I was doing pretty well with the weekly reports, but it's been really busy for me the last couple weeks. In case there's anyone reading this who doesn't know, Tiger Fan is also a Bear Law Student (Washington University) and finals are just around the corner. Anyway, a couple real quick thoughts on Mizzou sports not related to Mike Anderson or the administration:
-I'm still trying to figure out the baseball team. After a rough early reason, they went 5-1 to start Big XII play (including a sweep of TAMU in College Station) and they did it without Max Scherzer (he's nursing a strained bicep and is expected to pitch Saturday). I figured they had finally turned the corner. Then, last night, they lost to a terrible SEMO team, 3-2. Hopefully, that was just a slip-up because they need to bring their A-game this weekend against kU because 1) it's kU and we should always beat them, 2) we really need the Border War points and 3) stealing another road series in Big XII play would be huge. Will it happen? That remains to be seen. Either way, Tiger fans should hope Andy Van Slyke is there to watch his son again this year... 'cause you know how much he loves hecklers.
-I'd be remisced if I didn't mention that our boy Ben Askren (who was once in Russian History with Tiger Fan) earned the Hodge Trophy, which is essentially the Heisman of college wrestling... so congrats to Ben.
-It's still a week away (Saturday, April 8), but we're closing in on put-up or shut-up time for the Mizzou gymnastics team. The girls have been getting better and better as a team over the last few years, but they've never made it to the national championships as a unit. They will be the No. 3 seed in Georgia for the Southeast Regional, with the top two teams going on to the national finals. The teams seeded ahead of them are perennial power Georgia (who boasts former Olympian Courtney Kupets) and conference foe Nebraska, who the Tigers almost beat earlier this year. If Mizzou wants to be considered among the nation's top gymnastics programs, now is the time to prove it!