The Oxfordians are riding high and feeling confident thanks to winning a squeaker against Vanderbilt, smashing a cupcake that Boise State would be embarrassed to play, and coming from behind to beat a Texas squad that allowed over 500 yards to a one-legged, no-armed quarterback. Alabama on the other hand has beaten a Virginia Tech team with a top shelf defense by 25 points, beaten Texas A&M and their Heisman-winning superman quarterback on the road, and dispatched Colorado State by 25 points in a listless, sloppy performance.
From the hand-wringing and bellyaching emanating from Alabama circles this week, one would think that the Tide was 0-3, not 3-0. Since all the talk in sports media this week has been focused on how Ole Miss can attack Alabama’s cornerbacks with their high-speed offense and tall receivers, and how the Tide is ripe for an upset, I felt that we needed a cocktail that reminds us about how the situation actually is, not how it is perceived.
I have modified a traditional Gin Rickey recipe into something that I call the Reality Check. If you see an Ole Miss fan, offer he or she it is sorely needed.
• 1.5 ounces gin
• 0.5 ounces Cherry Pucker
• 3-5 ounces Sprite
• Lime wedge
• Pour gin and Cherry Pucker into a cup or glass over ice
• Slowly add Sprite while stirring
• Garnish with wedge of lime
My first thought was to make a Hot Toddy, since Ole Miss fans are always shouting some nonsensical drivel about them, but then I remembered that September in Dixie is still quite warm, and a Hot Toddy is a waste of perfectly good bourbon.
Try not to get lost in the hype about how it is a new day in Oxford and how Ole Miss is enjoying the fruits of a top recruiting class. Alabama has been pulling in top recruiting classes for the past six years thanks to Nick Saban. Ole Miss may finally be winning Egg Bowls, but Alabama has been winning SEC and national championships.
Remember, the last time Ole Miss won a football game in Tuscaloosa, George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis were running for President of the United States. Reality Check. I have a feeling that Alabama puts a complete game together on Saturday and runs the Rebels right out of the stadium. Enjoy responsibly and Roll Tide.