In recent days a fan of that other SEC program in our state wrote an article talking about how Starkville couldn't and never would be able to compare to Oxford. This same writer went on to blast all things Starkville, MSU, etc. But after all the Ole Miss fans cheered and all the State fans got pissed and the smoke cleared, what really happened?
It's more than obvious that the recent outcry from the Rebellious Black Bear faithful is based on two things:
1) Our recent dominance in all 3 major sports
2) Our numerous billboards along major thoroughfares throughout the state claiming this to be "OUR state".
My blogging name and twitter handle even feature this battle cry we State fans now rally behind.
Call it what you want rebels, but what this new slogan is which we've so happily adopted is a rallying cry. Something to talk to our buddies about over beers and to get us fired up for the upcoming fall at Scott Field. It's a genius marketing campaign working as it should, and all the while the Rebel faithful are tripping over themselves to come to our message boards and tell us on twitter how much IT DOESN'T BOTHER THEM (right).
So logic really gives us one conclusion when we read Mr. Godfrey's article last week:
(shhhhh) IT'S WORKING.
The pride in the Bulldog Nation and in each of our athletic programs over the last year is at a level I cannot recall an equal to in my lifetime. Season tickets sold out faster than a Motley Crue concert in the 80's. Merchandise is selling in record numbers. Fans are talking about back to back bowl games.
Oh and as for Starkville and what you think of it? Well, let's just say you can keep Oxford. I'll take my favorite place on earth over your Square on a Saturday night. I'll gladly take a night at Bulldog Bash over a night on at The Library talking about how much Hotel California changed your life. I'll be more than happy to take a Saturday in The Junction over "The Grove Experience". You can say the Cotton District sucks, but I love it. You can say say what you want about Davis Wade being crappy and run down, I probably won't be able to hear you over our sold out stadium full of rowdy fans anyways.
No matter what you think, what you say, or what you tell people about Starkville, I will always see it as Mississippi's College Town, and there's not a damn thing you can do to change my mind And I'm willing to bet there are a few more people out there who feel the same way.
So you keep your Sound and the Fury, I'll keep engineering America's future. You keep your Suits and Ties on Capitol Hill, and I'll keep making sure Exxon and Chevron give you the energy you need.
We both have our strengths, we both have our weaknesses, and truthfully, life growing up in this state without a rival like you would have not been as much fun as it was (see LSU and their 18 little div 1A brothers). So let's keep at this Cat and Mouse game, and keep arguing as to which of us is the Cat, and which of us is the Mouse. But I, along with my fellow Bulldog brethen will know this: WE ARE IN CHARGE NOW. And if you disagree, well then simply come prove us wrong.