I know that many people are spewing out poetic articles that will convey their thoughts in a manner much more eloquently that I could ever sew together. Saying that, I believe it is cathartic if I allow myself to type away some of the angst that I am feeling as a tiger fan right about now.
I present to you the following song that I can't help but feel is appropriate currently. The title of the song is called "Marchin' On".
For those doubts that swirl all around us,
For those lives that tear at the seams,
We know, We're not what we've seen.
I know it's easy to doubt our team when we're down. However, we must focus on what we have in front of us in a broader sense. We must fight the urge to just say "What have you done for me lately?". The Tigers took the floor right out from underneath us - no doubt about that. However, they took the floor from under us that they built. These four year seniors (Denmoney, Kimmeh, Sutton, Steeeeeeeve) took a program that centered around a nightclub in downtown Columbia to a program that I am proud of. We are not a final loss, we are a group of Tigers that will do great things in this world - mostly off the court.
For this dance we'll move with each other.
There ain't no other step than one foot,
Right in front of the other.
We are where we are. We're low, I know. However, we have no choice but to move on. One part of the reason that I have stayed so optimistic as a Mizzou fan is because of the fact that we have to wonderful website that tries to stay level headed. We must keep moving forward and accept this for what it was, a blip on an otherwise extremely successful athletic program. There are very few programs out there that can hang in terms of well rounded success while doing it with a truly first class demeanor. We must keep moving forward with the faith that we are doing things in the right way. I do not want to become a Kentucky that is just a pit stop for the pros. I do not want to be a kansas that sacrifices all other programs to become great at one. I want to be Mizzou. I want to have players that absolutely bleed black and gold for life (Kimmy, Chase, Spoon, Brad Smith, and so on..). We must keep moving forward, the work has to pay off eventually.
We'll have the days we break,
And we'll have the scars to prove it,
We'll have the bonds that we save,
But we'll have the heart not to lose it.
As Missouri fans, we all have our scars. No doubt about it. Chalk O'Quinn up there with Tyus Edney, Junior Louissaint, The Flea Kicker, and the Fifth Down. However, we must maintain faith that we are doing things the right way, and when the day comes for that last winning point and we're crying and covered in beer marching around Harpo's.. we will know that you can't truly appreciate the highs without the lows. Remember how today feels, because one day - It will all be that much sweeter to enjoy.
Right, Left, Right Left... We're marching on.
Thank you for reading this attempt at writing from a simply accounting major. MIZ!