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Mizzou player scoffs at UGA’s ‘Big Ten, old man’ style of football

Oklahoma running back Whaley escapes the tackle attempt by Missouri nose guard Richardson in Norman, Oklahoma AP

Well, this will certainly add some sizzle to Missouri’s first-ever SEC game.

Saturday, Georgia will travel to Mizzou to take on the Tigers in the conference opener for both schools.  While Mizzou had little problem dispatching SE Louisiana 62-10 in its opener, Georgia had a little more difficult time, relatively speaking, with Buffalo as it kicked off the 2012 season.

The Bulldogs led the Bulls just 24-16 at the end of a sluggish first half before pulling away for a 45-23 win at home in Athens.  That sluggishness just happened to catch the attention of Sheldon Richardson, the Mizzou defensive end who has never met a microphone he didn’t immediately fall in love with.

Asked by reporters if he was able to watch any of this weekend’s opponent’s game, Richardson answered in the affirmative before adding that he had to turn it off.

The reasoning behind the defensive lineman shutting off the TV, apparently in disgust no less?  The ultimate insult for any school in the SEC, as it turns out.

It’s like watching Big Ten football,” he said. “It’s old man football.”

Ouch.  That’ll leave a mark as deep as Alabama’s evisceration of Michigan Saturday night.

And Richardson wasn’t done brandishing his tongue, either.  With Mizzou’s move to the SEC from the Big 12 came a lot of talk and speculation as to how the Tigers would fare going from a conference more known for offense to one littered with dominating defenses.

Describing the talk as “way overhyped,” Richardson said it’s time for Mizzou to show the SEC what Mizzou’s all about.

“They make it seem like we came from the WAC or something or never played against Oklahoma or Texas Tech and everyone else who plays for national championships,” said Richardson, apparently unaware that the Lubbock school is, well, that school in Lubbock. “It’s about time we show them who we are.”

Richardson can certainly talk the talk.  Whether the Tigers can walk it, too, without tripping over Richardson’s oversized tongue is a whole other animal entirely, especially when it comes to playing on a football stage as big as the SEC’s.

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28 Responses to “Mizzou player scoffs at UGA’s ‘Big Ten, old man’ style of football”
  1. blaksteele says: Sep 3, 2012 12:24 PM

    Better prove it on the field.

  2. iloveflorio says: Sep 3, 2012 12:27 PM

    Question, when was the last time Texas tech played for a natl championship? I’m thinking never, but I’m only 32, so I don’t remember the 70’s when the big 12 mattered. I think mizzou may be in for a rude awakening.

  3. bucsrulez24 says: Sep 3, 2012 12:29 PM

    This man didn’t know that him opening his mouth to trash talk will open pandoras box on Mizzou. Good job young man on putting a target on your guys back. I truly hope you guys get whooped the whole season so you can learn a lesson

  4. ghengy says: Sep 3, 2012 12:34 PM

    Buffalo: 199 yards rushing, 347 total, 3 sacks.

    Georgia is a joke. Thank god Mark Fulmer Richt is off the hot seat this year, I hope he retires in Athens at a ripe old age.

  5. 35longmiles says: Sep 3, 2012 12:42 PM

    Dumbass to run his piehole without ever having done a thing in the conference. He will be remembered for THAT.

  6. bobulated says: Sep 3, 2012 12:42 PM

    UGA’s D struggled against Buffalo for whole half, I certainly see this game being more competitive than I did before the season started.

  7. raysfan1 says: Sep 3, 2012 12:53 PM

    I’m assuming you’re joking, but just in case…
    There was no Big 12 in the 1970s. Mizzou was in the Big 8.
    Texas Tech has never won a mythical national championship, and was in the Southwest Conference in the 1970s.

  8. brakengo says: Sep 3, 2012 1:17 PM

    @ 35longmiles,

    YOU might remember him but the rest of us won’t.

