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Bill Self Does It All E-mail
Written by Slim   
Sunday, 16 May 2010 22:31
Saw this gem floating around youtube and thought I'd pass it on...
 
Facebook Friday: Recruit Edition E-mail
Written by Slim   
Friday, 14 May 2010 02:14

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...

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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.

 

 
Basketball Recruiting: Just How Good Are These Guys? E-mail
Written by Turkey Tom   
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 16:06

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.

 

Tony Mitchell

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

Comments:

  • 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.

 

Ricardo Ratliffe

6’9 225 - PF/C

Ocala FL, Ocala Junior College

Rivals: **** (#1 Overall junior college player)

Scout: ****

ESPN: *****

ESPN Grade: 95

Comments:

  • 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

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Mizzou could have used some of Ratliffe's size and athleticism in the paint last year.

 

Phil Pressey

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

Comments:

  • 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

 

Ricky Kreklow

6’5 185 - SG/SF

Columbia MO, Rockbridge HS

Rivals: ***

Scout: *** (#31 SF)

ESPN: **** (#75 SG)

;ESPN Grade: 88

Comments:

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.

 

Matt Pressey

6’2 - SG

Dallas TX, Navarro Junior College

Rivals: No Ranking

Scout: **

ESPN: ****

ESPN Grade: 84

Comments:

  • “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

 

Kadeem Green

6’8 185 - PF

Charlotte NC, United Faith Christian Academy

Rivals: ***

Scout: *** (#38 PF)

ESPN: **** (#64 PF)

ESPN Grade: 89

Comments:

  • “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.”

-Scouts Inc.

 

Overall Class:

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

Comments:

  • “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

My Thoughts:

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.

 
Tough Weekend for Baseball in Lawrence E-mail
Written by Turkey Tom   
Sunday, 09 May 2010 19:30

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.

-Turkey

 
NBA Playoffs: Mizzou Style E-mail
Written by PRF   
Saturday, 08 May 2010 10:37

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.

 

Anthony Peeler:

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.

 

 
Facebook Friday E-mail
Written by Slim   
Thursday, 06 May 2010 22:42

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.

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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.

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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.

 
Tigerboard Comment of the Day 5/4 E-mail
Written by Slim   
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 22:06

kU fan: "Ratliffe would be the only one that could start on KU's team next year. But I cant even be positive on that."

Dad MU: "Why would Ratliffe want to play for an MVC team??"

- Well played Dad MU, well played.

 
Ranking the Top Athletic Schools of 2009-2010 E-mail
Written by Slim   
Monday, 03 May 2010 13:34

UPDATED 5/6: TEAMS 1-5

I love Mizzou baseball, softball, tennis, golf, etc as much as the next person. But let’s face it, an athletic department revolves around two sports: football and men’s basketball.

A lot of people were disappointed with Mizzou’s 8-5 football season. Some also thought the men’s basketball team could have done better than its 23-11 season. Maybe they are right. However, Mizzou is in a small minority of schools that not only fielded a bowl eligible football team, but also an NCAA tournament basketball team this season.

Last year, 25 schools achieved this feat. This year, only 21. Only 13 schools achieved both tasks in consecutive seasons. So of the schools who did both in the 2009-2010 season, who fared best? Based on season outcomes (bowl results and NCAA tournament results), which school had the best athletic program of 2009-2010? Allow me to tell you.

 

Mizzou's 8-5 football season might not have been something to cry about after all. (Photo from Columbia Tribune)

 

Here’s how it works:

Last year, I ranked the 25 qualifying teams completely subjectively. However, this year I thought I’d go John Hollinger on my rankings and try to add some objectivity to them. Here’s what I came up with.

1) To qualify, a school must have a football team that went to a bowl game AND a men’s basketball team that made the NCAA tournament.

2) Points were assigned based on what bowl game a team went to, whether they won or lost that game, and how deep the hoops team went in the NCAA tourney.

3) Bowl games were divided into tiers and assigned points that mirror the points assigned to reaching each round of the NCAA tournament.

4) Tiebreakers in the point systems were decided by regular season success, conference tournament results, and my own opinion.

 

 
We're Back E-mail
Written by Slim   
Saturday, 01 May 2010 23:27

First of all, we’re back. Well, “we’re,” kind of back. “We,” as in Mizzourahblog are back up and running. However, the site’s original writers that you came to know and love have moved on to bigger things. This site will still be the place to go for Mizzou sports news, random thoughts, and the occasional posting of Jessica Biel’s ass.

