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Archives for August 2012
#3 Northwest Missouri 33, East Central 3
#3 Northwest Missouri overcame four turnovers by forcing four of their own on the way to a 33-3 season opening victory over East Central. The Bearcat defense held ECU to just 292 yards of total offense and only 48 yards on the ground. Trevor Adams threw for 201 yards and a touchdown also scoring one on the ground while Brandon Dixon had two interceptions.
#18 Missouri Western 38, Central Missouri 26
#18 Missouri Western led 28-7 at the half and held off a second half charge by Central Missouri to pull out a 38-26 season opening victory. The Griffons took advantage of three interceptions scoring both their second quarter touchdowns off turnovers.
Truman 24, Southwest Baptist 14
The Truman Bulldogs took advantage of five SBU turnovers to pull out a 24-14 victory on the road. TSU jumped out to a 21-0 advantage in the third quarter before the Bearcats scored 14 unanswered to cut the lead to a single touchdown. Garrett White scored two touchdowns racking up 109 yards of total offense for TSU. Conrad Schottel was 14-32 for 221 yards through the air. For the Bearcats Dan Connors was 20-45 for 176 yards and had one touchdown through the air and one on the ground.
Missouri Southern 25, Central Oklahoma 20
Missouri Southern took a 25-7 lead into the fourth quarter but Central Oklahoma put up 13 points to come up just shy of the comeback losing 25-20 at home. The two teams both ended up with less than 300 yards and the game saw five total turnovers. For Central Oklahoma Adrian Nelson threw for 148 yards and a touchdown while Brandon Williams had 3.5 tackles and an interception. For the Lions Kellen Cox threw for 43 yards and rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Money continues to roll in to Missouri and to homeowners who’ve lost their homes through foreclosure.
Missouri’s lawsuit against the five biggest banks in Missouri has produced $83 million so far. Another $115 million will be arriving in the next year or so.
The first $38 million has gone into the state bank account. Another $45 milion is being used to reduce loan principles, or for refinancing, short sales,or other borrower assistance programs.
Attorney General Chris Koster says another $28 million are coming in now to continue that effort.
Millions more will be coming in later that will go directly to thousands of Missourians who were foreclosed on by the five big banks. Koster’s office will be sending out letters telling those people next month. But he wants anyone who’s been foreclosed on by Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Ally Financial to contact his office to make sure they’re on the list.
(Missouri’s GOP delegation thinks the party’s candidate for President sent the right messages to the right people when he accepted that nomination last night, at the National Convention.
Mitt Romney’s wife Ann spent a lot of time in her speech on Tuesday night talking to women voters. Many messages ahead of Romney’s speech last night were geared to Hispanic voters and immigrants. Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway thinks when Romney came out, he spoke to everyone he needed to.
“Who he spoke to was Americans. Immigrants were included, minorities were included, women were included, but at the bottom line he created this imagery of what it really feels like to be a parent. To do the hard work of raising your family … of sitting at home doing your homework with your kids … and he conjured those images that remind Americans of what our most core values are.”
Hanaway thinks Romney did a good job of making himself identifiable to the average American, answering ad campaigns that paint him as being out of touch.
“Quite honestly I think Mitt Romney without a hair out-of-place … perfectly tailored suit … sometimes looks a little too perfect and it makes it easy for the other side to say, ‘he’s kind of a robot, he isn’t like you,’ and when you see him … the video they showed before he went on where he puts a lightbulb in a socket that’s too small … just all those kinds of crazy things that are a part of your real family life, I think it was an important message for Americans to hear.”
Romney laid out a plan he says will create 12 million new jobs in five steps. One of those would be to make America energy independent by 2010.
Ballwin delegate Chris Howard says he doesn’t know if that’s attainable. “I would think it could be if you want to do it bad enough … I think the whole thing about this week was proving that he has the will to make a hard choice or set a goal and reach it. So if he’s really committed to reaching that goal, then I say yeah, it’s possible.”
Romney also reaffirmed his support for school choice, which Missouri Republicans agreed is where he would face the most resistance, from groups like the National Education Association. Howard says that position will appeal to African-Americans.
“We know from polling inside the party … African-Americans hugely value school choice because they know that a good education is their path to a better job. They’re pro-small business because they know that’s the best opportunity to build personal financial security, which is the real path to freedom. They are pro-life, they are pro traditional family.”
Missouri’s Republicans say they’ll be watching to see if the Democratic National Convention responds to the themes of the RNC, and say they expect the controversy surrounding comments made last week by Senate candidate Todd Akin will be heavily featured at the DNC next week.
Saying he would play his starters into the third quarter, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher called an audible late in the second quarter, putting the reserves in after the starters jumped out to a 21-0 lead over Baltimore’s reserves. The Rams won their final preseason game 31-17.
Sam Bradford was 11 of 16 for 179 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the preseason with five TD passes, all of them at home. The Ravens committed four turnovers and Tyrod Taylor started at quarterback for Joe Flacco, and they also rested running back Ray Rice and linebacker Ray Lewis.
The Rams got solid play from a pair of rookies on the defensive side of the ball. Janoris Jenkins, a Rams starter who played into the third quarter, made it 28-0 with a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown off a pass by Curtis Painter that deflected off Bobby Rainey’s hands. Robert Quinn had a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery while stripping Taylor to set up Danny Amendola’s 7-yard score late in the first quarter. He also deflected a punt in the second quarter.
