LETTER: Band mixup not that big of a deal

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | 9:34 a.m. CST; updated 4:29 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 12, 2010

As a former Marching Mizzou member and the spouse of a former Marching Mizzou member and as fans who actually went to the Texas Bowl and, along with our close friends, attend all of the Mizzou football games no matter where they are being played, we are tired of reading the complaints from Navy-related people over their "hurt" feelings and the "disrespect" they felt (try being a Tiger if you want to learn about being disrespected.). You would have thought that Navy had lost the football game.

We have corrective and informative answers to all four people who submitted letters to the Missourian published in the Sunday paper, but we are not going to waste time rehashing what should be old news.

One comment we do have: As we left the game, we hope we didn't hear what we thought we heard — a voice coming over the loudspeaker saying "Today the United States of America can be proud... ." What was that comment about? We closed our ears afraid to hear anymore. The last time we looked, we do believe the University of Missouri is located in the United States of America, too.

Can Navy people just get over it? They won the football game — and it is just a football game — and the Navy players were not serving overseas on that day, they were playing college football.

The Mizzou players, coaches and fans are dealing with the loss and looking forward to next season. Maybe the Midshipmen fans and alumni need to look forward to what the players may face when they leave Annapolis. That is more important than complaining about a band mixup on both sides of the field.

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Andy Schmickle January 12, 2010 | 10:49 a.m.

Is there really so little going on out there that this letter needs to get published nearly two weeks after the game? Give it a rest.

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Ellis Smith January 12, 2010 | 11:48 a.m.

The longer this business drags on, the less interesting actual events after the game become and the more interesting interpretations of those events become.

One Big 12 university recently completed a home-and-home football series with another of the national military service academies, with that Big 12 school winning both football games. Things went well, but service academies and their fans are a different breed of cats. One would think a university preparing to play a service academy in a bowl game would do some prior homework.

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