Wednesday, September 20, 2006

This date in Mizzou history

September 20, 1969: After Air Force takes a 17-16 lead with just 33 seconds remaining in the game, the Tigers scream down the field -- thanks mostly to a 56-yard pass from Terry McMillan to John Henley -- and Henry Brown kicks a field goal to give Missouri a 19-17 victory in the season opener. The Tigers go on to capture a share of the Big Eight title, earning a trip to the Orange Bowl.

This and other stories can be found in Todd Donoho and Dan O'Brien's MizzouRah! As I understand, only a few copies are left, so get yours soon.

Monday, September 11, 2006

So the guy says “I’ll sell you my talking dog for fifty bucks” . . .

This past Friday, I had the pleasure of dining at a table that included, among others, Norm Stewart and ESPN SportsCenter anchor John Anderson. Many stories were told, and up to one-third of them may have been true. We heard what Abe Lemons said to Howard Cosell at Madison Square Garden, the psychology behind Henry Iba’s bed checks, and how Johnny Orr can tell vulgar stories in mixed company with impunity. It was the first time I had met Anderson, who is a terrific guy and a proud and active Mizzou alum. And given that you’re reading this page, I probably don’t have to tell you how cool Coach Stewart is.

The next day, I had the similarly pleasurable experience of seeing the football Tigers demolish Ole Miss. I like this team.