  9. missouriman4ever says: Sep 3, 2012 2:04 PM

    As a huge MU fan, I love Richardson’s swagger. MU is much more prepared for the SEC than people realize. However, while this may get your teammates fired up, it also wakes Georgia up as well. This is gonna be a dog fight. Can’t Wait for the game. M-I-Z !

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 3, 2012 2:05 PM

    Sheldon’s comments will be plastered on the UGA locker room walls. UGA players will see his face and read his comments each time they come into and exit the locker room. They will talk to one another about it. He painted a bullseye on himself.

    Mizzou will give a game of it, but the problems the Bulldogs had in the first half against Buffalo may not extend to this upcoming game. The first game jitters may be out and UGA may come with a game plan and now with greater motivation.

    It sure is best when players keep their mouths shut and do not give this kind of motivation to the other team.

  11. mizzouram says: Sep 3, 2012 2:20 PM

    The world is about to find out that that just because you have Bama and LSU in your league does not mean everyone in your conference is great. UGA is gonna walk thier arrogant a**es into CoMo but they will be limping out. M I Z!

  12. vols84 says: Sep 3, 2012 2:27 PM

    Mizzou, you better buckle up, shut up and put up. It’s big boy ball time. There are no directional schools in the SEC.

  13. miserynmossouri says: Sep 3, 2012 2:38 PM

    Mizzou has never been the best in their old conference. How do they expect to rise to the top of a conference that has
    Produced the last 5 national champions. I live in Stl and find the mizzou hype way over hyped. Get real mizzou fans… Let’s see how things work for you on
    October 13. You will see a real team and real fans.

  14. bgmcc907 says: Sep 3, 2012 3:12 PM

    I don’t suppose any of you have bothered to look up Missouri’s all time record against the SEC, have you? You might find it enlightening.

  15. hornbuckle says: Sep 3, 2012 3:14 PM

    Alligator mouth, banty rooster ass.

  16. sparty0n says: Sep 3, 2012 3:26 PM

    Nebraska admitted that the switch to the Big Ten was a bigger change for them than they expected. Mizzou will probably encounter the same moving to the SEC. However, I like Mizzou and wish them the best. It won’t be easy. As for Richardson, he should let the team’s play on the field do the talking and keep his pie hole shut.

  17. wvucolumbus says: Sep 3, 2012 3:48 PM

    Although his assessment of the Big Ten is accurate, his candid comments could come back to haunt him when he plays a very solid UGA team this week.

  18. mountaineer50415 says: Sep 3, 2012 6:04 PM

    If he were to brag about how his team was going to crush Alabama, LSU or even Arkansas I would say he has more mouth than ability. However, he is talking about the dogs. Though it is not a given, it is not impossible for Missouri to win this game. They may beat Florida, S. Carolina and a few others also. Just not sure yet. One thing is sure though. They are playing in Missouri and the dogs have a lot of missing players.

  19. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 3, 2012 6:49 PM

    Not only will the quote be UGA’s wall, it will be on Indiana’s wall on 9-21-13. The “Old Man” football he talks about includes playing defense. That’s something most current and former Big 12 schools don’t do. I would love to see a second tier B1G school like Indiana knock off Mizzou.

  20. bunyanj says: Sep 3, 2012 6:53 PM

    I wonder if Sheldon knows when the great Mizzou football program won it’s last championship of any kind? Well, it was 1969, at least 20 years before he was born. UGA will have to play in their cheezy little stadium that only seats 62,000 because fans buy Cardinal season tickets, not Mizzou tickets. In case Sheldon is not aware, this means a big loss of revenue for SEC teams to support a weak sister. The Mizzou football program is one jump ahead of Kentucky; but they do have impressive wins over Kansas, Iowa State, Baylor, Texas Tech, etc.

    Somehow I missed Texas Tech playing for the National Championship; but I know Mizzou has not any championships lately. Come on down and collect your big paychecks at stadiums almost twice the size of yours. You will need the money to buy better players

  21. ripster65 says: Sep 3, 2012 6:56 PM

    “Mizzou, you better buckle up, shut up and put up. It’s big boy ball time. There are no directional schools in the SEC.”


