Missouri’s offensive linemen wanted to appear on the jumbotron.
So they got a fish.
The video board at the Tigers’ Memorial Stadium show players with their pets at halftime, which none of the linemen possessed at the time.
After hearing about the opportunity, Kevin Pendleton, Paul Adams and Alec Abeln had 30 minutes to acquire a pet before a team meeting, according to the Missourian’s Brad Almquist. They rushed to the pet store and picked up a red and white Betta fish, which was named “Boneyard”.
The name honors graduated and retired Missouri offensive linemen, inspired from offensive line coach Glen Elarbee’s moniker for a pile of old nametags from the Tigers’ lockers.
The linemen placed “Boneyard” in the offensive line room before meetings that day, and it’s supposedly been a hit.
“(We thought) it would be really fun to get an o-line pet,” Abeln said, according to Almquist. “It kind of made coach (Elarbee) laugh a little bit, when you walk in the room and there is a fish bowl on the table.”
“Boneyard” belongs to the offensive linemen, but the unit has struggled at times to keep up with the fish.
The linemen had a team meeting to go over the proper steps of taking care of the fish, but the tank has gotten murky at times.
“He’s a fighter,” Abeln said, per Almquist. “The tank looks ‘Finding Nemo’ dirty at times. He has just found a way to keep on keeping on.”