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Mizzou Football Links
Missouri Week Continues
ESPN.com (SEC Blog): There's more to Mizzou WRs than numbers
ESPN.com (SEC Blog): VIDEO: Missouri RB Kendial Lawrence
SB Nation (Tampa Bay): Blaine Gabbert And Toughness, Or Buzzwords
If you watched Blaine Gabbert at all during his rookie season, his skittishness in the pocket was blatantly obvious. If the receiver Gabbert was supposed to go to on the play wasn't at the correct spot or not open, he would kind of pause a second and panic, then try to take off and run. That split second pause and panic was usually enough time for a defender to get on him and sack Gabbert. There were also times Gabbert felt "ghost pressure" and would leave the pocket entirely too early, feeling pressure that wasn't there.
These were all issues Gabbert had in college at Missouri and should have been there for everyone to see when they evaluated him, like Lombardi did, and ranked him as their number one quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft. Despite that, there was never really a mention of Gabbert being scared or lacking toughness in his evaluations leading up to the draft.
That's probably because toughness and fear aren't actually a concern for Gabbert. It's an easy buzzword that carries a disastrous connotation and puts an unwarranted label on a player. Gabbert panics in the pocket when the play doesn't go how it's drawn or the receiver isn't in the spot they are supposed to. Admittedly, Gabbert does this way more often than he should, but it's not out of fear or lack of toughness from what I've been told by people in the Jaguars franchise and from Gabbert's teammates. It's confusion.
Other Football Links
I hate scouts.
The Overthinking Begins
Shutdown Corner: Oh, look! Robert Griffin III has a selfish streak now!
Seattle PI Sports Blog: How Husky Stadium looks right now from the air
I can't decide if "We May Not Do Well in the SEC, But We Can Still Talk About a Championship We Won in 1939" or "We May Not Know Simple Geography, But We're the Best 6-6 Team in the Nation" is my favorite.
This Was Inevitable ... And Great
Cowboys Ride For Free: New Texas A&M T-Shirt Ideas
Other Mizzou Links
Congrats to Mark Alnutt for becoming the fourth member of the Mike Alden tree to become an athletic director.
THE RATS ARE FLEEING A SINKING SHIP (/Internet'd)
The Trib: SEMO hires Missouri's Alnutt as athletic director
KC Star (Campus Corner): Mizzou associate AD Mark Alnutt hired at Southeast Missouri
MUtigers.com: Tigers Travel to First Place Sooners
The Trib: Missouri preps for OU showdown
MUtigers.com: Tigers Return Home to Face Kansas State
SimmonsField.com: Game Day: Kansas State Wildcats @ MU
The Missourian: Junior college transfer provides stability for Missouri's rotation
The Maneater: Holovach energizes depleted Tiger pitching
MUtigers.com: Updike Competes at Nationals
The Missourian: Missouri's Updike ends outstanding year with trip to national championships
The Missourian: Former and current Missouri Tigers set to wrestle at Olympic Trials this weekend
Mizzou Women's Basketball
Mizzou Network: 1 on 1 with Christine Flores
Mizzou Track & Field
MUtigers.com: Whitson Has Strong Opening Day at Kansas Relays
The Band were such a weird band. They were simultaneously powerful and fragile, gorgeous and flawed, purely rock and impossible to categorize. They featured perhaps my favorite guitar player of all-time (Robbie Robertson, and just listen to his fills here if you disagree) and perhaps my favorite rock organ guy of all-time (Garth Hudson); the two made them an absolute powerhouse, but they also had these tortured, insecure components ... namely, 1) everything Richard Manuel did, and 2) Levon Helm's voice. When most of what would become The Band went touring with Bob Dylan during the "Dylan Goes Electric!" period, Helm couldn't take the booing and went home to Arkansas. Despite being, you know, a rock musician (basically), he always came across as a pure soul, and it's the first thing you notice about The Band's music. They had the potential to be the strongest, most powerful band in America's history, but Helm's voice always took them off the beaten path instead. He will be missed.
Times Herald-Record: Levon Helm dead at age 71
Chicago Tribune: Levon Helm dead, drummer for The Band
Consequence of Sound: R.I.P. Levon Helm
Bob Dylan: In response to Levon's passing
Garth Hudson: Levon left us today at 1:30 p.m.
Esquire (Charles P. Pierce): Levon Helm Was the Real Voice of America
Rolling Stone (2000): Levon Helm Returns to Blues and Tries to Put the Past to Rest
YouTube (via Atch): The Band, Ophelia