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'Twas The Week Before Christmas - Missouri Valley Style

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I thought that in preparation for the conference season, and being in the holiday spirit, I would sprinkle my poetic talents on you...

'Twas The Week Before Christmas - Missouri Valley Style

‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all thro’ the land

A mid-major conference was taking a stand

The wins against majors were stacked up with care

In hopes that March 11 soon would be there

Nantz, Kellogg and Lundquist; a collection of fools

Who just paid attention to BCS schools

But out in the land, there arose quite a clatter

They sprang from their chairs to see what was the matter

When what to their wondering eyes should appear

But the Missouri Valley having a fine year

With Creighton out front and Wichita State

The rest of the Valley was playing so great

With three months to go before the big dance

Big wins and strong schedules would give them a chance

And after Arch Madness, Selection Sunday came

A day to hear Gumbel shout out their name

Now! Trees, now! Panthers, now! Missouri State!

Join Greg and Gregg; five bids would be great!

To Portland! To Pittsburgh! To other host sites!

Score away! Score away! With all of your mights!

All ‘round the country, the Valley was seen

They landed two teams in the sweet Sweet Sixteen

The Bluejays were tough and the Shockers were stout

None of the big boys could soon knock them out

The tournament ended, the Valley was fine

And with no biased thoughts for the fools to opine

Nantz finally rose and, thus, with his group

Admitted the Valley was mighty a troop

The radio blaring, much sleep in my eyes

Awakened me from my sweet Valley high

It all was a dream! But how could it be?

I swear I just saw Jim Nantz cry on TV!

I took off for work, leaving the Valley behind

Back to the rat race, back to the grind

With hopes that when I meet my pillow tonight

That Doug Elgin’s face is still full of delight

The season is young, the Valley still strong

We knew that the league would be great all along

Are five bids possible? Let’s wait and see…

Merry Christmas to all, and GO MVC!

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