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Monday, December 03, 2007

Mizzou fans should boycott FedEx

There is no real mystery who is at fault for #6 Mizzou not getting a BCS bowl bid. After Oklahoma got the automatic Big XII bid, the call who got the conference's second BCS bid belonged to the FedEx Orange Bowl selection committee. They looked at Mizzou's 11-2 record, which included wins over Kansas and Rose Bowl-bound Illinois and whose only losses were against just one team, #4 Oklahoma, and compared it to #8 Kansas, whose 11 wins came against the 11th easiest schedule (out of 119 teams) and whose loss was to Mizzou, and those geniuses somehow decided to pick KU.

The selection committee lamely explained that KU had a long connection to the Orange Bowl from back in the Big 8 days, an explanation that applied equally well to Mizzou.

Mizzou fans can express their disapproval this Christmas season with a message to the selection committee's sponsor, Federal Express. When sending Christmas presents (or business packages) this month, why not consider diverting your business away from FedEx to competitors like UPS and DHL?

And if the committee was thinking about television ratings, perhaps those of us in the St. Louis market should watch something else when the FedEx Orange Bowl is on, and see if the Wichita market can make up the difference.

A bigger mystery is how Mizzou got screwed a second time, by not getting a better opponent in the Cotton Bowl. The spot was reserved for either the #3, 4 or 5 SEC team, which (after BCS-bound LSU and Georgia) included #12 (and defending national champion) Florida (who instead will play unranked Michigan, loser to Appalachian State) and #16 Tennessee (who drew #18 Wisconsin). Instead Mizzou got a nothing-to-win and everything-to-lose matchup with Arkansas, which is not even in the BCS Top 25 and ranks no higher than 24th in any major poll. That isn't to say they aren't any good, because they are, as BCS Championship Bowl-bound LSU found out in its regular season finale. The problem is, Mizzou will get no year-end boost from beating this team, but would suffer greatly by losing to them. High risk, low reward. The Cotton Bowl, a traditional New Years Day bowl that is generally regarded as the best non-BCS bowl, seemingly could have and should have done better.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send letters to:
Federal Express
Sports Marketing
PO Box 727
Memphis, TN 38194

Let FedEx know since they felt KU was a better draw for them financially, that there are consequences "financially" for them as MU fans withdraw spending money with FedEx. I won't be watching that game or spending money with their sponsors.

December 3, 2007 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger St. Louis Oracle said...

Go follow through on my suggestion, anonymous, but one question:
How do we know what sponsors (besides FedEx itself) not to spend money on without watching the game?

December 3, 2007 at 2:44 PM  
Anonymous sevenyearhawk said...

This is my theory on the BCS selection:

It doesn't involve wins, losses or money ...

Missouri fans, namely The Antlers, have repeatedly and consistently demonstrated a lack of decorum in regards to sensitive issues: Quantrill's Raid, Coach Mangino's weight, etc.

Do you think the Orange Bowl committee REALLY wanted to take even a chance of shirts or signs referencing Michael Vick or the Virginia Tech sniper appearing in

Think about it, Tigers ... your reputation for boorish behavior may well have cost your team a BCS bid!

December 12, 2007 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger St. Louis Oracle said...

I don't really think The Antlers have been newsworthy since the administration cracked down on them several years ago. I doubt that any member of the selection committee had ever heard of them.

But thanks for the reminder where Michael Vick played his college ball.

December 12, 2007 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous sevenyearhawk said...

Maybe the Committee had never heard of The Antlers, but they could have seen this:

The Quantrill shirt

or this:

Fixed to the print is a small gold plaque [Circuit Judge Owens Hull] had installed, one that still makes him chuckle: “1863, Missouri vs. Kansas, Missouri 183, Kansas 0.”

or this:

The Antlers Wikipedia page

or finally, this:

A YouTube video of Missouri fans heckling a Kansas fan at the Sun Bowl ...

December 13, 2007 at 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always used UPS for all of my express packaging. I in the future will use FedEx,thank you very much for enlightening me that they were the sponsor of the Orange Bowl where the 11-1 Jayhawks will be sunning the winter doldrums away. The Greater St. Louis area would seem to me to be equally divided between Mizzou fans and Big Ten, Illini fans. I doubt very seriously that they will shed any tears that MU wasnt selected to go to the BCS Orange Bowl. They probably dont care if MU went to a bowl at all, they are concentrated on the Rose Bowl, not obsessed with another team in their conference. For that reason I predict MU will lose to Arkansas, their mind isnt on the game, its mired in self pity and jealousy of everything Crimson and Blue. Dont worry, the Greater Kansas City area television market will more than suffice for any ratings lost by any MU fans who decide to 'boycott' the Orange Bowl. Congrats on making the Cotton Bowl, what better place to send a bunch of slavers.

December 13, 2007 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger suzyjax said...

Not only will I boycott FedEx, I shall stop eating Oranges!


January 11, 2008 at 7:32 AM  

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