Beau November 9th, 2008
Cold and crisp this weekend, just perfect for watching football. The boy and I drove up to the Mizzou Tigers game against K-State- it was a lot of fun. I remember driving to the Mizzou games back in the 1970’s with my father and brother. We would bring a bucket of KFC, and sit in the bleachers on Saturday afternoons a couple times a year. I remember wondering why we drove for a couple hours to watch college football, especially since they always seemed to lose to Nebraska and Oklahoma at the time. In hindsight I think I understand it was my father’s way of introducing a larger perspective of college for us. The University of Missouri is a really big school, but I don’t remember being inclined to go there by watching football games! Honestly I remember it as a lot of fun though, and a chance to do something together. I think I was also amazed by all the hoopla. In retrospect it seemed kind of intimidating at the time, and I couldn’t believe so many people would go to one place to scream and yell for a game.
Come to think of it, after driving up yesterday I’m still amazed, and the boy was too. We must have seen 50 “tiger tails” hanging out the back of cars on the highway. The University and surrounding city has grown twice as big it seems, and I did a double take when driving by the schools fundraising sign. Get this- the University of Missouri has raised over $1 Billion dollars during their fund drive. That’s kind of staggering really- they said something at the football game to the effect that they are one of only 19 universities that have achieved that goal in the nation. I hope that’s a good thing, and that the money can help a lot of folks with educational support.
Finding parking was a hoot, eventually being packed in among fraternity houses, campfires and BBQ grills. The hoopla has been multipled many times over since I attended years ago, especially since the Tigers are nationally ranked these days and the games are televised and played at night (watching the Tigers is a lot more fun than watching the Rams this year…).
I don’t know how many people were in that stadium, but the roar of M-I-Z! … Z-O-U! from both sides was just awesome. We were sitting pretty high up in 35 degree weather, but it wasn’t too bad. The boy hung in there, all bundled up, and really enjoyed the half-time show. Missouri was leading for the win in the 3rd quarter, so we beat the crowds for the long drive home. It was a good trip, and even included a short visit with relatives.