Here’s proof Missouri’s not ready for SEC

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.”

282 comments Add your comment

Spyro

September 14th, 2012
7:43 am

“Mizzou’s not SEC material because their fans are too nice.”

That’s the line you’re going with?

Screwball

September 14th, 2012
7:45 am

Dumbest single item ever posted on AJC.com. That, sir, is saying something.

G-Dawg

September 14th, 2012
7:47 am

If Hedges get poisoned next year, Joel Pravano should be convicted as a co-conspiritor

UGA Fan

September 14th, 2012
7:49 am

I’m a die hard SEC – UGA fan! Don’t get me wrong, I love that UGA beat Mizzou. BUT, how can we bash Mizzou for being classy! Really, are we that much of douche bags in the SEC! Give me a break. That was the honorable thing to do. This is there first year. I wish Mizzou the best of luck and I’d rather have fans that are classy and honorable than fans that POISON OUR HEDGES! Get a grip Joel Provano! Find another story worthy to write than to bash a team with morals and values!

DIT

September 14th, 2012
7:49 am

Now I can believe they are not ready because they lack depth on both sides of the ball, but to say it’s because they are too nice???? Really? That’s kind of stupid!

Lived in Missouri

September 14th, 2012
7:49 am

I’m glad Mizzou’s in the SEC. Lived there and it was fun but needed to get back to the true south east. The first few games will be like a date for most Mizzou’s fans. Just wait until Spurier throws them under the bus. They will then learn to have a shap toung.

border dweller

September 14th, 2012
7:51 am

When their motto morphs from ’show me state to ‘blow me state’, then they’ll have arrived.

Some people!

September 14th, 2012
7:51 am

Hey Spyro and Screwball and UGA Fan……It’s called sarcasm….look it up!

SSI Dawg

September 14th, 2012
7:51 am

Obviously the Mizzou fans that took out this ad weren’t seated near the section I was in. I was downright embarrassed by some of the Georgia fans in my section. All of the Mizzou fans could not have been nicer prior, during and even after the game; but I can’t say the same about some of the Georgia fans (not all) near me – they were so obnoxious, well before the game’s outcome was decided.

I’m not saying that I am going to sit down and break bread with Florida or Tennessee fans; but there is nothing wrong with supporting your team and having respect for the other team’s fans. Doesn’t mean you don’t want to win the game, but nothing takes the enjoyment out of being at a game in person, than having to put up with fans who want to do nothing more than incite a fight.

I’ve been to every SEC stadium to see the Dawgs play (well except for Texas A&M now), and the Mizzou fans were some of the most welcoming of any. It made for such an enjoyable trip.

Pull My Finger

September 14th, 2012
7:54 am

Sounds like a typical liberal reporter of a typical liberal newspaper trying to stir the pot and ridicule a school for doing something nice……..yawn……………….

Vince Doodley

September 14th, 2012
7:56 am

This stuff will end soon enough. As soon as Mizzou comes to Athens and experiences the dopes that are the UGA sidewalk alumni, that stuff will be over. OR Grantham goes full retard during a game.

Stephanie

September 14th, 2012
7:59 am

Sounds like you could learn a thing or two from Mizzou, Mr. Provano.

dean

September 14th, 2012
8:03 am

I lived in MO for awhile. I have always said the people there were the nicest we ever met but it wasn’t home (GA).

Ghruten

September 14th, 2012
8:05 am

Thanks for advancing civilization by $#!*ing on a truly nice gesture. Stay classy Provano.

Tyler Zachs

September 14th, 2012
8:06 am

Folks…..please show the intelligence to realize that this wasn’t a trash piece meant to call out Mizzou. It was just a way to applaud their fan base and make note of something that is uncommon in such a competitive league. You have to admit, it is a pretty classy thing to do. But the writer also makes note that after a year in the league, they might not be so gracious! lol

Harvey from Docs

September 14th, 2012
8:08 am

Provano is what’s wrong with this world.

Why not just recognize it for what it is. A classy gesture in the face of a loss.

Haters gotta hate, I guess.

Honeymooner

September 14th, 2012
8:09 am

no worries, there is still plenty of time left for them to sink to your level

Jebjab

September 14th, 2012
8:11 am

Joel Provano what classless piece. At least UGA fans have class obviously Joel has none.

Parking Dawg

September 14th, 2012
8:11 am

Seriously??! Some would be critical of another teams humility and graciousness. I love competition, but these folks showed class in the end. This may have been UGA’s umpti-millionth SEC match-up, but it was Missou’s first, and it was classy of there folks even bother. Kudo’s to all the Dawgs who made the trek, and I know quite a few of you, for giving the MO folks the motivation to bother placing the ad. Go Dawgs!

