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Rebel Roundup - 12/28/09 - Bowl Week Begins

2009 Festivus Airing of Grievances | CollegeGameBalls: College Football at its Finest
"And at the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around, and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year!"  Except, in this case, it's not our family over which we air our grievances, but rather our football season.  Check out College Game Balls' list of grievances from the likes of yours truly, Orson Swindle, and many others.

Rookies Oher, Wallace share a strong bond | AFC North Blog - ESPN
Baltimore and Pittsburgh have a fierce NFL rivalry.  Seriously, they hate each other with a fervor which can only be achieved in once-dying-now-gentrifying blue collar cities.  This, naturally, has not harmed the close friendship shared between Michael Oher and Mike Wallace.

Steelers rookie Wallace has surged to success | Post-Gazette
This is another piece on last week's Old Balls RotW from the very complementary Pittsburgh Press.  To write this, Chuck Finder of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette actually called Shay Hodge to ask him why exactly Wallace has had such a productive rookie year.  Get a load of this:

We call it swagger. Ole Miss didn't throw the ball that much our first few seasons, handing it off all the time, and we used to watch other teams' receivers and I'd say, 'We're not as good as them.' He'd snap at me, 'Man, we're good. We just don't get enough chances'...When we had the coaching change [with Houston Nutt arriving before Wallace's senior season in 2008] and started throwing the ball, he was like, 'I told you.' He always had that swagger.

Clay Travis and a French girl named Audrey pick the SEC bowls.  They each chose our Rebels to beat the Cowboys, with Travis saying

The Rebels win big in this game. At least assuming that someone has stuffed Hotty Toddy man in the trunk of the car and hasn't allowed him to make the trip to the Cotton Bowl.

Don't worry, Clay.  The athletic department got the picture on that whole situation quite quickly.  They know that most of us are now okay with not having Colonel Reb, but will never be okay with a de facto Hotty Toddy man mascot.  Ever.

Ole Miss has 1st Cotton Bowl practice | The Clarion-Ledger
Our coaches and players are wowed by JerryWorld while the Oklahoma State Cowboys are wowed by Dexter Mccluster.

'This dude is dangerous and we have to find a way to stop him...,' (OSU Linebacker Andre) Sexton said.

Well Sexton, you won't. Da Lil' Bastid has had a month to prepare for his last collegiate game and you best believe it'll be a damn good one.

Ole Miss faces tough Oklahoma State offense | The Commercial Appeal
And while Oklahoma State will have a challenge containing McCluster, our Rebels will have a comparably tough defensive challenge in Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson.