This week's edition of Facebook Friday features former Tigers Sean Weatherspoon (foreground) and Danario Alexander. Not sure about you, but I don't know if I could get that high off the ground with a diving board, yet alone standing flat footed. Then again, I'm not one of the best players in Mizzou football history.
And how could we include Danario in Facebook Friday without throwing up this classic?no comments
Let's hope this year's Huskers Illustrated is off by as much as the 2007 edition was.
Nebraska recently released their 2010 football team yearbook. The cover features Prince Amukamara and Eric Hagg above the title "Big Red Rising: Huskers Eye Return to Nation's Top 10." The Huskers are Missouri's biggest (only?) competitor in the North but personally, I think they're getting way too much love this offseason. As much as I hate to say it, they are definitely a good team. Coming away with a win in Lincoln this year will be tough for Mizzou. However, I'm not sold that they're a top 10 team in the country.
Anyway, this site allowed visitors to view covers of past editions of the Husker team yearbook. I thought the 2007 edition was pretty amusing:
At least the Nubs' intentions were good. They were coming off a 9-5 season in 2006 and if they intended to do better than that, they certainly didn't show it on the field. In 2007 they proceeded to go 5-7, including 2-6 in the Big 12. Their lone conference wins were against Iowa State and Kansas State. They lost to Missouri 41-6, kU 76-39, and Colorado 65-51. So much for aiming higher.no comments
Headline about the kU football team: "Football lacking stars"
I like the sound of that. Here's the introduction to Tom Keegan's story on kusports.com:
"Quick, identify the biggest star, the guy whose name you want on the marquee to help sell season tickets for the 2010 Kansas University football team.
Haven’t come up with anybody yet.
Can I use one of my lifelines to call a friend?
No, it wouldn’t do any good anyway.
The closest thing Kansas has to such a player is a running back who does his best work running between the tackles and is not listed anywhere on new coach Turner Gill’s two-deep depth chart he released after spring football."
Here's a link to the full story: Clickno comments
Mizzou fans old and young have discussed at length what we think of the Big Ten. It’s been debated what switching conferences would do financially, academically, and even how it would affect recruiting. But what does the Big Ten think of Missouri? After spending some time in Big Ten territory, I realized there is a wide range of views.
Before I dive in, let me preface it with this: It doesn’t really matter what they, those scholarly northerners with boring football and slow-paced basketball teams think of Mizzou. If they want Missouri, great. If they don’t, well, Mizzou will crawl back to the awful TV deals and poor revenue sharing of the Big 12 and pretend like they didn’t really want the Big Ten all along. But if (or when) a move comes, the Tigers respect will have to be earned, not given from the folks “up there.”
I’m from Big Ten country. I was born and raised in Minneapolis and lived there for the first 18 years of my life. I watched as Minnesota football, much like Missouri, fought an upward battle toward respectability, and then transitioned from hoping to make bowl games to battling to earn their place among the conference’s elite (Granted, Minnesota has since taken a step backward). In basketball, I watched as the Gophers, much like the Tigers, had a rich history tarnished by NCAA violations, fell to all-time lows, only to rebound in recent years under the leadership of a good head coach.
Mike Anderson has Mizzou pointed in the right direction in the Big 12. Would that continue in the Big Ten?
A few weeks ago I returned home to the Twin Cities. Knowing I’m now a “Mizzou guy,” many friends, co-workers and family members were eager to discuss Missouri’s potential move to “their,” conference with me. no comments
I figure Facebook Friday might be a good way to start introducing Mizzou fans to some of the incoming Tiger recruits. Considering most of us know very little about recruits (other than what rivals tell us), perhaps facebook could help us get to know those who will soon be wearing the black and gold.
Darvin Ruise ladies and gentlemen...
What I know about Darvin Ruise from rivals:
1. He is a defensive prospect from Northern Florida.
2. He can bench press 325 pounds.
3. He had scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Tennessee
What I know about Darvin Ruise from facebook:
1. He looks huge and I would not want to fight him.
2. He is excited about attending the University of Missouri.
3. He may or may not enjoy skateboarding.
Well, there you have it. Now you know everything you need to know about Darvin Ruise.
We’ve heard this class is good, but just how good? Here’s what the major recruiting services are saying about the players in Mizzou’s 2010 recruiting class.
6’8 220 - SF
Dallas TX, Pinkston HS
Rivals: ***** (#12 overall player, #2 SF)
Scout: ***** (#2 SF)
ESPN: ***** (#24 overall, #8 PF)
ESPN Grade: 95
- “Mitchell is making his case as the most dynamic athlete of the state's Class of 2010. The 6-foot-8 Missouri signee often plays as a man among boys.”
