Every Dawg Has Its Day

Okay. First of all. The Auburn / Alabama game. Let’s just go ahead and talk about it. Because while I had every intention of writing exclusively about the State / Ole Miss game in this post, Auburn had to go and do something that I did not even know you could do – catch a missed field goal and run it back for a touchdown – and in the process they turned the state of Alabama upside down and gave sports fans the most memorable game-ending moment ever.

Seriously. I’ve never in my life seen anything like it. Probably never will again.

And while I know there are countless GIFs and write-ups and recaps all over the internet, this video has to be my favorite reaction.

“HURRY! HURRY! HURRY!”

Isn’t that adorable? I don’t know Nana, but it’s probably no surprise that I want to be her when I grow up. And I think I’m gonna give “HURRY!” a try in State’s bowl game. Might be a nice change from “COME ON, NOW, SON!”

And speaking of State.

I woke up really early Thanksgiving morning – around 5:15, of all things – and I decided to go ahead and get out of bed because I needed to cook a ham and get packed before we left for Mississippi. I sat down at our kitchen table with my coffee around 5:45, and the sun was just starting to peek over the trees.

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When did I get so sentimental about the sun, exactly? And how have I become a person who chases sunrises and sunsets?

I have no idea. But I know that it makes the 19 year-old version of me laugh REAL hard before she crawls back in bed and goes to sleep for the next 14 hours.

It was around 8:30 or 9, I guess, when we left Birmingham, and by the time we got to my parents’ house, lunch wasn’t too far away. We picked up Martha (she was wearing the sweater we gave her for Christmas! the gray one with the roses all around the collar! she looked perfectly darlin’!) before we drove out to my cousin Paige’s house for our big Thanksgiving meal. This is the part where I’m tempted to show you a picture of all the food lined up on the bar in Paige’s kitchen, but I’m not going to do that because I know that most of us have probably consumed more than our fair share of holiday delicacies over the last few days, and I’m afeared that the sight of one more congealed salad or casserole dish full of dressing – delicious though they most certainly were – will send some of you over the culinary edge.

So I’ll just say that the cooks outdid themselves this year and leave it at that.

Sister and I had decided that we were going to leave for the Egg Bowl around 3, so after lunch we visited for a while before we changed clothes (it was 28 degrees in Starkville Thursday night, so smart layering was critical) and headed north for the ballgame (D and my BIL understood that Sister and I were long overdue for some quality time at Davis-Wade Stadium – not to mention that my friend Daphne had offered us two really great tickets – so they stayed at my parents’ house while we made a beeline for Starkville). We traveled a different route than we normally do since we were leaving from Paige’s house, and there were a few times when we got so tickled because as a general rule, folks who drive trucks on two-lane Mississippi highways are accustomed to what I would call a slower travel pace.

I, on the other hand, was ready to GET ON WITH THE FESTIVITIES, so there were a couple of times when I managed some passing maneuvers that would’ve made the Duke boys proud. I wasn’t careless or reckless, mind you. Not at all. But when you’re on a hilly, two-lane road, time is of the essence when you’re trying to get around a Ford F150 that’s traveling at the breakneck speed of 35 miles per hour. GIDDY UP.

Once we hit the four-lane part of the highway, though, we made great time, and we got to Starkville right before sunset. We met Daph, her hubby, and her older son, and after we’d added layers 4 and 5 to our ColdShield ThermaProtection (I totally just made that up) (I don’t even really know what it means) (I just know that we looked like we were planning to do some dog sledding), we walked over to the stadium.

And I’m not gonna lie. When we were on the way to our seats and I looked out over The Junction, I felt like the night held some promise.

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Oh, did it ever.

The Egg Bowl is one of those games where you’re always mindful that anything could happen. And when State missed a potential game-winning field goal in the last two seconds, it was a little bit of a let-down to think about overtime and what if we lose and THIS WHOLE THING SHOULD BE OVER RIGHT NOW.

But then DAK PRESCOTT.

And then DEFENSE.

And then PANDEMONIUM.

Sister and I must have stayed in the stadium for at least 30 minutes after the game, and all we could talk about was how much fun it was and how much we needed that and how sad we would’ve been if we had watched the game on TV and missed seeing it in person. It was such a blast.

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And I know it’s just football. I know it’s just a game. But I can’t think of anywhere I would’ve rather been on November 28, 2013 than in those seats at Scott Field with Daph on one side of me and Sister on the other – and all three of us with cowbells in hand. I’ve always said that the Egg Bowl in 2009 was my all-time favorite football game – and it may well be since D and Alex were there with me, too – but I am here to tell you that Egg Bowl 2013 is running neck-in-neck with it. Because SWEET MERCY, THAT WAS SOME FUN.

So now I’m home in Birmingham again, and Sister is back in Nashville, and Thanksgiving is over, and December is here. There are some Christmas trees in this house that are demanding my attention, and the next couple of weeks are shaping up to be a little on the lively side. But you know what? I feel like I’m ready. Because this past week I had time with my people, and I had time to write, and I had time to travel, and I had time to watch some mighty good college football. That 17-10 ending to the Egg Bowl just made all of it even sweeter.

