The Peach Bowl is almost upon us, and we've had our usual fun with a couple of nice previews of the rebs, some coverage of TCU's pre-bowl practice and a Q&A with the enemy from Marshall. Pretty much what you'd expect from any team blog, but it would be a disservice if you thought that was all we were doing to get ready for Ole Miss. Oh no, my friends, it's time for a look behind the curtain into the inner workings of Frogs O' War- as we head into the Frogs O' War War Room for the first time in a while for... The Hunt for the Ole Miss mascot.
(If you aren't familiar with Frogs O' War Theater, feel free to check out previous episodes: The Tech Problem (Texas Tech), Hello Mr. Anderson (Texas), Attack on Tigers (LSU) and the originator- the OBNUG Blog Bet (Boise State).)
December 23rd, 2014
Frogs O' War War Room (Double the war of any other War Room): HawkeyedFrog, Jamie Plunkett, Marshall Weber, CoachMelissa and SuperFrog have gathered once again to discuss ways to ensure victory over the Ole Miss Rebels.
Marshall: It seems like it's been forever since we actually had a war room meeting.
Jamie: It's Hawk's job to call them, he must've been slacking off again.
Hawk: I could've called it earlier if you'd just gotten the keys to the War Room from Fungo when he put you in charge.
Jamie: Do you know how hard I had to work just to get the password to the Youtube account?
Melissa: Didn't you say you were going to put up the game films from the other TCU games on there?
Jamie: Vaguely, but what I really remember is Hawk saying he was going to do film review posts...
: Stop your bickering, we're here to talk about Ole Miss.
FoW Staff as one: Yes sir.
: That's better, now the issue at hand is that after the playoff kerfuffle has passed and left us out...
Marshall: Hey, about that, didn't you, Hawk and Jamie said that you had that covered?
Hawk: Just... don't ask. We'll tell you about it next week*.
: The issue is the team may be disappointed about not making the playoff, and even great teams can come out flat if they think they deserved better.
Jamie: He's right, guys. Remember when we came out flat against Louisiana Tech after we missed the Fiesta Bowl?
Hawk: Or the time Cal was so bummed about missing the Rose Bowl they actually lost to Tech?
Jamie: The wife says that's the greatest moment in Tech football history, apart from that one time they beat Texas to be first place in the Big 12.
Melissa: . . . For a week?
Jamie: It's... not a great history.
: So in order to make sure that a similar fate doesn't befall us, we need something to get the team motivated to play against Ole Miss.
Jamie: They did beat us in baseball this year to knock us out of the College World Series.
Hawk: That's not bad, but it implies that people care about baseball when the football team is doing well.
Marshall: Plus we did thump them in basketball at their place to make up for that.
: Eh, we'll put it in the maybe pile. What else we got?
Melissa: Well, what else do we even know about them? They're in the SEC.
Hawk: That's pretty hateable, everyone wants to beat the SEC.
Jamie: But they did thump A&M in College Station, that was actually pretty nice of them.
: Fine, another one for the maybe pile. What's specific to Ole Miss that we can motivate the team with?
Marshall: What about their mascot? I mean, they're the rebels. The whole Confederate thing is pretty... yeah.
Hawk: They did have to stop their band from playing "From Dixie with Love" because some fans wouldn't stop shouting something really... yeah.
Jamie: That was years ago, you know. They've even got a new mascot.
: We'll chalk the chant up to a few bad apples, but last I heard they were still "The Rebels"? What's this new mascot thing?
Melissa: Didn't they go Star Wars with it?
Hawk: Don't think so, that's all kinds of royalty money that they'd prefer to use on recruiting.
Jamie: You mean limos and helicopters for the coaching staff and that sort of thing?
Hawk: Um... Yeah. Something like that.
: Nothing was proven, chalk it up to a few bad apples again if you like. If it's not the giant "It's a Trap!" Crawfish, what is the mascot?
Marshall: They keep talking about Landsharks over at Red Cup Rebellion, maybe that's the new mascot?
Jamie: I saw some mockups, but haven't seen anyone in costume.
Hawk: They do that hand thing though? You know, the one like Curly did whenever Moe's back was turned?
: Well, some folks were just late hopping aboard the hand signal train, I guess. Chalk it up to a few too many refreshing beverages, or maybe a Three Stooges marathon. So it's a shark, then? I guess they're a little hateable.
Jamie: People do tend to hate sharks, no getting around it. I don't know that it'll be enough to get the team fired up to play, though.
Marshall: Back to the baseball thing then?
Melissa: The SEC?
Jamie: Racist songs?
Hawk: Guys! I found the mascot.
Jamie: Yeah, it's a shark. No big deal there.
Hawk: No... it's far worse than that.
Marshall: It's just a mascot, how bad can it be?
Hawk: It's... a bear.
*Silence falls over the War Room*
Jamie: You're kidding me.
Hawk: No, it's a bear.
Melissa: What do bears have to do with rebelling?
Hawk: I don't know, but the mascot is a freakin' bear.
Marshall: It's perfect, I'll tell the team right away.
Melissa: And they voted to be represented by a bear. Simply unconscionable.
Jamie: Boss? A few bad apples? A few drinks too many?
: I can forgive a lot of things, Jamie. Beating our team in baseball? Sure. Three Stooge-ish hand signals? Fine. Paying recruits? As long as you pay them more than Alabama.
Hawk: Troubling chants?
: Enough time has passed since then that we can let that slide too. Pretty forgiving, wouldn't you say?
Hawk: You're a better Frog than I, sir.
: You're damned right. Even selection committees have some redeeming values- every poll except the last one, for example.
Jamie: Dang, boss. Not even the bigs at Brite Divinity forgave that. So do we write the Ole Miss guys off as just misunderstood?
: Something like that, Jamie. Meeting adjourned.
*Exit Jamie Plunkett*
Hawk: Yes sir?
: Tell the team I want the full Texas Tech treatment. Leave no survivors.
Hawk: With pleasure, sir.