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Time Out with Tori

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What a weekend! On Saturday, Christine and I left our house in Columbia at 8 a.m. and started the drive to Norman, Oklahoma.  We made the trip in eight hours and had a few good laughs along the way.  We definitely struggled with the tolls! We couldn't ever figure out how much the toll was and then when we would throw the change in, it wouldn't give us the green light.  I'm sure it was quite a sight to see me and Christine yelling at the toll light to just turn green! The game was a lot of fun. It's always fun to be in a different atmosphere. Nothing beats Mizzou though!
Throughout the game, I realized how great MU fans are.  Christine and I were sitting in a small MU section and I realized how all MU fans come together.  It doesn't matter if they don't know you, if you're in your black and gold, then you have automatic friends.  MU fans are always so friendly and supportive!
The drive back home was a little more difficult.  We left after the game, around midnight, and got home at 8 a.m.  It was so weird to start driving when it was dark and then see the sun rise.  We went 24 hours without sleep!  Luckily, we got to sleep and take it easy on Sunday. 
On Friday, we had the team golf outing.  It was a lot of fun! It was great seeing and talking to so many of our supporters. We have the greatest fans!  It was really neat to hear some of Coach Rutherford's stories, too!
The season is almost here!
Peace, Love and Basketball.
Tori Niemann

Time Out with Tori

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Last Monday was our team picture day, but this past Friday was our team photo shoot for our poster and our individual posters.  It was so much fun! The pictures were supposed to be game like and we all had to keep straight faces.  Do you know how hard it is to keep a straight face around our team? We were all busting out with laughter after trying to hold serious faces in front of each other.  We were all practicing our "tough" faces before we took our individual pictures.  I'm sure it was quite a sight for anyone watching us!
If there was an outsider watching our team, off the court, they would see our team in constant laughter.  I think that's what's special about our team.  Every single one of us gets along great with each other and we are always having fun.  It doesn't matter if it's after scrimmaging, at a photo shoot or at dinner, we are always cracking jokes and just having a blast.  I love that I know I can walk into our locker room and instantly have my day get better from just by being around my teammates.
This Saturday Christine and I are making the trip to Oklahoma to cheer on the boys at the football game.  It's going to be a long trip and there's a good possibility we'll come back with some stories of getting lost or who knows what! Wish us luck!
And just an update, we haven't had any kitchen fires at our new apartment.  But that also may be because I haven't cooked anything yet and I don't think Paige has used the oven either!


Peace, Love and Basketball


Tori Niemann

Very cool news coming out of a study undertaken by The Media Audit.  This company just did a study of the top college football TV markets, and Mizzou comes in at #10!  A direct link to the report is here:

Here's the text of the report, taken from The Media Audit's website (

What do Crimson Tide, Badgers, Buckeyes, and Wolverines all have in common?  According to a new national report issued from The Media Audit, each is a team belonging to some of the top college football towns in America. According to The Media Audit, 77.1% of adults in Birmingham, Alabama regularly follow college football on TV or radio. As a result, Birmingham ranks as the top metro market among college football fans.

Madison, Wisconsin, home of the University of Wisconsin's Badgers, ranks second in the national poll, with 74.1% of the metro area's adults who regularly follow college football, followed by Columbus Ohio (73.5%), Little Rock, Arkansas (71.9%), and Ann Arbor, Michigan (71.5%).  Among all U.S. adults, 47.4% regularly follow college football, a figure that represents more than 68 million fans across The Media Audit's 80 measured markets.

Collegiate football fans make ideal targets for many advertisers, including automotive, home improvement, and travel and leisure. According to the same study, 22.3% of college football fans are homeowners earning more than $100,000 in annual household income, and 26.5% have liquid assets in excess of $100,000. As a result, these fans can afford luxury automobiles and frequently travel.  Among these same fans, they are 35% more likely than the general population to be planning the purchase of an automobile priced over $30,000 and 16% more likely to already own a luxury vehicle such as a BMW, Mercedes Benz, Lexus, Infiniti, Jaguar, or Porsche.   Furthermore, college football fans are 18% more likely to be planning a cruise in the next two years, and 42% more likely to be frequent domestic air travelers.

Rounding out the top ten college football markets are Toledo, Ohio (71.3% regularly follow college football on TV or radio), followed by Omaha, Nebraska (70.7%), Jacksonville, Florida (68.9%), Boise, Idaho (68.8%), and Columbia-Jefferson City, Missouri (68.1%), home of the University of Missouri Tigers.

Studies were conducted in 80 metro markets between January 2010 and March 2011 among more than 104,000 respondents. For more information, contact The Media Audit. 

Mizzou-ASU TV Ratings at Hit

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Just got an update from Tim Allen in the Big 12 Conference office about the TV ratings for the past weekend of football on the ESPN/ABC family.  The results show that the Mizzou-Arizona State game had great numbers, especially given the fact that the game was late night on Friday.  The Mizzou-ASU game pulled the 4th-highest numbers of 15 games that aired over the extended weekend on the ESPN/ABC networks, and Mr. Allen said that ESPN was very pleased with the numbers of eyes on the Tigers last Friday.

