Friday night was obviously Halloween, and my two nieces and two nephews stayed the night. I knew with it being busy I wouldn't get much done, so the most I hoped for was a good night's sleep. I got a few hours so I was happy. I was able to bid on a few things on Listia, which most I won, and once I get them I will show them off. I also got to watch The Muppets Movie more times than I planned. Though I like the movie, so it was fine.
I'll skip Saturday for now, and tell you about Sunday. Daylight savings didn't effect me because I was still awake during the hour you fall back, so I didn't get extra sleep that way. When I finally fell asleep I got solid sleep. So much that I missed most of the first half of the Chiefs game. I did see the equivalent of a full game (would have been more if the Rams QB started the game better), and got to see some NASCAR including an interesting post race which racers got into a fight. Can't wait for the suspensions, but since Jeff Gordon was involved, punishments won't be too harsh.
|The Kentucky Wildcat busses.|
|I try to take one moon shot each game if the moon is out.|
|Nice view of the Stadium and the makeshift Team Store.|
|The view of the Tiger Tailgate as we were heading to the Stadium across the street. I got to say hi to my friend Beazl too.|
After the tailgate, we made our way inside the stadium who was just getting ready to open the gates. When we go we generally get there as gates open as we hate how a lot of people wait until the last minute to get their seats. For this game, I didn't have a ticket in the same spot as my friends, as I had a hill ticket. A hill ticket is basically general admission, and first come first served on seating. It usually gets crowded quick so if you want a good spot you have to get there when gates open.
|A nice view of the hill and the rock M. I stood along the wall at the bottom the whole game.|
|Big MO, it was (maybe still is) the largest drum in the World.|
|The Helmet Car. I forgot the official name.|
|The newly renamed MIZZOU-KA!|
|The Missou firetruck aka Truman's Taxi.|
I think I enjoy the atmosphere of the game itself more than the game sometimes. This game wasn't the greatest, and if I just wanted to watch the game, I could watch it on TV, but its the atmosphere that really makes the game come alive. The attendance was a bit short of people's expectations, but there were 62,004 fans at the game, which I think is great. While I wish every game is a sell-out, I don't think too many can complain about that. The only complaints I might have had were the TV timeouts, which didn't seem too bad this game, and the temperature. I expected it to be cold as the game was ending, so I was prepared. I was feeling chilled earlier in the week, so I was worried I would be sick for the game, but I felt pretty good.
|The third person on the left is Marcus James. The 7th from left (in yellow) is Ben Askren.|
|Former Missouri Tiger and current Carolina Panther, IT'S KONY EALY!|
One thing Mizzou does well, maybe other places do to, I can't say, is they manage to fill time in-between the action. Every timeout they generally honor people on the jumbo and the field. The top photo was to honor former student DA's or something (I honestly forgot). I hear of three of the people they announced. The first was former Missouri Running Back Marcus James. Marcus didn't play a lot, but was a Tiger during the early 2000's. I got to know him a few years ago while he played for an indoor football team nearby (I'll blog about that some other time). Known as Superman, James still holds a record or two despite having minimal playing time. Another name I heard of was Neville Miller. People outside the Columbia, Missouri area may not know the name but I know him best as a weatherman. While at Mizzou he competed in Track & Field and after he graduated served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Track team for a couple years. He even qualified for the 2008 Olympic trials. It looks like today he is a meteorologist for KMBC, the ABC affiliate for Kansas City, The third name I heard of was Ben Askren. Ben was an All-American wrestler for Mizzou and eventually made his way into MMA. I believe he is undefeated in MMA, but while he should be in the UFC, has most notable competed in Bellator.
The second photo is of Kony Ealy. Kony is probably only behind only James Franklin as my favorite players I have met. I expect big things from him in the NFL, and won't be surprised when people start to take notice of him. This week I was able to win a couple cards of him off Listia pretty cheap.
|I think the card on the right is my first one of him as a Panther.|
This week was a sad for the Missouri Tigers family, as John Kadlec passed away. Known to Mizzou fans as Mr. Mizzou, Kaddy done literally everything at Mizzou at one point or another. I remember him most as the color analyst for the football games, but he did everything from being assistant coach to broadcaster, to ambassador to the school. Someone mentioned he was the only person at Mizzou to have a lifetime contract. The practice fields for the football team were long ago named for him, and before the game, they made a video package for him, observed a moment of silence, and even had Mr. Mizzou painted on the sidelines for the game.
Another advantage I had at the spot I was at besides being close to the action (and losing hearing due to the firetruck blaring and the Mizzou-ka popping off) was I got to talk to a couple people. One I didn't talk to per se, but got a high five from him. It was Truman the Tiger. Truman has won multiple College Mascot of the Year awards, and might be most remembered in recent years for dropping the glass trophy of a Bowl game a few years ago. A long line of people have been under the costume, including Dan Meers who is also known as KC Wolf! The other person I got to shake hands with R. Bowen Loftin. He is the new chancellor of Mizzou after Brady Deaton vacated the position. Loftin is known for his bowtie, even going by BOWTIEger on twitter. He is very approachable, and was very nice. He walked around the stadium shaking people's hands thanking them for coming.
In the end, Missouri came out with the win, and in the process Shane Ray set the new team record for sacks in a season with 12, and has an eye on the SEC record. I can't complain with that outcome.
I also got some free stuff before the game like this koozie, a pair of sunglasses, and a sign for the game. I like the free loot they pass out before the game.
All in all I don't think I could have asked for a better day. The only thing I might have wanted was to see one of the players on Kentucky play. One of the reasons I went was to see Steven Borden play. He is a tight end for the Wildcats, and was listed as a starter. I never saw him play once, and might have only caught a glimpse of him once on the sidelines. The reason I wanted to see him so bad wasn't because I was a huge fan of his, to be honest, I've never seen him play. The reason I wanted to see him play was because I am a huge fan of his dad. His father Steve, is a little bit of a celebrity. He appeared in the movie Ready To Rumble. Alright, he's more famous than that. Steve Borden is a professional wrestler known as... STING! STING'S SON PLAYS FOR KENTUCKY! I have been a huge fan of Sting since probably the 80's. Since I never got to see him wrestle live, the next best thing would be to see his son play football. Oh well, I still got to see my team win, and had a blast from the moment we left to go to the game, through the adventure of finding a restaurant that wasn't crowded post-game (we decided on Freddy's) until the time we got home, so I can't complain one bit.
|How about a shot of the game! This was the opening kickoff, Marcus Murphy with the run back.|
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this today, and enjoyed the pictures I posted. As I stated before, I take a lot of pictures, so if I am out of ideas one day, I might post more of these pics on another post.
|Mizzou Arena from the backside of Memorial Stadium.|
|Stuff from the game, the hill ticket was my ticket.|
I have a couple packages I got in the mail last week to show off this week and a few Listia wins and other surprises. Since baseball season is over, I won't be posting as much Royals stuff as frequently, but will have a good amount of stuff to showcase. I will start posting more Mizzou, Chiefs, and other random stuff, besides packages and Listian wins and such. I don't think you will be too disappointed.
Thank you for reading and have a great night.