Farewell, Gentle Giant.
I promise I’ll end this post up top with something good, but I’ve got a few things hoops-related that filled me with melancholy.
Damn. I really just hate to see him go. Bye, Big Reed. Please click on it to get the full note.
In light of the recent NCAA decision not to give winter athletes an extra year I suppose this is overdue.... pic.twitter.com/hEdYAP8W7W— Reed Nikko (@reednikko) April 2, 2020
From the Thursday chat at STL Today, Dave Matter elaborated on Pinson’s situation a bit. I want nothing for the best for X, and if that means turning pro, then go sir— get that money. But man, I’d miss him so much.
Some nice words from Mitch. Side note- listen to the Dive Cuts pod to hear Sam & Matt talk more about him!
And an excellent way to send you off on a Friday. BLOOPERS!
Onto the links we go. Oh, and Happy Friday.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Sam, Matt, Josh, & Ryan posted another Player Review!! Next up in the postseason hoops coverage is one half of the Smith & Smith bucket-getting firm— Mark.
- Our very own Mizzou Hoops Overlords (patent pending), Sam and Matt, were back with a new episode of Dive Cuts for your listening pleasure.
- WORTH REPEATING: If you haven’t yet read Matt’s super in-depth piece on Justin Turner, do it. Now. Especially because it’s referenced on the pod, which you all should listen to.
- COMING UP!!! ROUND 4 of Nate & BK’s MTL Draft!
- KC Star: Souichi wrote about how Mizzou is (obviously) breaking in a new coach and scheme, but that damned COVID-19 is making it a challenge.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Matter’s Best of Mizzou series continues, and we have reached no. 19.... Danarrrrrrrrrrrioooooooooooo Alexander. (sorry, I meant Danario)
- STLToday: In Dave’s chat, he linked to a 2018 story he wrote about coach Brick Haley and his relationship with his son, who is diagnosed with autism. (Thursday was National Autism Day, FYI)
- PowerMizzou: Gabe penned a story about how, just like the rest of us, Coach Drink is dealing with the virus fallout.
- Columbia Missourian: Andy Kimball wrote about how Drinkwitz and his Tigers are focusing on the present with an uncertain season.
- Columbia Tribune: Eric Blum about Mizzou football adapting to face unusual challenges.
- News on the upcoming signing period:
- Mizzou picked up a preferred walk on in the the form of wide receiver, Jaden Nash. Welcome aboard!
Assorted Mizzou Sports News
- Mitchell and Gabe of PowerMizzou were back with new hot taeks on their Blowin’ Smoke, Presented by Weston Tobacco series (free). They predict their confidence level on the first sport to come back, what football season might look like, staging a fake sporting event, and a few things that have to do with the Pats, or Pats-adjacent things.
- PowerMizzou ($$): In their subscription-only forum, there was talk of a familiar name headed back to Mizzou, former TSF director, Ryan Alpert.
- Gabe and Mitchell also have a new endeavor coming up next week where they will be interviewing former players via zoom in ZOUMCast.
In the new media world where everything is done via teleconference I’m really excited about a new feature we are going to try. @Mitchell4D and I are doing Zoom meetings with former #Mizzou players starting next week. First one will feature two all Americans. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/8nFjqEpKfE— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) April 1, 2020
- Jim Sterk Press Conference coverage: Souichi Terada (KC Star). Eric Blum (Columbia Tribune). Gabe DeArmond & Mitchell Forde’s transcript (PowerMizzou). Tweets from Gabe (PM) and Dave (STL P-D) to clarify some things.
- Columbia Missourian: Briar Napier wrote about how questions remain despite Missouri softball players being granted an extra year of eligibility, while Emma Moloney looked at the extra eligibility from a baseball perspective, and shared player reactions.
- Mizzou Diving memories (I KNOW HIM!): Reminisce with David Bonuchi, member of the Mizzou Sports Hall of Fame!
Mizzou in the Pros News
- Schuyler Dixon (Associated Press) wrote about ex-Tiger Aldon Smith, who was signed by the Cowboys despite not playing since 2015.
- Nate Davis (USA Today) covered the Buccs’ resigning of Blaine Gabbert as Tom Brady’s backup.
- This from the Denver Post’s Mike Singer, regarding MPJ’s ankle injury. Mike is back home in Columbia working out in the family basement gym and on a private court.
MPJ said his ankle injury in Milwaukee was a "pretty bad sprain, worse than I thought."— Mike Singer (@msinger) April 2, 2020
He said he was playing through pain when he did come back and is using this time to adequately recover.
These are a few of the best sports stories & tidbits I found regarding some goings-on in sports and the world— Enjoy!
- Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic ($$) wrote how Million Dollar Arm inspired and transformed its real life characters. Cool story.
- Really awesome news from Kansas City mayor, Quinton Lucas, on how they are helping out those impacted by COVID-19.
Outstanding that we moved forward today in Kansas City on housing for homeless persons suffering from the effects of Covid-19. Proud that we are leading in a response for all impacted, no matter their economic or housing status.— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) April 2, 2020
- Gary Pinkel and his GPMade Foundation teleconferenced with the seniors chosen for their first annual scholarship awards. Love to see this!
Board Member & Scholarship Committee Chair Mark Fenner and I enjoyed announcing @GPMADE_ Foundation scholarships to Missouri students today! The 25 students will attend college and vocational schools in Missouri. Thank you Mike Alden, donors & community leaders for your support! pic.twitter.com/5SUiYYjHL7— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) April 2, 2020
- Great academics. Not great at helping out their athletes. That really sucks for them.
Source: Ivy League presidents did not approve one-time exception for fifth-year athletes. In other words, spring sport seniors do not get an extra year.— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) April 2, 2020
- BOOM! HBOGo and HBONow is FREE starting today. Load up on that content, y’all! Here’s an article about it from Complex Magazine giving some details of shows you can find on the app(s).
- This is really great. James Patterson is donating $500,000 to independent bookstores endangered by coronavirus. (LA Times, shared via STLToday)
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