The wait at the Columbia Regional Airport terminal was extra long Saturday afternoon, but few people were waiting to get on a plane. They were waiting for the Tigers.
Now, the fun begins for the Missouri football team. That might depend on the team’s definition of fun, though.
Imagine you are a talented ballroom dancer about to compete in the most prestigious competition of your life. The catch is you don’t meet your partner until the day before the competition and you are only given two 30-minute practices.
Watching a Braggin’ Rights game from a courtside seat is a great experience for a basketball fan. You can hear heckles from fans and actually decipher what is being said. You can also see celebrities such as Joe Buck and Claire McKaskill react to every call. You can see the point in the stands where orange meets black, forming an uneasy border.
Rock Bridge and Hickman are fierce rivals in every competitive sport, except swimming.
The Missouri football team’s practice on Thursday was the second to last before it departs for El Paso, Texas on Dec. 22. Most of the team was in light spirits throughout practice, with players belting out songs during drills and showcasing their dance moves whenever they had the chance.
A week before the Missouri football team began its slide, losing four of its last six regular season games, the Tigers’ Sun Bowl opponent, Oregon State, saw a major change in its season.
Too many, the Golden Girls are a mere sidelight at Missouri basketball and football games. Their dance routines are impressive, but the main attraction is the game.
As Missouri 174-pounder Ben Askren walked onto the floor of the Hearnes Center minutes before the Tigers’ match against Pittsburgh on Thursday night, he stopped to look around at the crowd. Since his freshman year, Askren, now a senior and top-ranked as the defending national champion in his weight class, said he has been hoping the word would spread about the Missouri men’s wrestling team, also top-ranked in the country.
Oak Park has one senior on its roster, but that senior single-handedly dominated Hickman in the Oakies’ 50-44 victory Wednesday night at Hickman.
Yvonne Anderson is a leader.
The Missouri men’s basketball team lost its seventh straight to Illinois in the Busch Braggin’ Rights game. But Tuesday night’s game left Illini players feeling a little more proud about the win than years past.
ST. LOUIS — Sometimes, no matter how hard you play, or how well prepared you are, you lose. Things such as tipped passes or oddly bouncing balls just happen.
On the basketball court, size doesn’t guarantee victory. But it helps.
Marchele Campbell isn’t sure what she’s going to do when she goes home and can’t watch ESPN because her parents don’t have cable. For her six-day break from basketball practice, she’ll be doing what every college student wants to be doing: nothing.
With a senior out, Hickman pulled off a win with the help of a sophomore and defense.
There were some very unusual sights Tuesday at the Devine Pavilion, where the Missouri football team was practicing for the upcoming Sun Bowl game.
ST. LOUIS — Early on in the first half, it was evident that fouls were going to be a factor in Tuesday night’s Busch Braggin’ Rights game between Missouri and Illinois.
If not for what happened a few months later, it would have been remembered as the worst moment of last season.
Rolla came into Monday night’s game ready to start where it left off last year, defeating Rock Bridge to hand the Bruins one of only three losses last season.