Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Mo' Slow Mo.; Mu Is Showing 'Em

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Mo' Slow Mo.; Mu Is Showing 'Em

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How other writers viewed Missouri's victory over Syracuse.

Mike Downey

Los Angeles Times

Missouri is my kind of school. I pulled for Missouri to defeat Syracuse. I will pull for Missouri to defeat Arizona so Missouri can make the Final Four. Go, Mo, go.

. . . I like the University of Missouri and wish I had gone to school there. I like actors like Tom Berenger, who did go to school there. I like actresses like Kate Capshaw, who went there before she married that movie director who won all those Oscars the other night. I liked Sam Walton, who built all those Wal-Marts. I liked Marlin Perkins, who liked all those wild animals. I liked Tennessee Williams, who went to Missouri, not to Tennessee. I have no idea where Missouri Williams went.

Poor old Missouri doesn't win many of these NCAA things. Not many basketball championships. Not many football championships. What can I tell you? Missouri is seriously overdue. Norm Stewart has been trying to coach Missouri to a national basketball championship for so long now, I'm pretty sure it's since Mark Twain held season tickets. Missouri is sick of Duke. Missouri is sick of Michigan. Missouri is sick of waiting. Missouri is ripe.

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Bernie Lincicome

Chicago Tribune

In the forgiving world of college basketball, it is a short walk back from the woodshed. With no small bit of irony, Missouri's victory came at the expense of Syracuse, like the Tigers just off probation.

It was like watching two parolees pounding each other, the winner to get his picture taken down off the post office wall. It is assumed that both schools have learned their lesson.

. . . Missouri dares not get caught being cocky. First of all, it has very little to be cocky about, unless dull competence is gloatable. The heart of this team is what came together during Missouri's suspension. . . . The heart of the team, the seniors, had to be assembled under the cloud of disgrace. …

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