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Sweet & Sour Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. — Playing in its first bowl game in five years, the MU football team is by no means picky. Even so, when the Tigers arrived in Shreveport on Saturday afternoon to prepare for Wednesday’s Independence Bowl, they were surprised with the city that greeted them.

“It was a lot different than we expected — in a good way,” offensive tackle Rob Droege said.

Market for jobs provides Holden cover

JEFFERSON CITY — Nearly a year ago, Missouri’s job situation appeared to be one of Gov. Bob Holden’s greatest liabilities. Now, Holden is trying to turn it into one of his greatest strengths.

What a difference a year can make.

Getting to Shreveport is half the fun

Except for his time-share in Branson, Greg Tyndall has no ties to Missouri. But the resident of Shreveport, La., has taken it upon himself to help out fans planning to attend the Independence Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Tyndall, who was born and raised in Shreveport, says hearing the city’s name on national news is a pretty big deal. And he likes to help people who haven’t visited his hometown.

Tigers progressing slowly

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Only minutes after his team’s 61-59 upset win against Missouri on Saturday, Memphis coach John Calipari was in the hallway between locker rooms in The Pyramid, discussing the outcome with reporters. Calipari gushed about his team’s performance, suggesting his team could go far if it “battled” as a group.

He found time to compliment Missouri as well.

Jackson’s comment provokes Arkansas

SHREVEPORT, La. — Missouri freshman Xzavie Jackson has added some fuel to help ignite a Missouri-Arkansas border war.

At a media day in the weeks leading up to Wednesday’s Independence Bowl game between the two teams, Jackson criticized the Razorbacks for a lack of team unity. Two players, including All-American offensive tackle Shawn Andrews, have left the team to prepare for pre-NFL draft workouts. Other players have said they are considering leaving school early to declare for the draft.

Lions embarrass Rams

DETROIT — Grant Wistrom stewed on a chair in front of his locker, with an ice pack on his elbow and a disgusted look on his face.

With the top seed in the NFC to play for, the St. Louis Rams could not beat a team with only pride on the line.

Record day for Chiefs’ Holmes

KANSAS CITY — Priest Holmes moved an NFL record across Missouri.

Holmes helped the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Chicago Bears 31-3 on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. It wasn’t his 50 yards rushing on 20 carries, but his two touchdowns that gave him sole possession of four records.

A few thoughts to end the year

On the first day of winter, when a lot of folks are doing their final countdown to Christmas, I begin my countdown to the first day of spring. From this account you can see that I’m ending another year, exactly like I began it, with my name stamped in, on the minority opinion side of the ledger. So, I might as well go ahead and confess all of my digressions from popular opinions while I have a few days left on this year’s calendar.

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