The eyes of the college football world are on Mississippi this week. At least that's what all the pigskin pundits are pontificating.
Alabama (# 3) and Texas A&M (#6) visit the Magnolia State this Saturday to take on Ole Miss (#11) and Mississippi State (#12), respectively. Ole Miss and Mississippi State are both 4 & 0 to start the season, in the same season, for the first time since...
Well, for the first time ever.
College Gameday will be in the Grove, and Starkville will host the SEC Network's equivalent. It will be a huge day for both fan bases. Accordingly, the Colonel feels compelled to offer his fellow Mississippians some not-so-humble advice regarding keeping things in perspective.
As the few dozen of you who regularly waste precious rod and cone time perusing posts hereon will no doubt recall, the Colonel harbors no hate for Mississippi State. He can't afford to hate State.
He has far too much hate already invested in Alabama and LSU.
In fact, the Colonel attempts (and that, admittedly, is the operative word) to maintain cordial, brotherly relations with Mississippi State fans. They are, after all, all fellow Mississippians.
And, when the Colonel says "all" he means ALL.
No non-Mississippian would voluntarily go to college at Mississippi State, let alone be a fan.
Unlike the legions of Bama Bandwagon Boors and LSU Lemmings who profess fandom of schools from which they not only did not graduate, but in whose states they have never even been, NOBODY from outside of the state of Mississippi is a State fan.
For the record, the Colonel didn't go to college. He went to Ole Miss.
Also for the record, the Colonel wasn't born in Mississippi, and has spent less than a quarter of his life living in Mississippi. But, his parents were Mississippians and his father's career in the Air Force and the Colonel's career in the Marine Corps separated the Colonel from the land of his blood. Separated, but not divorced.
But, separation often makes the heart grow fonder. So it is with the Colonel and Mississippi. He longed for most of his life to return to somewhere that he wasn't really from. And now that he's back, the Colonel ain't leavin' until God calls him home to that Mississippi in the sky.
All that drivel said to say this to the Colonel's Mississippi brethren and sistren: Don't be afraid to cheer for each other this weekend.
The Colonel will be pulling for State against A&M, and he encourages his fellow Ole Miss fans to wholeheartedly do likewise.
The Colonel doesn't care about what a State loss might mean for the Rebels' chances to win the West. In fact, the Colonel will be pulling for State against everybody for the next seven games.
You see, the Colonel is dreaming of the eighth game -- the Egg Bowl -- deciding who goes to Atlanta to beat the survivor of the East.
Yeah, it's a dream. The Colonel has the right to dream fantastic things that can never be...
After all, he's a Mississippian.