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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: The Crimson Tide rolls over the Tigers, Rock Quarry residents oppose new development

Sunday, October 21, 2012 | 7:17 p.m. CDT
Missouri's E.J. Gaines attempts to tackle Alabama's T.J. Yeldon at the Missouri vs. Alabama football game Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

COLUMBIA — Despite the Tigers' crushing loss, eight of the top ten most-read stories this week had to do with Saturday's Missouri-Alabama football game. Stories about an inappropriate Halloween exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo and contentious development projects in the Rock Quarry neighborhood were the only two non-sports stories that made the list.

Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics.

  1. The most-read story this week came out of the final minutes of Saturday's Missouri-Alabama football game, when a big hit sent tight end Eric Waters off the field and to University Hospital. Fans of both teams paid respect to the injured Waters by cheering him off the field together. Waters was released from the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute on Sunday, with a muscle strain. (5,268 page views)
  2. Fans reacting to Saturday's game on social media focused on the rain, weather delays and the fate of Waters. (4,249 page views)
  3. Missouri football players and coaches voiced their disappointment about their 42-10 loss to Alabama Saturday. The Tigers headed into a week-long break with a 3-4 record. (3,181 page views)
  4. Mike Vorel's game story reported that it was "over in 45 seconds" when Alabama running back Eddie Lacy scored the first touchdown in the Crimson Tide's victory over the Tigers. (1,613 page views)
  5. Rain and a tough loss weren't the only shows happening in Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Country singer Sara Evans sang the national anthem and Alabama's mascot Big Al helped cheer his team to victory. (1,331 page views)
  6. After Alabama's LaMichael Fanning flipped Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough over his head during Saturday's football game, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban called Gary Pinkel to personally apologize for the dangerous move. (1,174 page views)
  7. Alabama fans explored downtown Columbia on Saturday before they headed to the game. (1,170 page views)
  8. St. Louis Zoo officials will change part of their Halloween display after receiving complaints that the 10 black-faced ghosts hanging from trees resembled scenes of lynching. (849 page views)
  9. A recent vote supporting the construction of a Break Time store on Rock Quarry Road is the latest disappointment for the area's residents who have an unrealized dream of creating a conservation area in their neighborhood. (844 page views)
  10. Many of Missourian photographer Stuart Palley's shots from during the Missouri-Alabama football game are spotted with rain drops. (819 page views)

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