How many Cowbells do you have?

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This weekend I ran into another one of those SEC (I’ll refrain from mentioning what school they’re a fan of because they pretty much all hate our cowbells.) fans that only wanted to talk about how annoying and illegal he thought our cowbells are. I commenced to explaining to him how in my opinion, the cowbell is the greatest tradition we have at MSU. Taking away the cowbell for us is like taking away Hounds tooth hats from Bama; Dixie from Ole Miss; Rocky Top from Tenn; War Eagle Cry from Auburn; Gator chomp from Florida; alcohol from LSU; Pig Souie from Arky; Basketball from Kentucky; Hedges from Georgia…and so on. 

 I still have a cowbell my papaw made back in the 1960s. My dad has another cowbell papaw made that’s even older. I have a mantel dedicated to MSU above our fire place. And without a doubt, the cowbell is the center piece and most sentimental part of the MSU paraphernalia displayed. Our home has 6 cowbells in it and we’ll probably add more. Papaw’s cowbell has 8 stickers on it that are precious. You just can’t find stickers like these any more. Here’s a description of the stickers: “Bulldog Country”; “Dawg Power”; “Rebel Rousers”; “Ole Miss is Dawg Meat”; the atomic MSU symbol; an MSU pennant; “Beware of the Dogs”; & The Bulldog Head that was on our helmets in the ’50s.

How many cowbells do you have? And how precious is the cowbell to MSU tradition in your opinion?

*Above: That’s my son (Connor) and daughter (Anna) standing by the Ginormous Cowbell in the Junction.

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In Memory of the Late Ralph Winter

Two nights ago, on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, Ralph D. Winter passed away at age 84 after a long bout with multiple myeloma. One could argue that no individual has had an impact on world missions in the past 40 years greater than Ralph Winter. I remember my former missions professor saying that for every ten ideas that Ralph Winter had, seven of them would be absolutely crazy and wouldn’t ever work—but three of them would be pure genius and would redefine how we think about and do missions! One of his greatest contributions was to rethink what we mean by “nations” by identifying and categorizing unrecognized “unreached people groups”—we take this for granted today, but he was the innovator who first came up with this idea and brought awareness that the missionary task was still so much greater than we ever anticipated!

My Favorite Quote from Ralph Winter: “No serious believer today dare overlook the fact that God has not asked us to reach every nation, every tribe and tongue without intending that it be done.  No generation has less excuse than ours if we do not do as He asks.”


Tribute to Jack Cristil

 Jack Cristil is loved by MSU fans and especially for his no-nonsense, call-it-like-I-see-it attitude. And sometimes Jack has been a little bit too fair to our opponents. This was especially apparent during the Croom tenure at State. Here are some of the more memorable quotes from this past year’s Egg Bowl. These quotes were the only thing that had any value for Mississippi State fans in this Egg Bowl. Great article about Cristil was written a couple of years ago by ESPN: #mce_temp_url#.  This has been posted all over the web so I am not even sure who to attitribute it to.

“The QB and the receiver weren’t on the same page there; but hey, it’s only week eleven.”

“Handoff to Dixon. And Dixon is murdered on the play.”

After Ole Miss went up 17-0 in the 1st Quarter: “They are going to have to send in their second kickoff coverage unit because the first unit is going to tire out with all of these kickoffs.”

“Ole Miss has just scored and we don’t know who scored because No. 85 isn’t listed on their roster. It’s academic at this point.”

After an MSU holding call, “Well, if you can’t block ‘em, hold ‘em!
John Correro: “One can only hope so, Jack.”

“It’s third down and so long, you will need surveying equipment to see how much is needed for a first down.”

“There are only 45 seconds left. Maybe Ole Miss won’t score another touchdown. In the 1st quarter that is.”

“Coming up on the end of the quarter – the third quarter, that is. We’ve still got another one to play.

“At the end of the third quarter, Ole Miss barely out in front, 38-0.”

“Ole Miss has punted once today for a grand total of 12 yards. They ought to improve on that with this next punt.” (Laughter in the background as he was saying it)

“Let’s punt it again. McAdams has to punt it a lot in his final game as a Bulldog.”

In the 4th Quarter: “For the record both teams have all of their timeouts left. So, that ought to make it fun.”

“Well, what do you know? The Rebels have put a couple of backup linemen in the game.”

“Mercifully, the clock continues to run.”

“About 3 minutes left, many fans have long been gone. In fact, some of them are probably already home by now.”

“Chris Relf can throw it long. He cannot throw it accurately, but he can throw it long.”

“Well, that’s only a loss of 9 there. So, it’s only third and 19.”

“A great many of the 55,000 fans have left the game now (45-0), they might even be home now watching on TV”.

“It’s 4th down and 24 yards to go, this ought to dictate a punt right now.”
John Correro: “One can only hope so, Jack.”

“Well, the Bulldogs take a delay of game. That backs them up to their 4 where it will be fourth and 31. We just wanted to make sure McAdams had plenty of room to kick the ball because he has such a powerful leg.”

“That’s it. Ballgame over. Ole Miss noses out Mississippi State, 45-0.”

“Sonic drive of the game….My drive home to Tupelo, MS I guarantee you that is my drive of the game.” Then he proceeded to give his home address.

After Ole Miss was twice flagged for celebration after scoring: “That’s terrible, throwing a flag on a kid that just made a great play. Let the kid celebrate a little.”

Retreat

There’s nothing better to help bring a proper perspective on life than getting away from the regular hustle and bustle of life. This weekend was good for our family and the families we were with. No TV or video games. God’s unadulterated creation as a backdrop. No hurry. Focus on God and what He’s done for us. The Great Outdoors. Gnats. Sweat. A lake. Paddle boats. Bocce. Hamburgers. Family Feud. Relief. Prayer. Relaxation. Now we’re ready for the final weeks of the school year (I think?). God is good…all the time! I love my Lord. I love my family. I love my friends. And I love my church.

Indescribable

“Indescribable” is a Great presentation by Louie Giglio. The more we learn about science, the more we prove God’s majesty and existence. As I watched Giglio’s video in it’s entirety today for the first time, I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite choral pieces:

“The Majesty and Glory of Your Name.”

When I gaze into the night skies
And see the work of Your fingers;
The moon and stars suspended in space.
Oh what is man that You are mindful of him?

You have given man a crown of glory and honor,
And have made him a little lower than the angels.
You have put him in charge of all creation:
The beasts of the field,
The birds of the air,
The fish of the sea.
But what is man, oh, what is man that You are mindful of him?

O Lord, our God, the majesty and glory of Your name
Transcends the earth and fills the heavens.
O Lord, our God, little children praise You perfectly,
And so would we and so would we.

Alleluia, Alleluia, the majesty and glory of Your name.
Alleluia, Alleluia, the majesty and glory of Your name.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The words are based on Psalm 8 by King David and set to Tom Fettke’s music.