A dysfunctional team hopes one last adventure will bring them closer together.
4.5 Stars (out of 5) "You're killin' it, Smalls"
Barry Odom and company wrapped up the season in a tidy, albeit unexpected little bow in what many are calling the "sleeper hit" of the year. When given the opportunity to showcase their full potential, Mizzou didn't drop the ball like in games past. Well, I suppose technically they did but let's not lament on that just yet. For now, I wish to focus on all the good that came out of this.
Let's talk about the divisive first half many are calling "awful." While some criticized it for containing many of the all-too-familiar tropes of previous Mizzou flops, I appreciated the subtle nuance. See, what Odom gave us was merely a summary of Mizzou's entire 2016 campaign in one half of football - laying the groundwork for what would be a fantastic, unforgettable finish. A finish which not only put an exclamation mark on this particular game but puts one firmly at the end of a tumultuous season.
The message I believe Odom is attempting to convey in the 2nd half is pretty simple: hope. Hope of what Mizzou can be. Hope that they can overcome. Hope that the future is bright. Hope that a once promising franchise will not be run into the ground like George Lucas (almost) did with the Star Wars prequels. But I suppose the ending is up for interpretation for the aforementioned exclamation point is also accompanied by a seemingly monolithic, phantom menace of a question mark.
What Questions Does Little Missouri Sunshine Leave Unanswered?
Will inopportune drops once again plague Mizzou?
Just how seasoned will Lock be next year?
Defense… will there be any and if so, what will it look like?
Kickers… will there be any and if so, what will they look like?
Are we absolutely sure George Lucas will not be involved?
Why You Should Be Excited for Future Installments
Passion - Odom has it and was on full display last weekend
Offense - Mizzou has it… sort of
Confirmed: George Lucas will have zero involvement
Damarea "Damatrix" Crockett - while not seen, is mentioned frequently throughout LMS and is foreshadowed as a prominent figure going forward in the franchise
The receiving ensemble flashes Rat Pack potential (fairly certain I dated myself with that one and will now make up for it with a hip/lame hashtag, #CatPack)
Drew Lock - soon-to-be a seasoned QB… sort of
Corey Fatony not leaving early for the NFL
Again, NO George Lucas
Summary: Easily the game of the year - for Mizzou fans, that is. What Little Missouri Sunshine achieves in entertainment value pales in comparison to the powerful message it delivers: hope.
What do you think? Rate the game below using the Smalls-o-meter and find out what the rest of Mizzou Nation thinks.
Rock M Review Ratings
*You're killin' it, Smalls (60% or more Mizzou fans rate the game positively)
*You're killin' me, Smalls (59% or fewer Mizzou fans rate the game positively)
Watch (or don't):
Genre: Family Drama | Rated G (for
Starring: Drew Lock, Aarion Maxey-Penton, Marcel Frazier, J'Mon Moore and Damarea Crockett (in spirit)
Featuring: 2nd Half Defense
Produced by: Josh Heupel and DeMontie Cross… sort of
Directed by: Barry Odom