Monday, December 10, 2007

Rebs Plan Trip to Jackson

The Rebels will carry a 7-0 record into Jackson this weekend. There has been talk recently about the number of fans that will be in attendance, alot of the message boards on the internet have guessed around 4,000. This is pathetic.

The Rebels are playing in the capital city, which I would guess has the largest Ole Miss alumni base. To have only 4,000 fans in attendance would be an absolute joke in my opinion. This team is off to one of its best starts in school history, and for only 4,000 to show up would be a big disappointment to not only the team, but the University.

Many Rebel fans have no clue what this basketball team is like and it blows my mind. It took several years for the fans to embrace the baseball team and their winning ways and it is still a work in progress. Why all these nonsense fans can not understand there is a sport out there besides football is beyond me. Why you can get 62,000 people in a stadium for football game and not even 9,000 in an area in your capital city, I will never understand.

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss men’s basketball team will conduct a series of events for Rebel fans and alumni in Jackson, Miss., surrounding next Thursday’s game against the Winthrop Eagles at the Mississippi Coliseum.

The Rebels will play their first game in Jackson since 1989 when they take on Winthrop at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Tickets for the game are available by calling the Mississippi Coliseum Ticket Office at 601-353-0603, or by going through Ticketmaster. Prices are $15 (general) and $20 (floor level) for the Winthrop game and $16 for the Southern Miss game.

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Ole Miss players and staff will visit the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and Children’s Cancer Clinic at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Last year, the Rebels stopped by St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis prior to their game against the Tigers.

Following the hospital visit, Ole Miss will hold a practice session open to the public from 3:45 to 5 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum. Rebel fans are encouraged to stick around after the workout to get autographs and visit with the team from 5-6 p.m.

Head coach Andy Kennedy will speak at the Rebel Club of Jackson meeting at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. Admission to the event is free for Rebel Club members, students and children. There is a $20 admission fee for non-Rebel Club members, which includes food.