Aaron Rodgers’ backup Graham Harrell completed 13 of 15 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns and led the Packers on all three of their scoring drives to secure a 24-3 win over the Chiefs in Green Bay.
Chiefs backup QB Brady Quinn was 6 of 12 for 83 yards and a pick. Ricky Stanzi was 4 of 7 for 25 yards. Chiefs starting quarterback Matt Cassel came out of the game a few plays into their second possession.
The Chiefs moved the football in the first half, but only had a field goal to show for it. There were a lot of penalties from both teams which proves the Chiefs need some cleaning up.
However, all was not bad. The offensive line played better and the running game put up solid numbers. Rookie running back Nate Eachus had 21 carries for 99 yards and the Chiefs rushed for 247 yards. Peyton Hillis had 46 yards on six carries.
Edwin Jackson made the Cardinals look foolish, striking out ten in eight innings as the Nationals’ pitcher was backed with plenty of offense in Washington’s 8-1 win.
The Cardinals streak of 28 scoreless innings came to an end when Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing error led to an unearned run. The last time the Cardinals went three straight games without scoring a earned was back in the 1992 season.
Jaime Garcia (3-6) allowed six runs over 5.1 innings for the Cardinals.
More bad news for the club. It looks like Rafael Furcal’s season could be in jeopard. He’ll have an MRI on his elbow today. He has a strained elbow. Furcal described it as “bad,” after the game.
The Cardinals hold a half-game lead over Pittsburgh for the Wild Card.
Alex Gordon homered and Jeremy Guthrie pitched into the eighth inning to pick up his third straight win as the Royals swept the Detroit Tigers in another one-run margin, by a 2-1 final.
Guthrie (3-3), who did not give up a hit to the White Sox until the eighth inning on Aug. 19 in his previous Kauffman Stadium start, held Detroit to one run on 10 hits, (nine singles.) He walked none and struck out three.
Gordon hit his 10th homer leading off the sixth and extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Missouri freshman quarterback Maty Mauk was arrested Thursday morning, on four charges, including leaving the scene of an accident. According to MU police, Mauk ran a stop sign while on his scooter with two female passengers, then fled the scene when officers attempted to pull him over.
According to the police report, officers couldn’t find him, but eventually found his scooter in a parking lot between two cars that were scratched. Mauk turned himself in late this morning and was arrested on suspicion of four misdemeanor charges: leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, resisting arrest, operating a vehicle in a reckless manner and failure to observe a traffic control device.
Mauk posted $1,000 bond at the Boone County Jail. The athletic department made no other comment other than saying the issue would be handled internally.
The Republican National Committee has made some changes to its rules that some members say were based on Ron Paul supporters. Some Committee members said they were worried that Paul supporters would claim to back another candidate and then vote for Paul at the Convention.
Secretary of the Missouri Republican State Committee Pat Thomas is a member of the national rules committee.
“The rule No. 16 is one that the delegate is bound to their candidate and only once they get to the national … if they change their vote, their vote still goes for the candidate and the delegate will be unseated,” she says.
Thomas says the change was prompted by events in other states, and not by anything that happened in Missouri. She says a delegate would not be unseated at the will of the party.
She says any situation in which a delegate wants to support a candidate other than the one they agreed to at the caucus level should be dealt with before the National Convention gets underway.
“If you’ve got a situation or something that came up where you feel like you really can’t support that candidate, we need to work it out ahead of time, we need to apply for a waiver,” Thomas says. “What if the candidate, unfortunately, something tragic were to happen … they get out of the race or they pass away or health reasons, they’re no longer going to be able to be a nominee or be on the ballot? We need to be able to address those as they come up, and currently there just wasn’t a mechanism in place to protect the delegates and the people back home who sent them to be a delegate.”
Thomas says the other component to the rule change is a waiver exemption.
“What happens if the candidate drops out and doesn’t release people? So there’s a waiver in there that allows the party to apply for people to be able to say, ‘Look, because of this circumstance I’m going to need to change my vote.’ But, that all needs to happen beforehand,” she says. “What we’re saying is don’t bring this to the floor.”
Thomas stresses that nothing that happened in Missouri helped prompt the rules change.
“In Missouri we didn’t see this so much, but I think that’s because we tend to have a feel for people and at the local level we knew people, and if you weren’t quite sure about somebody you did a little investigating before you voted for them,” she says. “But, I think some other states are just in total chaos.”
The changes have not impacted the nomination of Mitt Romney for President of the United States.
“No, none,” Thomas says. “This would be the next convention. These are rules for the next convention. What we’re saying to people is this is how it’s going to be. You’re going to be disingenuous, you’re going to be penalized. We want you to truly represent the vote of the local person.”
Thomas says the Paul supporters in Missouri have been very good to work with and have not caused problems as organizers in other states say they fear.
“Ours conduct themselves more businesslike,” Thomas says. “They’re here about the business of the Convention. Some of them I see, they genuinely want to understand how rules and things are impacting them and what’s going on for the future and how they can be part of that … some of the Ron Paul (supporters) have been distracting from the process and I very much appreciate that ours have not been that way.”