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Friday Flashback: Archie Beats LSU (Again) in Jackson

Archie Manning’s legend was launched on the Bayou in 1968, when he led the Ole Miss Rebels to a 27-24 comeback victory over LSU in Tiger Stadium as a sophomore starter.

Interview for ‘The Vet’

But his biggest wins as a Rebel to come wouldn’t happen in Baton Rouge or Tuscaloosa or even Oxford, but in Jackson, inside the monolith of Mississippi Memorial Stadium.

Manning’s Rebels were 7-1 in the capitol city in his career, and never lost an SEC game there.

“The big ones were in Jackson. We were good there. We felt like it was our second home and we had a great advantage with our crowd, just a great atmosphere. We were very confident when we played there,” Manning said in our interview for “The Vet.”

No win was more significant than the rematch with LSU in 1969. The Tigers were a better version of the team Manning had beaten in Baton Rouge the previous season. Led by coach Charles McClendon and All-American Tommy Casanova, the Tigers pulled into Jackson undefeated, ranked in the Top 10, with designs on a national championship.

Box: Ole Miss 26 LSU 23

“They were better in ’69. They had good players on both sides of the ball. A lot of people say that was the best team Coach McClendon ever had,” Manning said.

But Manning authored another comeback victory with two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to put Ole Miss on top 26-23. It was just enough.

“We scrambled around a lot and just kind of hung in there with them. It looked like at the end of the game they were going to march march down and score to beat us, just like we’d done (the year before), but we stopped them on fourth down,” Manning remembered. “That was a tremendous team we beat that day. Another big win in Jackson.”

Did the victorious Rebels stay in the capitol city to celebrate? You betcha.

Manning offered this tidbit with a wry grin.

“Coach (Johnny) Vaught decided to let everybody stay that night in Jackson….I don’t know. That may not have been a good idea, but everybody had a pretty good time,” Manning laughed out. “You got to enjoy your wins and celebrate when you beat somebody like LSU.”

The Grove is now the shining center of the party on Ole Miss football Saturdays, and the brimming town of Oxford plays a sublime party host at night. But there was a time when it all happened at “The Vet.” 

See more in Episode Two of ‘Between the Pines: Mississippi’s Greatest Sports Stories.”

Two for Tuesday: College Football Doubleheaders? It happened!

Excited to roll out “Two for Tuesday” from the Bash Brothers blog folks. All one of them 🙂
We like things in pairs: shoes, married couples and Twinkies top the list. But what if we had our SEC FOOTBALL games in twos? Like one right after the other, on the same day, in the same stadium?
Bonkers! But it used to happen most every Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss. And the scene was just that: bonkers.
“It was a great big party. You had people from all over Mississippi who would, and a lot of times from surrounding states who descended upon Jackson,” Rick Cleveland told us in our interviews for “The Vet. “Normally it would be Ole Miss playing in the afternoon and State at night. Jackson reveled in it. Every motel room would be booked. All the restaurants would be filled. You had lots of people that went to both games. You had people who would just set up a grill outside and cookout between games. It was just a really, really neat scene.”
It was the stage where Jackson came to be known as “the college football capitol of the South,” as Cleveland and many others described it.
It was also the setting where black players at SWAC schools had to square oppression with opportunity on the football field. The glory days of Jackson State football often played out in the second game of the night, after the still mostly all-white SEC teams had given way.
“We would always play the second game. The field would be immaculate, with the exception of the end zone. The ‘Ole Miss’ or ‘Mississippi State’ spray painted would always be wet. You go in the end zone and you come out either maroon and white or blue and white,” Tigers legend Eddie Payton, who shared a backfield with his brother Walter, remembered laughingly in our interview.
“But the opportunity to play in that stadium was worth any minor inconvenience that we had at that time. Being a segregated system, for us to get a chance to play on the same field at Memorial Stadium, that Ole Miss and State was playing on…One it was a great feeling. Two you got to be motivated. It was like, we can do the same thing  that they’re doing if given the chance. And we can do it on the same field.
“It was a step. You didn’t think about you were playing second, you’d think about, ‘I’m playing in Mississippi Memorial Stadium,'” Payton said.
Can you imagine the double-headers happening today? It’s just one of many unique elements that make The Vet the symbol and center of Mississippi’s past, present and future.
See the full story in “Between the Pines” Part Two: The Vet — coming soon.

Allow Me to Reintroduce…

“Allow me to reintroduce myself! My name is …..”

Jay Z spits these introductory lines on his legendary track “(PSA) Public Service Announcement,” then a raucous, raring beat drops that ‘Hov launches into and slaughters with aplomb.

Well, allow us to reintroduce ourselves! It’s been an exciting and eventful first year of operation at BBM. We had a successful initial four months of filming for our documentary series “Between the Pines: Mississippi’s Greatest Sports Stories.” We brought in photographers from across Mississippi plus some specialized imports for weeks of scene filming and more than 30 interviews in Mississippi and Louisiana. See behind-the-scene photos from the production here!

In February, Bash Brothers was contracted to produce the feature film for the 50th Anniversary of the Beth Israel Temple in Jackson, Miss. It was a special contribution to the Jackson community and an intense, moving process for Henry, the executive director and writer. The film is fantastic, and emotional.



Jon launched the third season of “The Golf Show” in March with more partners and rave reviews. He’s since launched two more shows at ESPN 105.9 FM The Zone, “The Jon Wiener Show” on Wednesday nights at 6 PM and “GameNight, Mississippi” Friday nights at 6 & 9 PM. He’s also been working hard on an exclusive long-form print project, coming soon! Stay tuned for the scoop 🙂

Our belief, our goal is to be a true multimedia company with different productions happening on shared platforms under the Bash Brothers brand. This is all part of growing the footprint and stepping towards that goal.

We are advancing the “Between the Pines” project at times, in stages. We are pumped to currently be back full-bore into the post-production process, and will have lots of fresh content coming soon!

Look for a new series trailer in a matter of days, if you haven’t spotted it already 🙂 We’ll also be releasing a lot of thoughtful, fun series-related stuff right here on the blog, so make sure you follow us on Twitter @bashbrosmedia and to keep up!

“Fresh out the frying pan into the fire…..” Hov knows.

Bash Brothers Extends the Team

Adds local and national talent 

“We’re putting together a team worthy of contending for a championship.” Pardon us for going with the coach-speak cliches in discussing our growing team of production specialists but it’s that time of year!

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“Catfish Country” Airing Soon!

Catfish Country is a look around Mississippi’s farm raised catfish industry.   Produced for Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s program “Mississippi Roads”, our segment will air in November:

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Sunday, November 13, 2016 @ 10:30am

Sunday, November 13, 2016 @ 5:00pm

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