COLUMBIA – The seats in section 117 at Mizzou Arena subject the reporters and startled fans sitting there to the full dose of Mary Canon’s earsplitting yell.
The moment Canon lets loose her first piercing shriek during a game, those seated in the section directly below Canon’s luxury suite twist their heads to see where the obnoxious scream is coming from.
Given the yell’s ferocity and deafening volume, they’d likely be shocked to learn its origin is the lungs of a woman months shy of her 70th birthday. Despite her age, you’ll struggle to find a more intense and emotion-riding-on-each-and-every-play Tigers fan than Canon.
And you can bet you won’t hear a more unique and attention-grabbing yell.
The search for someone who knew about the woman and her less-than subtle cheering habits took just a quick question or two. When Canon arrives a half-hour in advance of the Missouri men's basketball game against Oklahoma State on Saturday, a member of the Mizzou Arena staff informs her that a reporter is interested in meeting her. After gaining approval, he makes the introduction.
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