Since 2017, Ole Miss football has featured a patriotic rendition of its signature “Ole Miss” script logo on its helmets during its military appreciation game. In 2017 and 2019, this American flag decal was worn on the traditional navy helmet and in 2018 was worn on the white helmets that only survived one year.
This season, however, Lane Kiffin, obviously a fan of the alternate powder blue color that has swept across Ole Miss athletics, and his equipment staff opted to put this decal on the powder blue helmets paired with the new powder blue jerseys.
The result? Straight gas.
It is rumored that when head equipment manager Ken Crain first put this decal on the powder blue Ole Miss lids, a bald eagle was born and subsequently flew off the apex of the Lyceum and landed amidst Lane Kiffin and his players at Vaught-Hemingway. Kiffin then rode said eagle whilst proclaiming “ISIS? Never heard of her. Rebs by 90.”
Matt Corral threw a dart to the eagle who was running a post pattern uncontested into the end zone while noted-pianist John Rhys Plumlee played a cover of DMX’s “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” over the loudspeakers. It was a sight to behold, per witnesses I made up for the sake of this story.
It’s ironic that the 2018 patriotic unis were also worn against South Carolina, a game Ole Miss mind-numbingly lost, but with the magic of POWDER BLUE THREADS, things seem to be trending the Rebels’ way this weekend.
Ole Miss and South Carolina are slated to kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in Oxford.