STARKVILLE, Miss.–The big wins for both Mississippi State and Ole Miss this weekend are bringing some positive press from around the country. Gov. Phil Bryant signed a resolution proclaiming Saturday “Football Celebration Saturday”.
“We couldn’t buy this type of good will,” said Bryant on Head to Head Monday. “You couldn’t go out and run commercials and get the attention that Mississippi has gotten in such a positive way.”
This is an excerpt from a Washington Post article by national sportswriter Chuck Culpepper:
Poor you. You spent Saturday somewhere other than Mississippi. I’m sorry.
You didn’t get goose bumps from a late-morning Starkville din so loud it seemed set to jar loose the Mississippi-Alabama borderline and hurl it nearer Tuscaloosa. You didn’t hurry along 98 miles of mid-afternoon roads past cotton in a field and an armadillo on the roadside and a great big hush that gave way only to the very occasional lawnmower. You didn’t hear the early-evening roar that can stem from an Alabama kickoff fumble trickling across an Ole Miss field in a 17-17 strife.
You didn’t feel this whole fall turn all Mississippi on us.
“That’s great stuff there,” said Bryant, commenting on the article. “Being a football fan, I can tell you it just doesn’t get any better than this for the State of Mississippi.”