Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ole Miss versus Auburn

Y'all know what a huge Ole Miss Rebel fan I am, and as always I have to make at least one trip down to Oxford for a football game each year. This year, my friends and I chose the Auburn game, because it worked with all our schedules and was slated to be a BIG ONE. And boy, was it. As you probably know by now, my Rebels lost by 4 points to Auburn after our star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell caught the ball and landed just barely outside of our endzone with about two minutes left in the fourth quarter. As luck would have it, that tackle left Treadwell with a fractured fibula and a dislocated ankle. The sports world has dubbed this loss as one of the most "gut-wrenching" losses in college football history. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my trip to my alma mater and as always was blessed to be reunited with so many of my college friends. Let's take a look at the (few) pictures I did manage to take.

Who doesn't love a nice cotton field on the drive in?

The rental house was much nicer than expected, and we had plenty of sleeping room for the 7 of us who ended up staying there.

Since Friday was Halloween, we had to pose for a picture in front of one of the most decadently decorated houses on the main strip. I can't imagine how long it took the owners to get this thing up and running.

A "before" picture as we stopped by City Grocery for our first drink of the weekend.

And obviously I had to take a picture of my favorite sushi roll of all time.. the baked salmon roll from Kabuki, my favorite restaurant in Oxford.

Erin was the only brave one to partake in a vodka shot (they use the vodka primarily to clean the grills in the main dining room).

And then, we were off to the bars of course. Here's a look at The Library, Oxford's largest bar (which consists of a sports bar, a dance club, and an outdoor patio).

In the morning, our friend Sarah showed up bright and early to wake us up and get us ready for tailgating in the Grove.

It took us until 1:30 for everyone to get ready, but at last we were on our way, walking from the house to the Grove.

This is what a typical tent in the Grove looks like.. in other words, utter chaos.

This was our tent.

Although College Gameday didn't come to Oxford for this game, they did have one small tent set up to correspond with the network and broadcast other games to the tailgaters.

Here we are about mid-way through the day (we got to the grove around 2:00, and the game started at 6:00, so it was obviously a long day of drinking).

Elvis made an appearance in the tent next to ours.

Lauren and I managed to score tickets 10 rows up on the 50 yard line for only $100!! Score!

Most importantly, we were able to sneak whiskey bottles into the stadium with us. And as you can see in the picture below, we took advantage of our "toddies" during the game. Also, the "neighbor"'s stash of whiskey made its way to us on several occasions. Now that's Southern courtesy!

When Laquon Treadwell was being examined on the field, the stadium became silent as everyone on the field struggled to see what needed to be done and what calls needed to be made.

After the loss, we headed right back to the Library to say our goodbyes and celebrate the wonderful time we had with each other. As always, we made plans to do it all over again next year.

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