Embrace The Gold
SAN ANTONIO -- Today I realized the major advantage of rooting for a college team over a pro team.
Sas pointed it out as we were lamenting (and by lamenting I mean "cursing Mets GM Omar Minaya") the trade that sent precocious young outfielder Lastings Milledge from our beloved Mets to the Nationals for the uninspiring combination of Brian Schneider and Ryan Church.
As my colleague and friend reasoned, college fans don't have to worry about their team making stupid trades, because it isn't allowed.
Score one for college sports!
Can you imagine how Missouri fans would react if the Tigers traded freshman sensation Jeremy Maclin for Oklahoma junior wide receiver Manuel Johnson? This is nothing against Johnson, who is a solid receiver, but you can understand why Mizzou fans would be furious. That's how Mets fans feel today.
Fortunately for Tiger fans, they never have to worry about this scenario.
Don't worry, I am not going to use this entire space to rant about the Mets, this is a happy day for most folks in the River City. That's because we're one day away from the Big 12 title game, and fans of both OU and Mizzou have descended upon the home of the NBA champs.
We'll give you one guess as to the sponsor of the Big 12 championship.
I always enjoy the day before neutral site games because you get a good mix of both sets of fans, and all of them are in a good mood because they think they're going to win. This element is particularly prevalent at multi-team events like the College World Series, and it makes for an energetic atmosphere.
What was most noticeable as we strolled around San Antonio's famous Riverwalk is that OU fans seemed to outnumber Mizzou fans by a wide margin. We caught up with some of them to talk about recent comments from Mizzou players that the Tigers away the game in their only loss of the season, which was to the Sooners. As you might imagine, OU fans don't really see it that way. Check it out for yourself in "Riverwalk Trash Talk."
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Out of fear of alienating either fan base, this Riverwalk bakery decided to keep their display case neutral.
I wasn't thinking about the game when I dressed this morning, and I tossed on a bright yellow shirt. The problem is that everyone I crossed paths with thought I was a Mizzou fan. Since the Tiger faithful were so outnumbered, I got a hopeful look from everyone wearing Tiger colors, but they ended up disappointed when they got closer and realized it was a Wichita State shirt.
This brings me to a beef I have with Mizzou. Their color is gold, yet most Tigers gear I have seen that isn't black, is yellow. I don't get this. Missouri gold is not only unique, but it's sleek. I'm not sure why the school isn't doing a better job of embracing the gold as their official color.
I've heard some Missouri folks complain that their often confused with Michigan, but when your "M" is identical and you're wearing yellow, it's a natural mistake. And with all due respect, Michigan is far more well-known when it comes to sports.
So, to sum up today's post.
1. Omar Minaya is in Going Big's doghouse right now.
2. Neutral site games are awesome.
3. Missouri needs to embrace the gold.