Really?

September 14th, 2012
8:12 am

“Hey Spyro and Screwball and UGA Fan……It’s called sarcasm….look it up!”

So the whole article is sarcastic? More proof that this article was a complete waste of time.

The nerve of those people showing some class! who do they think they are!?! Don’t they realize they are in the SEC where bored AJC writers bash schools that show class? Maybe if the AJC hired the person who took out the personal add I’d have something of value to read in the sports section of this site.

SomewhereinGA

September 14th, 2012
8:12 am

My gosh, some of the posters here make me wonder how long they have been without oxygen! Good Lord folks, the article was complete sarcasm! That’s all! The author was not trying to stir the pot or anything of that nature….he was just pointing out, with tongue in cheek, an interesting storyline that you don’t see everyday in the SEC during football season.
Some of the people here make me wonder if they have two brain cells to rub together sometimes.

Milledgeville DAWG

September 14th, 2012
8:13 am

I was in Columbia for 4 days last week and was welcomed everywhere we went. It seemed everyone was working for the Chamber of Commerce. Very classy folks. However, I am sure this will end when they make full circle through the SEC. GO DAWGS!!!!

dogbite

September 14th, 2012
8:13 am

I believe the article was written “tongue-in-cheek”. However, I too am tired of all the bashing that goes on in college football and appreciate a friendly rivalry.

Robert

September 14th, 2012
8:14 am

Classy. I’ve heard nothing but good things from the Dawg fans who traveled to Missouri for the game. Next year in Athens should be a geat time.

DAWG61

September 14th, 2012
8:14 am

MY WIFE AND I HAD A GREAT TRIP TO MISSOURI. A GREAT UGA WIN AND GREAT HOSPITALITY FROM MIZZOU FANS. THEY COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANY NICER. FROM THE HOTEL TO THE RESTAURANTS TO THE FANS AT THE GAME. WELCOME MIZZOU TO THE SEC. YOU HAVE A TASTE OF THE INTENSITY OF THE SEC AND WHEN YOU GO ON THE ROAD IT WILL OPEN YOUR EYES.

DAWGS 04

September 14th, 2012
8:15 am

Seriously? I just got back from Columbia, and they were the nicest bunch of folks in the SEC. And we go about saying they should be uglier and spit on us when we go to an away game? There is nothing wrong with being hospitable to the fans visiting. The clowns in my section at the game were flicking off the mizzou fans and f bombing them. Real Class, Glory to Ole Georgia. I applaud the Mizzou fans and I cannot wait to visit again.

Debro

September 14th, 2012
8:18 am

FINALLY!! Good sportsmanship has returned! I would cheer for them now any time. From now on I am a Mizzou fan EXCEPT when they are playing GEORGIA.

That took a lot of class Mizzou! Thank you!

Ghruten

September 14th, 2012
8:18 am

I am a professional writer. Have been for 30 years, earning a good living at it. There are elements of sarcasm here, but overall, the effect is one of bashing a nice gesture. Ham handed execution, if that’s what Provano’s sole purpose was … and I’m not convinced it was.

(And before you embarrass yourself with comments about sentence structure, acknowledge it’s clear and compelling. I get paid for this and those who pay have no complaints.)

Damage Inc.

September 14th, 2012
8:19 am

It shocks me the amount of people that don’t get sarcasm. These are the same people that try to get comedians fired.

RiverDawg

September 14th, 2012
8:19 am

Thanks and kudos to the Mizzou fans, that was a first rate, classy gesture. Provano should be put on a route delivering papers, not writing in them. What a pathetic article.

Motocross Survivor

September 14th, 2012
8:20 am

So, the MO fans have class and the Dawggies don’t. What’s new? I remember comments from the Notre Dame fans after GA won the Sugar Bowl in 1981. They said if winning the game meant SO much to the GA fans that they would get on all fours and bark like idiots, they were glad they won.

George Chidi

September 14th, 2012
8:20 am

A note: Missouri has one of the best — arguably THE best — journalism programs in the country. Given the well-publicized problems at the Red & Black, I suspect there’s an element of solidarity going on here between J-school followers.

UGAJD

September 14th, 2012
8:21 am

Many thanks to the Mizzou fans for their sportsmanship and class. I’m sure the VAST majority of the Bulldog nation appreciates the gesture.

romeo

September 14th, 2012
8:21 am

This is SEC football there is no room for being nice. Look this is a mans sport played by men. Sure you have to respect the other team but you don’t need to take out a add in their paper to tell them. I hate everyone in Missouri and I went to school there and I hope we beat you every year that we play you.

