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MU fans sound off in cyberspace

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 | 3:29 p.m. CST; updated 1:05 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Back in the day, unless you were a member of the media or overly loud, the only people who could hear your thoughts on K-State’s defensive end, the holding call in the 3rd quarter or Pinkel’s play call on 2nd and 14 were the people sitting next to you.

Thanks to the magic of the Internet, that day has passed.

There are places all over the Web where you can discuss aspects of MU athletics with an audience reaching from Jefferson City to Jakarta. With the Big 12 championship approaching, here are some of the more popular sites where you can voice your opinion. (If you are feeling bold, there are some University of Oklahoma sites listed as well.)

Newspapers

Kansas City Star

Sports page: kansascity.com/sports/

Sports boards: forums.prospero.com

After every column, the Kansas City star allots space for users to leave comments, which can sometimes turn into multiple-page long arguments. Things got especially heated around the Border Showdown. They also host message boards for discussion unrelated to articles.

Featured Comment: “The national press has a bias against the Big 12. The only way the Big 12 is going to have respect is for MIZZOU to win the national championship.” — Mizzou in Indep

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Sports boards: stltoday.com/forums/

Unlike the KC Star, the Post-Dispatch does not provide space to comment on articles. However, their sports message board system is more advanced and has more topics.

Featured Comment: “I am not being a homer when I say — no team which loses on its home field in Novemver to an unranked team deserves to play for the NC.” — mps5557

(Sooner Alert!) The Daily Oklahoman

Sports page: newsok.com/sports/

The newspaper with the largest daily circulation in Oklahoma welcomes comments about every article that it posts; however, it does not host any message boards. The overwhelming opinion on many of these comments is that Mizzou has not earned its No. 1 ranking.

Featured comment: “#1 is a 3 point dog? Sounds like they are #1 by default and not by earning it. Enjoy it for the few days you are there Mizzou. You will be back to reality come Saturday at about 10:30 PM” — Jack, Oklahoma City

Message Boards

TigerBoard.com

Link: tigerboard.com

TigerBoard.com is the largest Mizzou-only message board out there. It boasts 17,751 registered users and six different boards for fan discussion. Its main page also relays MU news and links to other news sources.

Featured Comment: “No team can claim that their lone loss was to a top 5 team on the road apart from Mizzou. No 2 loss team should even consider trying to jump in and argue the point, because they don’t meet the first criteria, that being, only losses to top 5 teams on the road.” — MizzouTigerz

ESPN.com

Link to Tigers’ message board: boards.espn.go.com

While there are larger national sites, such as PowerMizzou, they require a paid membership. ESPN’s message board system is a vast national one that has individual boards for each team. It offers comments from a larger user base, which gives for a more well-rounded, balanced perspective.

Featured Comment: “From a Husker Fan: Last night, I was pulling for KU. As a NU fan, I have a great respect for OU and really can not stand your Tigers. That said, I do hope to see Mizzou win the Big XII and the National Championship and Bring that trophy home.” — coachgray8

(Sooner Alert!) SoonerFans.com

Link: soonerfans.com/forums/

SoonerFans.com offers a whopping fourteen boards and has nearly 12,000 registered users. There are forums for the Sooners’ three major sports — football, basketball, and baseball — as well as recruiting and even a board for trash talking, which cannot be quoted here.

Featured Comment: “For the tiger fan that got all excited about stoping mighty Kansas in running the ball, Oklahoma is not Kansas. We’ve got a massive offensive line that can open holes for our backs. We’re not afraid of your defense.” — Sevaer

Fan Blogs

Rock M Nation

Link: rockmnation.com

Rock M Nation, a member of the SportsBlog nation blogging community, is one of the more respected and highly regarded Mizzou blogs. In addition to the customary comments after each post, Rock M Nation allows users to post their own diary entries, which can be read and commented on by anyone.

Featured Comment: “But seriously. Let ‘em doubt us. Let ‘em talk about how we don’t belong there because...well, we’re MISSOURI!

Chase doesn’t care. Rucker doesn’t care. Maclin doesn’t care. Stryker doesn’t care. Willy Mo doesn’t care. Pinkel’s probably thankful.” — mizzourobot

Welcome to the Zou

Link: mvn.com/ncaa-missouri/

Welcome to the Zou is a blog written by MU sophomore Tyson Sprick that is hosted by The Most Valuable Network, “the source for independent sports media.” Along with print entries, Welcome to the Zou also offers podcasts that are available to be commented on and discussed.

Featured Comment: “Dazed and Confused is the best way to describe Reesing and his Manginos (as the announcers frequently referred to KU). They obviously believed their own hype, and perhaps in the end some of it was proven valid. Without a doubt, Daniel was the key.” — Dave

(Sooner Alert!) The Crimson and Cream Machine

Link: crimsonandcreammachine.com

Also a member of the SportsBlog nation, The Crimson and Cream Machine offers diaries similar to those on Rock M Nation. There are also schedules, as well as links to other blogs where users can discuss their feelings.

Featured Comment: “How do you beat a spread offense? You pound them every play, offense and defense. Here’s to hoping they will give mizzou the same lesson in pounding. Boomer... Sooner” — srush


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