There are a few reasons why Missouri fans did not show up to Mizzou Arena Tuesday night to watch the Tigers take on Kentucky.
First and foremost, their team is bad. “Inclement weather” was not a bad excuse; it did keep UK in town overnight. Both excuses avoid the real reason why nobody wants to go to Mizzou Arena: the in-house DJ.
If you thought the music at Old Commonwealth Stadium was bad, at least you didn’t hear, “everybody clap your hands,” from the Cha Cha Slide once every two minutes. When the DJ didn’t use that drop to fire up the hundreds of Mizzou fans in the stands, “I can make your hands clap” rang throughout the Arena. I will not be able to get those stupid, annoying phrases out of my head for weeks.
The obnoxious drops directed to the crowd set the tone for a night that was filled with songs I liked in middle school. I used to “2 Step” at mixers. I bopped to “Lollipop” and “Cyclone” plenty of times as a 12-year old. I never Partied like a Rock Star, but you better believe I cranked that up in my Mother’s minivan. I enjoyed those songs 15 years ago, however, it was an awful soundtrack for my Reid Travis anxiety.
I could deal with those songs. When the Mizzou Arena DJ turned up the volume on, “I like to Move It, Move It,” I almost moved out of the arena. Once the “Electric Slide” played, I gave up. The Mizzou Arena DJ won the war with old wedding jams. I am now broken. Somewhere that DJ is celebrating with Kool and the Gang.