Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Lewis: Time Stands Still in the Fall

Photo by Robert Jordan / Ole Miss Communications
Photo by Robert Jordan / Ole Miss Communications

Things are changing in our world today. There is simply no stopping it. We see it in nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Along with the advances in technology, education, the things we are supposed to eat, etc. So too are we as a people changing.

Everyone has a stance on issues no matter how minute they may seem. People take sides on what they consider the best way to improve the educational system in the Magnolia State. People are even divided on cell phones and providers. Is the Samsung 6 really better than the iPhone 6? AT&T or C Spire? Should we cut gluten and corn syrup from our diet all together? Maybe. It depends on who you ask.

The most fascinating change I have seen over the past 15 years has come in people’s understanding and adaptability to technological advancements.

Eight years ago, had you locked my father in a room with a cell phone and said he had to send a text message before he could be released, he would have starved to death. Now he has an iPhone and tons of apps.

Is the change a good thing? Of course some of it is, but what stands out to me today are the things that don’t change. The simpler things that are done just as our parents and grandparents did them.

The one thing that comes to mind this time of year as something that hasn’t changed and really doesn’t show any signs of changing is the way we are a fan.

Sounds simple doesn’t it? It’s true though. Think of our Saturday routines during the fall. We wake up early, some of us have already made the trip to Oxford the night before and others will soon hit the road. We pack our coolers, our tents, our chairs and we put on our red and blue. We set our sights on the Grove.

Tailgating in the Grove, making the walk over to Vaught-Hemingway for the game and then cheering throughout the game certainly isn’t anything new. People were doing that long before cell phones and computers, long before they started stamping “gluten free” on everything at the grocery store and long before so many other things that seem so pivotal to our lives today ever existed.

We cheer together for our Rebels. We cheer together with people in the Rebel Nation that may not share a belief that the iPhone 6 and C Spire are the best or that the Common Core program has to go. Instead, we share in the common ground of being a fan and on Saturdays in the fall — at first the Grove and then the Vaught — the only thing that matters is the game and supporting the Rebels.

Just as all the seasons before this one, this fall will create memories that will last a lifetime. There will be highs and lows, celebrations and heartaches and it will all be shared together just as it has for generations past and will be for generations to come. Go Rebels!!

Now that I am finished writing, I will email this column to my 71-year-old father who will tweet it out and share it on Facebook. Some things change and some things never will.


Webb Lewis of Southern Elite Sports Media is a HottyToddy.com contributor and can be reached at sesmississippi@gmail.com.

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