Tradition and Tailgate: The Final Game


One of Mizzou’s Pride Points is to Wear Gold, but once a year it’s blackout time.

For November 30th game against the Texas A&M Aggies, fans will be decked out in all black to cheer on their Tigers on Senior Night. Kickoff will be at 6:45 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. After the game, keep your eyes open for another Mizzou tradition: each senior football player taking their own white rock from the Big M in the North Endzone.


We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that the final game of the season is just two short days after Thanksgiving. They may not be traditional tailgating food, but Thanksgiving leftovers seem just too delicious to leave at home. Here are a few recipes that will celebrate both the holiday and football.

Turkey Tamale Pie (

Barbecue Turkey Sandwiches with Celery Salad (Real Simple)

Pecan and Sweet Potato Bread (Chow)

Jerk Turkey Chili (Chow)

Mizzou Homecoming: It’s the Little Things

Homecoming is a big deal in Columbia, MO. We were surprised and excited yesterday when Buzzfeed posted ‘39 Things That Make You Want To Come Home To Columbia, MO.‘ The list highlighted some of the great things that make a visit to our city during Homecoming extra special. In addition to the 39 from this list, here are a few more experiences sure to make your Homecoming weekend memorable.

-Walk through The District to see all the painted windows. During Homecoming, downtown turns black and gold when student organizations paint the front windows of businesses. Paintings go up Thursday and stay through Homecoming weekend.

-Get to the game on Saturday early enough to watch the teams warm up. Then get into the spirit when Marching Mizzou comes out on the field for the pre-game show.

-It will be a little chilly this weekend for Homecoming, but that won’t stop lines from being out the door at Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream. Home to two dozen, small-batch flavors that can range from vanilla to wasabi, it’s a vital stop on every Columbia visit.

-Love high fives? Head over to the pedestrian bridge that goes over Providence Road for Tiger Walk. Two hours before kickoff, the team and coaches walk over the bridge from the training facility to the stadium and fans line their route to see their favorite player and show their support.

-Take a short stroll on one of Columbia’s trails. We have over 40 miles of trails and the fall colors are becoming more stunning every day. Plus it’s a great way to escape the bustle of Homecoming.

-Last, but certainly not least, be a proud Missouri fan: Arrive early, Wear Gold, Be Loud, Stay Late. See you at the game!

Mizzou Homecoming 2013: Schedule of Events

At Mizzou, Homecoming simply isn’t an event that can be captured in one short day. After months of preparation and planning, there’s an entire week to celebrate!

Last week, the 28th Annual Homecoming Blood Drive passed its 100,000th donation since its beginnings. This huge accomplishment was a great kick off for those of us who bleed black and gold. While you’re in Columbia for Homecoming, here are some events you won’t want to miss.

-Homecoming Headquarters Open House: Friday, October 25th from 12:00-7:00 p.m.

Head to the Reynolds Alumni Center to meet up with old friends and take a campus tour hosted by the MU Tour Team. Campus is always changing, so take advantage of getting a student’s perspective on Mizzou.

-Campus Decorations: Friday, October 25th from 6:00-9:30 p.m.

Thousands of students, citizens and alumni will put on their black and gold and head to ‘House Decs’ in Greek Town. Elaborate sets and skits created after hours of work will delight the entire family. This year’s theme of America’s Greatest Cities promises some great performances. Check out the House Decs map to plan your evening. 

-The Homecoming Parade: Saturday, October 26th at 9:00 a.m.

One of the most popular Homecoming traditions, the parade showcases student organization floats, bands from across the state and much more! Winding around campus and through downtown Columbia, thousands of spectators will line the route in their black and gold. Pick your viewing spot on the map!

-Romp, Chomp and Stomp Tailgate: Saturday, October 26th

Immediately after the parade, head to the Carnahan Quad and join thousands of students and alumni in this tradition that has been revived from the 1950s. Soak up the live entertainment, cheer along with the spirit rally and grab a bite to eat before heading to your own tailgate.

-The Missouri Tigers v. the South Carolina Gamecocks: Kickoff at 6:00 p.m. Saturday

Get your black and gold on and join over 60,000 of your closest new friends to watch the 5th ranked Tigers take on the 21st ranked Gamecocks at the 102nd Homecoming football game. M-I-Z…

Tailgate and Tradition – The Tiger

This week’s Tailgate and Tradition post takes a closer look at how Mizzou became The Tigers.

