It’s Monday. Let’s spend all day watching TV.
Hooooooooooooooooooooooly crap, y’all. We are in the dog days of summer, and the Mizzou news cupboard is bare. A link, a link, my kingdom for a link!
Anyway, the biggest thing on the docket today is Mizzou’s SEC Network takeover, where the station will play some of Mizzou’s biggest highlights from the past year all day. Because there’s nothing else going on, here’s a quick power ranking of how you should prioritize these rewatches, for which you can find a full schedule here.
T-10. Mizzou at Mississippi State women’s basketball (2/28/21) | 4 - 6 p.m. and Texas A&M at Mizzou baseball (4/3/21) | 6 - 9 a.m.
No offense to Robin Pingeton’s team, but a 20-point shellacking over a team that finished 10-9 in conference doesn’t sound like prime rewatchable material. Same goes for Steve Bieser’s squad, who thwacked the SEC West bottom-dwelling Aggies in a meaningless early April game. Congrats on the wins, y’all, but there has to be better material than this.
9. Missouri: Black & Gold Spring Game (3/20/21) | 4 - 6 a.m.
Weirdly enough, this was playing on the SEC Network a few weeks ago, and the restaurant I was eating in on vacation happened to be playing it. I watched a little and, yeah, it’s still a glorified exhibition.
8. Florida at Mizzou softball (5/1/21) | 2 - 4 p.m.
This is probably a bit unfair to the softball team, who earned a huge win on May 1. But the future end to the season at the hands of the Gators sours this one a little bit. And to be honest, I’ve never found softball/baseball blowouts all that compelling to revisit.
7. SEC Storied: Norm Presented by Auto Owners Insurance (5/1/16) | 3 - 4 a.m.
I assume this is an SEC original short film about Norm Stewart? It’ll probably be well-produced and shot! And hey, who doesn’t love some archival footage?
6. SEC Storied: Tigers United (9/22/15) | 2 - 3 a.m.
Your mileage may vary when it comes to revisiting the fall of 2015 at Mizzou, but having lived through it on campus, I’ll be endlessly fascinated with that time (and outsiders’ perspectives of it) for the rest of my life. But if you want something more artfully done, you could always seek out Spike Lee’s 2 Fists Up, which is in part about the Mizzou protests.
5. Alabama at Mizzou men’s basketball (2/6/21) | 6 - 8 p.m.
This had all the potential in the world to be higher on this list, but boy oh boy did the late-game collapse portend some nasty business that was to come at the end of the year. But hey, a win over a borderline top five team is still a win.
4. Kentucky at Mizzou football (10/24/20) | 11 p.m. - 2 a.m.
It wasn’t the greatest game in the world, but who among us wasn’t thrilled when Mizzou got off the Kentucky schneid. Good lord, it felt good to beat the wildcats, even if it was ugly.
3. Mizzou at Arkansas men’s basketball (1/2/21) | 9 - 11 a.m.
While blowouts on the diamond aren’t any fun, blowouts on the hardwood are — especially when they come against your “rival.” This was still in the height of the Mizzou surge, so we were all pretty starry-eyed at that point. Arkansas would later sneak a win in Columbia and knock the Tigers out of the SEC Tournament, so there’s some sour to this sweet. But there are far worse games you could rewatch from this past season.
2. Arkansas at Mizzou Presented by Allstate (12/5/20) | 8 - 11 p.m.
This game whipped. After going down by two scores early in the fourth quarter, Tyler Badie ripped off a long run and Mizzou scored again quick to set up a dizzying final few minutes. KJ Jefferson’s two-point conversion was set up to be a nightmarish memory, but Connor Bazelak and Harrison Mevis were ice cold in the final drive, leading Mizzou to a massive fifth win in Eli Drinkwitz’s first full season.
1. LSU at Mizzou football (10/10/20) | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
It’s a crime they’re stashing this in the middle of the day; it really is. This may not have been the cleanest game Mizzou played last season, but it sure was a helluva lot of fun. And while LSU may not have turned out to be the world-beater they were in 2019, beating the defending national champs (especially as a rebuilding team) is never anything to sneeze at. It was also one of the first indicators that perhaps Eli Drinkwitz’s tenure as head coach may be different than his predecessors. Maybe there were higher heights he could reach. The jury is still out on that... but the LSU win was an encouraging first step.
Yesterday at Rock M
- In which Sam made an entirely reasonable, level-headed argument as to why Cuonzo Martin may not be solely responsible for the mediocrity of Mizzou Hoops... and still caught some flack from the more vocal corners of the Mizzou internet anyway
- Tight end Max Whisner is joining Mizzou Football soon, but maybe he can get involved in a dunk contest with Mizzou Hoops? The guy has some impressive hops.
- Mizzou Baseball out here gassin’ in the summer leagues
- Italy may be champions of Europe (sorry, Brits), but Eli Drinkwitz was far more concerned with the USMNT’s Gold Cup start, taking in last night’s opening match with Haiti with his daughters.
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