junior center Evan Boehm, snapping a football to the quarterback with lightning-quick velocity is second nature. So it’s no surprise he was tempted to use that same method for throwing out the first pitch at Kauffman Stadium, home to the Kansas City Royals.

“I think we should take a survey on how many people know I’m a center,” Boehm said, “and if I should snap the ball, or throw the ball tonight.”

Boehm was tasked with throwing out the ceremonial first pitch during Mizzou Night at the K, in which the Kansas City Royals topped the Cleveland Indians 6-4.

While Boehm didn’t actually make history by being the first person to snap a first pitch to the plate before a Major League Baseball game, he still had plenty of fun meeting fans, signing autographs, conversing with commentators before the game, and worrying about making his pitch a good one.

“I’m nervous,” Boehm said as he stood near the dugout, waiting to be called onto the field. “Probably going to bounce the ball to the plate, but we’ll see what happens.”

Boehm’s enthusiasm was unmatched, and it showed as he talked about representing Mizzou in front of thousands of Royals fans.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, to come out and throw a first pitch at a major league game,” Boehm said. “So it’s gonna be exciting and I can’t wait.”

Before the game, Boehm joined the commentators in the booth, talking about his devotion and loyalty for the Royals—regardless of their success on the diamond.

“Haven’t seen a playoff game, but you know what, I’m the biggest Royal fan there is,” Boehm said. “So I’ll support my Boys in Blue any day.”

Mizzou Made relief pitcher Aaron Crow agreed to sign the first pitch ball, which Boehm sent straight down the middle of the plate.

“Action must be taken at once; there is no time to be lost.” – Miguel Hidalgo


Distractions are everywhere; we all deal with them. But what separates a good athlete from a great one is the ability to tune out the distractions and focus on the game. Distraction control is a critical mental skill that takes practice, but the more you do it the easier it becomes. As this week’s quote states, “Action must be taken at once; there is no time to be lost.” In other words, you don’t have time to devote energy to all of the distracting thoughts swirling around in your head. In order to perform to the best of your athletic ability, you need to focus and control your thoughts.

In football and in life, doors open and close in seconds, and you have to be ready to go through them. The outcome of a game often comes down to seconds left on the clock. If you see an opportunity on the field, you need to act immediately. There is absolutely no room for other thoughts. You have one chance to make that tackle, complete the pass or get a first down. Don’t let those opportunities slip by because you’re upset about the last play. Prepare yourself for the inevitable distractions you will face at each game by practicing to expect the unexpected. Mizzou football gains this mental edge through its whistle to snap philosophy.

These distractions are a mental game. You have the power to ignore them by committing yourself to remain positive and focused. If you react negatively to a situation, whether it’s a schedule change, game delay or difference in facilities at an away game, you lower your own resistance because negative thoughts take a lot of energy. On the other hand, if you practice remaining positive, you can bounce back from negative distractions and let them go. Above all, remember that it is up to you. Only you have the power to overcome distractions and focus on the game.


About the quote:

Miguel Hildago was a Catholic priest and a heroic leader during the Mexican War of Independence. He roused Mexicans to fight for independence against the Spanish with his speeches including the famous “Cry of Dolores.”

Calling all Mizzou Football fans! With the start of the 2014 football season right around the corner, Mizzou Athletics is in need of some fabulous videos to promote Mizzou Tiger football.

We’re looking for your funniest, craziest, most creative video submissions to be considered for our video contest. Mizzou Tiger fans will help vote on the winning entries, and the overall winner will receive four free tickets to the 2014 season home opener game against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on August 30.


Fittingly, the contest theme is, “Why you’re excited to return to The ZOU on August 30.” You can submit your videos here! We want to see the best display of your team spirit, but please follow a few guidelines:

  • All videos must be in the form of a YouTube URL link.
  • The video must be 60 seconds or less.
  • All content must be an original creation of the submitter. Please do not use any audio or video material that you do not have the rights to.
  • Mizzou Athletics will not consider any content that it deems inappropriate for any reason.