Here are the details from

The nickname “Tigers,” given to Mizzou’s athletic teams, traces its origin to the Civil War period. At that time, plundering guerilla bands habitually raided small towns, and Columbia people constantly feared an attack. Such organizations as temporary “home guards” and vigilance companies banded together to fight off any possible forays.

The town’s preparedness discouraged any guerilla activity and the protecting organization began to disband in 1854. However, it was rumored that a guerilla band, led by the notorious Bill Anderson, intended to sack the town. Quickly organized was an armed guard of Columbia citizens, who built a blockhouse and fortified the old courthouse in the center of town. This company was called “The Missouri Tigers.”

The marauders never came. The reputation of the intrepid “Tigers” presumably traveled abroad, and Anderson’s gang detoured around Columbia.

Soon after Missouri’s first football team was organized in 1890, the athletic committee adopted the nickname “Tiger” in official recognition of those Civil War defenders. Their spirit is now embodied in the MU mascot – “Truman the Tiger.” In 1984, the Tiger was named Truman after President Harry S. Truman, a Missouri native.

The Tiger spirit is embodied all over campus, from Truman to the MIzzou athletics logo to the Tiger statue at the entrance to Carnahan Quadrangle on the south part of campus. With all this history, Tiger fans bleed black and gold for a reason!

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?


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!


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!

Traditions and Tailgating – The Homecoming Edition

Homecoming is a very special time of year at Mizzou. This week is full of special events, festivities and tradition. In this week’s traditions and tailgating, we’ll look at the homecoming queen and king tradition and then give you a couple ideas for your tailgate this Saturday.


The tradition of homecoming royalty is one that dates back to nearly the beginning of homecoming itself. Each year, 30 candidates (15 women and 15 men) are narrowed down to the top ten. The candidates are presented at halftime of the homecoming football game and the winner is crowned in front of all the fans. Here are this year’s finalists:


This year’s homecoming football game has an early start time of 11:00 a.m. It’s also going to be pretty darn cold. That said, a hot breakfast is a sure bet for those die hard tailgaters. Here are a few ideas to keep the fans happy:

Sausage Rolls

Breakfast Potato and Bacon Casserole

You would be our hero if you showed up to the tailgate with this sandwich.

Apple and Cheddar Breakfast Sausage Burger

Now that you know the final homecoming royalty candidates and are ready to wow the other attendees at your tailgate, get out there and have a happy homecoming!

Mizzou Homecoming: Famous Alums

Thousands and thousands of students have graduated from the University of Missouri since it opened in 1839. Every year, thousands ‘come home’ to celebrate homecoming in Columbia. Mizzou has also produced countless notable alums. Check out the full list here and some highlights below…you never know who you may run into at homecoming!

-Stage and Screen

Jon Hamm

Hamm attended Mizzou where he answered an advertisement from a theater company looking for players in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, auditioned, and was cast in the production. After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Hamm returned to his high school to teach eighth-grade acting. Hamm gained global recognition for playing advertising executive Don Draper in the AMC drama series Mad Men, which premiered in July 2007. Hamm’s performance earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series in 2008. Aside from his work on Mad Men, Hamm appeared in the 2008 science fiction remake, The Day the Earth Stood Still and claimed his first leading film role in the independent thriller Stolen (2010). Hamm had a supporting role in the 2010 crime film The Town and in Sucker Punch and Bridesmaids in 2011.

Sheryl Crow

At Mizzou, Crow was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, ODK, Homecoming Steering Committee and served as a Summer Welcome leader. Crow graduated from Mizzou in 1984 with a degree in music education. In 1996, she released her self-titled album with the hit singles “If It Makes You Happy,” “Everyday Is a Winding Road,” and “A Change Would Do You Good.” The album went triple-platinum, and Crow brought home Grammys for Best Rock Album and Best Female Rock Vocals. Since then, she has recorded other hit albums, including the recent “Detours” album and “C’mon”, with the hit “Soak Up the Sun.”
Crow returned to Mizzou in 2002 to perform a concert and again in 2003 to serve as the Homecoming Grand Marshal.

