Pinkel and Mauk:
The sacks record
Ray's record-breaking sack came with under a minute to go, as he dropped Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles for an 11-yard loss on fourth-and-8, a play that sealed Missouri's already-likely win. After the sack, Ray swung an imaginary baseball bat, signifying his breaking of the record.
He said it's a goal he's had since he arrived at Missouri.
"Walking into Mizzou," Ray said. "When you open the doors and you walk into the defensive line room, there's jerseys of all the top defensive linemen that have come through, all these first-round draft picks, Aldon Smith, Sheldon Richardson, so to be able to do something that's as prestigious as that, and break Aldon and Mike's record, it's amazing. It's a huge accomplishment."
And the cross-sport celebration? Ray, a Kansas City-native, said it was timely, too.
"Man, I wish I could have swung for Salvy (Salvador Perez) in the World Series," Ray said. "I feel like Bumgarner wouldn't have struck me out."
A hell of a secondary
Perhaps Mizzou fans are waiting for the more entertaining stuff to reappear in the playbook. Pinkel’s teams traditionally have been high-scoring machines, so I can understand why the public may prefer offensive innovation over in-your-face football.
At least Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles is a fan of the MU defense. Last week Kentucky lost to No. 1-ranked Mississippi State but not until dialing up 31 points on the best college football team (for now) in these United States.
"Missouri’s defense is better, the secondary is better, than Mississippi State," Towles said.
That’s quite the compliment. Towles’ opinion was based on Kentucky having to crawl its way to 258 total yards, 10 points and a puny average of 3.6 yards per play. Moreover, the bruising included the Wildcats converted only three of 21 of their third-down and fourth-down plays.
Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden said Kadlec was his only employee who had a lifetime contract. They spent countless hours together driving all over the state to speaking engagements, with Kadlec regaling his boss with tales about every town. Alden also remembered a tender moment before MU’s football game at Nevada in 2009 involving Kadlec and long-time season-ticket holder Bill Cocos.
"I look up and here’s an 80-year old guy — that would be John Kadlec — pushing a guy almost his age in a wheelchair," Alden said. "And here they come up, and John Kadlec’s talking to him and whistling along. I’m looking at that, saying, ‘How selfless is that?’ What a great memory, to be able to say, ‘Here’s two guys that have known each other for 60, 70 years. One of them’s pushing the other in a wheelchair, and they’re both going to watch the Tigers play.’ "
The label of goodwill ambassador fit Kadlec but fell a little short. Link and Castiglione used the exact same phrase to describe him: "a second father."
I think I'd prefer the new guys win
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