Settling in here at the Superdome where we are about an hour and 20 minutes from kickoff, which is officially 11:05. I saw many games here growing up, one of them Tulane games. That was in 1981 when reigning national champion Clemson played here.
Back in the day the press box was at mid-level of the stadium. In 2010 it was moved to a level that can best be described as “Nearer My God to Thee.” Here’s visual evidence to that fact from a few minutes ago as Ole Miss players were walking across the field and to their dressing area.
One of the benefits to playing at Tulane, I suppose, is that your hotel the night before home games is the New Orleans Hyatt, which is pretty nice. I found a special promotion and took advantage and upon check-out saw Green Wave players lounging around the lobby.
Lots of Ole Miss fans in the city yesterday and around the Hyatt and many other hotels I’m sure. I ran into friends on the street. Mother’s on Poydras drew a crowd as usual and deservedly so. Good stuff there.
Tulane is not a good football team, but there’s an emotional factor today with the team’s first game since senior safety Devon Walker, a New Orleans native, sustained a spine injury. Tulane will honor Walker today, and Ole Miss players will wear “DW” decals on their helmets.
Emotion is a big part of football, and it can carry a team for a while. The Rebels need to be efficient and give Tulane no extra help by way of field position and turnovers.
I’ll have live updates on Twitter and will be back here at halftime and after the game.