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#1 Re: Southern Miss » The Coast before and after Katrina » Today 12:53:50

Nugget's Ghost wrote:

Yes. But weather & the cop harassment of them last few years kept most away....

Did you participate in any of the festooneries?

#2 Re: Southern Miss » The Coast before and after Katrina » Yesterday 19:09:08

Nugget's Ghost wrote:

pookie & Tboy with pants below their asses and tats on the neck... Aint the same right now...

Wasn't it Black Spring Break last weekend or something?

#3 Re: Southern Miss » Breaking Newz......... » Yesterday 18:34:52

I don't really mind playing our "home" game in Jackson. 2 in Memphis, 1 in Jackson, and 1 in Hattiesburg would be cool with me.

#5 Re: Southern Miss » The Coast before and after Katrina » 2021-04-12 22:51:25

Nugget's Ghostbuster wrote:

I remember when Beau Rivage opened late 90’s and USM hosted a sports weekend event there. Went to it with my wife.....even saw Lord of the Dance at the hotel that weekend. Felt like the coast was heading in the right direction......still waiting for that next step.....

I went there the second or third day they were open and it was pretty mind-blowing to see what they'd built.

The coast was heading in the right direction, and I think it kept heading that way, but it also really bore the brunt of Katrina. It affects financing and shit. Nobody wants to "ensure" the next Treasure Bay.

#6 Re: Southern Miss » Southern Miss Penitentiary........ » 2021-04-12 22:44:15

That's just good old CUSA 1.0 engineering. Remember the ad hoc upper deck Houston built for Texas fans?


#7 Re: Southern Miss » The Coast before and after Katrina » 2021-04-12 22:41:10

You don't get as many Home Run Derby pitches here as you did on EP, but you still do swat 'em hard when they show up.  big_smile

#8 Re: Southern Miss » The Coast before and after Katrina » 2021-04-12 22:39:44

Mlytc wrote:

The Phoenix is a church now!

"The Opportunity Church"

That even sounds like it could be some of the same people going there as when it was The Phoenix.

#9 Southern Miss » The Coast before and after Katrina » 2021-04-07 23:06:43

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To me, Gulfport/Biloxi in the 1990s was kind of a Garden of Eden. My first apartment was an efficiency situated right at the end of the main Keesler AFB runway, right in the middle of the trashy part of Biloxi- 1664 Beach Boulevard. It cost $315 / month and it might as well have been Midtown Manhattan to me.

At night I'd go to one of the 24-hour bars and try to pick up women: The Phoenix on Dedeaux Road, the Fire Dog, Jim Bob's, etcetera. When it came to bringing home lonely women, I was just trying to keep my batting average above .200.

Over the years, I settled down and explored the less-trashy aspects of the coast. I ate many meals at Trapani's, and at Vrazel's, and at The Chimneys.

I guess I didn't appreciate the little bubble we were living in. I don't think that scene even exists anymore. It offered the 24/7 bar scene of the French Quarter with none of the pretentiousness.

It is true that you don't know what you have until it's gone.

#10 Re: Southern Miss » Today’s Joe Q. USM Fan » 2021-04-03 11:55:37

The fans now are younger, and tend to be USM students or alums who just happen to also follow sports casually.

Time was, USM had "T-shirt fans" and they were a harder bunch to please. They could switch loyalties more easily (and did). They were more immune to the "my school, right or wrong" argument.  These people (and ex-fans who were alums but thought similarly) have evacuated from USM sports.

There are no "T-shirt fans" in CUSA, and few die-hards. The league exists to check a box: "we have sports." It's prison food, provided begrudgingly out of obligation, as cheaply and shoddily as possible.

#11 Re: Southern Miss » Missed the memo..... » 2021-04-01 17:56:25

southerner92 wrote:

since my parking space is by Hardy Street and my season tickets are in the end zone there is a good chance i will never have even see this waste of money

I don't have season tickets anymore, but I make it to a home game or two most years and I feel similarly. I don't find myself in that back part of the campus much. I remember being there before the Boise State game in 2012... that's about it. Maybe the Southern Station thing will liven things up in the area, but it's hard to imagine it really becoming the center of your pre-game activities.

