Skip to main content

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 . . .

http://m.hailstate.com/mobile/ViewArticle.dbml?atclid=926236&DB_MENU_ID=&SPSID=&SPID=&DB_OEM_ID=16800


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! 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Hello Fresh Review

One problem with our last house was that the kitchen was a little small, but with our new kitchen we really have no excuse to not cook at home. To start us off on the right foot I started a Hello Fresh subscription.

Subscribers get to select from 8 meals on the weekly menu and can get two or four portions of each meal and 3, 4 or 5 meals per box. We get 4 meals and the cost of the box is $10 / portion / meal - so $80. Each menu also features one premium meal  for an extra $5 / portion.
For our first box I'm sharing step by step with two meals here because I don't think just showing one gives a fair overview of the box. Each box comes with the meat individually packaged, the ingredients per meal all in one brown bag and a recipe card that shows pictures, lists out materials needed and provides step by step instructions. It seems like all the meals involve six steps.

The first meal we made was a fish dish.

The first step was to roast the potatoes with oil in the oven.
Next…

Saying Goodbye

If we're friends on Facebook than you might have picked up on why I didn't blog last week - my grandmother passed away last Wednesday. I know I said I want to keep this blog focused on specific topics and less emotional one but the reality is I write it and while I have a whole list of topics I had planned on blogging last week and this week I feel like it's just not right. I still have a few "personal" posts up - my one about being motherless and childless had some readership over the past week being that Sunday was Mother's Day - and today I'm going to add one more personal post. As y'all know my husband and I are moving in June and I'm so glad that on our last "social" day together (we saw her several days in the hospital before she passed) we got to show my Grandma our new house. Our current condo isn't very wheelchair friendly so for the past few years we have been going out to eat on holidays and we were really excited to hos…

Wardrobe Wednesday - Currently Craving

Although my clothing is mostly unpacked and hanging in the closet I still have all my shoes and accessories in boxes and although I purchased a few items in May as part of my Wardrobe Makeover blogging about them is going to have to wait another week. Today though instead of talking about what I have bought I thought I'd share a few items that I'd like to buy.
Society Plus Whimsy Bow Skirt $52.79 I love this skirt so much, which also comes in blush BTW, and I pretty much want to copy the entire look here. This skirt is named after the Whimsy and Wonder blog and the bow and length really matches my style. I feel like I already have a blush skirt so I should get the purple but I also feel like purple is better in fall and winter so I should wait to purchase. Sam Edelman Yumi Heeled Sandal $120 Mules are really in style right now and trend reports indicate this will carry into the fall. I had a nude pump on my wardrobe wish list for the year and I've yet to find one so I tho…

Sephora Play The Iconic Edition

In addition to my regular Play box this month I also received a special edition box exclusively available to Rouge VIB members for $20
This bag features six high end iconic beauty items and a style book. I got it mostly out of curiosity to try the products inside. Here's what's included: La Mer - The Moisturizing Soft Cream $170
This is one of the most famous (and expensive) skin creams in the world. It certainly smells nice and makes the skin feel soft and smooth. For the price point though I'd have to give the full sample jar a try to make a decision because $170 per ounce is a lot of money and I do like the moisturizer I use currently.
Guerlain Radiance Face Primer $74
Ok, so here's where I have a problem with this product - if I'm using an expensive moisturizer to give me "natural radiance" than why do I need a $74 primer to give me radiance? This goes on very smooth and does give a nice soft radiance but I feel like there are other products out there…

Summer Beauty

I feel like Memorial is really the kickoff to summer but if you want to be technical yesterday was the first day of summer and it got me thinking about how I change up my beauty routine for summer. I know that it's recommended to change up beauty routines seasonally but I find that I can get away with the same routine for fall, spring and winter  - but summer is a different story and I find myself with different needs during the hot and humid Memphis summer months. Here's some of my summer beauty favorites.

Ogx Quenching Sea Mineral Moisturizing Lotion $7.99 I love this lotion because it's not to thick but not watery thin and it does a good job of keepings skin soft and moisturized without being greasy - plus the nice light sea scent is great for this time of year.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt $19 This shampoo scrub is great of a once a week gently deep cleansing and get hair squeaky clean - I find it really preps hair to accept the moisture of a…