Occasionally on this blog events occur which cause us to go far, far off-topic. Today is one of those days.
As a proud alum of the University of Missouri, I assumed that it was entirely likely that never in my lifetime - and I plan on living a long time - would I ever see the football team of my alma mater, those perennial basement dwellers in the big 12, my Missouri Tigers, sit atop the college football world.
Yet, after a stunning 36-28 defeat of arch-rival Kansas (ending with the most poetic sack/safety that I will likely ever see) in what was arguably the most important game so far this year, the impossible is suddenly here. Mizzou is number one in the AP poll and, more importantly, leads the BCS standings. Now all that stands between the Missouri Tigers and the national title game (I am laughing even as I write such an absurdity) is a rematch with Oklahoma next weekend. Further, quarterback Chase Daniels remains seriously in the hunt for the Heisman Trophy. Here's the skinny from the NY Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Columbia Tribune.
(At this point, I am envisioning documentarians everywhere furiously clicking through to the next post. Well, if you have any hope of fitting in at True/False next year, you might as well know the basics of what Columbians will still be talking about.)
Congrats to coach Gary Pinkel, the team and the rest of the shell-shocked among us.