I remember when there were dozens of game day RVs where the Trent Lott building is now. Didn't need any fancy facilities for that, just a fan base. Those days are gone with the wind...

#12 Re: Southern Miss » Missed the memo..... » 2021-03-30 12:50:55

Mao Tse-gore wrote:

I've got a list somewhere...

If you come up for a snipe hunt, I can take you to Roswell and give you a tour of the Jeff Bower shrine after.

#13 Re: Southern Miss » Music selection » 2021-03-23 22:55:38

"Third Rate Romance" is the original CUSA song.

I was wondering what the deal with Hank Jr. was and then I remembered.

#14 Re: Southern Miss » Remember When: Jamal Woodyard » 2021-03-18 18:32:38

Ace Barker wrote:

I could not remember the new coach, Will Hall. I had to go look it up. It is either old age or not paying as much attention. Maybe both.

I have moments like that. Sometimes a name will hit me and I can't remember if he played last year or 20 years ago. Typically it's a memorable one, like Dante Stiggers or Buck Micciotto. If Cox had come out with "it's caught by Buck Micciotto - NO DROPPED!" last year it would not even have fazed me. (The dude played ~20 years ago.)

#15 Southern Miss » Remember When: Jamal Woodyard » 2021-03-16 22:01:39

Replies: 7

Jamal Woodyard led the 2011 USM football team in rushing, with 732 yards. He averaged a noteworthy 6.7 yards per carry, and was just a redshirt freshman.

Woodyard severely injured his knee at the end of the 2011 season, vs. Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl. This was Larry Fedora's last game as USM head coach. Jamal would have several surgeries that attempted to treat this injury.

In Spring 2012, not too long after the Hawaii Bowl, Jamal Woodyard was arrested after a robbery in Alabama. He seems to be wearing a USM shirt in his mugshot.

I haven't found any information about criminal prosecution after this arrest, nor is there any indication Jamal Woodyard ever touched a football after it. I figure Woodyard completed some kind of "first offender" program, but Ellis Johnson wanted nothing to do with him.

If I had to guess, I would guess that Jamal Woodyard is keeping a low profile, working hard, and paying his bills (somewhere in Alabama). I do appreciate all his hard work and remember him well.

#16 Re: Southern Miss » So,... » 2021-03-12 23:25:55

And yeah, I do wonder how USM will connect G&SI to the rest of the Coast properties. To succeed at this will require a level of imagination and aggression I just have not seen from USM lately.

#17 Re: Southern Miss » So,... » 2021-03-12 23:21:56

I was a coop student at Mississippi Power when they acquired the G&SI building and I helped get it all wired up to the overall Southern Company grid, in my own small way. What they did with that building was pretty impressive.

That was probably the heyday of Southern Company, though I hope their Vogtle project proves me wrong.

It was Mary Dayne Gregg who encouraged me to be a coop student.

#18 Re: Southern Miss » So,... » 2021-03-11 23:31:36

It's honestly impressive what USM has accomplished in spite of this "townie" small potatoes mentality that reveals itself from time to time. I mean, if the people who ran Yale had settled for being top dog in New Haven, CT, how far would they have gone?

What building in Gulfport did USM buy from Mississippi Power? The Gulf & Ship Island Building? That's a nice building, and extremely well kept-up, but it's hard to imaging it's worth more than, IDK, a few million dollars.

#19 Re: Southern Miss » So,... » 2021-03-11 09:38:33

USMstang wrote:

I looked at the credentials of the latest person named to lead Coastal Operations and I'm not impressed.  She's not the worst person to lead it by far but I can't imagine what being a cattle farmer's wife from Covington county has to do with running a Blue Economy school with global contacts.

Kind of had the same thought. I don't want to be too negative, but holding a PMP certification isn't generally press release-worthy.

#20 Re: Southern Miss » Lots of mixed emotions right now...... » 2021-03-08 22:53:34

ETA Gayle could still get it. I know she's black, so you can revoke my membership in the Kroger Kids' Klub.


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