Tyler Macon is EVERYWHERE.
We’ve gotten all sorts of glimpses into the future Missouri Tiger (assuming he signs, of course) recently— so much so that I feel like we are going to really know him before he even sets foot on campus. We’ve devoured his film on PowerMizzou and from other various sources, we’ve listened to him talk, we’ve heard his coaches at ESL and from camp discuss him... He’s everywhere, and I love it! Tuesday, of course, was no exception.
Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote about how a solid performance at the Elite 11 camp, where Tyler Macon came in ranked 19 out of 20, is just the start of his big plans.
Will his impressive performance at camp raise his recruiting rankings? You can read all about what the coaches had to say about Macon in the post, and based on that information, I can’t see how he doesn’t rise up significantly. As for where the three-star Macon stands right now, he’s the # 15 dual threat quarterback according to Rivals, and # 25 according to 247sports. Macon hopes to see a change once they are recalculated.
“It matters to me because I know the work I’ve put in,” he said. “I know what I deserve. I feel like I need my proper respect because I’ve done everything those other guys have done. So why can’t I have the same ranking or even better?”
The East St. Louis Flyer, who is taking enough core classes to graduate early and enroll at Mizzou in January, has also become quite the recruiter. He’s looking to bring in teammates Keontez Lewis and Dominic Lovett. From the article:
“I’m definitely pushing them to come join me,” he said. “I’ve got a good feeling about them.”
You can also check out this from Fans 590’s Charlie Marlow, who chatted with Macon about recruiting:
At East St. Louis talking with #Mizzou commit QB Tyler Macon (@EstlMaco5) coming off a great showing at the Elite 11 Camp. He told me to expect some big recruiting news out of ESL in the next few days... pic.twitter.com/YXt6epAI1m— Charlie Marlow (@CharlieMarlow_) July 7, 2020
I don’t know about you all, but this seems good. Right?
On to the Links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Nate wrote a game preview for the (your choice of expletive here) Kentucky Wildcats.
- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: There’s still time to play the $15 game to build your favorite dream team! (side note: this is as much of a note to myself than anything since I have yet to partake yet)
- UPCOMING ON ROCK M: Resident basketball savants, Sam and Matt, will be back with a podcast for your listening pleasure. BK looks at four specific games on the schedule to keep an eye on later this morning.
- PowerMizzou: Mitchell Forde dug into the newcomers that all fans should be familiar with (free). Sean Williams analyzed the recruiting target profile of target Patrick Tukes, a DL from Georgia.
- The Athletic ($$): Peter compiled a Mizzou Mailbag for your viewing pleasure... if you’re a subscriber. If you’re still not subscribing to The Athletic, what are you waiting for?
- The Maneater: Eli Hoffman continued his analysis of the quarterback battle. Next up? Connor Bazelak.
- It was Mizzou Day on the Rock M Godfather Bill C’s twitter. He shared all sorts of interesting statistical data, some of which will make you cover your eyes. Check out the thread.
- Oh hey, guys! I miss this duo, and can’t wait to watch them play in Denver!
- Mizzou has reportedly touched base with Hampton transfer, Ben Stanley. Here’s Matt Harris’ twitter musings on Stanley.
- JORDANNNNNNNN CLARKSONNNNNNNNNNNNNNN (said in my best announcer voice)
- Love Kimmie for participating in this new “challenge.”
“Marcus Denmon for 3. Its good. Drives, hoop plus the harm. FT good.— Kim English (@Englishscope24) July 7, 2020
Another 3 for Denom. He makes it. 74-71 Tigers.” https://t.co/N1itfOvoZA
Mizzou Soccer Coverage (yes, you read that right)
- Owen Krucoff of the Columbia Missourian wrote a lengthy piece about how Sarah Luebbert carving a new path at NWSL Challenge Cup.
- Peter Baugh of The Athletic ($$) also wrote about Sarah Luebbert, who has impressed the Chicago Red Stars coaching staff so far, while also giving a lot of background information. It’s a really great, informative read.
- Owen Krucoff ALSO wrote about how, after a bumpy road, MU soccer alum Domi Richardson is finding her form with Sky Blue FC.
These are a few of the best sports stories & tidbits I found regarding some goings-on in sports and the world— Enjoy!
- Well, this is certainly something to keep an eye on.... According to Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated, NCAA Senior VP of Basketball Dan Gavitt told SI that he has proposed moving season-opening games from Nov. 10 to Oct. 27, with perhaps a corresponding acceleration of practice from the currently scheduled start date of Sept. 29.
- Columbia now has a mask ordinance going into effect on Friday, according to the Missourian. It will be in effect for 90 days (at least).
- Some wild news from VandySports.com writer Chris Lee about the ‘Dores athletic communications department.
- From The Ringer.com (a great website): I HIGHLY recommend - which still feels weird saying this- JJ Redick’s podcast. His most recent involves some talk with Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, a bizarre ranking of condiments, and the best/worst mid-sized cities to visit (OUCH, St. Louis). Alison Herman examined how we are going to run out of tv, which is a just an unreal thing to think about.
- Great news for Kaep fans, as the former 49er (who should be playing in the NFL right now) will be the subject of not one but TWO docuseries, according to Shadow League. More information on the Walt Disney Co part of it can be find here. This is SUPER cool, y’all.
- In “Karen Loves the WNBA” news, the WNBA has announced their new initiative, The Justice Movement.
In its inaugural season, the Social Justice Council will cultivate designated spaces for community conversations, virtual roundtables, player-produced podcasts, and other activations to address this country’s long history of inequality, implicit bias and systemic racism that has targeted black and brown communities. With an intentional plan to educate, amplify and mobilize for action, the WNBA and the WNBPA will focus on engaging educators, activists, community and business leaders with players, team and league staff, and fans.
WNBA and WNBPA announce launch of The Justice Movement, and the creation of the Social Justice Council. They call it a “commitment to advancing social justice by the longest standing U.S. sports league for women, as well as the first labor union for professional women athletes.”— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) July 6, 2020
- Pat Mahomes, Kansas City Chief for life! How did Andy Reid celebrate? By wearing his best Tommy Bahama shirt, of course. Also, I THINK Tyrann Mathieu is a little bit excited (per Sam McDowell twitter). Kevin Clark of The Ringer wrote about Pat Mahomes, who has broken all the NFL extension rules, and deserves every bit of it. The SportsBeatKC podcast has the audio from the presser- must listen for any KC fan.
- Because I couldn’t NOT share, Usain Bolt welcomed a daughter with the coolest freaking name EVER. This child was born a bad-ass.
- And I’ll leave you with this from Twitter God, Rex Chapman. Just a dog driving around a toddler.... super normal.
Oh nothing, just a puppy driving around a kid... pic.twitter.com/mhcof06ZEO— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) July 7, 2020
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