It was a great week at Hoover. The Rebels walked away from Hoover with their first SEC Championship of a major sport in my lifetime. The Rebels have been to some big games and bowls won divisional championships and have experienced alot of success in my lifetime, but a Conference Championship puts them in the books for good. The crowd of Rebels that were there the whole time were loud and we ruled Hoover for 5 days.
This was the best consecutive days of baseball I and many others in attendance have ever seen. No doubt about it they were the best team there last weekend. I do not want to do the story any injustice, so I am going to paste an article from the Birmingham News. Doug Segrest summed it up better than anyone ever could. Here is the story:
Call back the National Guard. We've lost control of the borders.
Because they poured in from Tupelo and Columbus, Vicksburg, Yazoo City and parts in between. Dressed in red and navy blue, driving SUVs with ``M" decals, they turned Hoover Metropolitan Stadium into an annex of Swayze Field for nearly a week.
Amnesty's too little, too late. Many are already living all over Shelby and Jefferson counties, working respectable jobs. One survey says Birmingham is the school's fourth-largest alumni base in the country.
Hotty toddy, gosh almighty, who the heck are we talking about? Ole Miss, of course.
The ever-healthy Hoover economy just swelled again, Some 9,025 fans packed the Met on Sunday for Ole Miss' coronation, a 9-3 SEC Tournament championship victory against Vanderbilt, ending a 29-year title sabbatical.
Word of warning for the Rebels faithful: This isn't the only streak coming to an end.
Prepare for one long, hot, expensive summer.
In fact, pack the bags and check out airfare to Omaha. Ole Miss is the hottest team in the nation's most competitive league, thus the school's first College World Series appearance since 1972 isn't merely a possibility, it may be predestined.
Once upon a time, the Mississippi baseball program made more trips to Nebraska than a midsummer twister. From 1956 to ÷2, Ole Miss made four CWS trips. The numbers should have been more impressive.
Ask former catcher Robert Khayat, now the university's chancellor. ``We won the SEC in õ9, beating Georgia Tech, and again in'60, beating Florida," Khayat said Sunday. ``We had two-and-a-half really good pitchers, all you needed back then, and a lot of hitters. Coach (Tom) Swayze taught us techniques, like baserunning, better than anyone. And he taught us how to handle any situation.
``I would like to have seen what we could have done" in Omaha.
Alas, Mississippi law barred state schools from competing on the field with integrated teams. Ole Miss stayed home.