Monday, October 6, 2014

Victory is Sweet

Oh, we had the most wonderful weekend!  Being there to see Mississippi State beat Texas A&M, spending a little time with Blair and the weather turning cooler, it was just the stuff that fairytales are made of.   Mississippi State and Ole Miss are now tied for #3 in the AP poll, so surely we are living in the last days.  I haven't found it in the Bible, but it has to be a sign.  The last time MSU and UM were both in the top 10 at the same time was back in...... never.   Bless our hearts......there are a lot of wonderful things that our state and universities are well known for, but being in the top 5 in the football rankings is not really one of them.  It kind of feels like your first day of high school.  You know you belong there, but hanging out with the big kids will take a little getting used to.  We're all just a little beside ourselves.  Go, Mississippi!! 

We went to the early 11:00 game and the weather was picture perfect.....not a cloud in the azure blue sky.  The only drawback to the whole cloudless thing was that Carson and I got these horrific sunburns on the right side of our bodies, while Davis, who sat on the opposite side of the stadium with his brother, got burned on his left side.  We look like we all fell asleep on the beach for a couple of hours in some really awkward positions. Of course, I had to be wearing a V-neck shirt with a necklace, so those outlines have been burned into my flesh like a brand.  I will carry that around for a while. 
Blair made an appearance on the jumbotron during the game and then in this picture that was in an article.  She's directly in the center of the photo framed by the guy in the white shirt and some guy's armpit.....with her shades on and her mouth wide open.  With media exposure like this, I'm afraid she won't be able to go anywhere without being recognized now.
The stadium was packed for one of our biggest games of the season.  I love watching people in a crowd like that.  We were surrounded by the Whitman sampler of fans. No matter what sporting event you go to or where it is, you're going to experience one of each of the different fan flavors. 
The guy in front of us was that guy who never sits down.  I mean.....I stand up at pivotal moments like 3rd downs, kickoff, and red zone action, but a fella ought to sit down when the other team has the ball and it's first down and we're winning 34-10.  Let's rest a bit, sir.  On the other side of him was the obligatory negative Nancy.  I don't care how far ahead we were, she had to point out what they could've been doing better.  Then you have the experts, who apparently played football all through college, won the Heisman trophy, and had just retired from a 12 year career with the NFL as they were calling all the plays that needed to be run.  We had a couple of those fans who either had a bladder problem or were renowned doctors who were on call as they were back and forth....back and forth for the entire game.  Then there was the overly thoughtful fan who remembered that Carson was allergic to peanuts as she swapped seats with friends to get her boiled peanuts away from him.  One thing they all had in common was that everyone was courteous and cheering for the same cause.....except for the lone A&M fan seated two rows ahead of us, who mysteriously disappeared around halftime.  Bless his heart.        
We saw Blair long enough to feed her, but we'll take what we can get!  She'll be home in a couple of weeks and we can't wait!
Since we had to get up so early Saturday morning to get to the game, I was a little drowsy by the time we got home from church yesterday.  I told myself that I was going to stretch out for about 30 minutes and then get up and enjoy the beautiful day.  Three and a half hours later, I regained consciousness.  The emotional ballgame must have taken more out of me than I realized.   I was suffering from what might best be described as a football hangover.  Whew! 

Surely by tomorrow, the dust will settle in my mind and I can move past the polls, articles, and replays and think of something else to write about!  But for now........

Go State!!!      



  1. my husband and i really enjoyed seeing ya'll stomp on A&M but this weekend i'm afraid we'll be on opposite know i'm an Auburn tiger! my husband called our son today to see if they wanted to chance a trip to starkeville (sp?) for the game but he's got to go to pensacola to for work related....taking his family so they can enjoy some beach time!

    this weekend sure was a game changer in the SEC...i loved that Alabama SIL is a huge Alabama fan and they are in Disney WOrld this week....i texted my daughter after the game and she said he was really upset and had gone down to the pool to drown his sorrows.

    well, this weekend will be a big game for both of us....and i can't wait!

    1. It should be a great game, Judy! I can't wait! And you're right......last week was CRAZY!! You just never know in the SEC. :)

  2. Go Blair, I feel like I need her autograph now! =)
    Can't wait for Saturday's game. We will be watching from home on the TV, but you better believe we will be cheering rather loudly, unless Avery is asleep and then we will just be jumping up and down. #hailstate

    1. You may have to go outside from time to time and could blow some veins if you keep it all pent up! I have a good feeling about this one! Oh, and I'll see what I can do about the autograph. ;)