- TV timeout about midway through the 1st. Les Miles very purposefully walks a few feet onto the field and makes a great show of kneeling down to pick up some grass.
- After the gathering of legends (Cannon, Tittle, Casanova, Stovall, Taylor) Tittle spends the next few plays about two yards on the field watching the game before somebody pulls him off, while Casanova stops to charm every pretty lady who wants a picture along the south endzone fence. Tommy's still got it.
- The Ole Miss punt return with the "hot potato" shenanigans didn't even fool the stadium camera crew.
Aside from the 1st drive INT, the defensive struggles were maddening. It seems Masoli has some of that same talent that Cam Newton had, where he's got great escape ability when the pocket collapses. It eats at you when the D comes within inches of a sack, only to give up a 1st down because of a dodged tackle. And I believe we can all now understand the nearly crippling mental blow Florida fans felt that comes when your opponent converts 4 4th downs. Any more than that is probably banned under treaties.
You know what didn't happen in this game? Jefferswag never got booed. Sure, there was consternation at the INT and the sack, but there is a difference and the regular boo birds in my section very clearly made notice that all of their ire was directed solely at the coaching staff.
...except when DeAngelo gave up on that route. Half the stadium wanted him benched before the play was blown dead.
The sun goes down and it gets properly dark very quickly in the 4th Qtr. At some point I notice my glasses seem a little foggy, only to discover some very ominous light fog rolling in. Ole Miss fans repeatedly do a Hotty Toddy, which is soon overwhelmed by a stadium-wide "Geaux to Hell, Ole Miss!" Hat tip to the students for starting that one.
Another moment I missed capturing: After catching the final pass INT, PP7 runs straight towards us and hands the ball to a kid at the fence, then proceeds to shake hands with every fan as he walks back around to the band. Dan Borne says thanks for the memories and we all know we've just seen him play his last snap on this field. We're gonna miss you Zod.
After meeting Joshua again, I make my way towards the exit. Some kids running a concession stand are shouting like carnies, trying to sell off the last of the hot food. I stop and buy a corndog. It tastes horrible, but I don't care. It'll be nine months before I can make that mistake again.
I hope you have enjoyed these stadium summaries, and indeed all of ATVS for the past 12 months. Last year's debacle at Ole Miss was the first weekend I took over for Pittman. It's been rough and we haven't always been consistent, but for some strange reason y'all keep coming back. We've had amazing growth this year and broke our own visitors and page views records every single month this football season (including the very special milestone of having more visitors in October than Death Valley's official capacity of 92,500) I've met quite a few of you out at the tailgates and despite my request, none of you have yet dared to tell me how piss-poor of a job we are doing. Thanks for that from all of us here at this "Coonass Cesspool"