One would think by now burnout would have set in. It has been a long, wearing and wearying run since SEC Media Days. Heck, starting at return from the Gator Bowl, with June baseball and football season, I drove nearly 11,000 miles last calendar year. And yet I'll watch closing ceremonies on this football season tonight, same as last night's bottom-rung bowl. Addiction, that's what it is.
January 6, 2014
They aren't ignoring business. And certainly they mean no disrespect to the opponent. It's just that the future is on many a Mississippi State mind. "Yeah, it's hard," Taveze Calhoun said. "We always think about next year, we've got all these people returning that played a lot of downs this year. Our coach constantly reminds us the only game that is important is the next game."
December 29, 2013
One might figure he'd have been enjoying himself, watching others chasing receivers around or racing up in run-support. Not Kendrick Market. Observing a scrimmage just doesn't feel right, not yet. "I wanted to get out there so bad!"
December 18, 2013
If the college career must end, why not go out on a historic note? Which is exactly what LaDarius Perkins and the handful of elder Bulldogs have in mind for their New Years Eve date in Memphis. "It's a great opportunity for the senior class I came in with. Going to my fourth-straight bowl game, it's a great opportunity."
December 11, 2013
The whole league already knew Gabe Jackson was one of and perhaps the finest guard going this SEC season. Still it is always nice to have such status recognized formally. And Tuesday, Mississippi State's big Dog blocker was confirmed as a consensus first-team All-SEC lineman by conference coaches. Malcolm Johnson and Nickoe Whitley earned second-team honors.
December 10, 2013
The coach is on the recruiting road, since knowing his current Bulldogs will be bowling is fine for now with Dan Mullen. It's fans who will watch the final regular-season weekend wondering, worrying, how every play and point impacts Mississippi State's post-season destination. They can all rest easy. Go Christmas shopping, even.
December 6, 2013