Tailgating and Traditions – One Game Left

This weekend, Mizzou will celebrate Senior Day during a 6:00 p.m. game against the Syracuse Orangemen. 18 seniors will be recognized during their final home game in black and gold. Saturday’s game will also serve as the Salute to America game, with the Army’s Golden Knights parachuting into Memorial Stadium at halftime. It also means we’ve come to our last Tailgate and Traditions post for the season. Shall we?

Tailgating

A night game in November is the perfect time to break out your famous chili recipe. Don’t have a famous chili recipe? Here are a few showstoppers sure to wow the crowd.

Aaron McCargo, Jr.’s Steak Fajita Chili

30 Minute Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili – allow us to personally vouch for the deliciousness of this one!

The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World

Now you’re ready to whip up a batch of your favorite and fill the bowls of everyone at your tailgate!

Tradition

Saturday may be the annual Blackout Game (wear black!) but one tiger super fan is always in his black and gold. Who? Truman the Tiger, of course!

Photo by the Columbia Missourian

Now how did a tiger become the mascot of a Midwestern school? Here’s a little history, courtesy of the University of Missouri:

Soon after Missouri’s first football team was formed in 1890, the athleticcommittee adopted the nickname “Tiger” in official recognition of a groupof local Civil War militia called “The Missouri Tigers.” Their fightingspirit is now embodied in MU’s official mascot, “Truman the Tiger.”
Originally, MU had two tiger mascots, a male and a female, but neither had a specific identity. A contest to name the mascot was held in 1984.The winner, a student, submitted the name Truman (after Missouri-born President Harry S Truman).

Truman makes over 35 appearances a month throughout Missouri and you can read a little more about his life here.

This year, Truman is also in the running to win the Capital One Mascot Challenge. Each week, Truman is pitted against another mascot in a match-up to determine who will advance to the playoffs at the end of the season. Truman is currently 5th in the standings and the top 8 advance, so keep those votes coming!

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