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Having said that, it’s time for my first post. To be honest I struggled with where to go with this one. It’s not exactly the most eventful time on the sports calendar so there were really no obvious choices. I considered weighing in on Big 11 expansion, but every blogger in the nation has already done that. Personally, I think there is a 95% chance Mizzou will not be in the Big 12 within the next 3 years and didn’t feel like writing 500 words to explain that. Then I considered a late wrap up of spring ball for the football team, but that would be exactly that: late.

As my writer’s block continued, I got a text from a friend. “Ricardo Ratliffe put up 29, 9, and 4 in the juco all star game. Man he’s going to be good.”

My response: “Can we start the 2010-2011 season already??” Once again my mind started racing with the possibilities for our hoops team in the upcoming years: Ratliffe beasting people down low, Kimmie and Marcus Denmon sniping threes, Phil Pressey and Mike Dixon setting up Tony Mitchell and Laurence Bowers for filthy dunks, a raucous Mizzou Arena, Big 12 titles….The writer’s block was over.

If you’ve followed Mizzou basketball recruiting even the slightest bit, you know that Missouri has a stacked class coming in for next season. The Tigers will be very young. Justin Safford will be the lone senior. Despite the youth, the sky is the limit for the Tigers. The upcoming season is still six months away, but if you’re not on the bandwagon already, it’s time to hop on.

 
So Long From Big Head E-mail
Written by Big Head   
Sunday, 03 January 2010 09:33

I feel like the dick having to turn the lights off at Cheers.

I've got to admit, when I started Mizzourah off 2 1/2 years ago, I had no clue how it would go. I pretty much started it off as a screw around project to kill some time while at work. I honestly can't believe how well it turned out, and how much it took off. The first person to tell me how much I sucked was a grandma in Boulder named Joan, who sent me a book on the Colorado program during their Katie Hnida suckage days. Joan was probably right, but there has been 100's of people since her that have told me how much I and this website blow. The funny thing is, those people had to actively read the website, because in most instances, they were quoting things I said days, weeks, months, and even a few years ago. I never thought that my personal likes, hates, dumbass quotes, thoughts, and the like would ever been taken so serious by the thousands of people that have come to Mizzourah.

I have had more fun than what I ever thought I would doing Mizzourah. There have been so many things that were close to happening that didn't, and those things that were so close were GREAT ideas by people associated with this thing. We had a couple of ex-Tigers ready to write and a certain Tiger going through the NFL Draft process that was going to keep a diary on Mizzourah of his workouts, what teams were telling him, and basically the entire process. I think that the fact that we never ran the piece still kind of pisses me off, but it wasn't to be. From what I got, the process is really a pain in the ass and people/teams are full of bullshit. We didn't run it because the player tossed a little too much info in and we were afraid of running it too close to the draft and if Team X was thinking about drafting him, maybe they re-think, and don't draft him. He really didn't sugarcoat anything, but probably ended up gettting picked by the right team, so I was happy for him. At least, he didn't get picked by the 20 or so teams he mentioned that are full of crap.

But the things we did run; wow. You, the reader, have been around to see them- AP writer Joe Davis getting clowned, Sleezy running into Chase Daniel's girlfriend outside the Alamo Bowl, Gilbert Moye's umm MySpace photos (you remember those), kUchebags, partying with Steven Blair's dad pre-Husker beatdown in '07, HMW holding down some live bloggage, J. Biel's ass, Victory Whiskey, Big 12 as Punch-Out Characters, writing a couple articles on Deadspin, hell, even Will Leitch hopping on for a few pieces. We had a great run. I'm sure you have your favorite post, and I imagine for Husker and kU fans, me predicting Mizzou wins in '09 and '08 respectively, are probably it.

I've enjoyed each and every email you have sent in, and even if we didn't agree, 98% of the conversations were at least done intelligently, and that can't be said for every site. I think that was the most fun for me.

I'd like to thank every consistent commenter, but that'd take up a lot of this post, so you know who you are. Props to the lurkers that never did comment. Props to the people that just Googled 'Jessica Biel Ass' and found us.

I love you all. No homo.

Now, I stole Hat's wallet, so let's put a round of Victory Whiskey on his, errr, the corporate credit card.

MIZZOURAH.

Oh, and we still never heard from Joe Davis' lawyers.

 
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