Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mu Loyalists Start to Wonder, and to Wander

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mu Loyalists Start to Wonder, and to Wander

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Eternal Mizzou booster Jay Joern came hobbling out of Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon and saw a sign posted on the window of a Jeep.

"It said, `Two Tickets For OU Game,' " said Joern, a former president of the Mizzou Quarterback Club-St. Louis. Sure enough, there were two free tickets to the Missouri-Oklahoma game there for the taking. An exasperated Tigers fan finally surrendered during Mizzou's numbing loss to Oklahoma State.

"We went off to talk to some other people, came back a half-hour later and there were even more tickets there," Joern said. What a dramatic demonstration of fan apathy!

"Maybe people wish they had them back now," he said.

Or maybe not. How many times can a program hit rock bottom before it ruptures and sinks for good? Mizzou loyalists have learned to live with losing, but this season has gotten punitive.

Finally, it seems, the football program has run out of hope. All the good intentions of athletic director Joe Castiglione and coach Larry Smith have failed to break the spell. All the hard work by harried assistants and outmanned players hasn't reversed the momentum. Good men are doing their best and bad things keep happening.

Don't ridicule the Tigers. Feel sorry for them.

"I can't find anybody who wants to go down to the Nov. 18 game," Joern said. One fan bailed out at the Bowling Green loss. Another prospect jumped after the Kansas State debacle. The latest volunteer pulled out after the Oklahoma State sleepwalk.

"Everybody is very, very frustrated," Joern said. "What's most troubling is the people in the quarterback club, who are diehard fans, who would never give their tickets up . . . now they don't want to go back."

Many Tigers fans were personally offended by Saturday's loss. Didn't Don Faurot's legacy mean more than that? Couldn't they kindle a spark in memory of Mr. Mizzou?

"If that doesn't tear you up inside . . . we can't even suck it up and beat a 1-5 team after Don Faurot dies," Mizzou alumnus Brad Burgess said. "It just made me sick."

Fortunately, Burgess didn't have to endure the Oklahoma State fiasco. He said he and his brother, Matt, a former Tigers center, were sitting in an alumni section when they ran afoul of other boosters. …

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