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Mizzou Links, 11-21-13: Rebels, awards season, Gardner-Webb, and 1998

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Mizzou football prepares for Ole Miss, Michael Sam is a wrecking ball, recruiting is a long game, Mizzou Hoops talks Gardner-Webb, and 1998 sucked.

Bill Carter

1. Two days to Ole Miss

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Missouri's Pinkel, Ole Miss' Freeze debate whose upcoming opponent is more talented
Post-Dispatch: Freeze not surprised by Mizzou rebound
KC Star: Missouri football team has no room for error in last two games
KC Star: South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier won’t hand scouting tips to Mizzou’s foes
PowerMizzou: Powered Up: The way it should be
We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Tiger Talk
Mizzou Network: 1 on 1: EJ Gaines Ole' Miss Preview - YouTube

DGB
The Trib: Green-Beckham's record day could be taste of things to come

Man in the middle
Fox Sports MW: Boehm assumes leadership role in middle of Mizzou O-line

QB No. 1 (and 7)
KC Star: Despite Maty Mauk’s success, MU’s James Franklin deserves to start again

2. It's Awards season

MUtigers.com: Gary Pinkel Named Semifinalist for National Coach of the Year
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Pinkel one of 16 semifinalists for Maxwell coach of the year award
The Missourian: Pinkel leads list of Tigers' award candidates
Mizzou Network: Michael Sam Highlights - YouTube

3. "Family atmosphere" is no lie, huh?

We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Football Family Chapel on Fridays

4. Recruiting is a long game

PowerMizzou: Winding road leads Lee to Mizzou

5. Two days to Gardner-Webb, too

MUtigers.com: Mizzou Basketball Back In Action Saturday At 2:30 p.m.
The Trib (Courtside View): Fuller talks about Tigers' development, looks ahead to Gardner-Webb
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Basketball Welcomes Make-A-Wish® Missouri Wish Kid, Chanessey
Mizzou Network: 1 on 1: Tim Fuller Gardner-Webb Preview Interview

6. WHATNOT

Wrestling
MUtigers.com: Cox, McGhee Show Promise Among Young Tigers Squad

Women's Basketball
MUtigers.com: Women's Basketball Hosts SEMO Thursday
MUtigers.com: On the Prowl: New Beginnings

Swimming & Diving
MUtigers.com: Tigers Host Mizzou Invite Thursday Through Saturday

Men's Golf
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Golf Announces The Signing Of Five Future Tigers

7. Hang in there, Dr. Z

NFL.com: 'NFL Films Presents: Yours truly, Dr. Z'

8. It all went wrong in 1998

You know how people have to make a disclaimer when talking about time travel? Like, "If you could go back in time and do anything (other than kill Hitler), what would you do?" I think my own personal disclaimer when it comes to music and pop culture would be "If you could go back in time and do anything (other than stop Total Request Live from taking hold), what would you do?" Man oh man, did pop culture skew into a pretty awful alternate reality of polished teen pop stars and screaming kiddies in Times Square that year...

(And yes, I know screaming kiddies have always been part of pop culture. But in 1997, they weren't the dominant force they became in 1998...)

...that said, these are great (and depressing) reads, especially the Dave Holmes one. Well done, Vulture (screw you, Vulture).

Vulture.com: Dave Holmes on MTV’s Biggest Moments in 1998
Vulture.com: Revisiting the One-Hit Wonders of 1998
Vulture.com: Timeline of Titanic’s World Dominance in 1998
Vulture.com: Let’s Remember the Celebrity Couples of 1998