Missouri looked good for three quarters against Georgia last Saturday, and many observers were quick to say the Tigers proved themselves ready to compete in the SEC.
There’s some pretty compelling evidence, however, that they’re not there yet.
A group of Missouri fans took out a newspaper ad this week thanking Georgia fans for coming to Columbia and providing a memorable experience.
Our thanks to all of you Georgia Bulldog fans! What a terrific bunch of visitors you were — friendly, gracious and fun. We don’t like to lose around here, but both of our teams played an undeniably exciting and awesome game! You gave us an unforgettable first game in the SEC, and we thank you for that. We hope you enjoyed your visit to mid-Missouri, and look forward to seeing you next time.
Best Wishes from the fans & residents of Tiger Town, USA.
Nice. But can you imagine Auburn or Tennessee fans taking out such an ad after a loss to Georgia? Can you see Georgia fans taking out an ad in the The Alligator thanking Florida fans for a fun time in Jacksonville after a loss?
What about Auburn and Alabama sharing kind words after the Iron Bowl?
Clearly, Mizzou needs to step up the hostility a notch if they’re going to be a real SEC team. Maybe if the Tigers lose in Athens next year one of their fans will sneak into Sanford Stadium and poison the hedges — and then brag about it on talk radio. Then we’ll know they’ve arrived.
But for now, the Missouri fans’ friendly attitude just confirms what a Georgia fan told USA Today before last Saturday’s game.
“I think it’ll take a year for them for it to sink in what they’re in for,” Kip Hicks said. “They don’t hate us yet. They will soon.”