If you have not been counting down at home because, you know, we all have stuff to do, you should know we are 92 days from the 2023 Ole Miss football team stepping into the rectangular circle with the Mercer Bears.
The September 2nd game will mark the beginning of Lane Kiffin’s fourth year in Oxford, and what better way to celebrate that milestone than by the SEC scheduling it for a LITERAL FACE-MELTING 1 PM kickoff. If you’re planning to attend, you should’ve started hydrating* yesterday.
*This reminded me of the 2016 Georgia game in Oxford when it was unmercifully hot and humid, and the concessions ran out of bottled water. The lines to refill empty bottles via water fountains were so long that I remember filling mine with bathroom sink tap water. While it was barely cooler than room temperature, no intestinal issues occurred later, so I counted that situation as a win.
With 92 days until Ole Miss sports is back in our lives, we’ve got some time to run out. One way to do this is by playing Let’s Remember Some Guys, which started on the old version of Deadspin and is one of my favorite games when it pops up on Twitter from time to time.
If you’re unfamiliar and hate clicking links, the premise is pretty simple. You just remember some guys and, if you’re inclined, say some things about them. The one catch is you try to avoid popular or well-known guys that everyone remembers.
However, in the version we’re going to play, I’m going to allow a special exemption for remembering coaches and specific moments because I want to remember enough things to reach 92. Reading a list of 92 guys is a bit much to ask, but if we can add some coaches and moments, the remembering gets more entertaining.
Let’s Remember 92 Ole Miss Football Guys/Coaches/Moments
(extreme Houston Nutt voice: Gilbert Pee-nuh)
David Cutcliffe issuing a Code Blue
(I have no proof, but I feel certain the record after a Code Blue declaration was 0-name your number)
1994 Interim Head Coach Joe Lee Dunn
Justin Sawyer (RIP)
2007 Interim Head Coaches Hugh Freeze and John Thompson
(for like 3 days before Houston Nutt was hired)
David Cutcliffe winning his first regular season game 3-0 over Memphis
(also one of the hottest games I’ve ever been to, and it was at night!)
David Cutcliffe losing his first SEC game 37-34 to Vanderbilt at home
(ALL THE RED FLAGS)
David Cutcliffe beating Tulane 20-13 at home in his sixth game
Kailo Moore recovering the Alabama fumble on a kickoff to set Ole Miss up for the winning score in 2014
(he is one of the finest Americans)
Gary Wunderlich getting ejected in the 2014 Memphis game for fighting
Daytime fireworks knocking out the power at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
Daytime fireworks knocking out the power at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on the way to losing 44-8 to Arkansas
Tom Luke splitting time with Russ Shows at quarterback and running the option
The 2019 Egg Bowl when every player on both teams got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at the same time
Billy Brewer’s red pants
10,000 people in the stands for Ed Orgeron’s 38-31 win over Northwestern State in 2007
Ed Orgeron’s patented tackle-to-the-ground scrimmages during a weather delay against Wake Forest
Beating VMI 31-7 in 1997 in the last game Ole Miss played at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson
In 1997, surviving a 2-point attempt by UCF quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who tripped over his lineman’s foot, allowing Ole Miss to win 24-23
In 1998 against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Tommy Tuberville giving a pre-game speech that was on the Jefferson Pilot broadcast (vaya con, Dios, low-budget overlord), and he ended it with “nothing stinks like a wet hog” (it was cold and pouring rain). Ole Miss lost 34-0.
Kelvin Pritchett, who wore number 92