Wait, it's August 20? Seriously? Is that right? It must be ... because freshmen ran through Columns yesterday...
Freshmen + Columns
Mizzou Network: Mizzou Tradition for Football Freshmen
Instagram (Gary Pinkel): Mizzou football freshmen ready to run through the columns
SimmonsField.com: 2012-2013 MU School Year Begins Today
Mizzou Football Links
First things first: preseason games are not regular season games. I know that. But wow, has Blaine Gabbert done about as well as anybody could have hoped so far.
(And while I know there is indeed more travel in the SEC, I thought it was pretty disingenuous of the Post-Dispatch article below to compare trips to Iowa State and Kansas State with trips to Florida and Georgia. There were plenty of long-away destinations in the Big 12 (Lubbock, Austin, Waco), and there are plenty of closer travel options in the SEC (Nashville, Fayetteville). Ames is closer than Nashville, but it's just a wee bit more comparable than Gainesville.
The Trib: MU reunion in Big Easy
Lockerz (jaguarsinsider): The Mizzou trio of Blaine Gabbert, Chase Daniel and Kevin Rutland
SI.com: NFL Preseason Roundup: Blaine Gabbert's 2 TDs lead Jaguars over Saints
CBS Sports: Blaine Gabbert's stock on rise as Jaguars move to 2-0 in preseason
Washington Post: Jaguars QB Gabbert, RB Jennings and WR Blackmon have been better than expected in preseason
Sporting News: Blaine Gabbert's confidence, effectiveness show at QB in Jaguars' game with Saints
SB Nation: Gabbert Hits Blackmon For 16-Yard TD, Critics Wonder What Happened
Big Cat Country: Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert Trying To Shed The 'Scared' Label
Read This. Do It.
PowerMizzou: For the Love of the Game
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's about to discover the high cost of SEC travel
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou opener will cost $39.95 to watch -- on TV
We Are Mizzou: Chaston Ward
A pretty sight tonite at Faurot! twitter.com/ChadMo1/status…— Chad Moller (@ChadMo1) August 20, 2012
Other Football Links
I Actually Like The "Eliminate Signing Day" Idea
Senator Blutarsky: "But a lot of times all a commitment does is identify who is in the lead right now."
SI.com (Andy Staples, 2008): Eliminate Signing Day entirely
Mizzou Basketball Links
The Tour Of Europe Ends
MUtigers.com: Dominating Fourth Quarter Leads Mizzou Basketball to 81-61 Victory
KC Star: MU finishes Euro tour with victory over French club
Let's Get Physical ... Physical...
Fox Sports KC: Going abroad getting physical for NCAA teams
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
SimmonsField.com: SEC Fan's Guide to Mizzou Baseball: Tim Jamieson
SimmonsField.com: Mense Mentality
SimmonsField.com: Missouri Baseball in the Minors: Up the middle with Tepesch, Lollis, and Bond
SimmonsField.com: 2012 Mizzou Recruit: Jeff Oracion, RHP
Mizzou Soccer Links
Mizzou 5, No. 11 Memphis 1
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Knocks off No. 11 Memphis, 5-1, in Season Opener
The Trib: Postgame: Missouri 5, Memphis 1
The Trib: MU soccer opens 2012 with upset win
KBIA Sports: Missouri soccer team upsets No. 11 Memphis
KBIA Sports: Mizzou soccer opener a thrill, but keep it in perspective
The Maneater: Tigers storm past Memphis
Mizzou 2, UCSB 0
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Soccer Downs UC Santa Barbara, 2-0
Mizzou Network: Tigers improve to 2-0
Mizzou Network: Post-game report with Abi Raymer
KBIA Sports: Mizzou soccer beats UCSB, notches second win for the season
The Maneater: Missouri blurs past UC Santa Barbara 2-0
Other Mizzou Links
And the Most Awkward Headline Of The Weekend award goes to ... The Maneater!
MUtigers.com: Gold Tops Black, 3-1, in Annual Scrimmage
The Trib: Transfer Simpson shines in MU volleyball scrimmage
The Maneater: Tigers unveil selves in Black and Gold scrimmage
Mizzou Women's Basketball
MUtigers.com: Women's Basketball Releases 2012-13 Schedule
The Trib (Ross Dellenger): SEC awakening: Women's hoops gets UT twice
In other news ... guess who's back in our lives...
Dirty Tackle: Mario Balotelli pranked Man City's photographer by swiping her lens hood and walking away