So far in our little bookshop’s short life we’ve already lived through three home football games. Football weekends are like no other. The town is super quiet during the game itself, but for the rest of the time it’s pretty much full-on pandemonium. Columbia loves its Mizzou Tigers.
So of course we’re delighted to welcome Dave Matter to Skylark on Thursday, October 11, to talk about his new book, 100 Things Missouri Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.
Most Tigers fans have taken in a game or two at the Zou, have seen highlights of "Mister Magic" Willie Smith, and remember the 2002 and 2009 Elite Eight appearances. But only real fans know the Civil-War roots of the "Tigers" nickname, the significance of Al Abram, and can name the football and basketball stars who went on to be Hall of Fame players. 100 Things Missouri Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource for true fans of the Missouri Tigers. Whether you’re a die-hard booster from the days of Dan Devine or a recent supporter of the team, these are the 100 things every fan needs to know and do in their lifetime. Dave Matter has collected every essential piece of Tigers knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them all from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist as you progress on your way to fan superstardom.
After ten years of writing for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Dave now writes for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and STLtoday.com about University of Missouri athletics. He also co-wrote The 100 Yard Journey with some guy called Gary Pinkel.