31 Flavors: The Ginormous Video Board

To help you and me get through the drudgery of August, I will present in this space a daily scoop of MSU football-ness, as inspired by a certain ice cream chain. August has 31 days, so I’ll let you work it out from there. Here is today’s flavor.

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I’m not sure exactly where it stands amongst other video boards, but the one at Davis Wade Stadium is one of the largest in the country. It was erected in 2008, and it still leaves me shaking my head when I look at it. You can spot the thing from Highway 82. It’s monstrous.

You’ve probably heard the jokes: It’s like putting a big-screen TV in a single-wide trailer. Davis Wade is an old venue, and there is a stark contrast between the size of the board and the size of the stadium (capacity: 55,082). Once the expansion work is finished and the other end zone is bowled in, I believe the video board won’t look so out of place.

Not that having it there now is a bad thing. At 111-by-47 feet, it’s quite the conversation piece and certainly a bragging point, since it’s slightly bigger than the board at Ole Miss. I sometimes find myself watching the game on the board instead of on the field, because the view is pretty much the same. Makes for easy watching of replays.

What the board has been lacking is a proper name. I’ve seen MooTron, GodzillaTron, other forms of Tron, which are derived from Jumbotron, which actually did not make this video board (Capturion did). I’ve taken to calling it the big honkin’ video board. What about the Maroon Monster? Yeah, I know, this isn’t easy. Suggestions?