Mizzou Links, 5-15-08

Mutigers.com has a nice preview of the weekend's Big 12 Championships in Boulder (throwing records will fall!) and Mizzou's chances of making some noise.  I did enjoy this passage...those mutigers folks sure do enjoy writing these previews...

It’s again Missouri versus Kansas, U.S. versus Russia in the men’s hammer throw. During the indoor season, it was Mizzou’s Chris Rohr going toe-to-toe with KU’s Egor Agafonov in the weight throw. The duo then entered the Big 12 meet at 1-2 in the nation, but Agafonov prevailed to win his third-straight title in the event.

Now, the story is nearly the same for the hammer, but now its school-record holder Jason Morris, along with Rohr, chasing the Jayhawk. Agafonov leads the Big 12 and is third in the NCAA with his season’s best of 226-2 (68.94m) achieved in defeating Morris at the Drake Relays. Morris is sixth in the country, second in the conference with his school-record effort of 224-5 (68.41m), which was also accomplished at the Drake Relays. Rohr is also in the hunt with a season best of 216-5 (65.98m) which is third in the Big 12 and 13th nationally. Englin and Tyler Dailey sit 4-6 in the conference rundown.

The men’s hammer has been the Tigers’ bread-and-butter in the past conference meets, producing 22 points in 2006 as Morris placed second as part of a Mizzou 2-3-4-6 finish.

U-S-A!  U-S-A!  U-S-A!

Good news, Tiger fans!  According to PowerMizzou's Offensive Hot Board, Mizzou's in line to give away somewhere around 46 scholarships in the 2009 recruiting class!  According to this list, Mizzou's got a 35% or better chance of landing 18 other offensive players beyond its current commits.  And yes, I realize math wasn't the point of this exercise.

And while the math on these may be kinda silly, it does give me another excuse to raid YouTube for some clips.

Here's Rockhurst QB Nathan Scheelhaase (4 stars, Tiger Hot Board odds: 50%).

Here's Sioux City RB Brandon Wegher (4 stars, Tiger Hot Board odds: 40%).  Dude looks like he plays for Army in those jerseys.

And here's Miami WR Rodney Smith (4 stars, Tiger Hot Board odds: 35%).

In other PM recruiting news, Mizzou has made the Final 3 for QB Jacob Karam as expected.  From here on out, we are competing with Arizona and Houston for his services, and you'd figure from a 'current national stature' perspective, our chances are pretty decent.

Also from PM is the latest Spring Football review, this one on Iowa State.  Again, thank goodness for Rivals.com at this point...without them, there would be no links posts.

Finally, back to my favorite three-times-a-year sport...it appears that the horse racing world is basically conceding the Preakness to Big Brown...only one other Kentucky Derby horse is running this weekend (Gayego, who finished 17th), and Big Brown is currently standing at 1-2 odds, which means you'd have to bet a CRAPLOAD of money on him to actually win anything.  In all, though, one just hopes that the rest of the Triple Crown (sorry, the VISA Triple Crown) goes off injury-free.  I'm not sure the sport could handle another incident like Eight Belles'.

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