9 Traditions Every Tiger Should Do
Tradition is a quality of the elite. Tradition shows consistency, integrity to never quit, and reverence for a system and its supporters.
The Missouri Tiger Football Team is all about consistency, integrity, and reverence for its swagger and fan base. These traditions are not only apparent and relevant to the football team, but to the university as a whole.
Throughout school history, The University of Missouri has accumulated numerous traditions. Below, some of the most recognized football traditions are highlighted.
No matter if you’re a student, an alumni, or just a Tigers fan, you can be a part of these rich traditions. Let’s take a look at some of these traditions, old and new, and how you can be involved in the fun black and gold traditions that make up the Tiger way today.
1. The Tailgate
Like a Tiger at the Zou, shake your tail at the gate. Tailgating is one of the oldest traditions in college football. It’s simple. Get a tent, some Missouri apparel, maybe a grill, and you’re set for a good time.
2. Tiger chants and cheers
Okay, so you’ve done your tailgating. Now it’s time to get inside Faurot Field and enjoy the game. When you enter The Zou, it’s probably a good thing to learn the Tiger chants and cheers. Not only is it a tradition, but it will bring the fun times and community from tailgating and continue it all game long. Here are the two chants and cheers that every fan should try to learn:
Alma Mater – Old Missouri
Tiger Fight Song
The Missouri Tiger Football Team sings the fight song with the fans after every victory.
3. Painting the “M”
If you’ve ever been to Faurot Field, you will have undoubtedly noticed the large, white “M” resting at the farthest side of the stadium. This “M” is 90-feet wide and 95-feet high, and its creation is unique and interesting. In 1927, MU students used rocks leftover from the construction of Memorial Stadium to form the symbol. Every year, the “M” is painted by the incoming freshmen before the fall semester begins. Likewise, senior football players are known for taking bits of the rock as a token as they leave the stadium for the last game as a Tiger.
4. Kissing the “50”
If you were ever a student at Mizzou, you already know that this is one of the “7 things to do before graduating.” Besides the fact that it’s technically illegal to trespass onto school property during night (which is when some students try to kiss the 50), there are several opportunities for you to kiss the “50.” Some of these opportunities would be while painting the “M” or while you rush the field after a Tiger win.
5. Tiger’s Lair
Here is another older tradition in college football. Most schools have students who cover nearly their entire bodies with school colors and war paint. Be a part of the college football world and a part of your Missouri Tiger’s elite fandom by covering yourself in black and gold.
6. Mizzou Gold Rush and Blackout games
“A sea of gold” is what it’s called at Faurot Field. Every Saturday, except for the last home game of the season, Missouri Tigers fans throw on a golden shirt (or hoodie) and literally fill the whole stadium in Missouri gold. This is known as the “goldrush.” On the last game of the season, the Tigers have what they call a “blackout.” This is when all the fans put on black Mizzou apparel for similar looks and pride for the fans as done with the “goldrush.” The team wears all black as well for the blackout game.
7. Mizzou Helmet Car
At every home game, University of Missouri students drive around the Mizzou Helmet Car, which is exactly what it sounds like. It adds a little more excitement to the game, something you’d always like to have. After every Tiger touchdown, the car parades back and forth in the end zone.
8. Tiger Walk Bridge
Normally, around 200 fans congregate on the Tiger Walk Bridge two hours before kickoff for each home game to welcome the Missouri Tiger Football Team. The team makes their walk, known as the “Tiger Walk,” to the stadium where they will enter the locker room and further prepare for the game. The tradition began in 2001 when Coach Pinkel arrived as head coach, and players have given a lot of credit to these rallies for their success in past games.
9. The Missouri Waltz
Before kickoff and after the third quarter, fans place their arms around one another, sway left and right, and sing the Missouri Waltz. When the swaying and singing has come to an end, fans combust in excitement and jump and fist-pump the air.