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The Mizzouminati: Inside Missouri football's 'secret society'

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Missouri initiates gather after sacrificing No. 1 Oklahoma.
Missouri initiates gather after sacrificing No. 1 Oklahoma.
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The news of former Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam has led to the uncovering of a vast Secret Society at the University of Missouri, as exposed by Oklahoman Thayer Evans and others:

The assistant predicts that opposing coaches will pose a number of questions. "Why did [Missouri] cover this up?" the assistant said. "What else are they hiding? What were they trying to do? Keep a secret society?"

As you can see, SEC assistant coaches already know too much. But they don't know enough.

Ask yourself: how was a university without a Chick-fil-A admitted into the Southeastern Conference?

Ask yourself: how is it a mere coincidence that the Scrabble double word score of "Mizzou" is 52, the same as the number on Michael Sam's jersey?

Ask yourself: how is it that a state whose barbecue customs blaspheme the pig has gained entry into the Southeast?


Tap Day is an annual spring ceremony in which the identities of the members of the six secret honor societies are revealed. The participating societies are QEBHMystical SevenLSVOmicron Delta KappaMortar Board, and the Rollins Society. The ceremony, first held in 1927, takes place at the columns on Francis Quadrangle.

The answer to all of these questions is the same.

Look more closely at the University's logo.


Do you see it?

No. You must look closer.


Do you see it now?

If you wish to continue, step inside the Mizzouminati.


Freemason and American president Harry S. Truman established the University of Missouri as a front for his ages-old Secret Society in the year 1839, using time-travel devices developed by the CIA for the First Korean War.

You've probably been told there was only one Korean War.

The university's historical campus is built around Francis Quadrangle, named for Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of the Incan Empire and discoverer of El Dorado (and for quadrangles, which are shapes, and you know how cults are with shapes). The 543-year-old Pizarro's current form is field general Gary Pinkel.

The school proved useful not only as a housing for Truman's Mizzouminati, but also as a disseminator of the Mizzouminati's messaging. Consider the many University of Missouri graduates littering the mainstream media.

Truman was later sacrificed in a ritual involving a tiger, which involved many steps you cannot understand, such as the tiger eating him. The tiger retains his essence. Secret Society initiates worship it.

Dak Dillon, US Presswire.


An enormous "M" made of stones (You know who else liked piling up rocks? The Druids.)

Jon Hamm's portion of the Shrek Forever After script

The North End Zone, a greedy god who has caused local law enforcement to forget how to countshifted the earth in order to bat down projectiles, and enabled enemies to use their feet as hands if not properly fed with sacrifice (The North End Zone demands slaughtered collies, while the South End Zone only requires routine lawn maintenance, so you can understand why Secret Society members don't want to deal with the North one.)

A statue of John Matuszak doing a keg stand

The 1998 Insight Bowl trophy

A lock of Blaine Gabbert's hair

Okay, many locks of Blaine Gabbert's hair, because who could only take one?


Basketball, a practice so foreign to the University's SEC associates that it is practiced right out in the open, as if there's nothing weird about it.

Homecoming, a Mizzouminati ritual that has been copied by other universities. But the other ones don't do all the weird stuff I can't tell you about. Most of them just put ribbons on old people and tailgate. You don't even want to know what Missouri does.

Kansas City barbecue sauce is known for its sweet ketchuppiness. That's not ketchup. It's made via a ritual that does not involve ketchup. Don't make me spell it out for you.

An annual event billed as "the nation's largest blood drive." Okay, that's where the ketchup comes from.

Naming things after Freemason and Missourian Mark Twain. Everybody does that, though.

Current leadership

The University of Missouri's current chancellor is R. Bowen Loftin, an Aggie who wears bowties. I don't even need to explain in any plainer language that clearly he's in charge of a cult. He is an Aggie who wears bowties, and one given to arcane hand signals. Come on.

Source unknown.

On the battlefield, the grim and ageless field general ("head coach") Pinkel is never seen without his tankard of mead. He studied the dark arts as a younger being with Alabama head coach Nick Saban, a man once accused by new Penn State head coach James Franklin of being the Lord of All Evil Himself, Satan. Franklin was allowed to live, as Saban's status as Satan is merely a cover for his even-more-sinister true form. Pinkel also likes goblets.

Pinkel's name is an anagram of Yak Pen Girl, the priestess who ordained him. She does not live in a pen or among yaks. Shutup.

Other highly ranking Secret Society members include Frank Haith, a man reborn after being excommunicated from a much sunnier and sweatier society, and Ehren Earlywine, a really good softball coach whose players are people who are just trying to live life as themselves in a world that tries to make everything that's slightly unusual about a person a big deal.

Graphical assistance by Justin Bopp.

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