George C. Scott

He entered the University of Missouri as a journalism student, but graduated in 1953 with degrees in English and drama. He spent seven years in regional repertory theater and taught a drama course at Stephens College before moving to New York City. He held roles in several theatrical, television, and film productions, and is best known for his Academy-Award winning performance in the title role of “Patton” (1970). Scott died on September 22, 1999.


Russ Mitchell

He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Mitchell currently co-anchors CBS News Saturday Morning, which he has done since November 1997. He also serves as one of the primary anchors of the CBS Evening News Saturday Edition, and as a CBS News correspondent, contributing to many broadcasts, including the CBS Evening News With Dan Rather, first from Washington, D.C. and currently from New York.

John Anderson

While a Mizzou student, Anderson was a varsity letter winner in track and field. He graduated with a degree in journalism in 1987. Anderson currently serves as co-anchor of ESPN SportsCenter. He joined ESPN in June 1999 as an ESPNEWS anchor after spending nine years as a sports anchor for local stations in Tulsa and Phoenix. In 2002, Anderson returned to Mizzou to serve as the Homecoming Grand Marshal.

Jim Lehrer

He is a graduate of Victoria College in Texas and a 1956 graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School. After three years as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, he worked for ten years in Dallas as a newspaperman and then as the host of a local experimental news program on public television. He came to Washington with PBS in 1972, teaming with Robert MacNeil in 1973 to cover the Senate Watergate hearings. They began in 1975 what became The MacNeil/Lehrer Report, and, in 1983, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, the first 60-minute evening news program on television. When MacNeil retired in 1995, the program was renamed The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Lehrer has been honored with numerous awards for journalism, including a presidential National Humanities Medal in 1999. In the last four presidential elections, he moderated nine of the nationally televised candidate debates.

-Other Notables

Mort Walker

Mort Walker was born in 1923 in El Dorado, Kansas. He published his first comic when he was 11, and at 18, he became chief editorial designer at Hall Bros., ushering in a light, playful style for the company’s Hallmark Cards line. In 1943, Walker was drafted into the Army. He was discharged as a first lieutenant four years later, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1948. While at Mizzou, he was a member of Kappa Sigma and an editor of the school magazine.His first big break came in 1950, when King Features picked up “Beetle Bailey” for syndication. King Features now distributes “Beetle Bailey” to roughly 1,800 newspapers. A statue of Beetle Bailey sits in front of Reynolds Alumni Center in recognition of Walker’s talents.

Linda Godwin

Linda Godwin was born on July 2, 1952 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1974, and earned a master’s and a doctorate degree from the University of Missouri in 1976 and 1980.
Dr. Godwin joined NASA in 1980 in the Payload Operations Division and was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1985. She is a veteran of four space flights and is a recipient of the NASA Outstanding Performance Rating, Sustained Superior Performance Award, and Outstanding Leadership Award.

Norm Stewart

“Stormin” Norm Stewart, best known for his 32-year career as head basketball coach at Mizzou, is the only person in the school’s history to be inducted into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame as both a student-athlete and coach.
The Shelbyville, Missouri native and double threat lettered in both basketball and baseball at MU in 1954, 1955 and 1956. Stewart still ranks fourth at Mizzou for his 24.1 point scoring average in ’56. He was drafted into the NBA for the St. Louis Hawks as well as the MLB for the Baltimore Orioles upon graduation. After six seasons as head coach for the University of Northern Iowa, Stewart returned to his beloved alma mater to begin his tenure as head coach at the University of Missouri in 1967. As one of college basketball’s greatest coaches, Steward won eight Big Eight Conference championships and six conference tournament titles. Under him, the Tigers appeared in 15 NCAA Tournaments, including two elite eights. Stewart missed part of the 89-90 season to fight his battle with colon cancer, leading him to found Coaches vs. Cancer, an organization that raises millions of dollars for research on the disease to this day. Stewart retired in 1999 and was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Mizzou Homecoming: Schedule of Events

If it’s your first time at Mizzou homecoming or even if you just want to change up the experience this year, there’s no shortage of events to take up your time! Here are a few highlights…revisit your old favorites or create a new tradition!

