Archive for the ‘University of Missouri Sports’ Category

Simulcast blog:  ScottA1A.wordpress.com is going to take the place of this blog.  Reason being, I needed a fresh start for the new goals I’m putting in place for it.  Not only with the same meaningless information be posted here, but also too will be artwork ranging from charcoal sketches to digitial prints on canvas.   Until I make the clean cut, the same posts will show up in both blogs.   Point your browsers to the new site!!

At this current client I’m assigned, working on Fridays is quite enjoyable.  In fact, it’s almost like a social event, with more deskside conversations going on than anything.  There are a mix of folks who don’t work on Fridays as they work more hours Mon-Thur, some take off Fridays and due to those factors, few impactful meetings are planned.  Generally I come in early, watch the Key West Lou Legal Hour on Konk Broadcasting at 10am EST (9am CST), make my rounds to some folks to find out the latest status’ on their projects or issues they are realizing and then off to lunch.  Almost every day lunch consists of a protein shake for me.  I try to eat small but fortified throughout the day.  Breakfast follows my morning Insanity workout and I am a tried and true oatmeal consumer.  I like to arrive home in the late afternoons with about 1200 of my alloted 1700 calories available.

So this weekend, my smokin’ hot wife and I are headed to our favorite restaurant in St. Louis, Iron Barley.  A few years ago, Food Network star Guy Fieri made a stop by this dumpy sort of high-class restaurant for his Diners,  Drive-Ins & Dives show and ever since then, getting a table has been about a two-beer wait.  Small, mismatched and just not too concerned with the decor, Iron Barley owner Tom Coghill has created a treasure in South City St. Louis.  The best dinner we’ve ever had anywhere and a description will be available tomorrow.  Beer of choice will be Cathedral Brewing’s Belgian Abbey Ale, which is hoppy, rich and tasty!

Then, tomorrow we head to Columbia, MO, home of the University of Missouri, to just mess around.  We love going to our favorite pizza place, Shakespeare’s (voted best college hangout by ABC News!) to chow down on some of the best pizza we’ve ever had.  Nothing really special about it, just a nice, tasty, chewy crust and some flavor-popping toppings.   Great beer selections also help out, although I like to start my time at Shakespeare’s with a 24-oz Pabst Blue Ribbon.  If you haven’t tried it in some time, you should, they’ve gone back to their original recipe and it is exceptional!!  Also, you will begin to see more creative commericals from Pabst Brewing as they just hired away one of the top marketing executives who used to work at Anheuser-Busch.   I believe Pabst will make a run at ecclectic, amusing and provacative ad campaigns very soon.

Be sure to check out Key West Lou coming right up in a few minutes!

Cheers!

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And that reflects more on last night’s Mizzou win over Kansas in Columbia!  What a game, one for the ages, with Missouri coming back from an 8pt deficit with only three minutes remaining.   I have to believe, after seeing the KU bench celebrating so much, that the Jayhawks thought they’d wrapped up the game being up so much with so few minutes left to play.  Kansas coach Bill Self, who is probably the whiniest coach in D1, outdid himself by almost throwing a kicking and screaming fit on the sidelines.  He was so red faced that I thought I’d see the dude stroke out right there.  Not sure what his problem is, but he really ought to grow up if he wants to be taken seriously.

Anyway, the comeback, the big shots and the tough defense gave Mizzou a 74-71 win in what looks to be the last time KU will be in Columbia after their 108 year rivalry.  Since Missouri is moving to the SEC and Kansas didn’t get invited, they are going to take their ball and play the likes of Pittsburgh St., UMKC, Missouri  Southern and others to ensure they don’t have to schedule Missouri anymore.  Fine with me, they can whither on the vine in the Big 12 while Mizzou enters life with the big boys.

In honor of the 46th Super Bowl, here’s a shot of Super Bowl 1, Green Bay v. Kansas City.  Tickets went for $9 and the game wasn’t even close to a sellout!  Green Bay won 35-10 with QB Bart Starr throwing for 252 yards and being named MVP of the game.  Here’s a shot of what it looked like from the Los Angeles Coliseum:

Super Bowl 1 in 1967....very little hoopla!

The way we watched the Super Bowl all changed in the late 70s, 1978 to be exact.  Up until that year, all Super Bowls were played during the day.  In 1978, the NFL decided to start later on those Sundays and the late-afternoon/early-evening Super Bowls were born.  The hype and build up to these games continued to roll through the 80s and the glamour teams of Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Dallas and New England all contributed to the increased fervor over the game.  Amazing what it’s become with game tickets this year in Indianapolis going for $3200/each.  Ouch.  I’ve actually got a better seat in front of my 55inch Sony, so I’ll enjoy it in the comfort of my leather couch!

Today’s Super Bowl menu is as follows:

Lemon Ricotta Cookies –  Grilled Chicken Wings in Smoky BBQ sauce (also in classic Buffalo-style)  –  S’Mores Pizza  –  Chocolate Quesadillas  –  Sweet & Sour Swedish Meatballs  –  Fried Mozzerella Sticks –  Jalepeno Poppers  –  White Cheddar Popcorn

Top that off with a nice Maker’s Mark w/Coke and we’re set for a game!