The contest begins immediately, and all submissions must be received by 6 p.m. CST on Thursday, August 21. Mizzou Athletics will choose one finalist a week starting on Friday, August 8. After a total of three finalists have been chosen, fans will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite video starting Monday, August

Friday, July 25, is Mizzou Night at Kauffman Stadium as the Kansas City Royals take on the Cleveland Indians. The first 3,500 fans who bring their ticket to the Mizzou Night table at Gate B will receive a limited edition black and gold Kansas City Royals Mizzou baseball cap.

Mizzou has a long tradition of former players going on to play in the MLB. In 2006, Max Scherzer was selected by Arizona with the 11th overall pick. In 2008 Aaron Crow replaced Scherzer as the highest draft pick when he was selected ninth overall by the Washington Nationals, but he decided not to sign and re-entered the draft in 2009. He was then selected 12th overall by the Kansas City Royals and is currently on their active roster. Also coming from Mizzou are four-time All-Star selection Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers, Kyle Gibson of the Minnesota Twins, and Nick Tepesch of the Texas Rangers. Mizzou players Jay Hankins (1957) and John O’Donoghue (1959) played for the Kansas City Athletics, and Jeff Cornell (1978) and Aaron Crow (2009) have donned the Kansas City Royals uniform.

Junior center Evan Boehm, among other Mizzou Football players, will be in attendance.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. and tickets vary in price from $14 in the Hy-Vee Outfield to $45 at Dugout Plaza. Fans can purchase tickets on the Kansas City Royals website.

The Mizzou Football program will begin selling single-game tickets for the Tigers’ three non-conference home games, as well as mini-plans that include conference home games, on Thursday, July 24 for Tiger Scholarship Fund members and season ticket holders.

The remaining tickets will be available to the general public starting July 25.  Tickets will be available in an online-only sale at mutigers.com until July 28, when purchases can be made by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS, or at the Mizzou Arena ticket office and online.

There are three mini-plans Mizzou fans can choose from for $99 each:

  • “Z” plan: South Dakota State, Central Florida, Vanderbilt
  • “O” plan: South Dakota State, Central Florida, Kentucky
  • “U” plan: South Dakota State, Central Florida, Arkansas

Single-game tickets will be on sale for Tiger Scholarship Fund members and season ticket holders starting in early August. Those who qualify will be sent an email with additional information prior to the sale.

Get your Mizzou Football season tickets and general admission tickets while they last at mutigers.com or by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS. Mizzou Football will kick off the 2014 season against South Dakota State on August 30 at The Zou.

“Each person’s work is always a portrait of himself.” – Samuel Butler

Champions. From Queen’s “We are the Champions” to the Wheaties Breakfast of Champions tagline, our culture constantly finds ways to celebrate them. After all, doesn’t everyone want to be a champion? As this week’s Make A Difference quote states, actions are a reflection of our characters. In other words, if you want to be called a champion, you have to act like one.

Do you have what it takes to be a true champion? Here are nine key characteristics of a champion. See if you measure up! If you are a champion you are:

  1. Ambitious – Your dreams are big, and your goals are high. You value success, and do not accept failure.
  2. Coachable – You realize that your coach has your best interest in mind. You listen to, learn from, and take advice from your coach. You are easy to approach and take constructive criticism well.
  3. Aggressive – You are naturally competitive and have an insatiable hunger for a win. You assert yourself undeniably in order to get that win.
  4. Leader – You set a positive example for others, allowing your teammates and peers look up to you. You respect others, and they respect you. Your teammates look to you for advice.
  5. Initiator – You take the lead, even under pressure. If you see something wrong, you step up to the plate and fix it.
  6. Hard-worker – You are the first to show up to practice and the last to leave. You are a self-starter who never skips a day of work.
  7. Fit – You are physically tough. Your body is in excellent condition from all the workouts, practices and training sessions. You train constantly to keep improving your own body.
  8. Strong – You have a never-give-up attitude and never make excuses. You don’t let your feelings get the best of you on the field. You ignore heat, cold, pain and other obstacles and focus on your goals instead.
  9. Enduring – You see things through until the end. You are a reliable presence to teammates and coaches. You do your best when faced with tough competition. Your can-do attitude remains consistent year-round.

