Hey, Gang! The 2017-2018 is in full-swing, and while we are all familiar with the raucous confines of The Sweater Centre; many Flyer Fanatics will cheer on UD on the road. Whether you plan on checking out the mid-major action in Charleston, Pittsburgh or St. Louis, we’ve got you covered! The 2017-18 Blackburn Review Travel Companion is your guide to the best and worst destinations for this year’s road slate.
As a mid-major basketball program, our Flyers have traveled to some podunk locales throughout the years. Road contests at Power 5 schools generally mean trips to bucolic SEC or ACC cities, bustling college towns which act as veritable oases in the diabetic wasteland that is the Deep South. While you may still see locals riding through the Chic Fil A drive thru on their Rascal Scooters in Athens, Auburn or Oxford; they are outnumbered by the bros in Vineyard Vines shirts and sorority chicks in Lilly Pulitzer. Starkville is NOT one of those places. What it lacks in charm it makes up in chain restaurants.
Researching Starkville as a destination worth travelling to is yeoman’s work (You’re Welcome) and the official visitor’s guide lists the Starkville City Jail as its main tourist attraction. If you are a hillbilly, you may be aware that Johnny Cash was arrested in Starkville for public indecency and spent the night in the Starkville City Jail. He even wrote a song about it. Here’s the rub, the Starkville City Jail was leveled and a new police station was opened in 2014. Starkville erased the only interesting thing to have ever happened there. For a Midwest comparison, that would be like St. Louis getting rid of its Arch.
If you are a history buff, then Starkville has nothing for you. Yes, there are burial mounds just east of town, but when your Southern hamlet isn’t providing visitors with a charming setting, it best be rife Civil War and Civil Rights attractions; SPOILER ALERT: Starkville has neither.
Unless you are unfortunate enough to live nearby, it is hard to recommend heading to THE HUMP to watch them Fly Boys take on the Bulldogs. If you want to get the authentic Starkville experience without leaving your vicinity, head to the shittiest mall in your area, pop into Applebee’s and ask them to turn on the game.
Humphrey Coliseum Facts:
- Capacity: 10,575
- Home of the Mississippi State University Bulldogs
- Nickname: The Hump
- In-seat food delivery via Dawg Snax mobile ordering system.
Best Bar: Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern
Best Restaurant: The Little Dooey
Best Tourist Attraction: Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum
Most Famous Alumnus: John Grisham
Hottest Alumna: Amy Freeze
Local Delicacy: Fried Catfish