The Talent Competition: October 22-24

If you’re in town early, check out the talent competition each night at 6:30 at Jesse Hall. Singing, dancing, slight-of-hand! It will all be on display from Mizzou Students during three nights of talent.

Campus House Decorations: October 26

A tradition at Mizzou for decades, ‘House Decs’ is a collection of funny, family-friendly skits   at the sorority and fraternity houses on campus. From 6:30-9:00 p.m., thousands of students, citizens and alumni descend on Greek Town for this annual event. These giant skits are sure to surprise and entertain the entire family and are always on trend with the homecoming theme for the year. This year, it’s “Many Tigers, One Roar.”

Spirit Rally and Concert: October 26

Gather on Rollins St. outside the Mizzou Student Center for the inaugural campus-wide spirit rally and concert performances from Marching Mizzou and the Spirit Squads as well as comments from special guest speakers and a live performance from national recording artist Imagine Dragons.

Brewer Breakfast: October 27 at 7:00 a.m.

Need breakfast before the parade? Like pancakes? Check out this Mizzou tradition at the Brewer Fieldhouse in the Mizzou Rec Center.

The Homecoming Parade: October 27

Starting bright and early at 7:00 a.m., the Mizzou Homecoming Parade weaves its way through campus and downtown to the delight of thousands of onlookers. See the homecoming court candidates, floats, marching bands from across the state and much more!

Romp, Chomp and Stomp Tailgate: October 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Gather with thousands of students and alumni on the Carnahan Quad as we celebrate Homecoming by rejuvenating a lost tradition from the 1950s. Enjoy live entertainment, a spirit rally, food and drinks. Admission is free and food and beverage vendors will be available.

The Game: October 27

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff against the Kentucky Wildcats at 11:00 a.m. for this year’s homecoming, Mizzou’s first in the SEC. Check back Monday for more about the game!

Mizzou Homecoming: A History

As the home to the first homecoming ever, it’s only right that Mizzou have one of the largest ones in the nation each year. This year, homecoming will be celebrated the week of October 22nd, with the week culminating in the football game against Kentucky at 11 a.m. on Saturday the 27th.

One of the most important parts of celebrating homecoming is appreciating its history. The roots of homecoming span all the way back to Civil War times, when Kansas and Missouri were rivals as states before schools. From Mizzou’s History of Homecoming:

Player’s on the field at MU’s first homecoming football game.

Chester L. Brewer, MU’s Director of Athletics, had a vision. His vision, to add some excitement to the rivalry, was to invite alumni to “come home” for the game. As part of this celebration of “coming home,” there was a parade and spirit rally to coincide with the actual game. In 1911, with a spirit rally, parade and more than 9,000 fans packed into Rollins Field (current site of Stankowski Field), the tradition of “Homecoming” at the University of Missouri and has served as a model for the various Homecoming celebrations that take place across the nation.

Since that first homecoming in 1911, Mizzou’s homecoming has only grown and improved.

Those at homecoming are welcomed in 1933.

The Homecoming Parade in 1963

Things are more live and in color now, so keep checking back this week to learn more about this year’s festivities. And welcome home!

Mizzou-Traditions and Tailgating

It’s Thursday before a home game here in Columbia, so what better time that a little tradition and then a little tailgating. First up, Tiger Walk…

Tiger Walk

Cheering for the team doesn’t start when they take the field. In the past few years, Tiger fans have started a new tradition that welcomes players as they walk from the Mizzou training complex to Memorial Stadium, crossing Providence Road on the pedestrian bridge.

Image from the Columbia Missourian

Tiger Walk starts two hours before game time, so line up early to high five your favorite Tiger and get the team pumped!

Image from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tailgating at Mizzou

What’s a football game without some tailgating? At Mizzou, fans wait in line for lots to open at 8:00 a.m. on game days and proceed to set up everything from tables to tents to televisions. Naturally, one of the most important tailgating elements is food and drink! Need something to bring to the game? What better than this cheesy football

Easy to make and even easier to eat!

So gather up your black and gold gear, tailgate for awhile this weekend and then go cheer on the Tiger players during Tiger Walk. Sounds like pretty nice Saturday to us!

What’s your go to tailgating recipe?