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DEAR READER: The presses will roll, probably, after the Tigers play in the Texas Bowl

Saturday, December 26, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 10:25 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 12, 2010

 New Year’s Eve events will start around 2:30 p.m. for many of us.

That’s when the Tigers play the Midshipmen of Navy in the Texas Bowl.

By then, the $1,000-a-table Team Luncheon will be a distant gastronomic memory. Players will have thrown their last strike during the Team Bowling Tournament and made their last visit to a Houston area children’s center for social and mental health.

I figure there will be some actual football practice during Bowl Week as well.

(Just about everything at the official Texas Bowl Web site is capitalized, by the way.)

The Missourian team will be ready to take the field, too. At least to the sidelines.

The three beat reporters who have covered the Tigers all season, as well as two photojournalists, will descend on Houston from across the country.

Look for on-the-scene coverage beginning Tuesday online and Wednesday in print, as well as at the reporters’ blog site.

Back in Our Fair City, the preparations for the bowl game got a little tense in the past couple of weeks.

The good folks at the Jefferson City News-Tribune, printer of the Missourian, discovered a glitch in a piece of software that prevents the platemaker from working for about six hours on New Year’s Eve.

Plates are the things that go on the press. No plates, no words or pictures or ads – no newspaper.

The News-Tribune has asked the manufacturer, Kodak, for a solution and is working on its own in the meantime.

It reminds me of all those potential computer disasters when the clock rolled from 1999 to 2000.

I don’t think any of those doomsday scenarios came true. I’m confident this one will be solved long before Blaine Gabbert throws the first touchdown pass for the Tigers.

Keeps things interesting though.

So come Friday morning, you might hoist your cup of coffee in a toast to the pressmen and delivery people who made the first newspaper of 2010 come to life the night before.

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