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Mizzou’s Richardson Takes Some Shots At UGA And Their “Old Man” Style Of Play

All offseason Missouri players have bowed their backs and complained of a lack of respect coming out of the national and SEC media.  But on Saturday night, Tiger defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson opened his trap and proved that his team could be just as guilty of not dishing out proper respect.

Asked by a Columbia Tribune writer if he watched Georgia’s game with Buffalo, Richardson made it clear he wasn’t impressed by the Dawgs — Mizzou’s next opponent — or their style of play:

 

“I watched that game.  I turned it off, too.  It’s like watching Big Ten football.  It’s old man football…

They got a Heisman candidate at quarterback.  OK.  So we’re going to get some and do what we’re supposed to do.  We create our own pressure.  That’s it, man.  Don’t nobody put no pressure on us.  We come out there for every game.  We do what we’re supposed to do.  If we execute, nobody in this league can touch us.  Period.”

 

Let’s pause so you can digest all that.  Georgia plays “old man football?”  Worse, “Big Ten football?”  And “nobody in this league can touch” Mizzou?

Here’s guessing Mr. Richardson just got every SEC fan to pull for the Bulldogs on Saturday.  And as we’ve said before, it’s just too darn bad that both teams won’t come in at full strength due to injuries, suspensions, etc.  It would be fun to see if UGA could “touch” Missouri with its full compliment of defenders.

Oh, but Richardson wasn’t done.  Asked again if the Tigers’ transition to the SEC has been overhyped he said:

 

“Way overhyped.  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.  It’s about that time we show them who we are…

We could have played Alabama today.  It don’t matter, man.  We’re coming out here every game like this, high-intense football.”

 

Missouri may well roll through the SEC with the greatest of ease including a date later in the season with Alabama, but I’m pretty sure the Tide — which whipped Michigan 41-14 on Saturday — won’t be intimidated by Mizzou’s “high-intense” football.  After all, Richardson’s comments were made after a 62-10 win over, ahem, Southeastern Louisiana.  That’s hardly Michigan.  Or even Buffalo, for that matter.

Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked about Richardson’s comments and reacted just as you’d expect him to… with class.  “Well, did he say ‘old man’ or ‘old school,’ or what did he say?”  Then The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer says the coach laughed and stated: “I don’t know what he meant by that.  You know botttom line is we’ve got to get after it and do what we do well, and they’ll trying to stop everything we’re trying to get accomplished.”

Whatever Richt and his Bulldogs plan to do on Saturday, MU’s Richardson would likely remind them: “Don’t nobody put no pressure on us.”  (Much to the chagrin of every University of Missouri English professor.)

Saturday in Columbia a UGA team with a thinned out secondary will carry the SEC banner into Faurot Field and attempt to provide Richardson with a taste of what “high-intense” football really means in the SEC.  Missouri and Richardson will come in with a banged-up offensive line and an “us against the world” attitude.  It should make for a heckuva “hello/how are ya?” between these new SEC rivals.

And we’ll see who’ll be barking loudest afterwards — Richardson or the Dawgs.

 


14 comments
USAFMEDIC
USAFMEDIC

As a Mizzou fan, we do not need a big mouth kid trying to get respect. We must earn it on the field. Do not judge the rest of us because this juvenile shot his mouth off.

mizzoujack1
mizzoujack1

One thing I have learned about the SEC brand of football is that a lot of SEC fans are quite a bit more sensitive than I have seen in other leagues.  This is one player who is confident about his team going into the next week's game.  He's probably speaking for many others on his team who are sick of hearing about this mythical game played in the SEC that is unlike any other.   It's just talk, but I like where his head is at going into this week's game.  M-I-Z!

