"Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen to the Humphrey Coliseum for an evening of Bas-ket-ball. Mississippi State Style!" And so the evening began.
It had already been a pretty fun day as the Football Bulldogs beat Arkansas for the first time in 10 years! It was cold but it was fun.
So...after the football game I attended my first Mississippi State Basketball game in YEARS. I don't remember the last time I saw them play, especially in the cozy confines of the The Hump.
And I had GREAT company to boot! My friend Lindsey from Gulfport- she works for the Admissions Office at MSU.
So anyway. I had just sat down with Lindsey and her friend Molly just before tipoff. Mississippi State was playing Fairleigh Dickinson in the 2nd Round of the Legends Classic Tournament.
I mean, really? Who is Fairleigh Dickinson and where are they from?
So I turned to the three older ladies (blue hair, the works!) sitting behind us and asked. I probably should have said, "Excuse me", or something first...but instead I just blurted out:
"Where is Fairleigh Dickinson from?"
The lady in the middle just stared at me. For a long time. She was giving me the "look".
I didn't recognize the look but apparently Lindsey recognized it and jumped to my defense by rephrasing the question: "Do you know where the Fairleigh Dickinson team is from?"
Almost immediately all three ladies jumped into action trying to answer the question- even shouting further down the aisle to confirm their thought that FDU was, in fact, from Hackensack, New Jersey!
And then, just a moment later, the lady in the middle offered the reason for her "look". She told us she thought that I, a total stranger, had turned to her and said, "Where in the dickens are you from?"