I should be writing about the dramatic change in the weather from sunny and 75 degrees F last weekend to 7 degrees F wind chill and inches of snow today. However, I would rather write about the dramatic change in the football program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. It is a lot more exciting and positive subject.
It was just one year ago that many of Missouri’s so-called “faithful” questioned the move by MU to the SEC. But just like our state’s famous weather, if you don’t like it just wait, it will change. And that is exactly what happened with the fighting MU football Tigers. Tomorrow, the MU football team will play in its first SEC championship game.
Like their foes, Auburn University, both Tiger teams rose from their 2012 SEC standings to compete in this elite game. And while Auburn had a greater climb, I believe MU has one big advantage, our tigers are not only fueled by Missouri agriculture, but also supported by Missouri agribusiness.
It has been a long-standing tradition at MU that farmers and ranchers from across the state provide for the nutritional needs of the university athletic programs. Producers, as well as, buyers at county fairs and the Missouri State Fair, donate beef and pork to the athletic program. This quality meat from our state keeps our Tigers in fighting form. It is no wonder our defense is so strong and agile, it is all thanks to that Missouri protein.
However, farmers and ranchers are not the only ones backing the black and gold.
If you haven’t been to a MU Tigers football game, then you are truly missing the impact agriculture has on the atmosphere. Missouri Corn Growers sponsor our Tiger’s first downs. When our Tigers make it within the 20-yard line and the end zone, it is not merely the red zone; it is the Case IH Red Zone. Then there are countless seed company and truck advertisements that play on the jumbotron.
Missouri agriculture backs the MU Tigers. In the process, they share a little bit of agriculture with the thousands of Tiger fans attending each home game.
So whether or not the MU Tigers win the SEC championship (and as an alumnus, I prefer they do), these young men have once again made us proud. I am equally proud of our agriculture community for supporting them both on and off the field.
Now, let’s all spend a little time cheering the MIZZOU Tigers on to a championship title. MIZ-ZOU!