Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Touch, the Feel of Cotton ...

... the fabric of our lives. (Or so the old jingle goes.)

Truman the Tiger Says His Cotton Field is No. 1

Too bad it's also the consolation prize for being ranked #1 in the nation and losing your conference championship game to a very good opponent.

Seriously, how bad do you have to feel if you're a fan of the Mizzou Tigers? Your team rattles off one of the best seasons in your school's history, your QB is up for serious consideration for the Heisman trophy, and your team gets a chance to play on the final weekend with a chance to go to the national championship game.

Instead, your team loses in the conference championship game, the national title dreams are dashed, and your QB will be providing the clap track for Tim Tebow as he is crowned Mr. Heisman at the Downtown Athletic Club in a few short weeks.

Oh, and just to add insult to injury, your team drops from first to sixth in the BCS standings. You somehow get leapfrogged by your hated rival, the Kansas Jayhawks, who were idle last week and finished the season two spots below you in the BCS. They'll be heading to the BCS bowl party in your place.

And if that wasn't bad enough, your other big rival, Illinois, gets to go to the Rose Bowl by virtue of finishing as the next best team to Ohio State, who backdoored their way into the national title game.

Just in case you are keeping score at home, Mizzou beat both Kansas and Illinois this year - in pretty convincing fashion, no less.

So while their less deserving rivals head off to the BCS, Mizzou goes to Dallas, TX to play four-loss Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.

Said Mizzou TE Martin Rucker in an interview with the Kansas City Star, "I don't know about this whole (BCS) system and how it works. I don't think it does."

Understatement of the year Martin. Understatement of the year.

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