OK, like me or not, there are few times when I actually have a Ole Miss football fan call to action. So here we are and we have a calling.
For many Ole Miss football fans we’ve fallen into an abyss. There seems to be no end in sight for what can happen to Ole Miss. Murphy’s Law has dug its claws into Ole Miss over the past few years and it all came to a head in late July. Nobody expected us to be where we are as a football program.
Had you told me two years go we’d be 3-4 right now with an interim head coach and a back-up QB, I would have laughed at you. Now, nobody is laughing except the fans from TSBU. They are enjoying our demise with bated breath and are ready to pounce at every opportunity. Trust me, they delight in our failures more than their own success.
Now, more than ever before, Rebels need to stick together and stand firm for our beloved university and football program. No it hasn’t been easy being a Ole Miss fan over the past few months. Seeing our flaws on the field against SEC opponents earlier this season and the looming COI decision has made it even harder. But hey, nobody ever said being and Ole Miss football fan was going to be easy.
Things Will Get Better
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Of course, all good things certainly do come to an end. Bad things do as well. There are numerous older Ole Miss fans like myself who can remember the worst days of Ole Miss football.
We saw how the NCAA slowed down our own program after the Brewer era. All the while we were busy, distracted by mascot and flag issues.
There was a time when it was very depressing being a Ole Miss Rebel. The losses were hard for Rebel nation. Not just on the football field but also off the field.
Slowly but surely the symbols for Ole Miss were stripped away one by one. Not much has really changed. Once again, we are back under the iron fist of the NCAA and we are still up in arms over mascots.
Who care’s what mascot we have when we can’t compete on the field of play?. And no, losing 66-3, 45-23 and 40-24 in our last three losses hasn’t got anything to with a mascot. We have far worse problems than mascots at this point.
For Every Problem
There is always a solution There will always be a means to and end. There is a solution to the problem which bothers Ole Miss football. However, it will not be an easy row to hoe. We are up against the college football world and on the NCAA’s ‘most wanted’. This is not going to be a pretty site when all is said and done. As one of my Bama buddies oft says, “Ole Miss is so screwed!” OK, so he may use another expletive.
I choose to opt on the side of optimism when it comes to everything these days. Oh trust me, In 50+ years I’ve learned there are cycles to the things which we hasten to. There is a cycle to life, a cycle to love and of course a cycle to Ole Miss football. You could say we are in the latter right now.
So what makes everything better for Ole Miss? Well, right now in the immediate moment a win would be very nice. As I’ve stated before, “Wins are like bacon, they make everything better.” However, wins will not be easy to come by this season so we have to look at the bigger picture. We have to look at the marathon and not the sprint, so to speak.
Of course, time will heal all wounds. The more time which passes the more people will forget what has passed by. Besides time the one constant with Ole Miss is family. Family is that one thing which will far outlive any of us. There is always someone to carry on our legacy. It doesn’t matter but somebody will always be wearing and waving red and blue.
All In The Family
So right now, as easy as it would be to turn your back on the Rebels, why? Your blood doesn’t run any other colors and neither does your true Rebel faith. There are players who will cherish each and every play and each and every Hotty Toddy of this season for the rest of their lives. It’s the same for you and me.
As much as family means to each of us, so does our Ole Miss family. These Rebels are more than just Saturday entertainment. They are the same guys who’ll be in the stadium, years from now, with us yelling for future Rebels. When we are standing then, we’ll be standing together. It’s time to stand together now! We Are Ole Miss! Hotty Toddy!