Some days, there aren't many interesting links. Other days, there are tons. Today: tons.
Mizzou Football Links
When Blaine Gabbert and Aldon Smith both declared for the NFL draft last year, I think most of knew that Gabbert might struggle if thrown into action too soon and Smith might thrive in a kind of pass rush specialist role. I don't think many of us suspected that Gabbert would struggle this much and Smith might thrive this much. Goodness, Aldon.
NFL.com: VIDEO: Smith's Sack-O-Rama
Examiner.com: 49ers LB Aldon Smith breaks team rookie sack record
Well Done, Blaine
First Coast News: Gabbert Spreads Holiday Cheer to Children of Military Parents
The Trib (Dave Matter): Behind the Numbers: Gio-ology 101
QB No. 1
Post-Dispatch: James Franklin grows into starting QB role
KC Star: Gary Pinkel speaks on new uniforms, new helmet
"You have to look at the marketing of Mizzou. We’ve done studies on this – what do people around the country identify the University of Missouri (with)? And they identify with two things – the word Mizzou and that tiger-head logo."
Unprompted, Pinkel also pointed out that when he took over almost 11 years ago, people got all bent out of shape when they brought in the tiger-head logo and phased out the tiger-paw logo.
"The bottom line is, we (have to worry about) what markets Mizzou the best, nationally," Pinkel said. "We’re very sensitive to everybody…but we also have to decide what’s best for the future of our program."
So basically, if you read between the lines – which you have to do whenever you’re talking to a college football coach – it sounds like Pinkel is at least considering changing the helmets. To what degree, no one knows.
PowerMizzou: Odom talks about leaving Mizzou
Other Football Links
Football Stat Porn
MGoBlog (The Mathlete): Game Theory Manifesto: A Coach's Guide to Using Timeouts and Other Key Decisions
Mizzou Basketball Links
So apparently Cousy Award watchlisters take all of their cues from Doug Gottlieb, who saw Phil Pressey play once last January and decided he wasn't a true point guard. That Mike Dixon is named to this pointless list is pretty cool -- I have no doubt at this point that he is indeed one of the 60 best point guards in the country; that Pressey isn't ... well, it confirms all of the reasons why I hate watch lists (and the people whose votes create them) with a fiery passion. Incredibly ridiculous.
But hey, at least the Andrew Jones video is cool.
God, I Hate Watch Lists So Much
MUtigers.com: Mike Dixon Named to Bob Cousy Award Watch List
CBS Sports: Get serious, Cousy Award
And if you're gonna list 60, fine. It's stupid, but whatever. I can live with that, I guess. But how do you get to 60 without having Missouri's Phil Pressey and South Dakota State's Nate Wolters? And how did Memphis' Will Barton get listed as a candidate? He's terrific. That's undeniable. But in two years of college I don't think he's ever played a single possession at point guard. Barton is a 6-6 wing who slashes on the offensive end and rebounds on the defensive end. He's no more of a point guard than Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, but Barton still somehow made the list of candidates for the Cousy Award.
His teammate Joe Jackson is a candidate, too.
So there are two Tigers listed.
But guess who isn't a candidate?
(He's Memphis' actual starting point guard.)
KC Star: Missouri moves up to No. 9 in the AP men's basketball poll; KU is No. 12
Transfers! Transfers! Transfers!
The Trib: Oregon transfer Jabari Brown commits to Tigers
The Missourian: Oregon basketball player Jabari Brown transferring to Missouri
PowerMizzou: Brown lands at Mizzou
KC Star: Jabari Brown says yes to Mizzou hoops
CBS Sports: Oregon transfer Brown picks Missouri
ZagsBlog: Jabari Brown to Mizzou
And, Um, Another Possible Transfer?
SI.com (Seth Davis): Leaving school does Pittsburgh's Khem Birch more harm than good
- We Are Mizzou: A Day in the Life of Andrew Jones
Tide Sports: Expansion brings new markets
The big mural downtown at the Sprint Center is sports-related and features the legendary pitcher of the Kansas City Monarchs, Satchel Paige (from, you guessed it, Mobile, Alabama.) The point isn't to find every minuscule thread that leads back to Alabama. It's just to note Kansas City - and perhaps most of Missouri, outside of St. Louis - has proven college sports interest and should be fertile ground for the SEC.
Alabama football fans may get a chance to test that, more quickly than expected. Nothing official has been released concerning the expansion-altered SEC football schedule for 2012, but it would not surprise me if Alabama's first visit to Missouri comes sooner rather than later. It could come much sooner. Much, much sooner. Take that in the spirit of a Christmas hint.
There is also a solid chance the SEC basketball tournament will be coming to Kansas City in a few years - Missouri certainly wants it to be played in the Sprint Center - and that wouldn't be terrible.
- SimmonsField.com: SEC Dixie-nary: Q is for Quick Facts
- Outkick the Coverage: OKTC's Awkward Fan Photo Contest: Introducing Bama Fans
- MUtigers.com: Mizzou Soccer on the SEC
Other Mizzou Links
Bloody Elbow: Luke Thomas Gives Fight of the Year to Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez
The Trib: As usual, Waters garners extra credit in MU victory
Mizzou Women's Basketball
MUtigers.com: Tigers Triumph over Purple Aces
MUtigers.com: Post Game Quotes
KBIA Sports Extra: Evansville can't stop Mizzou's posts, Brock and Flores each score 25 in Tiger win
The Missourian: Missouri women's basketball team shows confidence
KC Star: Missouri women top Evansville
New York Times: Nearly a Third of Americans Are Arrested by 23, Study Says
SB Nation: SB Nation's Official Invented Lacross Name Registry