took Little Elvis to my old stomping grounds yesterday. My dad got us great tickets to the big game against LSU last night, and he took Little Elvis, Bob and me to see the big game.
We got to Starkville early so Little Elvis could look at the different landmarks he's read about in an SEC book (from 1993) and MSU's media guide from 2003. Poor baby. He's got old knowledge, but he knows it.
He posed with a bully statue in front of the stadium. That was not there when I went to State. Man I felt old. The campus had changed SO MUCH. I'm terrible with directions anyway, but it didn't help that so many things were different.
This is also new. It's a cool marble map of Mississippi with the counties outlined.
They marked MSU's location, and Little Elvis loved it.
I don't remember this bell, but maybe it was there. Like the hat? We bought it for him for Christmas, but once we found out about the game, we decided to give it to him early.
He was so excited to eat in the MSU cafeteria. He'd read about it in the 1993 SEC guide. That guide said it was the most beautiful in the SEC. Or he interpreted it to say that. It's nice. It seems lighter since I was last there.
They have original wooden beams, and flags flying from every state in there. We had to show that off.
This is the MSU chapel. It was an old building that I believed burned down at some point. I think they rebuilt the tower with the original bricks. But I do tend to just make up and believe my own stories about things sometimes.
We took this picture on our way to our seats. Tailgating was nothing like this when I went to State. The stadium is a lot bigger since I graduated, and you can tell by the sheer number of people wearing maroon and white.
Ringing his bell.
Do I look happy? I have earplugs in, so I didn't hear much of what was going on. I had to get my dad to repeat every official call, because I had no clue what was said.
Showing off his bell.
We didn't think about Little Elvis' extreme competitiveness and sadness when faced with loss until LSU scored it's first touchdown.
Little Elvis became a rabid fan last year when my alma mater somehow became ranked number one in the nation for several weeks. That might not have been a fluke, but it was a first. When we cracked the top twenty while I was there, it was huge! Needless to say, most MSU fans are used to not always winning. Little Elvis is not used to that. The first quarter (first half really) were terrible for our Bulldogs. But they stuck with it! They had a remarkable second half, and came within one stupid timeout of winning. It was an awesome game that started at 8:15 p.m. Despite that late start, almost all of the fans stayed through the entire game. The loss was gut-wrenching, but we were really proud of the way the team rallied and played during the second half. They were ranked 25th, while LSU was in the teens.
Little Elvis didn't understand any of this, and was heartbroken when his team lost at the last second. It came down to an extremely long field goal kick at the end. Our kicker made it the first time he tried, but LSU had called its second time out, and it didn't count. He didn't make it the second time.
It was upsetting for all MSU fans. Little Elvis cried and cried. It was so sad. I wish that time out hadn't happened. For the players as well as their sweet number 1 fan.