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Tag:Cowbells
Posted on: June 1, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Mullen compares Toomer's Corner to cowbells

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen made sure that he wouldn't be picking up any fans at Auburn on Wednesday afternoon by comparing the poisoning of the oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner with the ban on cowbells at Mississippi State. Mullen made the comparison when speaking to reporters on Wednesday.



One one hand, I completely understand what Mullen is saying. When Harvey Updyke allegedly poisoned the trees at Toomer's Corner, he did so as a way to hurt Auburn and Auburn fans. Revelling in an Auburn victory at Toomer's Corner has been a tradition amongst generations of Auburn fans. The same can be said of generations of Mississippi State fans annoying the hell out of opponents with cowbells over the years. So I get what Mullen is saying when he says that people wanted to hurt an Auburn tradition.

The difference is that the trees at Toomer's Corner weren't sentenced to death by a vote amongst the SEC, as MSU's cowbells were by a 9-1 vote years ago. The cowbells are banned from use during SEC games in Starkville, though that really hasn't done anything to stop State fans from bringing them to the game and using them. The school just pays a fine every year, and everybody lives happily ever after while giving opponents a headache.

Those oak trees, however, should they die, will be gone forever. Sure, new ones can be planted, but trees don't just grow over night. If a Mississippi State fan has their cowbell taken away, they can easily buy another one. Century old trees aren't sold on the corner.

Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:05 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 12:18 pm
 

Cowbell prescriptions getting real expensive

Posted by Tom Fornelli



The fine folks of Starkville, Mississippi have had that fever for a long time as well.  One they've only been able to cure through the mysterious healing powers of the cowbell, but now it seems that the SEC wants the afflicted fans of Mississippi State to either die of this fever, or just die broke.  You see, the SEC placed restrictions on when Mississippi State fans can medicate themselves during a football game over the summer.

Before the game, after the game, and during timeouts are permissible. 

Of course, for those who have needed the cowbell to soothe their soul over the years, it's hard to place such limitations on healing.  Which is fine, according to the SEC.  Fans can use their cowbells whenever they like, it's just going to cost you a hell of a lot of money.  Well, not you, but the school.

The SEC has let Mississippi State know that the school has violated these cowbell rules, and that they plan on fining the school for each violation at the end of the year.  Those violations cost $5,000 for the first offense, $25,000 for the second and $50,000 for the third and any violation after that.  Which, over an eight-game conference schedule that includes four games, would end up costing the school $130,000 should Mississippi State be found to have violated the rules in each home game.

Along with the fines, the SEC is considering just abandoning the new "Cowbell Rules" and just banning them once again.  Which may be the best route for Mississippi State fans to take, actually.  After all, having the cowbells banned before never stopped fans from ringing them.

 
 
 
 
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