Hope y’all had a great Thanksgiving – and Happy December to you!

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  1. I thought of you immediately when I saw the end of the Auburn/Alabama game!

  2. The end of that game seemed a little fishy to our watching crew. Why wouldn’t you have coverage when you’re on the edge of field goal range with a kicker who has missed all attempts that night? Hmm. A little like last year?

  3. I know what you mean about spending time with YOUR people. This year I really took more time to “smell the roses” and “enjoy the faces” with my family. As far as football goes, I watched my share of football and basketball this weekend, but we are gearing up for bedlam this weekend. OU/OSU .

  4. Oh, that Nana watching the game in her house dress made me cry a little bit. So much like my grandmother…except in the background you would have seen the gigantic framed portrait of Bear Bryant hanging on the wall.

  5. I watched the end of the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night and all I could think about was how happy I knew you were ; )

    Although my Gators have been bad enough to make me cry this year, this weekend was a fun weekend for college football. There’s always next year for us…

    Happy Christmastime to you!

    • Oh how I wish we Gators could look forward to next year, but I’m afraid it will be more of the same with the same head coach.

      However, as bad a season as it’s been for the Orange and Blue, it has been a fun and exciting season for college football, and this past weekend was the best. I flipped over to the Iron Bowl as soon as I saw Baylor hang on to beat TCU and could not believe what had happened. I didn’t have a dog in that hunt, just want an SEC team in the national championship. So, Go Auburn and Go Missouri!

      And for Baylor to beat Texas Saturday. Cause while I’m a life long Gator fan, I sent two kids to BU and after spending that much money I for sure am a Baylor fan, too!

  6. Yes, that “gift” from none other than Bo Wallace made a great Thanksgiving FANTASTIC!!! or maybe it was those flashy gold helmets and uniforms!! Bad luck for Bully though!!! Hope he recovers soon. HAILSTATE!!!!!!!

  7. War Eagle! :)

  8. I’m from Minnesota and I just don’t understand all the football talk. I mean we have the U of M but it’s just not the same up here. It’s a sight to see and hear how y’all love football so much!! I did think of you when I heard about the Auburn/Alabama game too. :)

  9. Oh, YES MA’AM, this was a fun weekend of college football! We have been Seminole fans since the dark ages (and I do mean there have been some dark, dark, sad years), so we are happy campers this year! And…a belated and heartfelt THANK YOU to Stanford!

  10. Well we are LSU, Baylor Bears and UT (the Texas & the Tennessee kind) cheerleaders in this house and man o’ man was it a weekend of football or what??!!!! Maybe we should try the HURRY, HURRY, HURRY cheer after all. What a funny Nana!! Such close exciting games all around for everyone!!!

  11. Boo Mama, I was giddy for you as I watched your team from my in-laws’ in Nashville. I knew you were jumping up and down! Sounds like a wonderful holiday. And we too loved the Auburn/Alabama game. I had no dog in the fight, but had dinner plans with a major Bama fan that night (you can imagine how delightful that panned out to be). What a game!!!

  12. I really couldn’t care less which team won, but my husband is an Alabama fan and one of my good friend’s is an Auburn fan so I will root for either depending on who I’m talking to. ;)
    My favorite part of that video is “Bye bye! Bye bye! Bye Bye! See ya sometime! Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.” Well. That does cover all the ‘sometime’ bases.

  13. I was there too!! And I couldn’t agree more – it will definitely be the game that I will remember to my dying day — I loved it SO much! And I’ve been to ALOT of State games – the stadium was amazing afterwards – the best feeling ever! I will forever love Dak Prescott :)

  14. Isn’t football so much fun?! We live for moments like those :)

    I have to add that I’m especially excited about Auburn’s win….and excellent season. Their QB, Nick Marshall was our high school QB and won us our first State Championship. We live in a very small rural town…..2 redlights small. All we have is football, so as you might imagine, we have lots of great athletes :)

    I hate to see the season come to an end soon :(

  15. Janet Worthy says:

    As one ol’ Dawg to another, it was a great weekend of football! I am so jealous you were there. We live in Odessa, TX and its a tad bit of a drive to catch our Dawgs play (especially since both of my parents have passed away and our home in Starkville now enjoys the laughter and tears of another family). But we are anxiously awaiting retirement and returning to God’s country for our final years where we can watch year-round sports in person at MSU!!!

  16. I’m just curious: why is it called the Egg Bowl?

  17. Well worth the trip on Turkey Day and the fridgid conditions when Bo didn’t know how much further he needed to go ;) Auburn beating Alabama made me just downright GIDDY! You know when Nanna sees that video of her “flat” hair in back she’s gonna just die. I adore her spirit and the HURRY HURRY HURRY is something we will begin.

  18. I loved Nana’s reaction! Watched 3 times (once to show my husband)…I laughed until I cried! Too funny! I also like the Bye bye part! Hahahaha! The whole thing was too cute! Loved it.

  19. I’ve been showing Nana to my classes at school…for some reason, the freshman just don’t think she’s quite as funny as my mama and I did. We, on the other hand, had to call each other and reenact it on the phone. We nearly died from laughing so hard. Well played, Nana, well played.

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