Tiger Talk this week started off with Mizzou head football Coach Gary Pinkel talking a little bit about the time off that he got to enjoy.
“Well first of all, it was the first Friday night/Saturday night that I’ve had during the season in 37 years,” Pinkel said.
The rest was a strategic move as Pinkel gave his team a couple days off during that time to rest their bodies and keep their minds from being burned out.
“They really got refreshed, and they’re ready to go,” Pinkel said. “It was kind of the perfect spot to have this bye. Now we’re 2-0 in November and we’re going for game three.”
Pinkel went to Kansas City over the weekend to enjoy dinner at The Plaza and some well-deserved time enjoying himself with fellow Missourians.
“It was really weird,” he said. “It was really different because it’s never happened. Then I woke up Sunday morning and, bam, back ready to go.”
Senior tight end Eric Waters and junior offensive lineman Mitch Morse entertained fans and listeners with of the show as well. Waters was asked if he could believe that he only had one more game left to play at The ZOU.
“No,” Waters said without hesitation. “It’s hard to believe. It’s definitely hard to believe. These four years have gone by so fast. When you’re younger, you don’t want to believe Coach Pinkel when he says, ‘These four years will fly by and you’ll be wondering where they’re going.’ These are the best times of your life, and he was very, very correct.”
Morse echoed the sentiment of his teammate.
“Football’s just one of those games where you get so close to the guy you’re playing next to and the guys you go to battle with every Saturday,” Morse said. “It’s one of those things that you’re going to hold dear to you for the rest of your life. You’re going to have these friends for the rest of your life.”
Both players were asked to share something about the other that people may not know about. Morse spoke about Waters first.
“He’s an excellent crochet-er, and he’s made every offensive lineman mittens,” Morse said to the delight of those in attendance.
But Waters certainly returned the favor.
“He has a lovely voice,” Waters said. “Sometimes when I get upset, and I’m having a bad day, since Mitch’s locker is right next to mine, he will sing to me. He will make me feel so much better, and he has a heavenly voice.”
All shenanigans aside, Pinkel closed the show out by talking about how the team has yet to play its best game.
“I think that game where obviously you’re playing a really good opponent, and you play well on all sides of the ball,” Pinkel said. “Maybe sometimes you never play your best game; you’re always striving.”
Pinkel and his Missouri Tigers will have the chance to try to play their best game against a really good opponent as they travel to Oxford, Miss. to take on Ole Miss this Saturday at 6:45p.m. CST. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.