Howdy, Welcome to Aggieland!!!

This weekend, my brother and I made a trip to Texas to see Mississippi State play Texas A&M. During the 6 years I lived in Fort Worth, I had invitations to go to a game at A&M but it never worked out. So, finally I was able to make it there and see my team play on Kyle Field for the first time since 1913.

We stayed with friends in Mansfield in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. While there we made eating Texas style our goal. We had a great steak and some of the best stuffed Jalapeños at Texas Land & Cattle Steakhouse a couple of blocks from the Cowboys new AT&T Stadium in Arlington and enjoyed some fantastic Tex/Mex at Cantina Laredo in downtown Fort Worth.

Saturday morning we left early to begin our journey to Aggieland. No trip south from Dallas or Fort Worth on I-35 is complete without stopping in West, Texas at the Little Czech Bakery for the best sausage rolls and fruit kolaches in the world.

As we made it to Waco and got on Texas Highway 6, we began to see the typical Texas farm land filled with Aggies:

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Once we arrived in College Station, we immediately began sensing the hospitality of the Aggies. I must’ve been greeted a thousand times with, “Howdy, Welcome to Aggieland!”howdy

We then made our way to the tailgating area specifically made for big rig smokers. There must have been over 100 big rig home made grill/smoker setups.smoker

There, we spent some time with the TexasTiders who have ties to A&M and Bama. Notice how they have 4 flags at their tailgate: An Aggie flag, Bama flag, upside down MSU flag, and of course, the state of Texas flag.

flags

As we made our way around campus, we learned about many of the A&M traditions. The Memorial Student Center is quite different from most campus student centers. Remember, A&M is still considered partially a military school. No one is allowed to walk on the grass around the Memorial Student Center; all hats must be removed once entering the Student Center; and it’s a very quiet and solemn atmosphere inside where plaques, flags, and numerous memorials recognize the Aggies that have served our country in the military. 

We had a great time. And it was good to see our team play well. Though we didn’t win, I was proud of our team for not quitting.

manure friends

Busy Summer

Image tweeted by Scott Stricklin of a rendition of a future view of DWS from the North End Zone after the expansion is complete. Ground breaking for the project is planned for this Fall and set to be complete by the game opener of the 2014 season versus USM.

Sorry, there’s not been much on the blog. Between VBS, Family time, and Youth Camp we’ve not been in a routine. Not much going on right now that’s news worth talking about anyway. Biggest news is probably the fact that we’re getting new turf for Scott Field. First time in 40 years the grass and sprinkler system has been changed. Also, apparently the field hasn’t been centered with the stadium for years and this needed to be done before construction on the expansion begins. Here’s a recent photo of what the field is looking like:

New Turf & Sprinklers for Scott Field

Here’s what the new brick columns & iron gating will look like around the field. Don’t worry, we’re getting new hedges to replace to old ones too.

Early Pick ‘Em

I know it’s pretty early to really start making predictions about the football season. But other than the EURO 2012 Soccer tournament and the Olympics, there’s not much sports wise left to talk about this summer. So, just looking at MSU’s schedule for the Fall, how do you think the season will turn out?

2012 Bulldog Football Schedule (seems all games are now color coordinated)

Sept. 1 > Jackson St. in Starkville (Maroon)
Sept. 8 > Auburn in Starkville (True Maroon)
Sept. 15 > Troy in Troy, AL 
Sept. 22 > South Alabama in Starkville (White)
Oct. 6 > Kentucky in Lexington, KY
Oct. 13 > Tennessee in Starkville (West Side White, East Side Maroon)
Oct. 20 > Middle TN St. in Starkville (Homecoming; Maroon)
Oct. 27 > Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL
Nov. 3 > Texas A&M in Starkville (Snow Bowl Reunion; White)
Nov. 10 > LSU in Baton Rouge, LA
Nov. 17 > Arkansas in Starkville (Maroon)
Nov. 24 > Ole Miss in Oxford, MS

I like our chances in all games but 2. I still have trouble convincing myself that we can beat Bama and LSU. But I really believe that we could beat the rest of the teams on our schedule. However, I’m not gonna predict we beat all but Bama and LSU. I expect us to slip up somewhere along the way. The Auburn game will be a season pace setter. We must win that first SEC game and get started on the right track. If we do, it’s not crazy to think we could walk into Tuscaloosa on October 27 and have 2 undefeated teams playing one another. So I’m gonna go with a 9-3 record. 2 losses coming to Bama and LSU. I’m not sure where the 3rd loss will come. But it could be from Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas A&M, or Arkansas. What say you with a little over 2 months before the kickoff with Jackson State?

 

Commits beginning to come in

Deon Mix

Cord Sandberg

After what some would call a slow start, MSU is beginning to get some quality commits to the football team. Here’s a list of the 5 commits so far in order of when they made their decision:

De’Vante Scott, 5’11”, 195 lbs., WR, Co-Lin CC (3/22/12)
Brandon Wells, 6’1″, 180 lbs., WR, Bogue Chitto (4/3/12)
B.J. Hammond, 6’4″, 207 lbs., WR, Gasden, AL (6/7/12)
Kent Flowers, 6’5″, 300 lbs., OL, Hollandale (6/9/12)
Deon Mix, 6’4″, 305 lbs., OL, South Panola (6/10/12)
Cord Sandberg, 6’3″, 205 lbs., QB, Bradenton, FL (6/11/12)
Chris Jones, 6’5″, 250 lbs., DE, Houston, MS (6/11/12)

Kent Flowers

Expect to see a couple more verbal commits this week as camps continue. Of those already committed, Deon Mix is the prize so far. He was highly sought after. We are on pace to possibly put together the best OL class ever at MSU. Getting Flowers and Mix this week was HUGE. I got to see Flowers work out personally on Saturday, and he most definitely impressed. As you can see, it appears we’ll have a strong recruiting year at the WR position as well. What looked to be a slow start is turning into a quite impressive class. Know this: our recruiting has changed. We are now able to be more picky with who we recruit. Guys from all over the country are showing up at our camps and we’re gonna focus on those who have these qualities: no baggage, good academics, SEC ready, and good work ethic. And what I mean by SEC ready is, when they walk on the field w/ D1 college recruits, they stand out and are in a totally different league physically and athletically.

SEC Champs!!!

What a team effort this week from our team. Fantastic pitching, great defense, and timely hitting led to maroon celebration Sunday afternoon in Hoover. The championship game was a great game to be at. It’s something I’ll not soon forget.

Hopefully we can keep this momentum going. We’ve been selected to play in the Tallahassee Regional. Here’s the seeding:
1. Florida State
2. Mississippi State
3. Samford
4. UAB

Every time we match up with FSU, I can help but relive the GREATEST Moment in MSU Sports History. Here’s the call by Jim Ellis on that beautiful day at Dudy Noble: