I. To the team
Martin Luther King once said "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
We got hit in the mouth last week. Acknowledge it. But how do we keep our last effort from bleeding into this week?
Simple. Hit someone else in the mouth. Don't come out scared, don't come out playing not to lose. Come out and hit someone in the mouth. HIT SOMEONE IN THE DAMN MOUTH.
We make our Return home this week (h/t to @daroach33 on the song--NSFW lyrics). This is your house. THIS IS YOUR HOME. THIS IS WHERE YOU LIVE AND BREATHE. DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO DEFEND THE HONOR OF YOUR HOME AND HIT SOMEONE IN THE MOUTH.
The message regarding this game is simple. Do your job, and we'll come out victorious. You are prepared. You are ready. DO YOUR JOB. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL...AND THE MAIN THING YOU CAN CONTROL IS YOUR EFFORT. DO YOUR JOB TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY AND WE WILL WIN. PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
II. To the 12th Man
I woke up this morning and spent some time thinking about what polo to put on...what clothes to put on my kids to bring positive mojo. I realize that nothing I do today can impact the game tomorrow. Rarely are we given the opportunity to impact the game itself.
The song for this portion is "Bombs over Baghdad". Feel the frenetic pace. Feel the build up. FEEL IT IN YOU AND UNLEASH HELL ON SATURDAY.
Tomorrow we have the opportunity to impact the on-field plan. I am dead ass serious. You can impact how the game goes. How? Simple. YELL YOUR ASS OFF. YELL AS LOUD AS YOU CAN. WHEN WE ARE ON DEFENSE YELL UNTIL YOU CANNOT YELL ANYMORE.
There are games that you tell your kids about...in my lifetime those games were '97 OSU, '98 Nebraska, '99 Texas, '02 OU...and so on. THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE ONE OF THOSE GAMES. WE HAVE A TOP 5 OPPONENT COMING TO KYLE FIELD AT NIGHT. THIS IS WHY WE JOINED THE SEC...FOR THIS MOMENT RIGHT HERE.
So the message is also simple to the fans: DO YOUR JOB. DO YOUR JOB WHEN IN THE STANDS. IMBIBE RESPONSIBLY BECAUSE YOU HAVE A DAMN JOB TO DO IN THE STANDS. WHEN YOU STEP IN TO KYLE FOCUS ON YOUR ENERGY ON THE ROLE YOU PLAY IN EARNING THE W.
This is our moment. The team might not "need" us to win, but they sure as hell could use us. GET YOUR MIND RIGHT AND RECOGNIZE THAT YOU HAVE A JOB TO DO.
TO HELL WITH REDEMPTION. TO HELL WITH ANYTHING WE'VE DONE UP TO THIS POINT. THIS IS ONE GAME. ONE CHUNK OF TIME. IT'S ABOUT US. IT'S ABOUT OUR EFFORT AND DOING WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF DOING.
I recognize that it's only Friday morning, but if you aren't focused on the task at hand yet...if you aren't #POFG yet, GET THERE. GET THERE NOW. GET THERE NOW. GET THERE NOW. GET. THERE. NOW.
GET YOUR MIND RIGHT. IT'S TIME. IT'S TIME TO F*CKIN GO.
BTHO ole miss.