The good news is, all of these traits can be learned, practiced and honed. A true champion is constantly striving towards self-improvement.


About the Quote:

Samuel Butler was a 19th century English novelist most famous for his books, Erewhon and The Way of All Flesh. He is also known for his prose translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey, which are still used today.

Mizzou Athletic Director Mike Alden and Director of External Engagement Ashley Moore recently took part in the #Chillin4Charity movement, which raises money and awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

The campaign, which is also known as “Cold Water Challenge,” calls for participants to have a bucket of water dumped on their heads—so junior center Evan Boehm and junior safety Ian Simon did the heavy lifting.

The challenge also asks its participants to call out others to get involved. Alden and Moore were challenged by Colgate University Athletic Director Vicky Chun, and they extended the challenge to athletic personnel at Southern Illinois, Rutgers, Southeast Missouri State, and Virginia Tech.

Arizona women’s basketball coach Niya Butts created the movement in June.

Kay Yow was a women’s basketball coach for 38 years and passed away in 2009 from Stage 4 breast cancer. The cancer fund, which was started in her honor, has raised more than $10 million since its inception in 2007.

Mizzou football head coach Gary Pinkel took his turn in what is known as the “ESPN Car Wash” in Bristol, Conn., on Monday.

“They call it the Car Wash because you go to studio after studio, ESPN.com, ESPNU, ESPN, Gameday, and it goes on and on and on… what a remarkable place,” Pinkel described the event that he’s been a part of three years in a row.

Pinkel talked Mizzou football on 13 different ESPN platforms from 9 a.m.- 1:45 p.m.

On ESPN’s flagship program, SportsCenter, Pinkel spoke about a number of topics, including how the team will continue to grow after last season’s Cotton Bowl Championship.

“I’m a process guy,” he said. “You get back after the bowl game, come in our locker room, the countdown to our first game, and you just don’t waste a day. It’s a process of, every day, doing the right things. So that’s what you do. One thing you do in college football, the chemistry changes because you lose a bunch of seniors and younger players are getting involved. So it’s a constant development of leadership and chemistry on your team. That’s going on right now, up until our first football game.”

While Pinkel’s day involved a lot of running around the ESPN campus, he said he enjoyed his time on Monday.

“Just a great place,” he said. “Great to represent Mizzou in Bristol, Conneticut.”

Mizzou’s first game this season will take place on August 30 versus South Dakota State on ESPNU.

Former Mizzou players are always looking for ways to give back to the community. Mizzou Made wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, is no exception.

This Saturday will be the fourth year in a row he has hosted the St. Louis JMac’s Back to School Packs, which works to fill children’s backpacks with essential school supplies for the upcoming year. Maclin will also include a message of “No Work. No Play” in each pack, as a reminder that taking one’s studies seriously when you are young will pay off later on in the form of career opportunities and goal attainment.

Maclin compiled 182 catches for 2,315 yards and 22 scores in just two seasons with Mizzou after a serious knee injury sidelined him for his freshman season. He was a 2008 All-American before being drafted in the first round by the Eagles. He scored 10 touchdowns for them during the 2010 campaign.

Since 2009, Maclin has caught 258 passes for 3,453 receiving yards as an Eagle. He averages 13.4 yards per catch, and he has scored 26 receiving touchdowns for Philadelphia. He was sidelined prior to the start of the 2013 season with a torn ACL, but he is expected to hit the field this season and play a major part in the Eagles’ offense once again.

Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Mo., will host the event, which will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 19.

The east side expansion at The Zou is well on its way to giving fans a brand-new upper deck, club area, and tailgating zone. The additional 4,200 seats will allow Mizzou fans to see the action from the highest altitude ever.

Last month, Mizzou Football asked the fans for help naming the three new additions to Faurot Field. After serious deliberation, the results are:

  • East Side Upper Deck: The Tiger Deck
  • East Side Club: The Columns Club
  • Tailgating Terrace: Truman’s Terrace

The winner of two free season tickets for the Tiger Deck was Jennifer Workes of St. Louis.

Fans can check out the all-new east side for the first time on August 30, when the Tigers will play host to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.