Thank You Mississippi State

Yesterday, Mississippi State furthered it’s #1 goal of improving WVU’s strength of schedule by beating #22 Alabama. Stewart Mandel of took notice:

With a 17-12 win over Alabama in which its defense absolutely stifled Crimson Tide QB John Parker Wilson, Mississippi State (6-4) has now beaten three ranked SEC foes: Auburn, Kentucky and Alabama. These same Bulldogs, however, got crushed just a few weeks ago by West Virginia. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the SEC, but a tremendous achievement for Sylvester Croom’s team, which, after enduring three years as the conference whipping boy, is likely headed to a bowl game.

Somehow, someway, this fact will inevitably be lost by others in the mainstream media. Either way, the Mississippi State win will continue to help us immensely in the computer polls. In a weekend where Ohio State relinquished its #1 position, anything helps.

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Kanye Is Popular In The YouTube, College Football Highlight Circle

This is about the 16th highlight video (from different schools) that features Kanye West’s “Stronger”. It seems like a very popular song. I don’t listen to hip-hop, so I’m not really sure. Though I am partial to the promotion of misogynistic behavior and racial violence. Or Tuesday, as well call it at the Charley West household.

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Game Recap: Fire Croom!

Not really.

There was not much Mr. Croom could have done to stop our first quarter on Saturday. Sometimes — like Maryland last year — we’re just destined to kick some ass. Saturday was one of those days. If you needed any more proof, just look at the offsides penalty on the opening kickoff. If that play stands, the first quarter might look dramatically different. Unfortunately, at least from Miss. State’s perspective, they were just a little too antsy to tackle Steve Slaton. After that play, however, they didn’t seem in a hurry to tackle any of our players.

The easiest analogy from Saturday is that our game lived up to the hype of the gold jerseys. Personally, I was not looking forward to seeing us wearing what I thought would look like a huge highlighter stain. I was way off. The gold jerseys looked good. Not great, but good. Sometimes, when I’m busy reminiscing, I long for the simpler Nehlen days when we knew we were wearing blue jerseys and gold pants at home. But, in these Nike times we live in, I have to live with change. At least this change wasn’t as abhorrent as I first thought.

OK, now for the rest of my stream of conciousness:

  • Slaton looks better, but he still looks human. When you consider I was halfway to naming my unborn child Charles Steven Slaton West, it’s a little disappointing. Luckily, if he goes for 124 and 2 TDs every week, we still have a chance to win every game we play.
  • The offensive line looked just OK. With a new starting tackle (Selvish Capers), this was understandable. Long-term, I think Capers gives us the best and most athletic line, but the going might get rough in the short-term. Luckily, we have about 5 days to correct this.
  • I am going to stop paying full-price for tickets if Noel Devine doesn’t start getting more PT. I find it hard to believe that Jock Sanders is actually #2 on the depth chart and that Rodriguez wanted to have Slaton play all 4 quarters of a blowout. Maybe CRR is trying to send a message to Devine. If I were him, and he wants me to consider Charles Noel Devine West, he better start busting his ass.
  • Someone needs to tell the nation we have a defense. It has 11 guys and generally shuts down opponents. Why hasn’t anyone outside of West Virginia noticed this? This might not be a problem if they’d actually watch us play.

Besides 5th Year Senior’s weekly “Things That Made Me Want To Throw My Shoe” later today, that just about wraps Mississippi State. Overall, we beat an SEC opponent two years running, both by a significant margin. Not too shabby.
Ballhype – Game Recap: Fire Croom!
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On Location: Morgantown

Getting an early jump out of Charley West and headed up to Morgantown this afternoon. Rain is expected for the rest of today and tomorrow, but according to, we’re looking at 68 and sunny on Homecoming gameday. This is good news. I mean, I’ll drink in the rain, but I’d rather drink in the sun. It really makes my hangover Sunday morning that much worse, which reminds me of all the fun I had all day Saturday.

I should have some Internet access in Morgantown, so expect a few posts later today and tomorrow. Game previews are definitely coming Friday around noon.

That’s all from here. Go Mountaineers!

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Starkville, An Oral History

The town of Starkville was a proud town. Oh, maybe not proud in a traditional sense. Maybe not proud at all. But it was a town, and the locals were damn proud of that.

Starkville was founded in 1837 when the State Duma of Mississippi — more commonly known as the Legislature — saw fit to create a new center of higher education, learning, and milk removal from cows. It would be the greatest milk removal from cows college in all the land, or at least this side of Auburn. It’s name: Mississippi State.

Oh, people flocked to this new cosmopolitan mecca, hoping to get a glimpse of high society and class. And they would not be disappointed — or they would be disappointed. But yet they came — by the hundreds. Some by sea, some by land. Some by monorail, some by Bigfoot Power Wheel. And yet they came, believing in a new life and a new future.

What they found could only be described as heaven on a plain…or a big, giant featureless field in the middle of the hot-ass Deep South. Either way, it was bliss.

As the town began to grow and as residents decided to diversify their last names for outward appearances, the locals grew needy of a leader. A strong leader that could bring their new burg and school into the mid 1840s with class. The man they chose would become the patriarch of Starkville. His name was Jackie Sherrill.

