is no doubt Ole Miss's victory over the Texas Longhorns 44-23 two Saturdays ago
was exciting for all of Rebel Nation, it might have been a bit more exciting
for two very special Rebel Fans.
Linda Enlow were the proud winners of the first ever Sellout Sweepstakes Travel
with the Team, created this past year to encourage current season ticket
holders to renew their commitment for the upcoming 2013 season. Their reward?
The lucky duo traveled in style with the team on their journey from Oxford to
Austin and witnessed firsthand what its like being an Ole Miss football player
preparing for a big time showdown in the Lone Star State.
who are retired but currently run a non-profit organization that establishes
schools in underserved countries, were actually in Lima, Peru when Sr.
Associate AD, Michael Thompson contacted them about winning the sweepstakes.
Hearing them tell the story of receiving that winning call as we loaded the bus
behind the Manning Center on Friday morning to depart for the Memphis airport
was a perfect way to begin our travel.
Once on the
bus , we got to know each other and shared our excitement about the trip while
enjoying a boxed lunch from Chick-fil-A. I informed the Enlows that this would
be my first ever road trip with the team as well, since I just came on board
with Ole Miss in late July.
We arrived at
the airport and went through security quickly before boarding the plane, where
Mrs. Enlow made the observation that Mr. Enlow and Coach Freeze share a common
appreciation for Coke. An observation she was delighted to pass along to her
squads, coaches, staff, and players joined us on the plane. Within moments, we
were wheels up, heading to Austin.
touched down, the flight crew welcomed us over the PA system and wished Coach
Freeze and his team good luck tomorrow night.
might have been the most memorable experience for the Enlows, as they were able
to sit in the lobby for hours and meet players, coaches, and other
administrative staff as they passed by and congregated in small groups.
Personally, I think our travel party enjoyed their company as much as they
enjoyed being there with us.
The next day
was game day, but kickoff wasn't until 7 p.m. and there happened to be another
"Big Time" game taking place, Alabama vs. Texas A&M. As I sat in the
restaurant, next to the lobby watching the game with a room full of coaches and
administrative staff, including Athletics Director Ross Bjork, who did I see
right there in the middle of the crowd? Mr. Enlow. Enjoying the game and
conversations with everyone as if he had been working for the department for 40
As game time
approached, we had our bags swept and loaded the bus for Darrel K. Royal-Texas
stadium, we exited the bus to an enormously loud Ole Miss welcome and quickly
entered under the stadium. The team entered the locker room and the Enlows and
I took to the field to see what the 100,000 plus capacity stadium had to offer.
kickoff, the Enlows visited with personnel on the sideline, and even had a
chance to meet the famous face of Longhorn Athletics, Bevo, before getting to
their first row seats behind the Ole Miss bench.
As anyone who
watched would agree, the game had plenty of ups and downs culminating with a
heroic comeback and a marquee win for Coach Freeze and his team. When the final
horn sounded, the Rebels stood on top and following post-game handshakes, the
Rebels raced to the end of the stadium where I would estimate nearly 10,000
Rebel fans draped in red were celebrating. Once again, in the middle of all the
fun and excitement stood the Enlows, hanging over the front row railing
slapping high-fives and shouting praises to the team that would be walking out
of Texas with a "W".
It is a
general understanding that the return trip home for any team is always better
after a win. Being that we didn't get to the Austin airport until after
midnight following the game ,it was probably a good thing that this was the
case this night, or should I say early morning.
understand the plane was filled with some pretty exhausted people, but I have
to say the atmosphere was anything but. As I sat in my window seat next to J.C.
and Linda, we chatted the whole trip home about the last two days and what an
experience it had been. Before we exited the plane and boarded the bus for the
last leg of our journey back to Oxford, Mrs. Enlow said to her husband, "I
think this outdid our 50th wedding anniversary." Mr. Enlow nodded in
agreement and said, "I think so too."
