Bill Connelly looks at how that whole SEC rivalry thing with new kid on the block Missouri is working and, quite frankly, finds us a little slack in that department:
… Georgia fans were among the ones least impressed with Mizzou’s move to the conference (those less impressed tended to be the ones who live a long, long way away from Columbia), and I think it’s probably telling that, at Senator Blutarsky’s blog, there hasn’t been a Missouri mention in months. It’ll take something pretty impressive for us to end up with more than three points in this category.
Speaking for myself, there’s got to be a dash of hate to spice up any rivalry. There’s nothing quite like a mid-sixties harridan wearing a piss-gold sweater she wouldn’t be caught dead wearing anywhere outside of Bobby Dodd Stadium getting in your face after (another) Georgia Tech loss to tell you to go to hell, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
That’s Missouri’s problem. They’re too nice. Everything I heard from friends and acquaintances who made the trip to Columbia last year was about how gracious the locals were. And even Sheldon Richardson had the good manners to apologize to Richt after the game for his “old man football” remark. That’s no way to build a rivalry.
Missouri needs to do something October 12th to jumpstart the heat. My suggestion? Gary Pinkel needs to hire a consultant on how to get an edge that riles things up. And I’ve got the perfect candidate – he’s even got a familiar name. Of course, that kind of stuff can backfire on you if you’re not careful.
Helpful suggestions for Bill are, of course, welcomed in the comments.