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DCRebel
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Steven Godfrey rips Starkville apart
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PART ONE OF TWO. IF IT IS TOO LONG FOR YOU TO STOMACH, THEN YOU'RE TOO frickING STUPID FOR THIS THREAD ANYWAY.

This thing is pure gold, I tell ya.

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You embrace the spirit of objectivity that’s first forced upon every traditional sports journalist (or what-ever the hell I am) at an early age, and you carry the clearest set of eyes possible, espe-cially in dealing with matters of the alma mater.

When the in-state school takes an upswing, you don’t belittle their success nor overplay its poten-tially negative impact on the other team — your team. You bear down, you squint those clear eyes as best you can and put aside whatever naturally occurring emotional bond you developed for some or most of your life to this point — the bond that fostered in you a passion to sacrifice so many worldly things to master the bizarre craft of committing words to describe the metered physical actions of strangers — and you play it all down the line.

Then, after two years of taking the finest tuned campaign of propaganda designed to enrage the Proletariat delivered by a breathing id of a quote machine; a smarmy, carpet-bagging brag-gart hellbent on tactlessly high jumping up the national coaching ladder, you break down and realize that the beauty and simplest truth of journalism is not to ignore your instincts, but to embrace them, empower yourself, and then open fire with an assassin’s precision. Hell, that’s the fun part of this job I signed up for.

The city of Starkville has launched a website — visit.starkville.org — boast-ing the slogan: “Historic Starkville: Mississippi’s College Town."

Now, I can’t exactly pin the city’s new-est public relations campaign on Dan Mullen directly, but then again, no one directly blames the Federalist Papers for some mouth-breathing Fox News denizen talking about their tea party, nor do we fault the emerging science that’s trying to give global warming a dose of perspec-tive when a Hollywood A-lister earnestly patronizes the everyday, ticket-buying Joe to give up their gas-powered car and live on a Scientologist controlled kibbutz. This stillborn brainchild does not hail directly from his desk, but this is the manifest destiny of the manic re-evalu-ation of State’s identity Mullen set in motion two years ago. Firstly, make no mistake: This is not a byproduct of winning football games. State’s barely done that (For all his glory, Mullen’s 14-11 with a single winning season).

Rather, this is the end product of the hysteria Mullen fostered not by inspiring school spirit and civic pride around the Mississippi State community, but by fanning the flames of little brother syndrome that had long dwindled to embers during State’s athletic collapse of the last decade. Rather than bolster confidence as an equal and deserving member of undoubtedly the most successful and powerful conference in the entire collegiate landscape, Mullen and a cast of revisionists set about making damn sure that State fans felt they were better than Ole Miss in every inane, pointless metric possible, and making that the only thing worth living for. Just last week athletic director Scott Stricklin Tweeted with bravado that MSU led the Rebels statewide … in the number of school vanity license tags. Want to skew a set of numbers? Isolate Ole Miss fans to the state of Mississippi. Unlike the invisible triangle beaming from Tupelo to Brandon to Oktibbeha County that seems to pen up 85 per-cent of State’s alumni from cradle to grave, Ole Miss alumni can be found in such exotic locales as Tennessee, Texas, Washington, D.C., and all other corners of this gosh darned, big ol’ globe.

I should digress, but I have trepidation. For two years I’ve politely side-stepped the obvious trolling at hand, but at some point a line has to be drawn. Commission all the “WELCOME TO OUR STATE” billboards your desire. You won two Egg Bowls, and if every victory in life inspires you rejoice on an interstate overpass, you’ve got a lot in common with a few of my distant cousins.



DCRebel
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Part TWO of TWO

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Ole Miss can’t lay much claim to in-state athletic dominance, but in terms of appealing college towns, there’s sim-ply no argument now, nor will there ever: Oxford is the all-time, undisputed Bear Bryant Rose Bowl Heisman Four Horseman Omnipotent Champion … of the Universe. Moreover, Starkville has enjoyed an apt reputation as one of the most barren, desolate and overwhelm-ingly morose places to go to college in the entire country. To compare the two is an insult.

Question our football and we’ve got little to combat you with. Call out our pastoral visage and and we’ll promptly break a Tiffany wine flute over your thick, red clay fed ag school asses. The worldwide appeal of Oxford’s culture and breathing mystique is so interwoven into our identity that it’s the only honorable metaphor for the beauty of our women (or in this case, vice versa): We know the entire country shows up to stare at our perky, immaculately developed chest. We can’t help it, so we revel in it, fleece tourism dollars because of it, and break a thousand hearts who don’t call 38655 home on a routine basis. Such is a life of breathtaking beauty.

But are you State people really this daft? Cobble together whatever kind of socialist rallying cry you want — “Our State,” “The People’s University,” or any other wince-inducing sabre rattling you feel necessary to justify your existence as the shortest guy standing at the uri-nals, but Lord, don’t step into the inky blackness of pure insanity. Starkville is an urban road bump, a collection of misbegotten farmland tethered by the kind of lost highways that aren’t Steve Earle songs — they’re simply dead-end frames around a no man’s land of cultural advancement, the “After” pictures anti-Walmart lobbyists put in pamphlets.

