Thank Goodness for Mississippi: Usually a punchine, the state of Mississippi now has something to crow about. The state has won the last two college baseball national championships with two different teams.
Ole Miss swept Oklahoma for this year's title, keeping the Sooners from claiming both softball and baseball.
It was last year when the Rebels' rivals at Mississippi State won the crown. The Bulldogs went south this year finishing last in the SEC.
It looked like Ole Miss would be a flop too. The team was touted as one of the nation's best. They were a top ten pick in the preseason and reached No. 1 On March 14 but sunk to a low point in early May when they were just 7-14 in SEC play.
They were the bubble team that actually won the whole thing. They were lucky to even make the post-season, but, they got hot when it counted.
Tim Elko made his bold prediction that if Hotty Toddy made it to Omaha, they would win it. Like fellow prognosticator Brian from Eclectic - he was right.
The Magnolia State - generally speaking - ranks near the bottom of most polls on a national level; education, health, etc. Their sports programs aren't known for winning many awards either.
Mississippi State claimed their first major sports national championship with the waving of the baseball banner last year.
Ole Miss, according to the NCAA, has one national football title from 1960 when they split with Minnesota. This was the program's first in baseball.
Neither Alabama nor Auburn has won a baseball title. Both have made multiple CWS trips, including the Tigers this year.
Neither has won in basketball (men's or women's).
There is a softball title for Bama with some in gymnastics. I mentioned equestrian, as well as swimming for Auburn in previous columns. I'm leaving some out for both I know.
Going back-to-back is good for the state. We've heard that before. It's good for Mississippi, just as it was for the state of Alabama when Alabama and Auburn were winning - together - in college football.
Remember when Alabama won it in 2009 followed by Auburn in 2010 and the Tide again in 2011 and '12? It would have been five straight in the state if the orange and blue had held on to beat Florida State.
That's why some say, 'I pull for both until they play each other.' Really?
How many State fans were yelling, 'Go Rebels' this past weekend? Find me one.
It's good for the state from an outside view. It's really tough when you're a part of the Egg Bowl rivalry to really pull for your bitter rival - just like the Iron Bowl - no matter the sport.
I guess it's good for the SEC. Fans can start the 'It means more and S - E - C' chants. That's now not just two straight for the state of Mississippi but three in a row for the conference and four of the last five.
That proves that baseball is strong in this league. Now that the 2021-22 sports season is done, let's get ready for some football.