For Missouri sports fans there is a strong case to be made that the combination of events this past weekend constituted the perfect shit storm. The immediate emotional impact might be comparable to a certain event last decade, though there shouldn't be lasting collateral damage on par with the last event. In no particular order the events are as follows.
First Missouri Football lost to a perennial doormat from the B1G, effectively crippling Mizzou's chances at an interesting post season.1 Sure, if Mizzou and Indiana both win out the rest of their schedules this situation may change, but after last year's run it is disappointing to see the meaningful part of the season end so early. A few aggravating factors contribute to the trauma2 of this loss.
- The way Tevin Coleman completely evaded the Missouri defense the horror last year when Tre Mason and the Auburn Tigers induced the collapse of the Mizzou defense in the SEC Championship game last year. When Tevin Coleman collapsed after scoring a touch down, there was great relief that he might not be coming back before the game ended. He was hooked up to supplemental oxygen and sat out the entire second quarter. Shots that panned over the stadium clearly showed the complex of hospitals right across the fucking street. But no, after halftime the son of a bitch who appeared earlier to be lucky if he would ever recover his cognitive function emerged from the locker room suited up and continued his reign of terror.
- Watching the home team's defense be completely powerless against a guy who nearly finished the game in a coma is just humiliating.
- The bright spot in Mizzou's offense was the Maty Mauk was great. This was overshadowed by the fact the center was incapable of cleanly snapping the ball to save his life. Maty Mauk executed astounding feats of athleticism simply to recover the ball after it was snapped usually leaving him no time to make a play. He also got hit hard too often as a result. It will be a miracle if he survives the season physically intact.
- The final score was close and one Indiana drive which ended with a touchdown would have ended much sooner if it wasn't for a fat guy drawing a substitution penalty for not getting off the field before the next play started. Of the many moments that could have influenced the outcome of the game, this one just seems to embody the disappointment.
Next is the literal shit show happening in the St Louis Cardinal Clubhouse. With a narrow lead in the division race diarrhea beginning to keep key players out of games. On Saturday it was just two players. Sunday it was up to 10 players. Literal shit and a failure of hand washing could lead to a collapse this last week of the season.
Then there are the Rams, an NFL team which most people in St Louis would be pretty cool with seeing leave. It isn't merely that the Rams are bad. The local Hockey team managed to sell tickets when they went through rough stretches. It's that at an organizational level decisions are constantly made which sets off all kinds of alarm bells of a sort that don't make you worry that they'll leave, but that their staying might be the more horrifying outcome. All they did on the football field was squander a substantial early lead only to lose narrowly to the Cowboys. You know the exact sort of thing an affinity scammer like Butterfly Labs or Lockheed Martin does when they almost do something, but promise to actually do something if only you give them a little more.
- An interesting artifact of College football having so many teams and such a short schedule is that an undefeated season is the only way to come close a a guarantee of a National Championship berth. Sure one loss teams frequently play in the championship game, but generally the loss has to be to a credible contender and the wins have to be against impressive teams. Given how uncommon undefeated seasons are the championship contenders are usually decided by which one loss team has the least bad loss in a spectacularly byzantine process. Even with the championship expanding from a single game to a four team playoff this year the dynamics of the system are largely staying the same. [↩]
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