Posted by Tom Fornelli
Last October 23rd the Missouri campus was abuzz due to what could have been the biggest game ever played on the school's campus. The Tigers, 7-0 and ranked 11th at the time, were set to host the top-ranked team in the country in the Oklahoma Sooners. ESPN's College Gameday had come to town for the game, and the show always features a celebrity to pick games. Usually an alum of the host school.
Which at Missouri could only mean one man. That's right, Don Draper himself, Jon Hamm. Just one small problem, the Mad Men star never showed and the show went on without a celebrity. Unfortunately for Mizzou, Hamm couldn't make it, though that didn't stop the Tigers from beating the Sooners 36-27. Still, despite the win, Hamm is still sorry he couldn't make it to the game as he's a huge Missouri football fan.
"I was trying to come in for it and I had to bail out at the last second," Hamm told the Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter. "Somehow it wouldn’t work out. I had something to do — I don’t know what it was — but it was something I couldn’t miss. It bummed me out. I knew it was a real special moment. I ended up watching it on TV and it looked like everyone was having a pretty good time."
Really this shouldn't have come as a surprise to any Missouri fan who watches Mad Men. Don Draper is always going to disappoint or let you down before drowing himself in a bottle of expensive scotch that he likely got for free. Still, I have a feeling that if Missouri finds itself hosting another huge game this season, Hamm will make his way to Columbia whether ESPN is there or not.
Though if he really wants to make it up to the students, he should probably bring Christina Hendricks with him.