I am certain that Mr. and Mrs. Enlow enjoyed their trip with the Rebels to Texas and all of the things they got to witness and be apart of. What I am not sure of, is if they know how truthfully enjoyable it was for me to experience my first Ole Miss Football road trip with them. It is something I will never forget! HOTTY TODDY
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2013 World Championships,
2016 Summer Olympics,
Alabama Crimson Tide,
Armintie Price Herrington,
BBVA Compass Bowl,
Be The Fan,
Cal Ripken Senior League,
California Collegiate League,
Cape Cod League,
Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge,
Colorado Springs Sky Sox,
Dr. Jamil Northcutt;,
ESPN College Gameday,
Evan St. Laurent,
From The Vault,
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Jackson Touchdown Club,
Los Angeles Sparks,
mary ashton nall,
Meet The Rebels Day,
NCAA Baseball Tournament,
NCAA Doubles Final Four,
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NFL Pro Bowl,
North Carolina State,
Ole Miss Athletics,
Ole Miss Athletics Foundation,
Ole Miss Baseball,
Ole Miss Basketball,
Ole Miss Football,
Ole Miss Foundation,
Ole Miss Men's Basketball,
Ole Miss Men's Golf,
Ole Miss Men's Tennis,
Ole Miss Rebels,
Ole Miss Soccer,
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Ole Miss Track,
Ole Miss Track and Field,
Ole Miss Volleyball,
Ole Miss Women's Basketball,
Ole Miss Women's Golf,
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Rebel Media Day,
Rebel Road Trip,
Road To Omaha,
SEC Baseball Tournament,
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Spain National Team,
State of Ole Miss Athletics,
Under-19 World Championship,
Under-20 European Championships,
University of Mississippi,
USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships,
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Walk Out Songs,
William & Mary,
William Winter Institute,
Women's Basketball; Yolanda Moore,
Coach Freeze is a genuine coach and our players and fans adore him!! in post Vote Freeze For Coach Of The Year
Gary Vaughn said:
It's great to be a Rebel fan. Coach Freeze in post Vote Freeze For Coach Of The Year
Has brought back the excitement
Competitiveness we all so desire. The
fan base and even our doubters are
Paying attention. Even the whole country
Sport tLk shows ect. Are taking notice.
After we upset Alabama this weekend
38-27 we will bolt to a top 12 or better
Ranking. Go Rebels
I am not and never have been an Ole Miss fan. I am however a Coach Freeze fan. I like what he represents in today's world of big time sports and what he stands for in leading young men of today into a more responsible role. He is everything that Ole Miss has never had. I am on his band wagon winning or losing. in post Vote Freeze For Coach Of The Year
Cory Wilson said:
How can I get my hands on one of these? in post 2013 Fall Sports Player Posters
Dave Darnell said:
Gray pants with red and blue stripes on the legs have served Ole Miss football my entire life time. The blue on blue, red on red and white on white are hideous and UGLY! Leave the pants alone.
Dave Darnell in post New Football Uniforms Unveiled
Ole Miss '68
Tiger fan here (LSU) b we now have 3 in the SEC. You guys looked great last year. You looked coached, and the players were up for every game. Good to see you back in the hunt. in post Looking Ahead to 2013 On Gridiron
Brenda Maxie said:
Go Nephew congraulation on your trip to the olympics. Have a good time. in post UPDATE: Rebel. Champion. Olympian. Young's Blog
Go Isiah! Your Rebel family is pulling for you and can't wait to see you on the podium with your medal! in post UPDATE: Rebel. Champion. Olympian. Young's Blog
who will win the most gold medals?
http://www.formvote.com/discuss.php?postid=281510897524932 in post UPDATE: Rebel. Champion. Olympian. Young's Blog
BILL LOTT said:
GREAT JOB THIS YEAR GUYS - WISHING THE REBELS THE VERY BEST IN THE COMPASS BOWL - LETS PICK A FIGHT WITH PITT AND SHOW THEM WHAT OUR REBELS ARE ALL ABOUT. HOTTY-TODDY - GO REBELS. BE BLESSED AND GOOD LUCK! in post Some Notes On Bowl Trip