Give ‘Em Hail at Hail State

The Furious Five made our way south to experience our first taste of football in the South Eastern Conference (SEC). Well, one of my comrades claims he visited Tennessee to watch the Volunteers, but there’s no actual proof. That being said, we made the 14 hour drive to Mississippi State University to see if we would get served with some southern hospitality.     

 The Furious Five with Bully, the Bulldog.

The Furious Five with Bully, the Bulldog.

 Watching the Bulldogs warm up from the sideline.

Watching the Bulldogs warm up from the sideline.

We set up our canopy, fired up the Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE, wrapped our MSU koozies around our beers and we let the tailgating commence. We were positioned just outside of the Junction which is the focal point to the many tailgaters who spend their time partying and getting charged up prior to entering Davis Wade Stadium. We had a very good setup, but we observed some next-level tailgating by the Mississippi State tailgaters. There were elaborate food spreads, intricate lighting, comfortable seating along with the ability to watch the LSU/Florida game on a multitude of televisions.

While we were at Mississippi State, we experienced the “Dog Walk” which is a Hail State tradition where the players walk through a sea of maroon and white fans at the Junction prior to entering Davis Wade Stadium. 

 Students, alumni and supporters swarming at the Junction.

Students, alumni and supporters swarming at the Junction.

 The end zone view of Davis Wade Stadium.

The end zone view of Davis Wade Stadium.

 Standing on the sideline before game time with the smell of an upset in the air.

Standing on the sideline before game time with the smell of an upset in the air.

We also experienced the tradition of the cowbells which fans ring during the Dog Walk and throughout the entire football game. It is insanely loud and at times overwhelming, but the cowbells epitomizes Mississippi State football and their fans.

My cousin hooked us up with some nice Bulldogs swag including autographed footballs from Mississippi State head coach, Joe Moorhead. He also provided us with some field passes which we took full advantage of. We stood on the sidelines while the team warmed up and the Furious Five was able to get a picture with the Mississippi State mascot, Bully. And when it was all said and done, the team donning maroon and white upset the Auburn Tigers, 23-9.

 My autographed football and souvenir cowbell.

My autographed football and souvenir cowbell.

The cowbells took some getting used to, but I had such an awesome time in Stark Vegas; I had to bring one home with me. #HailState