COLUMBIA — Shoes, food, naps: how Missouri football players are planning to treat themselves for finishing fall camp.
If you've ever watched NBC's comedy "Parks and Recreation," you might know that Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) and Donna Meagle (Retta) celebrate a day called "Treat Yo-Self." It's a self-made holiday on which the duo takes an extended lunch, gets a massage and generally uses some retail therapy to alleviate workplace stress. As they say, "It's the best day of the year!"
As Missouri's fall camp has come to a close, the Tigers are excited about a reprieve from the early morning alarm clocks and "the grind," as you'll hear them call it. To celebrate the close of camp, various Tigers will be treating themselves to a hard-earned reward. But don't let the momentary lull fool you: The break will be brief, as the season opener looms.
During camp, junior running back Russell Hansbrough used a three-alarm system to make sure he was up and ready to go.
"I have about three alarms set up," Hansbrough said. "One's a 5:30, the other's at 5:35, the other one's at 5:45 to make sure I get up in time."
Jimmie Hunt, senior wideout, said he used two alarms to make sure he's up at 5:45 a.m. He also had his "little brother" on the team, freshman receiver Nate Brown, set a backup alarm. And when the players were staying in the residence halls, Hunt said a hall-wide horn went off at 5:45 a.m.
"It's the grind, man, it's the grind," Hunt said.
The grind appeared to be wearing on senior defensive tackle Lucas Vincent — and so did the residence hall mattresses.
Perhaps the spartan sleeping accommodations are what led Vincent to tweet what he was looking forward to doing at the end of camp:
But Vincent won't actually be going to Foot Locker — they often don't have his size 15 in stock, he said. He plans to order his new shoes online, two customized pairs from NIKEiD. The color of his kicks? The first pair is silver, gray, black and gold. The second is matte gray and orange.
"Orange is my favorite color, so I got to get a pair of that," Vincent said.
Speaking of favorite things, junior center Evan Boehm is a big fan of Flat Branch Pub and Brewery's pretzel appetizer dish. Boehm said he was going to Flat Branch to eat with a couple of the offensive linemen and some friends who aren't on the football team.
It sounds like Boehm will eat big: "You know, us offensive linemen can eat anything." He'll be having both the mustard and cheese dip with his pretzels.
For senior wide receiver Darius White, a long nap was in order. After Thursday's scrimmage, all White wanted to do was sleep.
"First, I'm going to get a nap," White said. How long a snooze? "I probably won't wake up till about 3:30 or 4," he said. (Missouri's scrimmage ended around noon Thursday.)
There is some downtime for the Tigers as camp closes — but Boehm was quick to note that nap time wouldn't lead to Missouri sleeping on South Dakota State.
Boehm, who celebrated his 21st birthday during camp, said that a belated bash wasn't foremost on his mind.
"Maybe later on," Boehm said when asked if he would have a party to celebrate his 21st.
"Right now, the main focus is South Dakota State this next week."
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