What a night for Mizzou in the Pros! EVERYBODY gets a win!
First up, what an excellent Major League debut for Boston Red Sox starter, Tanner Houck! Mizzou Baseball really amped up their excitement of his debut, with messages from a slew of former Tigers, including one from MIGHTY MAX and another with former teammates, Kyle Gibson, Padres coach Jayce Tingler, and Ian Kinsler. Also, Tanner Houck is a really good dude...
Former #Mizzou ace Tanner Houck’s MLB debut is done. 5 IP, 0 ER, 7 K, 2 H, 3 BB for the #RedSox.— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) September 16, 2020
He also had this slider, via @PitchingNinja, which was a pretty sweet pitch:
Aside from Tanner, Soph and MPJ also had important games tonight, though they were pretty quiet in their team’s respective awesomeness. Still, how cool for them.
Next up, MPJ and the Nuggets are heading to the Western Conference Finals with their unbelievable win over the heavily favored Clippers. According to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in the postgame broadcast, this is the first time in the 74-year history of the NBA for a team to come back from down 3-1 in a series TWICE. They will face the Lakers on Friday at 8pm (insert eyes emoji).
As for Mike’s stats, he played 15 minutes, only taking two shots, with 7 rebounds and 2 points and was +/- 1 (the only starter in the positive). Here’s the recap from the Missourian.
Division champs ✅— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) August 10, 2020
WE AIN'T FINISHED YET. #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/zCsf0KicW7
Last up, Sophie and her Mercury team pulled off a win on Tuesday night to advance to the Second Round of the WNBA Playoffs, beating the Washington Mystics 85-84. As for Soph’s stats, she played only 8 minutes, scoring 0 points with 1 rebound.
CLUTCH. TIME. @SheyP11— WNBA (@WNBA) September 16, 2020
The @PhoenixMercury advance to the 2nd round! #ATTPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/wC9zlZkVbP
What a great day to be a (former) Tiger!
On to the links, which are surprisingly heavy for other sports!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Aaron identified the best linebacker recruits in Mizzou history.
- Nate the Great must have a lot of time on his hands, because he looked at ALL of Mizzou’s 2021 offers (yes, all of them), and identified who’s left on the big board.
- COMING UP AT ROCK M: We’ve got a new Dive Cuts this week, and we’ll continue Linebacker Week coverage.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Dave wrote that Drinkwitz’s “Hoosier State” strategy paid off with a four-star tandem.
- KC Star: Souichi covered how Mizzou will prepare for Alabama as training camp wraps up.
- PowerMizzou: Mitchell wrote about how Darius Robinson is a name to know on the D-Line.
- Rivals.com ($$): Sean Williams posted some Daylan Carnell (2021 commit) highlights for subscribers.
- The Maneater: Jack Soble wrote about how Rutgers transfer Mike Maietti could make a crucial contribution to this year’s team.
- From Max Baker at The Missourian (with more on this from MUTigers.com):
NEW: Mizzou announces student ticket distribution sections for football which will be: Rock M Hill, and 109, 110, 313, 314 and 315. Tickets will be $20 per home game and masks are required. There will be tiered access online to purchase with seniors getting the first access time.— Max Baker (@maxbaker_15) September 15, 2020
- LOVE THIS.
"We're pushing for equality in everything."— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) September 15, 2020
Find out what #Mizzou4Change is all about ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/kmxzrd5Kjh
- This is AWESOME. As part of their #Mizzou4Change initiative, the football team is partnering with Angel Armies and Care Portal to help out foster families. (via MUTigers.com)
"We're doing something to help. That's what matters."— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) September 15, 2020
» https://t.co/hjx0d8yxcM#Mizzou4Change pic.twitter.com/khXAApQPXb
Other Mizzou Sports
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: In a new Matter on Mizzou, Dave talked about 4 topics Mizzou fans should into: MPJ, Tanner Houck, Drinkwitz’s team giving back, and Aldon Smith being reborn in Dallas. Check it out!
- The Maneater: Sidney Dixon completed a Q&A with Mizzou Volleyball’s lone freshman, Emily Brown, in regards to her preparation for an abnormal season.
- Can’t wait to see Drew suit up!
4️⃣3️⃣7️⃣ career assists @stonecolddrew enters the 2020-21 season with the fourth-most assists among all active power conference players. #ToTheFinishLine pic.twitter.com/yIh20CPUOZ— Mizzou Hoops (@MizzouHoops) September 15, 2020
- According to CBB insider Jon Rothstein, 8 early hoops tourneys are being moved to Orlando, including the Tigers’ scheduled Myrtle Beach Invitational.
- KC Star: Souichi wrote about how Mizzou Hoops was set to hit the beach, but will apparently head to Disney instead. According to his post, the Tigers will find out more about their schedule today.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Jeff Gordon wrote that there are no more shortcuts for Cuonzo at Mizzou (confession: I did not read this yet to know if it’s good or off-putting for fans)
- Columbia Missourian: Emily Leiker wrote that both men’s and women’s cross country teams are ranked in the preseason top 5 of the SEC Coaches Poll. Congrats, runners!
- Columbia Missourian: Joel Lorenzo asked us to give a cheer for Sarah Thompson, who was ranked as the # 16 NCAA swimmer in the country by Swimming World Magazine! Last season, before it was cut short (stupid Covid), she made the NCAA’s in three events (50/100 freestyle, 100 backstroke).
Ranked #️⃣1️⃣6️⃣ in @SwimmingWorld's list of top 2020-21 NCAA women's swimmers...— Mizzou Swim & Dive (@MizzouSwimDive) September 15, 2020
- Columbia Tribune: Eric Blum wrote about how Mizzou Soccer player Keiarra Slack’s speech at the athlete sit-in inspired her coach, Bryan Blitz.
- Really cool that women’s hoops got involved in this.
Glad to be a part of #BigDayForTeachers with @CFPExtraYard!— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouWBB) September 14, 2020
It was an honor to reward Christy Johnson for her incredible work at @CRE_Cardinals. Thank you for all that you do!#CPSBest | #OurTownOurTeam pic.twitter.com/JIgFMdyB9u
- According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports, Rivals Recruiting Analyst,Corey Evans, is joining the OKC Thunder, so another familiar hoops recruiting face bites the dust (joining Evan Daniels of 247, who left for a sports agency this summer).
These are some of the best sports stories & other reading material I recommend— Enjoy!
- Marc J Spears of The Undefeated wrote a great piece about how the Clippers may have fallen short in the bubble, but head coach Doc Rivers showed us the way.
- Jason Reid of The Undefeated said that Week 1 in the NFL showed us that we should expect the protesting (and booing) to continue.
- But really.... So many compliments for LSU’s Coach O today, who basically said all of his players have had it and “he hopes they won’t get it again,” but not much to say for programs who have successfullly contained the spread with... I don’t know... taking safety precautions and wearing masks and such. I’m not raising a glass anytime soon to the former, but will definitely salute the latter.
It’s amazing how quickly the “football at any cost” crowd has pivoted from giving the atta-boy to programs that had few positives in the summer to giving the atta-boy to programs that just didn’t give a crap and let everyone catch it— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 15, 2020
- And I’ll leave you with this. Paul Rudd doesn’t age, and will always be one of my favorites.
Certified young person Paul Rudd wants you to wear a mask. Listen up: pic.twitter.com/GTks5NUBmR— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 14, 2020
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