The Egg Bowl rivalry means a lot to fans on both sides, even those in the middle of an NFL season. That’s why the New York Giants head coach Joe judge, a Mississippi state alumnus, wore an Ole Miss hat during his press conference on Wednesday.
Throughout her media availability, Judge wore a hat with Ole Miss’s red “M” block. Asked about the curious choice of headgear, Judge said the Rebels’ former tight end Evan engram made a bet, and the Giants head coach was going to honor it.
âYes, I lost a bet,â said the judge. “So this is Evan engram, a guy from Ole Miss. If we’d taken him out, he’d been standing here ringing a bell today. What am I going to say? A bet is a bet. “
Yes, Joe judge lost a bet on the Egg Bowl, when his alma mater, Mississippi State, lost to Evan Engram’s Ole Miss. That’s why he wore the hat. pic.twitter.com/KQVpBCXTHf
– Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) December 1, 2021
After his team’s 31-21 win over Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl, head coach Ole Miss Kiffin Way explained what this means for the program and the entire fan base.
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âThis game has a lot of history behind it,â Kiffin said. “The members of this staff grew up like the little kid from Oxford and lived through this rivalry. They talk about how much it means to us. By feeling the energy of the coach you can tell this rivalry is real. Much like the Tennessee game, go into a hostile environment – don’t get into the emotions and keep the basics the basics. Don’t worry about what’s going on outside and do your job one piece at a time. times. Not only is this a big win for our rivalry and Ole Miss, but we also make history because Ole Miss has never had a 10-game regular season. It’s a good feeling when a program hasn’t done something in a long time, and you do. Also, to do something that has never been done in the history of this school is something special and it says a lot to the people in this school. changing room.”
Matt Howe contributed to this report.