It's an annual tradition in the Kansas City area. When Bowl season comes along, the Missouri Tigers are inevitably placed in a Bowl they think is beneath them. For the most part, Mizzou usually has a pretty good point. Fans have a strong argument this year as the 2011 Cotton Bowl big went to Texas A&M. Mizzou had a better overall record than the Aggies and beat them in a head-to-head matchup.
But this comes down to business and Mizzou fans are slapped with the reputation that they don't travel well. Right or wrong, that's definitely the perception. And now that the Cotton Bowl bid has come and gone for Mizzou, folks are pinning the blame on Tiger fans. Via Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Year after year, Mizzou fans complain about this travesty. And year after year Mizzou fans fail to support the Tigers to the maximum, thus perpetuating the problem.
They have only themselves to blame for this annual aggravation. Missouri football has a lot of loyal supporters, but it needs more.
I hate to go this route but there's no other way around it -- this is why the bowl system sucks. It just sucks. I'm not going to get worked up about it anymore because it's just the way it is. Mizzou's success shouldn't be defined by how many fans come out to see them.