Baman
Baman

 @mizzoujack1

 You like where his head is at? Do you think he has a nice ass?

buddha22
buddha22 like.author.displayName 1 Like

They can keep their SEC Banner at home, we have many ourselves including SEC logos marketed on the field, video board, stadium flag pole, etc. (BTW, you do realize MU is in the SEC, right? This isn't an "us vs them") His dig was at Georgia's style of play, not the SEC with the "old" comment. Regardless, if UGA needed that comment to get up for this one they are already in a world of hurt. I do agree though, if you want to talk the talk, be ready to back it up. Sheldon has had his first real off season with the team and is looking like the 5 star MU originally recruited, so now walk the walk Big Shel, you got their attention!

joedeluca
joedeluca

Great article. I teach freshman composition at UMKC (part of the MU system) and I love the humorous breakdown of the language. As an MU fan, I'm happy we in the SEC have MrSEC. It's the best college football writing on the web in my opinion. As for the appropriateness of Sheldon's comments, I think they're wonderful, though I'd probably have sited UT, A&M, OKST, before TECH as credible BIG 12 opponents. And yes, I'm going to take his intent with the "old man football" as "old school". The former makes no sense :)  

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

Mizzou will do all right and so will UGA in this one. Should be a good game, but as a Gator, not going to be pulling for the Dawgs just because of a couple of comments by one player, so the "entire SEC" pulling for the Dawgs this week? Nah.

 

Welcome to the SEC Mizzou and help Sheldon put a sock in it and lets spend the next few days focusing on the game (okay, that's a pipe dream, but thought I would throw it in anyway)..

Statesman
Statesman

As a Mizzou Alum I think that Sheldon's comments were ill-timed and not very thoughtful.    I believe the pressure & hype of being in the SEC is affecting the players & coaching staff.   The no respect mantra is wearing thin.   Let's win at least 1 SEC game before the trash talking starts. 

 

As Richt asked, "did he say old school", because there is a difference between old school & old style.  The former is a compliment.  

 

Injuries & suspensions are not acceptable....btw Mizzou is without their top rusher Henry Josey, who's out the entire year.  He ignited Franklin & the offense last year, but we can't use that as an excuse.

 

Finally most SEC-schools were pulling for UGA beforeRichardson's comments (except USC, Fla, & Tenn for obvious reasons).

MissouriAlum
MissouriAlum like.author.displayName 1 Like

Imbecilic. Look, Mr. 5 Star has a history of letting his mouth function before his brain. If I were him, I’d be dramatically more focused on improving his 3 Star athletic performances and shifting it more towards that 5 star ranking. His moving mouth is in no way, shape or form reflective of the typical (rational) Missouri fan attitude and frankly as a Missouri Alum, it’s embarrassing to be associated with such thoughtless hyperbole. I want to see all “talk” on the football field with measured performance.

mizzoujack1
mizzoujack1

 @MissouriAlum Wow, way to back your team and its players.  Way to represent your version of the typical Missouri fan attitude.  We need more like you....<--It's hard to simulate sarcasm in text, but it's there, I assure you.

MissouriAlum
MissouriAlum

 @mizzoujack1 Hmm. Well, ok. It appears the University of Missouri Head Coach wasn't overly impressed with those individual comments either, to the point of action:

http://www.mrsec.com/2012/09/shhhhh-mus-richardson-held-out-of-media-day-after-uga-comments/

After re-reading my comments, if any clarity was needed, my criticism was clearly aimed at an individual’s poorly thought out comments and an emphasis on athletic performance over hyperbole, not towards the team whatsoever.

Let’s hope this feeling of “disrespect”, that Mizzou can’t compete in the SEC, is turned into a positive motivator (which it should be!) for the team to embody the spirit of “Show Me” on the field because no matter what is said, that’s the ultimate gauge. I can’t wait to see this game in person and I think Missouri can win this game as well as be competitive (and consistently win) in the SEC. M-I-Z!!!!!!

 

MIZ ZOU FAN
MIZ ZOU FAN

 @MissouriAlum  As the famous Georgian, Louis Gizzard once said, "DAM brother!,  I don't believe I would have told that". He does not speak for the team, the University ,are the State of MO. He is young and I am sure does not know the that much of George's rich history of football, but he will learn,  I just hope not the hard way like most lessons of youth. I  do think we are going to surprise some of our new SEC brethren but his mouth is getting way ahead of his talent. Lets wait until the game is played and see where you stand.

GeauxState
GeauxState like.author.displayName 1 Like

Oh Sheldon why did you open your big mouth?!?!? Georgia will win this game and Mizzou will learn how to keep their mouths shut and just go out and play the game! The SEC family will be pulling for UGA this weekend to give Mizzou an good ole southern welcome!

Jberg
Jberg

 @GeauxState I hope they come with alot more then a Southern welcome.

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