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Donald Trump had high praise for Missouri’s college football teams

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after speaking during a campaign rally Friday in St. Louis.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after speaking during a campaign rally Friday in St. Louis. The Associated Press

In a way, politicians are like bands.

Attend a concert and the lead singer will make some comment about how great it is to be in that particular city/state. Politicians are the same way.

For example, Republican front-runner Donald Trump was in St. Louis on Friday and he had high praise ... for the college football teams in the state.

By any measure, the Missouri Tigers had a rough season last fall: they had a losing record, their coach announced he was battling cancer, the star quarterback was suspended for most of the season, and it was a season to forget.

How about Missouri State? The Bears beat Chadron State in the second game of the season for their only win in a 1-10 season. They were outscored 480-108. Yikes.

Southeast Missouri? A 4-7 record is nothing to write home about.

Perhaps Mr. Trump meant Northwest Missouri State. The Bearcats didn’t come out of nowhere, but they did win a fifth national championship.

And in a roundabout way, the Bearcats were the best team in the nation, better than even Alabama.

Here is what Trump said (via Deadspin):

So if Trump wins the Missouri primary in a big way, he might just be on the sidelines of a game this fall.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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