Friday, August 7, 2009

Ole Miss Football: The Real Thing or Another Mirage?

The Coaches' poll released today has Ole Miss ranked TENTH. That's right, No. 10.

USA Today sets expectations even higher:

"All of this has Ole Miss, a school as attentive to its football history as any in the nation, hoping for its first-ever berth in the SEC Championship Game, its first SEC title since 1963 and, perhaps, its first national title since 1962."

Wow. Hard to believe? It seems like almost every year since I moved to Jackson in 1982, the Rebel faithful have thought the glory days of the 1960s (or at least the Archie Manning years a decade later) were returning. And almost every year, those hopes have been dashed.

Will it be different this time? An SEC Championship Game berth? An SEC Championship? A National Championship?

Oscar Wilde once said, "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."

So here's to you, Ole Miss Rebel Faithful. Dream on. And may your dawn not bring you to blinding reality.


Casey Ann said...

Unfortunately, I attended LSU from 1960-64, when LSU stank and Ole Miss was fantastic. It was very painful.

Michael Freeman said...

And when you consider Ole Miss whipping LSU who will beat the far out of Alabama who will stomp Florida which will slobberknock Tennessee who looks pretty good to spank Georgia who will level South Carolina, the entire SEC will have at least one loss, maybe more and some schlump school like Southern Cal will wind up number 1 because they don't have to play in this conference. There is no justice in the world.

Emily McInnis said...

I'm one who doesn't give a toot about football unless someone from Mississippi is doing wonderful things. I adored watching Sweetness, Archie, Steve and Brett. Which is simply predicate to a dumb question: Would national college football playoffs (which I understand Obama endorses) do anything to prevent Michael's 5:50 forecast?

JH said...

No, Emily @ 12:37, there really is no justice in this world.