    *uh…besides South Carolina….if that’s what you mean.

  22. floridacock says: Sep 3, 2012 7:27 PM

    Mark it down, Missouri will be competative right from the start and surprise some people. Can’t wait to get them in Cola, SC later on for their first away SEC game.

  23. bigdawg24 says: Sep 3, 2012 8:01 PM

    We are the new kids on the block. Mr Richardson, please shut your mouth and show respect, to hopefully gain the respect of the greatest Conference in the nation.

  24. kcrobert10 says: Sep 3, 2012 8:30 PM

    I think there are going to be a lot of people who will have there eyes opened by Missouri this yr. This program has won at least 8 games a yr for the last 6 yrs in what was arguably the 2nd best conference during that time span. Don’t forget this team has beaten Oklahoma and Texas at the zou the last couple yrs, they are well thought of programs. So it won’t be surprising to me to see them not only be competitive but win the east divison this yr and yrs to come. It’s not about your schools past its about its about its future and with the amount of dollars and facilities upgrades they are making at the zou the future can be very bright indeed. Also we won’t just be competitive in football u boys in the sec are going to see a very very good basketball program as well. Who may very well be entering the conference as the 2nd best team in it.

  25. bunyanj says: Sep 3, 2012 9:46 PM

    to kcroberto10: Those improvements at the “zou” will be financed by original SEC football programs that sell 90,000 to 100,00 seats every home game and pull in more bowl and TV revenue than Mizzou ever dreamed about. You say to forget the past; but you never have won any championsips in the last 5, 10, 15 or 20 years. Mizzou is a dogmeat football program, and who cares about basketball? The programs that have lousy football programs.

  26. gamustangdude says: Sep 3, 2012 10:05 PM

    Lol!!! I find comments like these very entertaining. Mizzou might keep it close the first half but that’s it. On the otherhand, UGA did look sloppy in the first half against Buffalo. To the Mizzou fan that brought up Mizzou’s record versus the SEC, that’s irrelevant. Why? Because Mizzou won’t play Ole Miss 6 times this year. Playing the SEC in one bowl game or regular season game is not the same as playing an SEC schedule, get the through your heads. Mizzou might wn vs UGA, there are still 6 other SEC east teams they got to play. Hell, South Carolina beat UGA and still didn’t make the SEC championship game. UGA will not take this game likely, I will. What the hell has Mizzou done lately? I’ll start calling them MizWho until they prove otherwise!!!

  27. tigersgeaux says: Sep 4, 2012 12:38 AM


    Good post, good thoughts. What a difference to play SEC teams week end and week out, than just one game a season! Reminds me of last season when the Miss. State coach as shocked at the play of LSU on his home turf and exclaimed, (I paraphrase): “They are playing smash mouth football!” ha. Like there is any other kind of football played in the SEC? What a welcome the “new kids” will have to the SEC!

  28. hodag54501 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:43 AM

    Smack talk is juvenile. That said, it’s time for the “Big 10″ to admit the obvious: this conference doesn’t deserve a BCS bid.
    The Alabama-Michigan game looked like the varsity playing the junior varsity. Michigan was said to be a contender in the “Big 10″. Wisconsin barely held on against (what used to be called Division II) Northern Iowa. I could go on. Ohio State looked like a real deal(infused by Urban Meyer) and Nebraska looks good enough to lose to an SEC team in some bowl. That’s it.

    The BIG 10 needs to be renamed the “MEDIOCRE 12″.
    It is an inferior conference that would lose 90 percent of it’s games head-to-head with the SEC.
    I’m ashamed of nearly the whole conference in football. It’s time the Mediocre 12 conference leaders looked at themselves in the mirror and said we have to start figuring out a way to improve the product, not just con the reporters covering the teams to keep hyping it as a mega-conference(in football) which it clearly is not.

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