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Jan 6, 2012 CATEGORIES: BCS Championship Game, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Honey Badger, LSU, LSU Fans, LSU Football, LSU v ALABAMA football, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, Southern Football
It’s been over a month since I’ve last seen LSU play football in person. Which is a long time… considering I managed to see the Fighting Tigers play five times this season alone.
No, LSU is not “my team,” but my purple dress sure did get a lot of Ware (see what I did there?) this season as I was lucky enough to be a distant part of the Tiger’s perfect season and impressive display of gridiron talent.
Take for instance, Honey Badger. This highly inappropriate, and not Gridiron Belles endorsed, video shows you how Tyrann Mathieu, the mind-blowing-five-foot-nine-almost-the-Heisman-winner-who-leads-the-world-in-tackles-as-the-most-intimidating-cornerback-in-college-football, easily personifies a honey badger found in the wild.
It’s safe to say that, yes, Honey Badger takes what he wants. Did I mention that Honey Badger, the player, ranks No.1 Nationally in fumble recoveries and No. 1 in the SEC for forced fumbles? He does.
So let’s call a spade a spade. If you’re an LSU fan, having a honey badger on your team (among many other talented players) going into the greatest game of college football history, is a good thing. Going into the most anticipated National Championship ever played with TWO honey badgers is even better. Allow me to introduce you to “Honey Badger II.”
What I’ve learned from 5 games with the purple and gold is the importance of having a Honey Badger in the stands. Having a tiger’s eye at midfield in Death Valley is all fine and good. What’s more intimidating is forcing the other team to actually look into the eyes of Mike the Tiger as they tip toe into Tiger stadium. The same goes with Honey Badger Number Two (HBII). It’s great to have Honey Badger on the field, but HBII really shows his teeth and tenacity to opposing fans at the tailgates and in the stands.
There is no record of existence of this honey badger prior to his 2011 debut season. There is no explanation of how HBII and the Honey Badger on the field are able to coordinate their gameday outfits so well. The only obvious connection is the mutual respect and obsession with winning. And, of course having their pictures taken by fans across the land and, taking with they want.
Thanks for all of your hard work this season, Honey Badger (II). What a fan!
Xs and Os,
p.s.– Bama fans, don’t worry, your super fan is coming on Monday!
A weekend in Oxford leaves a grown Belle wishing for more time in undergrad and more time to shop for the perfect game day outfit. If you’ve never been to Ole Miss, below is what you’ll expect. Go a head and add it to your list, it’s one SEC sight you wont want to miss!
Silver. A typical tailgate in the Grove has more silver than a Southern Belle’s wedding registry. From chaffing dishes to chandeliers and every candelabra in between, no tailgate in the Grove is complete without something worth shining!
Place holder. This is different than the place kicker found on the field. The place holder in the Grove is the designated member of your group, or a hired local or college student, to head to the Grove on Friday night and wait. And wait. And wait until the regulations are lifted and tents can be put up for Saturday’s game. This duty is not taken lightly. With only 10 acres for tailgating, getting a primo spot is as important as shining the silver.
Booming economy. The beauty of a seven PM game is the full day you have to be at the historic square in Oxford. The beautiful courthouse centered in downtown Oxford creates a Southern feel for shopping, eating and people watching. With the standard of wardrobes in line with Milly, Tory Burch and Lily Pulitzer, it appears that Oxford, MS has gone unscathed by any economic turmoil!
Crazy LSU Fans. Would an LSU away game be the same without crazy fans that travel with the team? Nope, of course not! As expected, the fans in purple and gold showed up in droves and provided plenty of entertainment. Honey Badger anyone? Purple and gold headgear at a cocktail party on game day-eve?
A half time mass exodus. The upside of having the number one team in the country come to your field is that you don’t have to travel to be a part of history. The downside to having the number one team in the country come to your stadium is the likelihood that they are going to have significantly more points than your team. In which case, a mass exodus at half time is required in order to get to your tailgate or the hot spots in the square.
Greatest gameday outfits in the south. As part of the admissions application process at Ole Miss, university administrators do a thorough background check into your style and fashion sense. Hence, why every belle that attends the University of Mississippi is dressed for a runway. On game day. It truly is a sea of beautiful belles showing off their respect for the team by well coordinated outfits. What’s more is that visiting belles also step up their wardrobe game—if it’s going to be a rivalry, let’s make it a good looking rivalry!
Thanks for showing this Gridiron Belle a great time, Oxford. Hotty Toddy!
Xs and Os,
PS- While everyone at the LSU v Ole Miss game was worried about game day outfits and leaving the stadium at half time, there were some major upsets going on around the country. Belles, be sure to check out the BCS standings and how the SEC now has spots 1, 2, and 3!