Apparently this guy has gotten even better this offseason. (Photo via Bill Carter)
I've come up with a solution to my general writing-and-time-management issues. Since we can't use our go-to pesticide to kill all the ants currently taking up residence in our kitchen and pantry ("don't use if pregnant"), I'm going to feed them and teach them to type. I figure I'll still have to do a little copy editing, but once I've trained them, the world is my oyster. Hail ants!
Mizzou Football Links
MUtigers.com: Defense Takes Saturday Scrimmage, 18-12
The Trib (Dave Matter): Scrimmage Report: QB race too close to call
Tyler Gabbert had been the more accurate, efficient and productive of the three QBs of late, but on Saturday, James Franklin might have narrowed the gap. I asked Franklin if he felt like Gabbert had become the candidate to beat or if it was still an even race between the two.
"It's even," he said. "He earned the spot coming up because when Blaine" Gabbert "left, I was just there initially. It's not like I beat anyone out for it. But competing with Tyler, that's really helped me kick it up a notch. It's not really him I need to beat out. But whatever offense I go with make sure I'm able to lead drives."
Franklin believes the competition will go on through the summer and well into preseason camp.
"Oh, definitely, yes sir," he said. "Tyler's a good quarterback. He's making it tough on me. I'm just trying to make plays and do all these things because he can do a lot naturally. There's things I need to work on just so I can be on his level."
Talking with other reporters, many of us came to the same conclusion: In the last few years, we haven't seen a single defensive player have a spring like Brad Madison is having -- and that includes Aldon Smith a year ago. Madison had two sacks on Saturday and broke up a pass out of the endzone. It doesn't matter which offensive unit Madison goes up against. Even the first-team tackles have a tough time keeping him out of the backfield. Madison had a breakout year in 2010, but he's on the right track for an even bigger follow-up performance.
PowerMizzou: PMTV: Scrimmage highlights
PowerMizzou: The Sideline View
KC Star: James Franklin stakes claim; MU defense lays down the law
- Post-Dispatch: Will Gabbert Era continue at QB for Mizzou?
- PowerMizzou: Kendial Lawrence: Making a move
- PowerMizzou: Corners lead the way
- Post-Dispatch (Bernie): Mizzou made right move with extension for Pinkel
- Lost Lettermen: Oklahoma, Missouri Recruit Dorial Green-Beckham Born To Play Wide Receiver
- We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Football: High School Coaches Clinic
Other Football Links
KC Star: Late season Big 12 football
College Football Talk: December Bedlam: Big 12 pushes back pair of games
Tulsa World: Pat Jones: Brandon Weeden's growth apparent
Tulsa World (Dandy Dave Sittler): Bedlam-Bieber Fever is a mission for OSU AD Mike Holder
- Dr. Saturday: The Big Picture: Start paying more attention to pass efficiency, the most useful statistic in football (*sniff* Words hurt, Matt.)
Mizzou Basketball Links
- Post-Dispatch: How Haith got into the picture at MU
- KC Star: Mizzou's Haith fueled by obstacles, challenges
- KC Star: Could T.J. Ford rejoin his old coach?
- KC Star (Upon Further Review): The Frank Haith Era
- The Trib: Haith seeks to fill recruiting pipeline
Basketball Prospectus: Why the Hate for Haith?
Mizzou Softball Links
No. 12 Mizzou 6, No. 20 Texas A&M 3
MUtigers.com: Tigers Take Game One Over No. 20 Texas A&M
PowerMizzou: Chelsea Thomas is all the way back
The Trib: Late offense lifts Tigers
The Missourian: Freshman leads Missouri to victory over Texas A&M
KBIA Sports Extra: Softball downs No. 20 Texas A&M 6-3
KBIA Sports Extra: HIGHLIGHTS: Mizzou softball defeats Texas A&M, 6-3
Mizzou 3, Texas A&M 0
MUtigers.com: Thomas, Tigers Shut Out Aggies, 3-0
The Missourian: Thomas gets win for Missouri softball, feels completely healthy
KBIA Sports Extra: Thomas stifles Aggies as Tigers sweep with 3-0 win
Mizzou Baseball Links
No. 23 Oklahoma State 3, Mizzou 2
MUtigers.com: Tigers Fall on Last At-Bat at OSU
Oklahoma State 4, Mizzou 1
MUtigers.com: Baseball Falls at Oklahoma State, 4-1
Oklahoma State 7, Mizzou 3
MUtigers.com: Baseball Drops Series Finale, 7-3
The Missourian: Rough fourth inning costs Missouri baseball team
- SimmonsField.com: What's the problem???? (This is a great, great post.)
SimmonsField.com: Mizzou Baseball in the Majors
Other Mizzou Links
Mizzou Track & Field
The Missourian: MU track and field's Chris Davis excels at invitational
MUtigers.com: Marable Finishes Second at U.S. Open
(Why yes, I have the Nottingham sports page in my Google Reader ... what of it??)