“Dan Mullen is a snake and he is public enemy Number 1 in Starkville, Mississippi!”

“Dan Mullen did more for this program than anybody else and we should be grateful!”
“If we boo Florida, we’ll look classless and it will reflect bad on MSU!”

“You ALWAYS boo the other team. We aren’t doing anything wrong by expressing how we feel about our opponent!”

“If Coach Moorhead can’t get any more excited or animated Saturday than he’s been so far, I don’t know how this team is going to survive!”

“If Coach and the players get too heated, we’ll never be successful!”

“We cannot under any circumstances play “Don’t Stop Believing” Saturday; that was Dan Mullen’s thing!”

“Of course they’re going to play “Don’t Stop Believing”; it’s not like Dan picked the song and it’s a tradition!”

These are pretty much most of what I’ve heard fans discussing coming into Saturday’s enormous matchup with Florida this weekend in Davis-Wade Stadium. Trivial things and minutia have taken center stage, and even when we should all be united in our love for our Bulldogs, this game seems to have provided the Maroon and White Faithful with enough points of debate to cover an entire presidential election cycle. While I love the enthusiasm, it seems that everybody is focusing their efforts on arguing about that which means nothing instead of agreeing on what’s important—that we need to BTHOO the University of Florida this weekend. How about we abandon ship on all these argumentative topics and bring up something more relevant. Let’s talk about how we’ve got a tough SEC opponent that we only play once every 5-6 years coming into Davis Wade Stadium. Let’s talk about how we have a ranked team playing before us at home Saturday. Let’s talk about the success we’ve had in recent years when SEC East teams come to Davis-Wade (undefeated at home against the SEC East since 2009). Let’s talk about that as cool as that streak is, the last East team to take us down at home was in fact Florida. Let’s talk about critical points that will actually reflect the game itself—how is Mullen’s familiarity with the Bulldog roster going to affect the game? Let’s talk about how we have the opportunity to get right back on track this week with even bigger foes looming in October and beyond. Don’t be fooled—none of these suggested alternate topics of discussion are meant to be productive. We’re just fans and we can’t affect the outcome of a game no more than Barret Sallee could help Ole Miss beat Alabama by “trusting” in the Rebels’ “nasty wide outs”. But they’re a hekuvalot healthier to discuss than those points which breed contempt and frustration amongst our fellow Bulldogs. Yes, Dan Mullen meant a lot to the program; but, yes, his exit was seedy, selfish, and classless. Yes, MSU is generally regarded as one of the classiest programs in the SEC and we hold ourselves to a high standard of conduct; but, no, booing your old coach less than a year after he spurned your city and program isn’t exactly vile. Yes, we boo most opponents; but, no, we don’t “always boo everybody”—does anybody remember booing Stephen F. Austin? And yes, the cheerful melodies of Journey will continue to fill the stands between the 3rdand 4thstanzas of Mississippi State football for years to come. Sorry to burst anybody’s bubble on that one. None of these questions (except for the song) have right or wrong answers. Saturday, if you boo and hiss, fantastic. If you clap and cheer, that’s great. Your opinion of Dan Mullen is youropinion for a reason, and it can’t be right or wrong. If you’d like to see a fired-up, hell-fire and brimstone kind of coaching philosophy on game days, that’s your preference. Some people just prefer the calm and cerebral to the animated and heated. If you want to continue to debate, argue, and dissect things that don’t have anything to do with the game Mississippi State is seeking to win this weekend, be my guest. But those of us talking about Mississippi State vs Florida are having more fun than those of y’all fighting about Dan vs The Fans.

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