Michael Atchison

  • joined May 27, 2008
  • last login Apr 18, 2014
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Michael Atchison contributes to Rock M Nation, and is the author of True Sons, A Century of Missouri Tigers Basketball. His work has also appeared in Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and The Providence Phoenix.

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Just stumbled across a Twitter account . . .

for something called Missouri Buzztap, which claims to be "The latest news and blog buzz for the Missouri Tigers."  But I don't think they're from around here.  Why?

The Other Side of the Apocalypse: Why expanding the NCAA Tournament to 96 teams may be merely a bad idea, and not a terrible one.

Traversing the lonely stretch of highway between Kansas City and Columbia gives a man time to think.  And as I made my way east yesterday, the rumored expansion of the NCAA men’s basketball...

An Open Letter from the Dark Side

Here's a piece on the mother of all rivalries that I wrote for the Jayhawk Tip-Off 2009-2010 (Maple Street Press).

Mizzou in the 00’s: Basketball’s Elite Eight

I’ll give it this: it certainly was weird.  I’ve written a few (tens of thousands of) words about the history of Missouri Tigers basketball, and while the whole panorama is speckled with...

Mitchell makes it official

Tony Mitchell signs his letter of intent to destroy all who would stand between the Missouri Tigers and global supremacy.

Mizzou Basketball Preview (Part Five): Industrial Strength

Part Five of Rock M Nation's Missouri basketball preview.

Tigers land third hoops commitment for 2010

Kadeem Green, a 6'8" forward, joins Phil Pressey and Ricky Kreklow as Tigers in waiting. Positivity week rolls on.

The One Where Bill Self Gets Feisty

Can't say that I blame Bill for the reaction, inasmuch as he lives in the post-Eustachy world.

Wayman Tisdale succumbs to cancer

One of the greatest players ever to visit the Hearnes Center has passed at age 44.

There needs to be a Missouri-Kansas version of this ad.

There needs to be a Missouri-Kansas version of this ad.

Thomas and Appleton Leaving Kansas

As recruiting season hits the home stretch, two scholarships come open.

Mizzou Hoops History Slide Show

A slideshow of Missouri's basketball history.


We Can Be Heroes

This isn't going to be my normal fare.  I'm not going to wax poetic or eloquent, and I'm not going to go back and edit and shape this into a museum piece.  I'm just going to pour it onto the...

Saturday a.m.: Up to 10 in RPI

Tigers move five spots in a day, which is fairly shocking at this time of year. And Baylor moves into the top 50 (in at 49), meaning that Mizzou picked up two wins over top 50 teams yesterday. Currently 8-4 vs. the top 50 (4-3 vs. the top 25), with a chance to move to 9-4 today. Five of the nine best wins would be road/neutrals. The three seed is there for the taking.


Some historical context for last night's Illinois - Penn State game

[Editor's note: Bumped from FanPosts because it is highly topical and deserves top billing] Last night, Penn State and Illinois played a game for the ages.  Which ages?  How about the Paleozoic...


Last Team Standing

[Editor's Note: bumped from FanPosts]   They led with their chin all night long.  They kept coming forward, like Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, absorbing punches to their face until their...


What does a Tiger have to do?

I'm not much for playing the respect card, but at some point you have to wonder - what does a team have to do to prove its bona fides?


Mizzou vs. Nevada: National TV a possibility

Hurricane Ike is playing havoc with Saturday's schedule of games to be played along the Gulf Coast, and one consequence may be to shift the Missouri vs. Nevada game (currently scheduled for...

Fun with Numbers: Missouri vs. Colorado

I was going to have some fun with last night's box score, but The Boy stole some thunder with his comments in today's links.  Still, there's a treasure trove of barely fathomable numbers to...

A Fine Day for a Parade

In the hangover haze of Mizzou's Orange Bowl snub, my buddy The Boy makes a pertinent point:  the problem isn't the BCS - it's the bowls.He's absolutely right.  Expecting the bowls to cultivate...

Curses, Foiled

I am prone to belief in the divine, but not the supernatural. I recognize the existence of coincidence, happenstance, and random events of bad fortune. Never in my life have I believed in curses....

Game On!

How do you articulate what you can’t even fathom?  How do you express what you can’t comprehend?This week, in my hometown, on the last day of the regular season, the Missouri Tigers and Kansas...

Charlie Henke, Hall of Famer

When I heard that former Rat Pack funnyman Joey Bishop had passed last week at age 89, my first reaction, regrettably, was "Joey Bishop wasn't already dead?!?"My reaction was much the same upon...


Random Thoughts from a Football Weekend

I officially declare it the Greatest Homecoming Weekend Ever! Glorious weather, good friends and a thorough dismantling of a nationally-ranked team made for a fabulous 48 hours . . . .

A Family Reunion

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking at the Kansas City regional dinner for the University of Missouri's Jefferson Club. A packed house of Tiger supporters came to celebrate...

Mizzou's New Wave

It was a Dali painting of a Fellini film set to a Tom Waits soundtrack.  When victory became inevitable, fans searched for novel ways to entertain themselves.  Under the black of night, a sea of...

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