About 95% of my Mizzou-themed links for today were about recruiting ... we'll share those in a post pretty soon, but because some of you are probably sick and tired of discussing that, here's your recruiting-free zone.
1. So ... the Olympics started today, I guess?
SB Nation: Sometimes the Sochi website makes you download an emergency safety recording
SB Nation: Tara Lipinski does 'Big Lebowski'-themed skating routine
SB Nation: A miracle put on ice: Four years after the 'Miracle on Ice', the 1984 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team never had a chance
SB Nation: A field guide to pooping in the Soviet Union
2. Going Pro
"They are two peas in a pod," freshman catcher Kirsten Mack said. "Outside of softball, they are inseparable. And inside of softball, they feed off each other."
The way Finucane and Stangel see it, they're in this together. Whichever pitcher winds up being labeled the ace doesn't matter much to them.
"We're actually rooting for each other," Stangel said.
Coach Ehren Earleywine, whose team opens the season Feb. 14 against Louisville in the Jacksonville, Fla., Tournament after its Black & Gold Game on Saturday at the Devine Pavilion, prefers not to define the pitchers as a No. 1 and No. 2. He sees it more as No. 1 and No. 1A.
Finucane projects as the No. 1. She should take the circle for the Friday and Sunday games of a Southeastern Conference series. Stangel should take the Saturday game.
Finucane, a right-hander, is a riseball pitcher with velocity in the upper-60 mph range. She has an effective changeup and sprinkles in a dropball. Stangel, a lefty, is a dropball pitcher with lower-60s velocity. She also has a riseball, changeup and a pair of curveballs.
Their styles are different enough that it can throw off Mack a little when she goes from catching one to the other.
4. Houdashelt dominating
Beauty and the Beast
MUtigers.com: Gymnastics & Wrestling Set To Host Beauty & The Beast
5. Another ranked opponent? How is that possible?
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