left. The Eagles (11-4) beat the Broncos 30-27.

In all, Maclin had six catches for 92 yards. The Eagles are in the playoffs, and will win the division for the sixth time this decade if they beat Dallas next week.


Ziggy Hood, a defensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7), got two tackles today including a big sack against Baltimore (8-7). He also recovered a fumble. Pittsburgh, which barely beat Green Bay last week, needed such plays in a critical 23-20 win Sunday. The defending Super Bowl champions still have a chance to make the playoffs.


It’s been slow around here lately, but check back for pictures and info from Houston throughout the week, especially getting to game time. Missouri (8-4) takes the field New Year’s Eve to play Navy (9-4). By Tuesday, all three of us (Robert, Sam and me) will be in town to see what’s up.


Horns hold on; what’s next for Mizzou?

December 5, 2009

By Craig Thomas

Texas just beat Nebraska 13-12 on a last-second field goal by Hunter Lawrence in the Big 12 title game. It had appeared that Missouri might slip up into the Sun Bowl, but that chance was essentially lost with the Texas win. It’s likely only one Big 12 team will make a BCS game. Here are the sure BCS teams:

ACC: Georgia Tech

Big East: Cincinnati

Big Ten: Ohio State

Big 12: Texas

Pac-10: Oregon

SEC: Alabama

The likely at-larges are: Florida, TCU, Boise State and Iowa

– Check back at tomorrow for all the bowl announcement information.


Bowl update: We’ll have to wait a little longer

December 4, 2009

If you haven’t seen it, click below for Sam’s story today regarding development of Mizzou’s bowl situation.

– Insight Bowl representative: Don’t believe all the Internet rumors you read.


Mizzou’s All-Big 12 honorees

December 1, 2009

By Craig Thomas

Here are the Big 12 honorees for Missouri for the 2009 season. (MU Rank) unless otherwise noted.


Danario Alexander

– WR Danario Alexander (Sr.) – 107 catches, 1644 yards, 137 yd. average (1st NCAA), 13 TDs (led all MU receivers in each category), team captain

– LB Sean Weatherspoon (Sr.) – 104 tackles (1st), 14 for loss (2nd), 4.5 sacks (2nd), team captain

– K Grant Ressel (Soph.) – 38 for 38 on extra points, 24 for 25 on field goals, hit game-winner against Kansas in final seconds



Kurtis Gregory

– OL Kurtis Gregory (Sr.) – started all games past two years, repeat 2nd team selection, team captain


– DT Jaron Baston (Sr.) – 23 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, 12 starts, team captain


– DE Aldon Smith (Fr.) – 59 tackles (5th, best on D-Line), 11 sacks (1st), 18.5 tackles for loss (1st)


Alexander more noticeable on field than off – Sam Wilson

Alexander can be compared to the greats – Robert Mays

Weatherspoon has great personality – Robert Mays

Ressel didn’t waste time – Sam Wilson

Gregory is a valuable leader – Craig Thomas

Baston rebounded to become a leader – Robert Mays

Smith had to wait for opportunity – Craig Thomas