I can’t believe I’m having to make a post like this. Sometimes my own friends and colleagues surprise me, but this blows every other fish out of the water as far as surprise is concerned. I have seen, on multiple social media platforms, Mississippi State fans saying that they will openly cheer for the Ole Miss Rebels during their run in the College World Series in Omaha, NE. That fact blows my mind to the point of me just staring at my computer screen with a face of disbelief. I’ve had to read a few tweets a few times just to make sure I read it correctly. That’s the reason for me writing this post to remind you MSU fans of WHY State fans should never cheer for Ole Miss in this College World Series.
Let’s flashback a year, shall we? Mississippi State just got done winning the Virginia Super Regional and are on their way to Omaha. Ole Miss, however, is stuck at home and the acronym of OMAHA went on to live one more year. Twitter exploded with ecstatic MSU fans and reeling Ole Miss fans. Not once did I ever see an Ole Miss fan say that they would support MSU in any shape, way, form, or fashion during the College World Series. Now I’m sure there were some hidden within the realms of social media, but I did not see any. Now why do you think they were that way? I’ll tell you why. We are their RIVAL. Rivals do not cheer or support each other when one has the ability to get on the national stage in a positive fashion.
Now back to this year, Mississippi State is left at home while Ole Miss advances to the College World Series for the first time since the 1970’s. Ole Miss fans celebrate on social media and rightly so. Mississippi State fans, however, also sent out messages on social media saying that they would support the Rebels in their trip to Omaha. Does everyone now see the problem with this situation? Nothing changed in one year except that MSU is not going to Omaha and Ole Miss is. But some Mississippi State fans decided to say “To Hell with the rivalry,” and start supporting their rival school on a national stage. This is wrong in every sense of the word. Rivals do not support each other on the national stage.
I hope I’ve made my point clear and maybe have shed light on those of you who have decided to support the enemy during this time. I say that even if you’re cheering them on for “Conference pride” that you should just cheer for Vanderbilt. Ole Miss is the enemy. Always has been, always will be.