You threw Johnny Cash in jail. You think “The Client” is a suitable rebuttal to our celebration of “The Sound and the Fury.” Your culinary mystique is a tangled web of Applebee’s peppered with so many Sonics that I have to assume there’s a city-wide mandate on Cherry Limeade accessibility, lest the native palate go unsatisfied. Your Balkan-esque landscape is so devoid of charm that it even depresses the frayed ball-cap, F-150 lift kit crowd from other crappy ag schools visiting for football games. Compared to you, Clemson is a clear spring morning in Barcelona.

This is my personal line in the sand. I’ve more than enjoyed the devout faith you’ve thrown toward a career minded snake oil salesman in Mullen. And to be fair, I’ve even more enjoyed the large lot of Rebel fans who “totally don’t care” about his lowest common denominator rivalry bat-ing, but totally do.

Yet, I’ll not stand by and let you brazenly spit into the wind that sweeps together Bill Faulkner, Ventress Hall, Blue Mountain, Willie Morris, R.L. Burnside, The Gin, The Hoka, Ajax, The Grocery, The Square, Sardis Lake, Taylor, South Lamar Boulevard, and the very fabric, the actual natural geography of our fair home (WE HAVE BEAUTIFUL, ROLLING HILLS. DEAL WITH IT).

Do you think I could attend Mississippi State and then lay claim, a decade later, to friends who own candy shops, recording studios and bars in fair Starkville? Thriving locally owned business sup-ported by a network of passionate alumni and loyal locals? Of course not — no ties bind anyone to that collection of parking lots and red brick other than to fulfill a list of course requirements, meet a mate and fill the pews of a Rankin County mega-church.

What happens on the field between Ole Miss and State is likely destined to be nothing more sub-stantial than tit for tat among inmates fighting for the bottom bunk. I’ve got no delusions about that, but if the maroon among you wants an admission, I absolutely believe in my heart and soul that Oxford is better than Starkville, better than State and better than whatever neurotic, petty jort sporting idiot on hold for talk radio thinks about those damn dirty Rebels. And if that happens to describe some-one like you, then yes, we’re better than you in fair Lafayette County.

Tell you what — attract a single nationally respected newspaper, magazine or TV program to spotlight Starkville positively in the next calendar year and I’ll physically eat this newspaper column in The Junction.

Until then, we’ll keep handing out numbers so the travel writers of the New York Times can inter-view us in an orderly fashion. It’s just impossible walking around and looking this unforgettable.Or to better convey my point in the pettiest of competitive banter: “Scoreboard.”


The hate is strong with this one.


Rebelgator
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I was just about to post this. to you, sir.

to GODfrey


Whereisomaha
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Godfrey is hilarious. He's so unprofessional, but hilarious.


TTsTowel
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re: Steven Godfrey rips Starkville apart
It was too long.

I just want to say, "frick Mississippi State and the shithole they're located in." Dan Merlins is going to leave y'all and then State will be back to it's losing ways.


PuntBamaPunt
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What happens on the field between Ole Miss and State is likely destined to be nothing more sub-stantial than tit for tat among inmates fighting for the bottom bunk.

can't argue with that


DCRebel
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Godfrey is hilarious. He's so unprofessional, but hilarious.


I don't know where I'd find them, but you've gotta see the columns this guy wrote about LSU when he was writing for the DM in the late-90's/early-00's. He had frickers foaming at the mouth over some of the things he'd write.


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dan mullen is my favorite coach in the sec.



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Rebelgator
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Maybe the Godfrey section on NAFOOM? That would be my best guess. Doubt the DM has anything that old online.


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Buddawg
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re: Steven Godfrey rips Starkville apart
Another butt hurt bear. Blahblahblahblah Same tune, different verse. Blahblahblah


DCRebel
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Another butt hurt bear. Blahblahblahblah Same tune, different verse. Blahblahblah


Another stupid poor logging on to the Oktibbeha County Library. Same shitty tune, different shitty verse.


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Oh frick... Another one. GTFO and go introduce yourself to the OT.


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Bubba Bexley
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I don't know where I'd find them, but you've gotta see the columns this guy wrote about LSU when he was writing for the DM in the late-90's/early-00's.


It appears his career really hasn't advanced all that much.


DCRebel
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57stratdawg


You didn't read? Shocker.


Rebelgator
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DCRebel


Easy now... He can't read.


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gatorprincess815
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re: Steven Godfrey rips Starkville apart
If I had a choice between the 2 schools I would choose Ole Miss.


Slippery Slope
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re: Steven Godfrey rips Starkville apart
OMGZZ Yall. An Ole Miss alumni wrote an article about Starkville.

He mad. He very mad.


GregYoureMyBoyBlue
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gatorprincess815


For once I agree with the Gators


Bubba Bexley
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If I had a choice between the 2 schools I would choose Ole Miss.


If I had a choice between a hotdog or a baloney sandwich for supper, I would choose the hotdog. I'm not going to eat either one, so there really is no point to be made.


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