THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Cardinals fans, Missouri sports and 'Minute to Win It' BIG fundraiser

Sunday, October 23, 2011 | 6:31 p.m. CDT; updated 7:16 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 24, 2011

Images of fans cheering for the Cardinals in the World Series, athletic events at MU and Columbia firefighters battling a blaze heat up last week's best photos from Missourian staff.

In this photo by Matthew Busch, Justin Martin, 29, and Josh Baniak, 28, cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals during the first game of the 2011 World Series against the Texas Rangers at Campus Bar and Grill on Wednesday. 

MU's athletics department unveiled its new Tiger Performance Center, which will serve as the home of the Golden Girls and the Missouri gymnastics team. The gymnastics side of the facility has coaches’ offices, physical therapy bathtubs and room for improving gymnastic skills. In another photo by Busch, assistant coach Jennifer Green watches as Missouri gymnasts Mary Burke, left, and Cathryn Aliceaacosta, right, practice in their new facility Friday.

Photographer Dak Dillon took this photo while firefighters worked on hot spots of the roof of a home outside Pierpont on Highway 163. The fire originated near the chimney flue Tuesday. Firefighters had to saw into the roof and use ladders on the inside and outside to battle the blaze. Gale Blomenkamp, a battalion chief at the scene, estimated that there were 18 to 24 firefighters at the scene. 

Jeremy Jardine took this photo of Nick Lower, left, as he prepared for a celebratory cheer as his partner, Brandon McCammon, middle, stacked the last chocolate cake on his head that won them the mini-game during the 'Minute to Win It' BIG fundraiser at Whiskey Wild Saloon on Thursday night. Teams engaged in a variety of quick, simple games to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri.

Pinar Istek took this photo of Tim Struckhoff praying before Missouri's game Saturday against No. 6 team Oklahoma State. The Tigers lost 45-24.

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