It's unequivocally my favorite holiday of the year, and it's one where I'd like to take this opportunity to wish every single RMN reader a happy, healthy and prosperous Thanksgiving. In the spirit of giving thanks and in keeping with a tradition I started last year, here's a list of things I'm thankful for, dating back to last Thanksgiving.
I'm thankful for...
... BCS chaos.
... special visitors to preview the Big 12 Championship.
... Mizzou basketball STOMPING Cal, giving us our first true look ahead
... Jeremy Cheat Code Maclin and Chase Thrust Nunchuck Upward Coffman being named Walter Camp All-Americans (and a Mackey Award for Coffman)
... being where 2008 happened.
... Keith freakin' Ramsey down in Athens.
... Beef waxing poetic.
... proof that football season never really ends at RMN.
... the introduction of the RMN Wall of Excellence.
... being able to go back and laugh at the Mike Anderson vs. Doc Sadler hysteria.
... Mizzou basketball's blitzing turned laugher turned nailbiter in Stillwater.
... the state of Mizzou basketball.
... the much beleaguered Leo Lyons returning from his ticket-related benching to put in 30 as Mizzou pulled away from Baylor at home in front of the best non-Kansas crowd in Mizzou Arena history at that point.
... incredible tributes to Jeffrey Crawford, a close friend of many here at RMN.
... Sheldon Richardson putting on the Mizzou hat, even if he didn't qualify.
... the inaugural induction class into the RMN Wall of Excellence.
... the then almost-implausible realization that Mizzou controlled its Big 12 destiny in late February.
... an incredible (and emotional) senior night for Mizzou basketball against Oklahoma to go undefeated at Mizzou Arena. Quoth Jeff Capel: "Not many people have (pause), hell, no one has come here and won."
... not having to care about MU's loss to Texas A&M.
... everything that led up to this, as well as the incredible time I had in Oklahoma City covering that team for three of the longest but most rewarding days of my life.
... MU's tournament berth giving birth to Better Know an Opponent.
... the best post Bill has ever written, leading into the Memphis game.
... the moment that perhaps gives Armageddon a run as the best moment in RMN's existence, Mizzou's win over Memphis in the Sweet Sixteen. Naturally, there's a GIF party, a podcast, and a Hello World stats piece. In a related note, DENMON, OH MY.
... realizing how long this post is without even finishing basketball season.
... the Thank You thread once the magic finally ended.
... Mike Anderson becoming a true True Son.
... hosting The Closers with our boy Sleepy.
... a plea to redraw the Big 12 football schedules.
... and, oh yeah, FREAKIN' RUN RULING UCLA in the Super Regional.
... second place at the Big 12 Championship and yet another regional appearance for Mizzou baseball.
... a long summer. OK, maybe I'm not thankful for that.
... JYD to Memphis in the NBA Draft.
... finding the greatest wins in Mizzou football history.
... finding out that we've got ourselves a quarterback.
... hearing Zaire Taylor drop a Hustle and Flow RMN reference on TV.
... greatness, as told by Kim English.
... Joe Tessitore constantly mispronouncing "Danario," giving birth to the "Domino Axelrod" meme.
... a fantastic trip to see a fantastic Mizzou win in Manhattan.
... Tony the recruit becoming Tony the Tiger.
... Michael Atchison's ability to perfectly summate Mizzou basketball in prose.
... yet another fantastic year for Rock M Nation. Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the feast: