Today was a ‘white out’ and a sell out at Mississippi State– I think I was the only person in the stands wearing hot pink. If you squint, you will see me up on the top row reflecting pinkly. Shame on me.
First, let me be the first to admit I don’t know a holding call from a clip. I don’t know the inner workings of gridiron strategy, but I instinctively know when a team is clicking.
Mississippi State was clicking today like I’ve never seen it click before.
I sat in the press box and watched the drama build during the pregame hype which was so lovely, it made my hair curl. Four jets flew over in formation as the National Anthem reached the crescendo. I got a big old lump in my throat and felt like sobbing, but you know, false eyelashes and all. A tear would have ruined my “ensemble.”
I pretended to take notes to earn my press pass and dreamed of what could be before this season is over.
As the team members took the field and danced like no one was watching, I knew something was different here. I’ve been waiting for this feeling for 12 long years, since I converted to a Mississippi State fan.
In Mississippi, you are either an Ole Miss Rebel or a Mississippi State Bulldog. I am both, which makes me an oddity. But I must admit, I’m leaning way far over into Mississippi State territory, especially since I’ve seen our new coach build character- instead of recruiting unsavory characters to try to earn a win. (Sometimes you feel like a Nutt, sometimes you don’t.)
The music, the Jumbotron review of the greatest plays over the last decade, the fall weather, the return of the cowbells…everything came together to make for a great football experience. The spectators were electrified to the point, I figure we could have turned on the lights at Davis Wade stadium without help from TVA. Of course the final score, 49 to 7, was pretty powerful in itself.
And I am in love with Dan Mullen. This guy has injected an attitude into the MSU program, none of us could imagine. Florida’s loss is our gain.
This new attitude, combined with a wonderful flexibility that allows him to take a chance on more than just his first string, got the fans energized. How refreshing. (Please note – he did this even when we weren’t winning last year and before we began to rack up points today.)
We’ve got a tough schedule and the next three games will test us. But I’m putting my money on Dan and the Dawgs.