As we approach the end of the 2015 recruiting year, things are going to get ugly. So instead if succumbing to the muck and the mire of what can happen at this time of the year, I want to just celebrate all that is great about being a Mississippi State graduate and fan. Here are five reasons I love being a Mississippi State Bulldog.
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Mississippi State doesn’t get the credit it deserves for having a gorgeous campus. The Drill Field is one of the most relaxing places I have ever set foot on. I spent many a morning between classes when there was a gap in my schedule reading a book at the Drill Field and forgetting any problems or concerns I might have had at the time. The campus is covered in some of the most magnificent landscaping you will ever see. The walk from building to building to get to class was always a joy.
Yes, I liked Starkville. Surprisingly, I never felt like I didn’t have anything to do. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its problems, but the way people talk about Starkville being such a negative for potential recruits is overplayed. The only issue I had with Starkville is the people who live there don’t really want the town to grow, so they often scoff at anything that could be done to help the university grow or expand. But the city itself is a great southern town that loves who they are and full of good people that would do anything they could to make you feel welcome and at home.
The cowbell makes us unique as fans. The fact that we love our cowbells so much and fight for them so feverishly shows how proud we are of not just who we are, but what we have always been. As long as we continue to do as well with the Cowbell Compromise as we have so far, there’s no reason to believe that the SEC will stop allowing us to take them into games.
Dan Mullen is an arrogant yankee, and it would have been real easy for him to take on the position that he wasn’t anything like the fans of the school he worked for. Instead, he learned quickly what was important to us and embraced them. Mullen has elevated the program and endeared himself to the hearts of those who cheer for the Bulldogs.
The Left Field Lounge
Experiencing the Left Field Lounge has been written about as one of the best things in college sports by numerous media outlets. Like the cowbell, it’s unique and emblematic of how we embrace who we are. Baseball is a less intense game and the Left Field Lounge makes it easy to enjoy yourself while watching the game. I know there is a lot of concern that the Left Field Lounge is going to be ruined with the possibility of a new stadium, but I am confident the administration is aware of how important that is to us. They are going to get it right. We have stepped up our game in recent years when it comes to facilities, and I can’t imagine they are going to do anything to screw up one of the most important traditions to us as fans.
I could go on for another 1,000 words about why I love being a Bulldog. Being a fan can be a lot of fun, and I’m glad I’ve hitched my fandom to Mississippi State.