-Damon Sales Texashoops.com
- “Josh Selby, Harrison Barnes, Enes Kanter, Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight, Perry Jones and Tony Mitchell would have been candidates to skip college and go straight to the NBA.”
–Jerry Meyer Rivals.com
- Tony Mitchell was ranked as the 3rd best rebounder and 4rd best defender of the forwards in the 2010 basketball class by rivals.com
- Averaged 20.5 PPG, 13.3 RPG, and 4.4 APG this season.
6’9 225 - PF/C
Ocala FL, Ocala Junior College
Rivals: **** (#1 Overall junior college player)
ESPN Grade: 95
- “ This young man is a scoring machine in the paint. He is a big time athlete who runs the floor with terrific speed, jumps a second time quickly or jumps over you to score. What makes him special is that he has great physical attributes along with a soft scoring touch. He is a willing rebounder on both ends of the floor.”
–Scouts Inc. on Ricardo Ratliffe
- Averaged 26.7 PPG, 11.1 RPG, and shot 61 percent from the field including 39 percent from three-point range.
- Played in the NJCAA All-American game
Mizzou could have used some of Ratliffe's size and athleticism in the paint last year.
5’10 160 - PG
Dallas TX, Episcopal School of Dallas
Rivals: **** (#61 overall player, #15 PG)
Scout: **** #11 PG
ESPN: ***** (#42 overall, #9 PG)
ESPN Grade: 95
- Ranked as the 3rd best ball handler in the 2010 PG class by rivals.com.
- “Pressey knows how to keep a play alive. He continually threatens the defense with his ball-handling ability.”
- Jerry Meyer, rivals.com
- “ A Missouri signee, Pressey is cat quick and deceptively athletic. The 5-foot-10 point guard isn't afraid to dunk on taller defenders.”
- Damon Sales, texashoops.com
- Averaged 20.2 PPG 7.3 RPG and 7 APG this season
6’5 185 - SG/SF
Columbia MO, Rockbridge HS
Scout: *** (#31 SF)
ESPN: **** (#75 SG)
;ESPN Grade: 88
“ Kreklow is a very good 3-point shooter for his size. He has good skills and is a very good passer who minimizes mistakes and shares the ball.”
- Scouts Inc.
6’2 - SG
Dallas TX, Navarro Junior College
Rivals: No Ranking
ESPN Grade: 84
- “Pressey has a very diversified game, giving him the ability to wear many hats for his team. He has a good body, strength and leaping ability which gives him the ability to guard the opposing team's best player despite sometimes giving up a few inches in height. He moves his feet very well on defense and pressures the ball effectively. On the offensive end, Pressey has good ball-handling skills and uses his quickness to easily get to the rim. He also will stick the perimeter jumper from 3-point range if left alone, but he really excels off the dribble and shooting the mid-range jump shot. He also plays well in the open court, effectively finishing in transition. Pressey plays as the typical glue guy for a team, doing whatever his teams requires for a victory.”
- Scouts Inc.
- Played in the NJCAA All-American game
6’8 185 - PF
Charlotte NC, United Faith Christian Academy
Scout: *** (#38 PF)
ESPN: **** (#64 PF)
ESPN Grade: 89
- “Green is a very good athlete that runs the floor and can finish inside with athletic scoring moves. His great length allows him to be a factor on the glass at both ends of the floor. He scores in the post with good strength and has comfortable shooting range out to about 15 feet. He is a good enough athlete to defend both forward positions as well.”
Rivals.com: Class Rank #6, #1 in the Big 12
Scout.com: Class Rank #6, #1 in the Big 12
ESPN.com: Class Rank #11, #1 in the Big 12
- “Led by five-star forward Tony Mitchell, the Missouri 2010 recruiting class is definitely a top-10 class. In fact, it is possibly a top-five class. Ricardo Ratliffe is considered the top post player coming out of the junior college ranks. The class also includes Matt Pressey's younger brother Phil Pressey, who is a four-star prospect. Phil Pressey is the quintessential playmaker at the point guard position. Three-star shooter Ricky Kreklow and promising combo forward Kadeem Green round out the class.”
–Jerry Meyer Rivals.com
Obviously, Mitchell, Ratliffe, and Phil Pressey are going to get a lot of hype and attention. And they should. That comment above about Mitchell going straight to the NBA really says something about his natural talent. But don’t sleep on the three other recruits.
