It’s amazing for a state like Missouri to have so much success at one time, but all of these teams have risen to the occasion and are playing at an extremely high level. You might expect something like this in big markets that attract high-profile recruits and athletes, but Missouri? Yes, Missouri.
Though they’re smaller markets, Kansas City and St. Louis have some of the most passionate fan bases in America. And the Missouri Tigers have rebounded after a difficult opening season in the SEC last year to now be in line for a spot in the SEC Championship game.
All of these teams are somewhat surprising in their own unique way.
The Cardinals have established themselves as a sort of dynasty in Major League Baseball over the past decade.The way the front office has built the roster and farm system for sustained excellence is something every other fan base in baseball should be jealous of. The team lost the best hitter in the game to free agency and a Cy Young award winning pitcher to retirement and managed to get even better. It’s remarkable.
While the Chiefs haven’t had as much success over the past few years, it’s still a franchise with a proud history and some of the best fans in sports. It’s also a team with plenty of talent that underachieved until this season. Andy Reid has turned things around in Kansas City and this appears to be a team built for postseason success. Efficient offense that doesn’t turn the ball over and a defense that creates havoc by rushing the passer. Essentially, the type of team that could give Peyton Manning issues.
And the Missouri Tigers are a team that seemed completely overwhelmed last season with life in the SEC. However, Gary Pinkel has weathered the storm and has his group playing some of the best football in the country. They still have some difficult challenges on the schedule, but they’re proving they belong in college football’s best conference.
As a fan of a region that watched its teams completely self destruct over the past three weeks, I’m completely envious of the people of Missouri. It’s awesome to have one local potential championship team. Missouri has three. Enjoy the ride, fans. It doesn’t get any better.