My pick for today is Giants over Pats 28-26.   Why?  Well, all year long the New England defense has been suspect and has given up mucho yards and points.  I do not believe they can flip a switch and turn it on without the players to do so.  With a less-effective defense, they will have extreme difficulty stopping the Giants offense.   We’ll be rooting for the New York Football Giants with gusto today!

Enjoy the game and your Sunday, Cats!

February 1st generally only gets big-time buzz in one circle of society and that is college athletics.  Wednesday is National Signing Day for high school athletes to declare and sign a letter stating where they will go to school and participate in their selected sport.  College coach’s lifeblood is recruiting, without it they have no job.  It’s a cutthroat, down and dirty business and in the SEC (the big-boy conference), the recruiting game is played at the lowest and dirtiest level possible.  There is so much “incentive” discussed and delivered during this week that I don’t understand why the NCAA just doesn’t accept it and work to manage it a bit.

Former Alabama head football coach Paul Bryant was one of the ‘founding fathers’ of dirty recruiting.  He would pay players with suitcases full of cash, would ensure a kid’s parents had a good house or car to call their own, would make arrangements through affluent alumi/boosters for jobs to be arranged for a player’s relatives, etc..  If it was illegal and would ensure Bryant would get his players, it was done.  That’s what SEC football recruiting is all about.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, you can cry and whine and say it doesn’t happen, but I know for a fact it does, so save your “not us” lies.  Alabama is called “The Mother Lode” in college recruiting circles for a reason, hence this is why they are anticipating about 15 of the top 150 football players to head to their campus.  Only rarely do you hear about Nick Saban and his ‘boys’ be accused of cheating or illegal recruiting enticements and that’s the way business is done in college sports today, especially football.

So tomorrow, many teams will make their mark, many players will put forth their signature and commit to a university to pursue their dream of being a professional athlete.  The University of Missouri is hoping to land the top wide receiver in the country, 6’6″ 256lb Dorial  Green-Beckham.  He is the new style of WR/TE hybrid that cause matchup problems galore.  His speed, 4.4/40, his size and his basketball skills will be a nightmare for college linebackers and safeties to cover.  I hope he signs with Mizzou, he’s the big fish that they need….and one that Alabama can’t buy!!

67 degrees in St. Louis yesterday and 65 today!  What winter??

If you are interested in seeing a guy with great musical talent, you need to check out this video.  I’ve never heard of him before but evidently he has a few videos out on YouTube.  This one is from one of my favorite rock bands of all time, Queen.   Enjoy!  http://t.co/6gtKzDfJ

 

Later Cats!

 

The NFL division championships were held over the past weekend and out of those came our two Super Bowl participants, the New York Football Giants and Boston Patriots.  A rematch of the game held four years ago when the Patties were undefeated and thought they were a shoe-in for the Lombardi Trophy.

This year, they come in with one of their worst defenses Bill Belichick has ever had.  They have more holes than a hobo’s shoes.  Good passing teams can pick them apart, good running teams can gash them.  Fortunately for the Pats, they faced two offensively-challenged teams in the AFC playoffs.  I’m a Tom Coughlin fan, an Eli Manning fan, a Justin Tuck fan and a Victor Cruz fan and am looking for a solid Giants win on February 5th.

I got a little backlash from some folks regarding my State of the Union comments.  I find it odd how there are those in our society who fundamentally oppose President Obama just because they feel like they’re supposed to.  I mention the fact an attitude of collaboration, of teamwork, of cooperation should be a prerequisite for election to a governmental office.  Being inflexible, sticking to your party’s line and purposely being a roadblock to initiatives that are for the common good of America is pathetic and feeble minded.  I say “PISS ON YOU” to congress people who take that defiant stance.  It’s crap and if moderation, compromise and give and take is not acceptable to you, then enjoy the gridlock we currently have.  Nothing will get better as long as we have dimwits who think “all we have to do is get rid of Obama”.  Just over three years ago we had another party in office and they are the ones responsible for the mess we’re currently in, so don’t automatically assume getting rid of the current administration will make a dent in pile George W. left us with.

Mizzou basketball got knocked off in Stillwater, OK last night.  Ridiculous loss, they once again lapsed back into the Mike Anderson style of play and discipline and defense were afterthoughts.  Coach Frank Haith was ripping the boys, but to no avail, they played as though they were entitled to a win.    Mizzou will drop to about 5 or 6 next week based on their lazy play.

Getting my golf swing and the associated body parts ready to begin the preseason regime.  Flexibility, body turn, shoulder stretching and core work are vital to a good, consistent swing.   Everything falls into place once those are good.  Starting now should have me ready for April when we can get out and play regularly.

No video today, call me lazy like the Mizzou ballers!

Later Cats!