The coaches went after Green early for a reason. He was committed by October and should develop into a solid contributor for the Tigers. As for Matt Pressey, the comments above speak to the type of player coaches think he can be. He’s a type of guy that every team needs. Kim English described him a lot like Zaire Taylor except better offensively. That is high praise.
Finally, with Kreklow, everyone is quick to draw comparisons to another tall, skinny, white small forward that played for the Tigers in Matt Lawrence. I think that is selling Kreklow a little short. Lawrence was a fantastic three-point shooter and a good team guy, but spot up shooting and solid effort were about all you were going to get from Lawrence (not that that is bad, he filled his role well). I’ve seen Kreklow in person and he is more athletic than you might guess. He plays tough D (not exactly Lawrence’s specialty) and seems to know what he’s doing on the basketball court. Throw in the fact that he’s been scrimmaging and hanging out with current members of the team and that only benefits his development.
Rivals and other recruiting sites have only been around for about 8-10 years, but this is easily Missouri’s best class in that time period. Then again, you never know what can happen. The 2004 class of Marshall Brown, Kalen Grimes, Jason Horton, and Glen Dandridge was supposed to be one of the Big 12’s best. Safe to say that uh… didn’t pan out.no comments
This weekend's three game series left the Tigers empty handed in the Border War against kU. The Tigers lost 10-3 on Friday and then lost consecutive one run games on Saturday (9-8) and Sunday. Sunday's game ended with the Tigers losing in the 10th inning 10-9, after taking a lead in the 10th. After the three losses the Tigers fell to 24-22 on the season and 7-13 in Big 12 play. The Tigers are next in action Friday night at 7 PM vs. the rival Nebraska Cornhuskers.
As the NBA playoffs start to heat up, PRF introduces himself to Mizzourah with a look at former Mizzou Tigers and how they've faired in the NBA in recent years.
First off, I would like to thank the former writers of Mizzourahblog.com for bringing in our team and allowing us the opportunity to expand on the success they had with this website. I look forward to being a part of the Mizzourah community over the next year. I just hope most of the columns by my fellow staff stay clear of approaching Bill Simmons’ territory in length so that I can actually make it through them.
You see, we are already taking jabs at each other here at Mizzourah and encourage you to do the same. Feedback is the greatest part of this job. Hearing opinions not only makes us better writers, but it also let’s us know that people care about what we have to say. So here’s your first chance to give my work two thumbs up or thumbs down. Please, have at it…
Since no readers here know me (yet), you wouldn’t know that I am a huge NBA fan. In fact, unlike 95% of other American sports fans, the NBA is my favorite sports league or association. I love the game more than football and baseball. I love the personalities of Lebron, Dwight, and Birdman more than those of the Manning’s, A-Rod, and Ochocinco. I like knowing every detail about every player on every 12-man roster from Portland to OKC to New York. But most of all, I love the playoffs (and all the awful advertising that comes with it.)
Playoff performances by MJ, Magic, Duncan, and Shaq will never be forgotten. Those guys are global legends. But what about the local legends? You think you remember the NBA playoff performances by the most notable Mizzou Tigers? Have a look.
One of Mizzou’s most recognizable names, Peeler averaged 23.4 PPG during his senior season as a Tiger. Lefty’s best postseason ever came in the 97-98 season with the Minnesota T-pups as he averaged 16.2 PPG. In this season where Dikembe Mutombo reigned as defensive player of the year, Peeler’s stellar play could not carry the Wolves past Cocaine Kemp and Payton in Seattle. Minnesota lost in five (yet another first round exit for KG) and Peeler never reached double figures in postseason scoring averages again. But, at least he gave his former teammate a good whack later in his career.
In our first week back on the site I figured we had to continue the tradition of facebook friday. A little creepy, yes, but the guys on here before did it so now I feel justified doing the same.
In honor of the ROARS Awards that took place at Mizzou Arena on Monday, here are a couple photos of our Tiger football team on the Red Carpet.
Tigers DB Kevin Rutland
Some facts about Kevin Rutland:
1. Will be a senior in 2010 and likely will be named team captain.
2. Won the team "Cornerback of the year award," in 2009.
3. He accepted the "Male athlete of the year award," on behalf of his roommate Danario Alexander who couldn't make the ceremony.
4. He looks tight in all black.
From left to right: Matt White, Tavon Bolden, Tyler Crane, Kendial Lawrence, Jarrell Harrison, L'Damian Washington, ?, and Kenji Jackson. If someone could tell me who I'm missing I'd appreciate it.
Gotta say the best dressed award goes to Kenji. Kendial made a freshman mistake by having his tie too short, but we'll let it slide.no comments