For you number crunchers, here's a look at everything we were just given:

Date/Network/Time/Teams/Rating/Approx. Viewers
Sept. 10 - ESPN/8 p.m. - Notre Dame/Michigan - 5.2 rating / 7.54 million
Sept. 10 - ABC/3:30 p.m. - Alabama/Penn State - 3.9 / 6.08 
Sept. 10 - ESPN/4:30 p.m. - South Carolina/Georgia - 2.8 / 3.94
Sept. 9 - ESPN/10:30 p.m. - Mizzou/Arizona State - 2.0 / 2.54
Sept. 10 - ESPN/12 p.m. - Oregon State/Wisconsin - 1.8 / 2.04
Sept. 10 - ESPN2/7 p.m. - BYU/Texas - 1.5 / 2.09
Sept. 9 - ESPN/7 p.m. - Florida International/Louisville - 1.4 / 1.65
Sept. 8 - ESPN/8 p.m. - Arizona/Oklahoma State - 1.1 / 1.50
Sept. 10 - ESPN2/3:30 p.m. - Cincinnati/Tennessee - 0.7 / 0.915
Sept. 10 - ESPN2/12 p.m. - Florida Atlantic/Michigan State - 0.5 / 0.640
Sept. 10 - ESPNU/7 p.m. - New Mexico/Arkansas - 0.4 / 0.579
Sept. 10 - ESPNU/12 p.m. - Central Michigan/Kentucky - 0.3 / 0.331
Sept. 10 - ESPNU/3:30 p.m. - Stanford/Duke - 0.3 / 0.312
Sept. 10 - ESPNU/10:30 p.m. - South Carolina State/Bethune-Cookman - 0.1 / .072
Sept. 8 - ESPNU/7:30 p.m. - Florida A&M/Hampton - 0.1 / .070

Time Out with Tori

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Monday was picture day! We took individual and team pictures in the arena.  We had to dress up for some of the photos and wear our uniform for the others.  It was quite a scene in the locker room when we were getting ready! Everyone came in from class in their t-shirts and shorts and we all changed into skirts, dresses and shirts with ruffles.  The bathroom was full of us girls trying to straighten our hair and do our makeup.  We clean up pretty nicely if I do say so myself! The coaches looked good too!  It's always nice to see our whole team dressed up because so much of the time we are in basketball shorts and t-shirts.  But we all survived picture day and hopefully all of the pictures turn out nicely! 
This past week I had to write a blog for one of my classes and I thought I would share a little bit of what I wrote.  The topic was my team.
I don't think anyone fully understands what a team means unless they are a part of the team.  Unless they can say that's my team.  And I don't mean a fan in the crowd cheering for their school, which they may call their team.  Most people can cheer for a team, but could they handle being a member of that team?  Being on a team means you have a team first mentality.  Every decision you make affects the team and you must always put the team first.
Being on a team, my team, means we go through the trenches together.
Every day we grind it out in practice and physically and mentally exhaust ourselves trying to push one another to get better.  Every day we challenge the next girl to lift more weight than they did on the last set.  How many girls do you know that would feel comfortable bench pressing over a hundred pounds? Being on a team means that in practice we constantly battle, but we know that there are no hard feelings once practice is over.  How many girls do you know that wouldn't make a big deal if one of their friends shoved them in the back or hit them with an elbow?
Being on a team, my team, means that I know I have 13 sisters, yes sisters, not just friends.  When I'm on the baseline about to run sprints, I can always look to my right or my left and see my sisters right next to me.  When I feel like I can't push myself any harder, I know that my sisters are next to me to give me that extra energy.  I know that my team will never give up on me and will never leave me.  That's a pretty incredible bond, knowing that no matter what, my sisters will always support me.  How many people have that bond with 13 other people?
My team has shared moments that have brought us so close together that not many people could understand.  The phrase "blood, sweat and tears" really does apply to the bond my team has.  There are always scratches on one another from playing against each other.  At the end of the day our workout gear is soaked in sweat.  And there have been many long talks and heart to hearts with one another, whether it's in the locker room or outside of the arena, where there have been tears.  It's okay to cry on my team.  The emotions are real.  When one of my teammates experiences sadness, the rest of us do as well.  When someone is happy, we feel that way too.  It's all love.
Not many people could handle what all comes with being on a team.  But I couldn't handle not being on my team.
Peace, Love and Basketball
Tori Niemann

Time Out with Tori

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What a weekend!  We had the last three days off and they were great!  I know I caught up on some sleep and I'm pretty sure some of my teammates did too. Saturday was the first football game and most of us made it to the game. It was extremely hot, but still fun. After the game, we all cooled off at the pool.

Last week was our first week of individuals and they started off great. We went in groups of four. We had good intensity and worked hard! This week we have individuals again with four people and next week we go in groups of six.

This past Friday, after five-on-five, we had a team scavenger hunt. We broke up into three teams and had to run across campus to take pictures at different places. We had to run to the columns, Plaza, Shakespeare's, Memorial Union, the tiger and then meet back at the arena. My team won! Kyley, Christine and Paige were on my team. It was quite a workout running everywhere to try to beat the other teams!

With Monday out of the way, I'm ready to start the week. It helps that I only have two days of classes!

Peace, Love and Basketball.

Tori Niemann

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