Good stuff on a beautiful day
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:02:42 GMT —
COLUMBIA --- This was certainly a nice change of pace.
The Missouri sports talk on this day wasn't about arrests of athletes, suspensions of athletes, the dismissal of athletes, the sad investigation of the suicide of an athlete, or a coach running a program into the ground and then jumping ship.
To be Frank, enough's enough.
The only thing MU hasn't given us in recent weeks is the discovery of a sex tape featuring Truman and other mascots.
The Missouri sports talk on Saturday was actually about a game being played by athletes with a ball.
Okay, it was just a spring football game, but still ...
Tigers Two, a team made up of reserves, was given a 14-0 lead to start the scrimmage, fell behind 20-14 to Mizzou One, but scored a touchdown in the closing seconds on an 80-yard scamper by freshman quarterback Marvin Zanders to pull out a 21-20 win at Faurot Field.
Numbers to enjoy ... and not mug-shot numbers.
Sophomore quarterback Maty Mauk directed Mizzou One, completing 11-of-15 passes for 129 yards and also rushing for a touchdown.
"He is a lot better player than he was before, and he was pretty good last year," Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said. "I think for quarterbacks, things slow down the more experience you get because you see more.
"He is a great competitor, he has a lot of confidence and is a great leader. We are very fortunate to have a young player of his caliber."
The game's other touchdown was a 93-yard pass, catch and run from Trent Hosick to Eric Laurent, while Andrew Baggett kicked field goals of 30 and 21 yards.
The band was there, along with the cheerleaders, Golden Girls and a fully-clothed Truman.
Good stuff on a beautiful day.
"It was just nice to come out here and show the fans what we've been working on and let the people see us in action," sophomore wide receiver Levi Copelin said.
There were 20 or so former Tigers on hand, including quarterback Chase Daniel, who's entering his second season with the Kansas City Chiefs after spending four seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
The Chiefs made the playoffs last year for just the second time in seven years, but they still haven't won a playoff game since 1993 --- a string of seven straight losses, an NFL record.
"We start on Monday getting back to work ... we're just taking a one step at a time, one day at a time, approach," Daniel said. "We're excited about the opportunity at hand.
"It's good to have an offseason under our belts. Everyone knows coach (Andy) Reid now, everyone knows the offense, everyone knows the defense, so it's an exciting time to go out there and just play."
Another former player was on hand, and he's perhaps the biggest sports-newsmaker in school history.
He received the biggest ovation, easily, when all the former players were announced.
"I love Mizzou; it's an awesome place, it's home," Sam said with a smile as big as the rock M on the hill. "I'm a Tiger for life."
If you haven't been paying attention or you've been living under the rock M, Sam --- last season's SEC Defensive Player of the Year --- announced he was gay in February.
That would be a first for a likely NFL player who's still active.
"I could only control what I could control," Sam said. "But there's been a lot of positive from all over the nation, all over the world, really, and especially here at Mizzou. It's been awesome.
"But this is new generation, you should hopefully expect it."
Sam said he's received support from all corners, including those in the NFL.
"The guys at the combine, the guys at the Senior Bowl, they respect me, I respect them and they've wished me nothing but the best," he said.
"I expect good things to come. I don't know where I'm going to go, but I guess we'll find out soon."
Here's wishing Michael Sam nothing but the best. He deserves it.
And after the last few weeks, so do Tiger fans.