When Mizzou decided to switch conferences from the Big 12 to the SEC they tried to convince their new opponents that their fans weren’t as bad as everyone made them out to be. The days of the school band rudely playing over the opponents band were going to go away as well as the lack luster support they showed by refusing to travel to road/bowl games. Surely the students wouldn’t make poorly constructed music videos that insulted both their conference and their own intelligence. The newly motivated fans would show class in face of defeat by refusing to blame everyone but the actual athletes and coaches who had lost the game.
Most of all they would shed their hickish image and leave the camouflage and mullets at home. If Mizzou’s SEC debut was any indication of their progress it seems they might not be able to live up to those promises. Even though their team failed to establish any sort of reputation on the field Mizzou’s fans base was able to leave an impression on these two columnists:
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A good number of their players were shaken up or injured during the sixty minutes of game play. And every time, we waited patiently for them to make it to the sidelines. But the first time one of our own went down, they booed him incessantly. I had never seen anything like it.
Even the event staff manning the entrance next to our seats thought it was okay to taunt us.
“Wow, this is the SEC? Y’all are terrible. Are you a Braves fan, too? They can’t beat the Cardinals, either.”
After a heated exchange, the scrawny twerp overseeing our section had the nerve to sic a couple of Missouri state troopers on us.
We greatly appreciated the gesture, as it only took us a few minutes to have him escorted out of his own stadium.
The score was 27-20 with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, and the yellow began flooding out of the stadium.
Seriously? Where was their loyalty? Their team could have still won it all.
Now, maybe they all have crystal balls in the Show Me State. But regardless, the team needed its fans, and its fans were nowhere to be found.
Whereas we have a plethora of battle cries and cheers, that was about their only one, and they did it over and over and over again.
I’d rather sit next to a screaming baby on a 24-hour plane ride.
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To be brutally honest, they have a long way to go before they are ready to play Grown Man football
T-shirts and jean shorts may be OK in Gainesville, Fla., but not in mid-America. Buy a dress, for goodness sakes. And learn a new cheer while you’re at it. The public address guy shouted M-I-Z all night and the stadium would reply Z-O-U and that was it. I’m talking all night — and they had nothing else. The fan base was about as one-dimensional as their offense. And lose the “Missouri Waltz.” It went out with Lawrence Welk.
somebody needs to tell their ushers that they don’t stand in the isle taunting SEC fans throughout the game. Especially lintheads who were brought up to take offense at just about anything opponents might say to them directly. That’s like mixing gasoline and gunpowder. It’s eventually going to explode.
I am pretty sure some of the people who told us they were so happy to be a part of the great Southeastern Conference are rethinking things. I am sure they woke up the morning after the game thinking, “So this is how it’s going to be? Every week?” I guarantee you that two-thirds of them went online to find out when the Tigers play Vanderbilt and Kentucky.
Once you’ve ridden to the top of that great big arch, seen the Cardinals play baseball and eaten one of those over-priced steaks at a fancy restaurant and heard “M-I-Z-Z-O-U” once, you’ve ‘bout done Missouri.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.