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Tom Penders and Kelvin Sampson enjoyed working with Mack Rhoades, Michael Sam tries out for the NFL and chats with Suzanne Somers on Twitter, and Reggie McClain wins another weekly SEC award.

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How about a little This Week in Mizzou Basketball?

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ESPN.com: Michael Sam participates in first NFL veteran combine
Post-Dispatch: Sam makes his case at Veterans Combine
Outsports: Michael Sam was not asked about being gay at the Veteran Combine. This is a good thing
Outsports: Look at the media circus Michael Sam created at the NFL Veteran Combine

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: we live in a funny world.

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Rhoades approached Penders after the 2010 season — the Cougars won the Conference USA tournament and lost to Maryland in the first round of the NCAAs — and posed a simple question.

"He said, ‘Well, Tom, what do you want to do?’" Penders said. "I said, ‘I don’t know if this is possible, but what I’d love to do is retire and get paid.’ "

Done deal. Rhoades agreed to pay Penders $500,000 for the final two years of his contract. Penders insisted he could have returned for the following season if he wanted.

In their one season working together, Penders said Rhoades followed through on multiple promises, got to know his family, his assistants and players and boosted staff morale by letting head coaches run department meetings.

Penders’ only regret?

"I wish our careers met somewhere (earlier)," he said, "because we really could have done special things together."

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MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou's McClain Earns Co-SEC Pitcher of the Week

I'm not sure Mother Nature's going to allow these games to take place
MUTIGERS.COM: No. 23 Mizzou Closes Seven-Game Homestand with UAPB

BUT ... as a fun side note ... if Tuesday's game does take place, UAPB's projected starting pitcher is ... my second-cousin. No, really. So here's to hoping Mizzou wins, 0-(-1).

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For example, it could emulate the ambience of a game day NHL arena by including the proper organ music. The problem, though, was that each team’s organist played different songs. ‘That’s not a problem, actually,’ explained Dieter Ruehle, the organist for the San Jose Sharks (and previously for the Los Angeles Kings), ‘I can do that.’ True to his word, Ruehle provided EA with organ music for every team; and he didn’t just provide all of their songs, but also noted which music was blasted during power plays, which tunes were used to celebrate goals, and all the other inside info needed to make each arena feel like home. Ruehle was so diligent about getting it right and capturing that home crowd essence, that during a recording session at EA’s sound studio he asked:

‘The woman who plays the organ for the Washington Capitals has arthritis; would you like me to play the songs how they are meant to be played, or the way that she plays them because of her condition?’

‘Definitely the way she plays it!’ Brook answered, after a laugh.