I am talking, of course, about the state at the center of it all, Missouri.
At Mizzou in 2015 for a sportswriting panel
My story there begins inauspiciously. I'd been planning all throughout high school to go to the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. I even had one of those vinyl stickers in the back window of my dad's 1989 Buick Century. I also had a brief dream of going to Duke University, too.
But I didn't get into Duke, and UNC waitlisted me. Even though I was eventually…