On Thursday nighttime, a game that’s been played on Thanksgiving Day a complete of 21 situations will return to the holiday primetime slot. Ole Miss will travel to No. 14 Mississippi Status in their 114th conference and first Turkey Day time battle since 2013.
The winner will have the Golden Egg Trophy, and that’s section of the reason this whole thing is called the Egg Bowl.
The tradition of the Golden Egg as the game’s trophy were only available in 1927, which also marked the first game between both of these on Thanksgiving.
The Golden Egg was initially proposed by associates of Iota Sigma, an Ole Miss honorary activities fraternity. As thoughts of previous year’s video game, Iota Sigma proposed that a trophy be awarded in a dignified ceremony made to calm excited supporters. One proposal that was rejected was to give the goal posts to the winning aspect each year. A&M [MSU at the period] approved the recommendation of an award, and Ole Miss, two weeks before the video game, officially added its approval. The trophy, to be named “The Golden Egg”, will be a regulation-size gold-plated football installed on a pedestal. Costs of approximately $250 will be shared by both schools. Ole Miss students held a tag day to improve funds.
For the “Egg Bowl” nickname, it wasn’t coined until 1978. Both clubs were having down years rather than bowl eligible, hence Tom Patterson of the Clarion-Ledger employed “Egg Bowl” throughout the week before the game, just to try and supply the game some importance.
That’s the storyline. The egg-shaped trophy ended up becoming the complete game’s nickname because a publisher needed to sell papers.
A lot of love possesses been exerted over this rivalry, though, and even before the Egg came about.
The year before the trophy, after a 7-6 Ole Miss victory, the matchup ended in a brawl:
After the last pistol, the Ole Miss boys rushed to the line of business, warmly congratulated their warrior, and proceeded to tear down the goal. The Aggies swarmed the field, but were overdue to save lots of the goals. A fistic fight ensued, however the melee was put to a stop by the even more sober minded before the Aggie “chair brigade” got into serious action.
That bad blood between both of these fan bases is, um very much alive, as my colleague Steven Godfrey reminded us in 2013:
But on Egg Bowl week it’s even now suitable to boil everything down to the rednecks vs. the country club. Before the game, you see how willing the individuals are to play to their individual stereotypes. This is not the Iron Bowl. There happen to be no national titles at stake. There haven’t been because the early 1960s. The Egg Bowl is certainly a potent distillation of Mississippi in comparison with its neighboring Southern cultures, a more powerful large and a harsher burn. Reside in Mississippi long more than enough with an open ear and you can learn to hate everybody. Believe me. You’re the red-dirt, hillbilly dipshit, kin to farming families exterior Tupelo (and a cheater) or a racist, fork-tongued Jackson attorney (and a cheater). And tonight everybody’s a damn cheater, a “cheeeetin boy of a bitch” exactly, as it echoes through the stands. I’ve often wondered out loud around Oxford and Starkville that if everybody’s cheating hence damn much, is anybody really cheating? The solution around Thanksgiving week is certainly, “yeah, those sons of bitches happen to be.”
And ahead of the 2017 matchup, Mississippi Status and Ole Miss urged supporters not to fight one another with a joint affirmation:
With Egg Bowl Week upon us, please join us in making the most of the tradition in a respectful and positive way #HailState pic.twitter.com/kXcozEiqT1 – MSU Football (@HailStateFB) November 20, 2017