Twitter Tuesday: Admiring Baggett, worrying about Chiefs, some KU hoops and more

10/29/2013 3:45 PM

10/29/2013 3:45 PM

We begin today with the acknowledgement that no college athlete in the country has had a better showing the last few days than Andrew Baggett, and, yes, you read that right.

Baggett, as you surely know, missed a short field goal that would’ve sent Mizzou’s nationally televised game against South Carolina into a third overtime. It was his second missed field goal of the night, and, predictably, as Vahe wrote this morning, some idiots fired nasty comments his way.

Baggett, who hit five field goals the week before and the game-winner in overtime last year at Tennessee, has responded perfectly. In many people’s eyes, that missed kick will likely define Baggett’s time at Mizzou which means that in many people’s eyes, that missed kick will likely define Baggett. And if that’s the way it happens, hopefully his response to the disappointment and misguided hate is part of that definition.

Baggett has taken full responsibility, even as the snap came in high and the hold could’ve been better. He hasn’t used past successes as cover, hasn’t talked about the defense giving up a touchdown on 4th and 15 in the first overtime. He’s used a mix of humor and honesty and above all accountability. The idea is to win the game, and Baggett probably won’t ever fully get over the disappointment of missing that kick.

But in ways that mean more than a football game, his response to the miss has made him more admirable than anything he could’ve done in uniform.

This week’s eating recommendation is the No. 2 at Pho Hoa, and the reading recommendation is Sally Jenkins on Peyton Manning and his neck surgeries.

As always, thanks for your help and for reading.

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