It really is funny how the links slow to a crawl in June (when EXPANSIONAPALOOZA™ isn't playing a role, anyway). But we press on regardless!
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Bad Injury Breaks For Tigers In The NFL...
SB Nation KC: Martin Rucker Hits Injured Reserve For Kansas CIty Chiefs
...And One Nice Break
Turf Show Times: St. Louis Rams Minicamp: Danario Alexander Back In Action, Looking Sharp
The site of Danario Alexander on the sidelines while the St. Louis Rams practice is nothing new. Alexander has yet to play a full season after two years with the team, and the Mizzou product has missed most of the team's workouts in OTAs and minicamp dealing with a hamstring issue. DX was in action with his teammates on Wednesday, flashed the ability that has made him one of the more intriguing players on the roster these last two years.
Alexander could be seen snagging a few deep passes from Sam Bradford out of the air. Head coach Jeff Fisher took notice.
"Sam (Bradford) put up a couple deep ones and he went up and made the catch," Fisher said. "It's good to get him back. He was dealing with a minor hamstring and we got him back on the field. He can elevate and make those plays. It's good to see it."
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2012 In Review
SimmonsField.com: A Tip of the Cap 2012: And The Winner Is...
Jay Bell Award
This award is given annually to the player who achieves the greatest success against the Kansas Jayhawks, named in honor a former Tiger pitcher who mowed down the KU batters during a mid-week game back in the 90s.
The final conference match-up between Missouri and Kansas turned into a depressing experience for the first two games, as the Mizzou offense picked a poor time to be "off again" rather than "on again". They did salvage Game 3, though, which was billed as the final match-up between the two Big 12 rivals.
Except it wasn't. MU and KU met again in the semi-final game of the Big 12 Tournament. OF Dane Opel led the Tigers' charge, going 3-for-5 with 5 RBI and 3 runs scored. He lacked just a home run in a shot at hitting for the cycle.
Dane earned the Jay Bell Award for that performance, but especially for driving the nail in the coffin of the rivalry, scoring the final run that put the Tigers up 12-2, run-ruling the Jayhawks.
SimmonsField.com: SEC Success