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Ring it In

Hey y'all, remember when I started this blog as a way to talk about becoming a football fan? Yeah me either. But I do think it would be appropriate to spend the first post of 2014 discussing some football. 

Yesterday, thanks to our friends C & T, Shaun and I attended the 55th annual Liberty Bowl. Despite this game being in my home town it was my first time attending, and only my 2nd bowl game ever. The game was Rice vs Mississippi State and I choose to root for MSU as a member of the SEC. Rice is in the same conference as Memphis so I should have gone for them but I just don't have a strong loyalty to Memphis football. 

On our way there I was pretty surprised by the order of the crowd. Only a little bit of traffic despite 58,000 attending. We would up parking a block from the Stadium with no issues at all. Tiger Lane had tailgate tents up - some Tiger fans but most Mississippi State. I don't think people had the right to their regular Tiger Lane spot for this game bc the Liberty Bowl was selling a package of two tickets and Tiger Lane spot for $175. This is actually not bad, I could be talked into this next year. Before going in I had Shaun get a pic of me so I could talk about what I wore, an important part of football in the south. 


Despite being in the same state, MSU fans are much more casual than Ole Miss. I felt perfectly comfortable wearing jeans (trouser ones from Talbots) and cowboy boots (target . .  . Whatever, they're comfortable) to stay warm I wore a cashmere sweater ( dillards after Christmas sale last year) and fur poncho ( I got mine for cheap from a local jewelry warehouse store but lots of boutiques sell them). I also wore my houndstooth coat (Nordstrom rack) a velvet scarf (origin I cannot remember) the world's most beautiful gloves (kitty Kyle in Memphis) sunglasses (Tiffany) diamond stud earring (my Dad for my 16th birthday) a small LV purse (eBay!!!!!!) and carried my Gucci blanket ( another eBay score but still shamefully pricey). I felt like my outfit was perfect casual chic but I probably had the fanciest blanket there. 

The crowd was wearing mostly jeans and MSU jackets / sweatshirts but I saw some really casual stuff as well - camo and Jammie pants. Sadly I also saw leggings as pants, sigh. 

Outside we took pictures at a photo stand set up and got some cloths in team colors to wave around. All being hungry we got BBQ nachos - it's practically a city ordinance you eat BBQ nachos during all sporting events within City limits. And I decided I wanted a cowbell, $25 but WORTH IT! 

So we finally made it to our seats and took the requisite field in the background photos. The weather was sunny and most of the stadium in shade when the game started and then the lights came on for the 2nd half as it go darker out. We got a photo under both lighting conditions: 


We also got a group shot, which came out super cute! 


So some of you are probably very confused about the cowbell. Oh my I enjoyed that thing! 


It's a Mississippi State tradition and when in Rome . . .

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Seriously though, I was very surprising the Liberty Bowl allowed them as they are only allowed at MSU home games, and the SEC just fined MSU $25,000 for fan misuse during the regular season. I really couldn't pass up my chance. They're not supposed to be rung during game play but honestly, it seemed like there was never an inappropriate time to ring them as far as the crowd was concerned - obviously they were rung when MSU scored but there would be times when after a play the Rice section was cheering but bells were still ringing , it was a little difficult to keep up with. 

The actual game got off to a slow start with Rice actually making the first touchdown, despite all their enthusiasm for being there this was sadly their last score of the game. MSU had quite a few incompletes throughout the game but still managed to rack up the points. 

During the half time show both bands played. Poor little Rice band. Here's a size comparison of the two band: 

Rice also tried to do a little skit with their performance about coming to Memphis. Bless their hearts. Cowbells were rung in acknowledgement of the effort . . . MSU fans are by far the most well behaved fans I have ever seen. For the half time finale Diamond Rio played 3 songs, sweet! Too bad the sound was terrible. Joining them on the field were band members from across the country, little kid cheerleaders and "America's homecoming queens" - no clue how these ladies are chosen but one girls from each state. One state's representatives has Down's syndrome and the girl next to her danced with her during their time on the field - very nice! 


Through out the 3rd and 4th quarters the stadium began to clear out as it was clear who the winner would be. Final score wound up being 44 to 7. Congrats to MSU! They received a liberty bell trophy, perfect for the bell loving school that they are. 


After the game I was again impressed at how peacefully the crowd dispersed and how no one appeared to be drunk. Later that night I went to a NYE party and none of the MSU fans there were disorderly. I might have to become a MSU fans due to the good sportsmanship and cowbell fun. 

Last night I decided it would be a goal to see each SEC team play. I'd just love to go to an Alabama game, and visit the Gamma Phi house! 

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