Speaking as a Mississippi State University fan (and alum), I’ve seen my share of last place finishes, not only in the SEC West, but in the SEC as a whole. It is what it is, but my never wavering support of a college that historically has NOT been at the top of the SEC football food chain is exactly what defines me as a true State … Continue reading If You Ain’t 1st, You’re Last (or FIRED) in the SEC
Obviously, ‘fan’ is short for FANATICAL and sports seem to drive people to do fanatical things. There are too many instances to mention, but one recent fan brought victory celebration to the national forefront. Last weekend University of Georgia fan, Michael DiNardo, literally jumped through a glass window after the Bulldogs came back to score against the Missouri Tigers to win the game. He wound up … Continue reading What Makes a Sports Fan… FANATICAL?
I recently spent a week on the West Coast in the San Francisco area and also explored communities to the south and north of there and absolutely loved it! I went to a Giant’s game in AT&T Park and the views of the bay and mountains were stunning. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and had an incredible time experiencing a different landscape, culture, weather and … Continue reading West Coast Visit – Nothin’ like the SEC!
People love to hate the Alabama Crimson Tide. Why? They win, and they’ve been doing it for decades. I didn’t realize how far reaching the sentiment spanned nationally, until I moved out of the ‘SEC zone’ when I relocated to Florida. Personally, I have nothing against them, but then again, I have a great respect for successful athletic programs because I’m a true sports fan… … Continue reading The 90 Mile Drive
It’s never happened until today. There are four teams in the AP Top 5 that are all from the same league – the Southeastern Conference. But, not only are they in the same conference, they’re all in the same division – the West. Mississippi State Florida State University Ole Miss Alabama Auburn Unless some freak thing happens, FSU is guaranteed a spot in the Top … Continue reading How the West was Won
Millions of dollars are spent in college football to pay coaches, have state-of-the-art facilities and although it’s a NCAA violation… offer ‘incentives’ to entice recruits. I don’t care what anyone says – you know it happens. Why do colleges pump so much money into their football programs? My guess is that they want to win… at all costs. Does bigger mean better? Evidently not. It’s … Continue reading Show me the Money
Just a few images from today in the Junction at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS (a.k.a. StarkVegas). Excuse the ones taken from the tv – hey, what else can you do when you can’t be there live?! GameDay crew ringing their cowbells! Auburn Fans Dak for Heisman! Chris Fowler playing the cowbell like Ferrell in SNL skit… Gus’s fashion statement … Continue reading Sights/Signs – GameDay in StarkVegas
What does it mean to be a Mississippi State fan – a REAL State fan? I’ve been one for as long as I can remember. I hail from a family that’s mixed within the ranks, but all within the SEC – LSU, Mississippi State and Alabama. With all the recent buzz about MSU, I started thinking about my origins as a State fan… HOW and … Continue reading My Fanhood – Toddler to Today
It’s college football Saturday in the south – in the ‘Hospitality State’ – in MY home state, Y’ALL. It’s all about the numbers as two big match-ups play out in my home state of Mississippi. For the first time in ESPN history, College GameDay is broadcasting from the famous Grove at Ole Miss – Chris, Kirk, Lee and Desmond are sporting their preppy bow ties. … Continue reading Football Y’all – Mississippi Style
What is sportsmanship? The official definition states: sportsman-like conduct, fairness, courtesy, being a cheerful loser, etc. (I’ve never met anyone that’s been cheerful about losing a game). For purposes of this blog, ‘sportsman’ refers to college football – players, coaches, and fans. Yes, fans. Sportsmanship should not only be exhibited on the field, but also in the stands, at tailgate parties, in the classroom, on … Continue reading Is Dirty Football Foul Play?