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Origin of “Hotty Toddy”

Disclaimer: This post may offend some. Offense is not intended. Humor is intended. However, seeing as to how I may likely fail at my attempt at humor, offense may follow. Thus, if you are a University of Mississippi fan (sometimes referred to as That School Up North), please do not read any further. I would hate to offend my Rebel Black Bear friends. Both of you are important to me.

Anyone who’s spent any time around SEC sports is well aware of the foul-mouthed chant so dearly loved by the Ole Miss faithful. All other eleven schools in the SEC are repulsed by both its vulgarity and by its execution, which is generally only done when 85% of the participants are fully inebriated. Black Bear faithful are quick to point out that there is a “kid-friendly” version, but regrettably cannot remember those words.

It’s funny, though—if you aren’t already laughing—at the general misunderstanding of the “Hotty Toddy” term. 98.32 percent of the current student body believes it comes from a form of hot totty, which is, of course, a hot alcoholic drink. Serve them another, please.

Fans of rival Mississippi State claim it comes from a time when teams hurled slurs at one another during sporting events and a drunken Ole Miss fan heard an angry Mississippi State fan yell “hoity toity” which, of course, means “Pretentiously self-important, haughty or pompous.” The Ole Miss fan, in his drunken stupor, took it as a challenge to imbibe more alcohol. Serve him another, please.

Fans of rival LSU also claim it comes from a time when fans of the team hurled slurs (as well as beer bottles) at one another.  Of course, the LSU faithful were actually yelling “potty potty,” which was a stab at the ever poor quality of the Ole Miss football team. Serve them all another, please.

Fans of rival Arkansas claim no knowledge of the obnoxious chant and are insulted when intoxicated Rebels accuse the Razorbacks of having an obnoxious cheer. Razorback fans wonder how that new coach is working out for the Rebel Black Bears and are thankful not to have to play such football powerhouses as Jacksonville St.

Fans of rival Alabama, which is not really a rivalry at all as Alabama rarely loses (44-9-2), have actually never heard the Hotty Toddy chant. They’ve heard of it, but it seems the Bamrs begin their own famous Rammer Jammer chant at kickoff of their games with Ole Miss. The Rammer Jammer chant is generally done after victory is assured. They’ve all had enough, thank you.

Of course, no one associated with the University can remember the REAL origin of Hotty Toddy—statistics say memory is the first thing to go when one is intoxicated.

LATE EDIT: As I seem to be getting a LOT of hits recently…I think I discovered why and just HAD to post this very humorous youtube video. Not sure how long it will be up before the Black Bear lawyers force it down–so watch it while you can!

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Hittin’ deer

On Wednesday before Thanksgiving day, the family set out for a fun night on the University of Mississippi campus to watch the Arkansas Razorback Volleyball team take on the Rebels. Neither team had been all that great this year, but since Brittany is very interested in v-ball, we decided to go. While I really like football, the cost of tickets is outpacing the affordability for my family. Plus, seems to be fewer drunks at volleyball games, even at the #4 party school in the nation. (That’s not fair for me to say—as far as I know, I haven’t seen any drunks at the UM v-ball games, not something I can say about the football games)

It was an exciting set of matching, going all the way to the 5th game to determine the winner. Ole Miss pulled it out in a squeaker, and Brittany decided she wanted to stay and try to meet the coach…the Razorback coach, that is. So we waited around and the Razorbacks (Brittany wouldn’t let me call them “Hogs,” because they are girls!) began to trickle out. She had the opportunity to meet a couple of them and talk to them—asking questions like what should she do to prepare for college ball.

Then some nice Razorback lady took us over to the coach and the group of girls that were riding the bus back to Fayetteville. Man, talk about an incredibly nice welcome. The coach (Robert Pulliza)—who’d never seen us before in his life—talked to Brittany about the game (in general, not the game that night) and what she needed to do to be a Razorback when she graduated. Several of the team members asked her questions about her position, her team, etc. What a very cool experience. We left calling the hogs, of course.

On the way home we talked about the fact that it wouldn’t be long before Brittany (in 9th grade) would actually be in college. Of course, BJ and I aren’t really ready to accept the face that in 4 years from now, Brittany will be a freshman in college, not high school! As we lollygagged along, (I wasn’t speeding, really! We were taking our time, going about 40-45 mph) a deer stepped out in front of me and ran into our van!

We called the police and the came to check on us. We were fine, but the van was in horrible shape (photo attached!). Seems the deer took off the entire left front corner of the van—parts of my van are still sprawled along the side of the road.

Keep in mind, this was Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I talked to our insurance agent and nothing could be done until Monday, after the holiday weekend. So, we let the van sit until then.

Monday, we took it to the preferred shop and he couldn’t get to it for 2 weeks. Finally, we found someone who could get to it in a week—but it still had to sit for a week before any work would even be started! As we absolutely cannot travel out of town in my truck with all 4 of us in the family, we told them we’d really, really, really like to have it back before Christmas so we can travel to see family. They assured us they could do it. As of today, though, we’re having to deal with only 1 vehicle…and one that can’t take the entire family anywhere.

To top it all off—the deer must have lived after tearing up the van. Neither us nor the police found any sign of him!

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Setting students up for mediocrity

Hot on the heels of my blog about the school board and how it would be best if I just ran everything, I had an interesting conversation with a Professor at Ole Miss. His children attend the same school as mine and we were discussing our school’s athletics when the conversation came around to Brett and the struggles he’s had early on this year and the conversation regarding changing to the 10-point grading system.

Brett was an A/B student last year (yes, you remember those posts from proud Daddy!) but he’s really struggled some early this year, bringing home grades that are…well, they’re not As or Bs. Brett approached me during my conversation with the Professor and we whooped for joy over a 100 he received that day on an Accelerated Reading test. The Professor asked if it was a 10 question test…it was.

He suggested the 10 question tests simply set the kids up to be average students. He further suggested the problem runs deep in public schools and that our school board won’t consider changing the grading system in our own school to put our kids on equal footing as those in the rest of the state.

I didn’t understand how a 10 question test on our current 8 point system was such a bad thing…so I asked him. In order for a student to receive an “A” on the current system, he must make a 93 or higher. On a 10 question test, each question is worth 10 points and thus a student must get every single question right in order to earn an A. There is no room for error. Miss one question and you get a 90, or a B. On the 10-point system—which the majority of schools in Mississippi now use except for Lafayette because some school board members believe “that’s just the way it’s always been around here,” and that’s a good thing—a student may still miss one question and receive an A. Why should students be expected to perform perfectly in order to receive an A? Very few of us, adults included, ever perform to perfection.

Until he’d explained it to me, I’d never considered it like that…and I’ve given my fair share of tests to students (although it was on the University level 10 point system). I was opposed to Lafayette keeping the 8-point system on the grounds of equality and equal footing for our students alone. Our kids must make better grades than those of their peers around the state of Mississippi, even across town at Oxford, in order to receive a grade of A. To some students, that might not matter. To the majority of them, however, a GPA with As will carry much more weight than a GPA with Bs…even if the number score is the same. The colleges will look at the letter grade, not the number grade.

It’s one of those issues that seems like a no-brainer to me and most of the parents I’ve talked with. The administration, hired by the school board, has even wisely recommended the change. Yet, the school board has now affected potential collegiate admission to nearly 800 students.

That’s messed up.

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