As an Ole Miss fan who has attended games at all 12 SEC schools, I can tell you very quickly why I'm not going to Starkville. It's the same reason i didn't go in 2009 when we were ranked in the Top 10 in the preseason. It's because I've never been treated by fans of any other SEC school the way I am treated in Starkville when I go to games there with Ole Miss clothes on. I've been cussed by groups of MSU fans the last two times I went. At 40, I am too old for that kind of crap. I love my Rebels, and I love SEC football. But I won't subject myself and those with me to that kind of treatment.
It looks like Ole Miss fans have got a bad feeling about this year’s Egg Bowl game.
After two straight losses to arch-rival Mississippi State — followed by two straight years of Dan Mullen’s flapping gums — many Rebel fans have chosen to watch this year’s UM-MSU game on television. It was announced yesterday that Ole Miss has returned about 2,000 of the 6,000 Egg Bowl tickets the school had initially requested from State.
In other words, 4,000 UM fans have bought tickets for this year’s showdown in Starkville. For comparison, about 6,000 Bulldog fans bought tickets to the game in Oxford last year.
“I appreciate them letting us know this early in advance so we can get them ou tin the marketplace,” MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “We all work well together to take care of our fans.”
Granted, some fans might choose to buy tickets through secondary vendors or from gameday scalpers, but this appears to be yet another sign that State fans feel a lot better about the state of their program than Ole Miss fans do.
(Sidenote — MSU also announced that South Carolina returned about 2,500 of the 5,000 tickets they received for this year’s MSU-USC game, but we’ll cut Cock fans some slack. There’s a big difference between the two-hour drive from Oxford to Starkville and the eight-hour drive from Columbia to Starkville.)