Monday, December 14, 2009

Come Monday...Unbeaten Missori State

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about, websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time. Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.” This is subject to change, however. In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while. For rants promote change, and change can be good—right? Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

Last Saturday (12/12), the Missori State Bears traveled down to [Jonesboro, AR] and defeated the [Arkansas State Red Wolves] 75-64 in a men’s basketball game to [remain unbeaten] so far this season. Of course, it was actually the [Missouri State Bears] from [Springfield, MO] who made the trip, but you sure couldn’t tell it from their road uniforms. For Missouri was spelled Missori.

Aside from the obvious being how it was possible for a university to take possession of uniforms with its name misspelled, a question about just how many uniforms the mens basketball team has also came to mind. After all, since there was no mention of the name being misspelled on their uniforms when they went down to [Little Rock, AR] and beat [Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR)] 75-62 December 2nd, I assumed that they had more than one set of road uniforms, which does make some sense. For if a team takes off on a long road trip that includes several different games, it might become problematic to secure a facility to get their uniforms washed before each game. There is also the possibility of a uniform getting torn, or even swiped by some overly-enthusiastically co-ed (I hope) during a post-game celebration and/or consolation.

Nonetheless, while musing about all of that, the [University of Oregon Ducks] football team came charging through to send the peace I had made with Missouri State having more than one set of road uniforms diving for cover. For they have sported no less than [five different color combinations] just this season alone, and all of these cost a fair amount of money—right? I mean, with our education institutions supposedly being so underfunded, how can they afford to purchase so many different uniforms sets (complete with matching helmets, of course)?

Okay, maybe I am missing something. For it may very well be that the revenue generated from licensing fees for replica jerseys more than pay for the real ones, but…

Still (and somewhat on the same subject), how can [Brentwood High School] justify traveling down to [Clever, MO] to play the [Blue Jays] in a boy’s high school basketball game last week? You see, [Brentwood, MO] is located in the western suburbs of [St. Louis, MO], which is around 200 miles northwest of Clever and had to cost a pretty penny or two to bus, feed and whatever the team after it was all said and done.

Now, I can see where traveling a long distance to play in a prestigious tournament could be of great benefit to all concerned. For that would give the players some exposure to college scouts, and put the town where the school is located on the map (so to speak) to those who were not already familiar with it. In fact, [Bass Pro Shops] sponsors the really big-time boys basketball [Tournament of Champions] here in Springfield, and this years (January 14-16, 2010) field will have the [Alpharetta (GA) Milton Eagles], [St. Louis (MO) Chaminade Flyers], [Weston (FL) Sagemont Lions], [Charlotte (NC) United Faith Christian Academy Falcons], [Memphis (TN) White Station Spartans] and [Middle Village (NY) Christ the King Royals], along with two Springfield schools, which are the [Hillcrest Hornets] and the [Kickapoo Chiefs].

However, the Brentwood Eagles traveling around 200 miles to play the Clever Blue Jays in a regular game is not even close to being anything big-time, but it does help to provide an answer when my wife starts screaming about what the schools are doing with all of the money every time she hears about another possible property tax hike before the ink has dried on the last one that was passed. So, I suppose I should be more thankful that Brentwood scheduled the game.

Please, do not get me wrong. I am a big supporter of both high school and college athletics. For I get it that a winning program makes the skies bluer and the food taste so much better for everyone around, but some common-sense must apply somewhere. Of course, since that was dropped from most curriculums some years back, we may be seeing just beginning of the idiocy.

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  1. Heh. Yeah, thanks for reminding me how Missouri State has toppled two Arkansas schools this season.

    As for Oregon, it's a hoot they've got so many color combinations and they pretty much all look garish...

  2. I'm not much of a sport follower, just never could get in to it

  3. Considering the fact that my Dallas Cowboys are self-destructing again, I wish I was not as much into sports as I am. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!!

  4. Whoa, it has been a long, long time since I've heard anything out of you, my dear TNS Hawg. As in regards to Missouri State, they are still SMS (Southwest Missouri State) to me and my wife, and the only school that really counts is Mizzou, anyway. The same goes for the Razorbacks being the only Arkansas school that really counts to me. Now, Oregon did tone it down somewhat this year, but five different uniforms is just too much to keep up with. I wonder how many times one of their players was not sure if he was tackling the right person? Anyway, thanks for stopping by again!!!

    By the way, my high school alma mater won the Missouri State 3A Football Championship for the second year in a row. Since we were usually just over a .500 team when I was at Cassville in the 70's, it is quite a shock to see them reach such great heights. Alas, I am sure it will be over as soon as a bigger school with enough money lures the coach they now have away.

  5. Basketball was only invented to make tennis look interesting.
    It failed!
    Both are boring!

  6. Yes, I suppose it would be to someone who loves watching grown men in really short pants licking a ball back and forth to each other. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Adullamite!!!

  7. whats up everyone

    Just saying hello while I read through the posts

    hopefully this is just what im looking for looks like i have a lot to read.

  8. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Anonymous. I hope you find something interesting.

  9. Buenas noches

    It is my first post here wanted to say hi


  10. Muy bien, my dear Anonymous. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Howdy

    It is my first time here. I just wanted to say hi!

  12. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Anonymous.


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