Mr. Sherrill was a dynamic character, prone to both the impassioned speech and cutting the testicles from a live bull. Each method stood on their own merits. His rousing speeches invigorated the town while the testicle removal simply freaked everyone the fuck out. But even so, they followed him, for they were forever worried that their own testicles might come under Mr. Sherrill’s knife. And so he was feared and respected. And powerful. And possibly gay, what with the testicle obsession, but whatever, don’t ask don’t tell.

But this was simply not enough for the residents of Starkville. They needed more. They needed a game to lift their spirits and inspire more pride in a town devoid of anything remotely advanced. So in 1865, Sherrill had the answer. He invented a game called “Testicle Ball.” Over the years, the rules of this relic game have been lost, though popular legend recounts that it was the most unsuccessful game ever invented. Most of the town just continued to whisper about the testicle thing, but c’mon, it’s his life, let him live it. OK?

Unphased, however, Sherrill changed tack and focused his efforts on another game — the game of football.

A full 4 years before Rutgers and Princeton supposedly played the first football game, now-Coach Sherrill had the Mississippi State Bulldogs running wind-sprints, the dive option, and backwards naked through a cornfield. “It will teach toughness,” he would yell. Oh, it was a glorious sight. Sherrill recruited with a vengeance, bringing the best white-only talent from all the surrounding counties. His program was so great he did not receive any resistance, partly because no other football programs existed but mostly because of his greatness.

And there was King Sherrill, unbeaten during the early years at Mississippi State, partly because there were no teams to play but mostly because of his greatness. Starkville was atop the mountain and the town had only Sherrill to thank. And so it was that Czar Sherril would lead the Bulldogs proudly for the next 150+ years. But tougher times lay ahead, and Fuhrer Sherrill’s time in Starkville became numbered.

Yet, even in the face of adversity, a new savior waited in the wings, a man known only by the name of Croom.


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Seems Like A Year Ago

Oh yeah, it was.

This is Pat White’s second TD run from last year’s game at Mississippi State. I post this for one reason: to remind Pat White how good he was — and is. Runs like these have been regular, almost expected, over the past 3 years. We all know he still has it in him.

So Pat, if you’re wondering how to get it back…..stay healthy and unleash your inner bitch-slap.

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Starkghanistan: Zero Hour

Trust me, I wish I could take credit for this. But then again, I haven’t been to Starkghanistan and never wish to, either. Also, this girl is funnier than me. And when I say funnier, I mean more obvious. Livestock jokes just aren’t my thing. I leave that kind of “funny” to fake Sean Connery on SNL Celebrity Jeopardy.

Take it away, Rebekah Monson from the LSU Student newspaper, October 19, 2001:

This is a special weekend in the lives of many students, for many will visit the most cultural Mecca of the South – Starkville, Miss.!

As the football players venture forth to paper train those Bulldogs of Mississippi State, students will swarm the metropolis in preparation for and celebration after the big game.

I am writing today in honor of “Starkvegas” and to prepare you lucky students who will storm the city this weekend.

According to the latest census data, Starkville has a population near 13 (including livestock).

The city is the home of Mississippi State University, an institution with an academic reputation that rivals that of many I.V. League junior colleges.

Students at the university enjoy a plethora of recreational activities, including: cow-patty bingo, cow tipping and mud riding.

One late-night hotspot no visitor should pass up is the Piggly Wiggly parking lot.

Locals congregate in the parking lot to drink tasty cold beverages in 16-ounce cans enclosed in paper lunch sacks.

Another popular parking lot activity is a game that involves spitting Skoal juice on another’s boots. (The rules are confusing, so most visitors are better off remaining spectators rather than participants.)

On game day, MSU faithful load up their tractors and pour into town with barefoot farm children in tow to welcome the opposing fans into its state-of-the-art stadium, which seats a record-breaking 4,000 spectators.

(Fun fact: the stadium doubles as a cow pasture in the off-season.)

The MSU fans are so enamored with their Bulldogs that they feel the need to entertain using the regional musical instrument of choice: the cowbell.

The Bulldog men remove the cowbells from their wives’ necks, and a beautiful symphony of “tink-a-link-a-link, GO DAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWGGGS!” ensues.

The game itself begins with a rousing pre-game performance from the MSU marching band.

The band walks across the field at various tempos to the MSU fight song played in various keys, while fans politely clap at whatever pace they feel appropriate.

The band’s greatest contribution to the game is the “Go State” cheer, which grows exponentially more out of tune every time they perform it.

If MSU happens to score a touchdown, authentic confederate soldiers fire a cannon.

In the fourth quarter, the football players perform a beautiful interpretive dance to Baja Men’s “Who let the Dogs Out.”

If the Bulldogs win, MSU fans show good sportsmanship by performing their cowbell symphony at a greater volume in the faces of opposing fans.

If the DAWGS lose, the MSU fans perform the same ritual followed by a “Next year, we’re gonna stomp ‘em!” chant.

So, Tiger fans, that’s what awaits you in Starkville, a beautiful city full of beautiful people.

UPDATE: Yeah, on second thought, this article just sucks. My bad.

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