IdiotsAreEverywhereEvenInTheNewsroom

September 14th, 2012
8:21 am

Wow, an alleged journalist chastising classy competitive-spirited fans and and wanting to promote a redneck gap-toothed image for SEC football. You’re better suited in a paparazzi job chasing celebrities down the street and sneaking up on them to get that “special” photo you’ll sell to the tabloids for the big bucks. AJC has sunk to new lows allowing this kind of garbage to be printed.

Fired-up Falcon Fan in a Fall Football Frenzy (F6)

September 14th, 2012
8:23 am

I am hoping that this was a (deeply) hidden attempt at sarcasm.

Class should be respected, but sadly people that tear off pieces of the hedges get front page treatment, people that go onto a rival campus to poison a tree get months of publicity, etc.

So, let me be the one:

THANK YOU Mizzou fans

for being such graceful hosts;

for fielding such a well coached, highly motivated competitive team,on a consistent basis (that makes headlines on the field and NOT n the police station);

And just for being such a classy organization.

Your presence makes us a stronger conference in many areas. Welcome to the family.

AJC, Mr. Provano, publicize THAT.

Regards;

UGA Grad (1974)

Journalist

September 14th, 2012
8:23 am

Joel,

I know this is a blogpost, but its on the AJC site, and I’m surprised there wasn’t more fact checking. This was not published in The Red & Black; I work there. I’m not sure what paper this was printed in, but it wasn’t taken out in ours.

I hope this gets seen.

Pull My Finger

September 14th, 2012
8:24 am

Is Provano Flag Boy?

BobDawg

September 14th, 2012
8:25 am

They were GREAT up there at the “Zou”… As they say ” Midwest Nice”… Maybe we can learn a thing or 2 from them up there in hospitality and feeling safe in others stadiums….

High Plains Drifter

September 14th, 2012
8:25 am

I don’t care what time of year it is, UGA fans can bite my a$$.

Rich

September 14th, 2012
8:25 am

Maybe Georgia fans can learn something here. Georgia is one of the worst places to go for visiting fans. The Georgia fans are very rude.

Tom Anderson

September 14th, 2012
8:26 am

No Faith in Humanity

September 14th, 2012
8:26 am

I’m from Missouri, born and raised. I’ve been here since 1998 and I can say going back home is always a treat. It’s amazing the difference in the people especially at sporting events. We love our teams, we love competition and a good fight but at the end of the day we put it away and will have a cold one with you. Two people can be passionate about something and be on different sides yet show respect to each other’s opinions.

Why is it GA fans have to sit there and rag on the Mizzou fans for daring to be good hosts to them? We welcome the chance to be in the SEC and regardless of the score we showed that we’re able to play with the big “dawgs.” Nothing says we have to roll in the mud with you though. In the Big 12 we had some big rivalry teams and outside of Kansas we treated them right and kept it classy.

It’s one thing to sit there and say you play “Grown man football” but there’s a big difference between “playing” and exuding the very meaning of the words. Maybe GA players and fans could rally around Jarvis Jones. He was such a huge factor in the game yet he was humble and amazing the whole time. He didn’t go running around the field after the game trying to rub it in. Maybe in a few years GA fans will see that they can’t/won’t tarnish Missouri fans and bring them to their childish levels.

“All Class Football”

Turkey Slayer

September 14th, 2012
8:27 am

The AJC and Joel Provano have absolutely no class! How dare you try to make light of their nice gesture. I will never visit this site again and I am cancelling my newpaper subscription today!
What a bunch of idiots.

George G.

September 14th, 2012
8:28 am

Fans need more hostility? Thats likely the dumest thing I’ve read in a while.

Paddy

September 14th, 2012
8:29 am

Joel, you just don’t understand the mid-west ethic. That is just something folks from the ‘heartland’ just do because thats how they were raised. It is not classy in their eyes. It is how they live their lives, day to day. It is a sad commentary that we consider this a classy act.

Keith

September 14th, 2012
8:29 am

Would you have preferred they sneak into Athens and poison the hedges? Why print an article with this content and then you express shock and disgust when a fan goes too far? Shame

David

September 14th, 2012
8:29 am

This article is correct….Not one of the SEC teams have any class…Maybe Missouri and Texas A&M will bring at least some.

A

September 14th, 2012
8:30 am

what a stupid article. it should be about the class of missouri. first game ever, giving thanks, is a good gesture. not trashing ur grounds like uga does. the priorities of people today are so screwed up

North Georgia Jimmy

September 14th, 2012
8:31 am

Who the hell is Joel Provano. This was Missour’s first SEC game and the fans did a classy thing by thanking the UGA people. Wait a year or a few more years and the rivalry will get intense with the teams and the fans. Good grief what an idiot this Provano moron is.