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Quote of the Day: “This is the last time I waste a nickel to drive up here and watch State get killed like that.” — Travellinbaen, approximately 1-5 times per year, since 1993, excluding 1995-2000.
July is the time of year when a Bulldog is farthest away from the harsh realities of life between the hash marks. I am always optimistic in July. I look at the schedule and see at least 6 certain wins, a couple of toss ups, and with just a little luck even the rest of could go our way. Theoretically. A July that follows a winning season is especially dangerous. I always figure we ought to be a little better and some new recruits from a year or two ago are ready to shine.
This page will undoubtedly relate many of the heartaches that are the essence of what it is to be a Dawg. And before the season, I’m planning a tome on just that subject. But you learn to laugh at the pain, at least sometimes. The preceding sentences aside, there are a lot of things that are great about being a fan of the Maroon and White (running out of nicknames fast). One of those is low expectations. If State can win 7 or 8 games, it is a great season. It means we beat at least 3 of our annual tormenters, and probably 4. In Michigan or Florida, or even crummy old Bama, the fan base would be apoplectic with a season like that. Not much margin for error some places, but at State, there are at least 3-4 mulligans per year.
And this week, the Bulldogs received a non-binding oral commitment from Josh Boyd, so we’ve got that going for us, which is nice. Who’s Josh Boyd you may ask? Hell if I know. But Tennessee, Florida State, LSU, and Auburn wanted him to come play football for them. He’ll join about 5 other players on our team that can say the same. I figure if we ever get ten of those guys we’ll really have some fun in Starkville–yes, it IS possible for those two words to be used in the same sentence. I may discuss the perils of recruiting some other time, the history of some of State’s big recruits, and all that has gone wrong in the past. But its July, some guy other people think is good says he’ll go to State in 2009, and I’m thinking the Bullies are going to win some games this year. And for the next few years of the foreseeable future. I love me some summertime.
Ah, hope. Ain’t it a wonderful thing? Like spring training for baseball fans, when everyone’s 0-0 and dreaming of October baseball (except the Pirates)…
Ole Miss fan here, sharing your pre-season optimism. The likelihood of much gnashing of teeth between our fan bases? Good. But this time of year we have hope.
So true. Honesty and everything redgnoizec.
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