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)

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-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?