Ring your cow bells and we will still beat you for 12th year in a row. Bulldogs ringing cow bells. What the hell is that about?
Some quick back story:
1. Mississippi State fans didn’t do a great job of adhering to the league’s anti-noisemaker policy early last season.
2. Threatened further with the loss of their beloved bells, things improved in Starkville. “Mississippi State’s enforcement of the artificial noisemaker policy improved greatly during the season,” SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom said.
3. This week in Destin the SEC’s ADs voted to outlaw State’s cowbells… but then a majority of the league’s coaches voted to give MSU fans another chance to prove they can “ring responsibly.”
4. The ADs changed their vote and recommended to the presidents — who will vote on the matter today — to allow the bells to stay.
But you can count LSU chancellor Michael Martin as one who’ll be voting against the cowbells today:
“When does a tradition become an annoyance? From what we’ve been told, they had some problems with the new rule in the games last season. It’s an artificial noisemaker, and people were ringing them during play, which is against the rules. …
It may be time for State to adjust. I think it’s similar to a lot of schools who have had to change their nicknames for various reasons. Sometimes you have to move on.”
As we’ve said before, MSU fans should be made to ring the bells only during stoppages of play. If they don’t show more respect for the rules than that, then they themselves will have forfeited the right to ring their bells.
However, in answer to Martin’s “when does a tradition become an annoyance” question: When it’s someone else’s tradition.
Perhaps Martin should spend a bit more time and energy trying to prevent his own school’s fans from terrorizing opposing teams’ buses as they attempt to enter the grounds of Tiger Stadium. That’s a “tradition” that’s well past annoying.