Mizzou kicked off its SEC membership in their first ever SEC media day on Tuesday. The Tigers definitely made a few headlines at the event.
For starters, Mizzou did a good job with their consistent effort to not enter the SEC with a gag and leash on, unlike their counterparts Texas A&M (the real video was taken down due to absurd limp wristity). Pinkel made a point to say that the Big 12 is a very good football conference (which it is, and still will be) and how they weren’t exactly unprepared for the SEC teams. I think a lot of SEC media members were a little surprised that Pinkel didn’t write an essay on why the SEC is the best conference in the whole world. It was nice to see the head coach be polite, but not exactly hit his gag reflex on the proverbial SEC boner that everyone south of the Mason Dixon Line has. Hell, I’m starting to get a chub myself to be honest.
However, Pinkel made quite the Stinkel at the end of his day. He was addressed about the Joe Paterno saga. Let’s just say Gary fucked up. Pinkel said in a drawn out way that we “can’t take away the greatness from the man” and that “If Joe could do it over again, he would”. Now look. I understand that there are some old school white guys like Gary that are still all in on the nostalgic JoePa legacy. That’s fine, I guess, but if you really do feel that way, keep it to yourself. For that matter, Pinkel shouldn’t discuss those issues while representing the University of Missouri. When asked a question like that, Pinkel should have said what every other coach has said, “It is a tragedy what has happened at Penn State, and I have so much sympathy for the families involved and the Paterno family. Hopefully that community can work to mend this tragedy.” Was that so hard? Pinkel made the front page of ESPN’s college football page just for hinting at the idea of empathizing with JoePa. As a Mizzou fan, I am pretty upset with Gary as well. Not so much for him thinking the way he does, but for him being dumb enough to say what he said while the wound is still so fresh.
That’s enough on that topic. Matters of the heart and premature sexual encounters are topics best covered tenderly by our own Bill Maplewood. Let’s just say Bill has seen his fair share of locker rooms, and I’m not just talking about his new Mickey Rooney schlong club on the Kansas side.
Without much surprise to Mizzou fans, T.J. Moe made quite an impression on the southern boys. By the way, when listening to the audio, for some reason, I picture all of the SEC journalists being portly fellas with loose fitting button down shirts. Naturally, in my mind, they are sweating profusely, and dabbing at each bead of sweat with a monogrammed handkerchief. Needless to say, T.J.’s bluntness put the good ol boys out of their comfort zone. They didn’t quite understand what T.J. meant when he said that some teams in the SEC were just “average”.
T.J. went on to say that the Big 12 puts their best athletes on offense while the SEC puts theirs on defense. Honestly, that makes a ton of sense, and I never really thought about it that way. Well, this did not sit well with the fellers’, because they assumed the best athletes period were on both sides of the ball in the SEC. Moe ruffled feathers throughout his conference while still being playful and funny as he always has. He also spent a good amount of time talking about, err, sucking off DGB and just came short of a face full of DGB love goo if a reporter had not changed the subject (can’t say I haven’t had my own close encounters…). He even got a standing ovation after his segment. Pretty ridiculous.
Some media outlets followed the day by saying that the Tigers might be just a little too confident. They went on to say that the Tigers are in for a rude awakening. The way I see it, what is the point of kissing ass at this stage in the game. The honeymoon is over, and now it is time to want to hate everybody in your conference. The point is to win isn’t it? Why should Mizzou continue to kiss ass? If they are supposed to try to win the conference, shouldn’t they act like it? I like the attitude they brought. You have to play with confidence in football. I wouldn’t want Mizzou to be like Texas A&M and play the politically correct pussy card.
It’s go time for Tiger fans. It is time to become the die-hards that it takes to handle this kind of league. As we have for our entire lifetime, we are going to have to play and cheer like we have a chip on our shoulder, because God knows we do.