And so we come to that school which doth reside in Oxford (Mississippi, not England), The University of Mississippi
Rebels Black Bears Black Rebels Rebellious Black Bears.
With a recent switch from the longstanding Rebels to the hip, fresh and much less racist Black Bears, Ole Miss probably doesn’t need a re-mascoting right? WRONG.
Ole Miss is mostly a school known for its football program. Even though their baseball team has in the most recent of times been quite successful, Rebels often let their pride reside in the team they field, on the field at Vaught Hemingway Stadium each fall Saturday. If you’ve ever known an Ole Miss fan, you would think they were the Alabama of Mississippi, with double digits’ worth of national championships and Heisman trophy winner’s left and right. But have you looked at their football history?
NCAA and SEC records both recognize Ole Miss as the 1960 National Champions. Other lists recognize them as the 1959 and 1962 Champs as well. But in the last decade or so, have they won any Championships? No. Don’t get me wrong, the Rebels have a good strong football past dating back to the sports beginning on campus. The rebels have also displayed some recent success with several trips to the Cotton Bowl, oh and that Eli guy wasn’t too bad either. But with the pride Rebel fans have, and the snoodiness they display towards other teams’ fans and amongst themselves, you would have thought they won each National Championship game since 1990.
So I hereby give you the Re-Mascoting of Ole Miss:
THE TRUST FUND KIDS
Trust Fund Kids are proud, there’s no doubting it. But they’re proud (and rich) because of hard work someone put in long before they were born. Just is the way of many modern-day Ole Miss fans. They weren’t around when Ole Miss won its Championships in the 60’s, yet they boast of it and fall back in it in conversation like they were quarterbacking the team themselves. So therefore, we deem Ole Miss, more specifically your fans, The Trust Fund Kids. You didn’t really do anything impressive in your lifetime, but damnit, someone before you did.
-Whiskey Indian November