I wonder why that is?
Regardless of the reason, does anyone think Eli, Oher, McCluster, or Powe would have a problem getting in anywhere in Oxford? This is part of the problem. Jesus Christ our town sucks at times. Regardless of capacity, you find a way to get NFL players or prospective recruits in your club. We are the only school in the SEC that has a bar that would turn a way an alumnus that plays in the League.
It was at capacity. There were probably 60 people in line outside when I left at 1:30. With that being said, this is pathetic that they didn't let him in.
Cowbells is part of the Starkville problem. Bars in Oxford coordinate ways to get recruits and former players in their bars. Meanwhile... We have Cowbells tweeting this at ours.
@CowbellsSports: @Boobie24Dixon sorry if you think your more special than any other person...but we treat everyone the same.
4/21/13, 3:21 AM
@Boobie24Dixon sorry we treat every customer equal...NFL Player or not. Every customer is important. We didn't let a lot of folks in.
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I think anyone in town would have given up spots to let those two cut in front or get into a bar. These two have worked as hard as our entire athletics department to bring good PR and some of the national spotlight to Starkville in every way they can, and they still WANT to support MSU and Starkville. If it were Michael Henig (nothing against him as a person) tried to say he was a football player once, then I think that's one thing, but Dixon, Pern, Sherrod, Banks. should get better treatment. If Jerry Rice had walked up, NO ONE in their right mind would turn him away... and these guys fall in that category.
It was full but there was also a "We don't want any trouble" speech, which is why AD said on twitter he had never started any fights or anything at any club in Starkville. I was picking up a friend at the time and AD seemed cool about it, but you could tell he was pissed.
I agree that we have to step it up when it comes to businesses being more player/recruit friendly. I'm not saying having underage recruits dancing on stage while drinking, but we need somewhere for them to go and have fun. We should be booking hip hop stars on big recruiting weekends.
shit. What a joke. Can y'all imagine ANY other SEC bar turning down a player that is in the NFL? Especially one with the popularity of AD. The fact that they responded with this makes me dislike this place. Who are the owners? I hate the whole "boycott" BS, but it seems applicable in this case. What a bunch of morons. Thanks for doing yalls best to make Starkville shitty, assholes.
I must be the only person on the board who agrees with Cowbells (and I don't know a thing about Cowbells ... most seem to say it's a dump of a bar). But ... when "celebrities" try to throw their weight around, many times it meets resistance (e.g., the Reese Witherspoon post elsewhere). It sounds like he must have identified himself and thought that would get him in ahead of everyone else. Personally, I think he should have to stand in line too. I doubt any were at Cowbells, but lots of alumni were in town ... who's to say there wasn't some large company CEO standing in line too? Could be. Should he get preferential service? No. And neither should AD. If someone instantly recognizable should (and AD is not by most), say Dan Mullen, should he be let in? He might be, but not if he started raising a stink and demanded to be let in because he was DM. I'll have to say I agree with a business who treats everyone equally. Why should anyone be given preferential service, especially if they start trying to throw their weight around?
If they fail to let him in, there are 2 big drawbacks:
1. They miss out on the huge positive of having one of Starkville's most beloved sons throwing down top dollar and probably encouraging those already there to have even more of a good time, with alcohol.
2. They get a ton of bad pub, and are seen as the bad guy in this scenario no matter how it really went down. Maybe if he walks into a bar in Denver or Kansas City he gets the "we treat everyone equally" treatment, but in a city where he's a goddamn hero? Wow.
True, they will have to suffer the consequences. Perhaps SPS doesn't represent the consensus view of Starksvillians or even students, so there won't be an negative consequences ... that remains to be seen. But I still think they did the right thing by not catering to privileged prima donnas. They may be "dead right", meaning suffering because people think we should cater to "heros" (I like AD, but he's not a hero in the same way some guy caught in a bomb in Afghanistan and lost both legs is a hero). AD is merely an entertainer.
The only negative impressions I`ve ever had of AD I picked up on SPS. I don`t do twitter but some on here have posted quotes and statements from his twitter account and at least in that venue he comes across as uh well someone you might not want to spend a lot of time with. Maybe the bar owner reads SPS.
No, of course you didn't say that. It was merely an example that I was using. If you will, imagine a couple of scenarios:
1) AD comes up, gets in line, and the owner or bouncer or whatever recognizes him and says "Hey, Bobbie ... come on in". Under those circumstances, I don't think anybody standing in line wold object once they knew who he was. Personally, if AD came to my front door right now I'd have no idea who he was. I've only seen him on the field in a uniform, which means totally covered. Maybe the bar owner is the same.
2) AD comes up, sees the line, and goes to the owner or bouncer or whoever, and says "Hey, I'm Anthony Dixon and I want to come in and am not gonna stand in line". In that case, he'd be trying to throw his weight around ad get privileged treatment. Can't blame the owner for saying, "get in line and you can come in when it's your turn".
I suspect it was the latter, or something similar. And if the place has a limit of 60 or whatever, how would you like to be the one that gets thrown out? Probably not very much. And if he had a small entourage with him, then several would have to be thrown out.
My family has owned multiple businesses in Starkville dating back to 1955 (father, grandfather and uncles- prob around 10 businesses) and having worked for a Starkville business owner (non-family member) while attending State 4 years, and having both sides of my family living in Starkville for several generations, I can tell you my family's business owners would have done the same thing, and most likely I dont think Starkville residents will give a flying 17 and likely will support the business owner.
The very first thing that comes to mind is the insurance implications if there were a fire or accident and there were questions of being over capacity. And also remember, this is the same guy that got a DUI in Starkville once which is another potential liability since alcohol is being served at this particular establishment.
Second, not all local business owners feel like MSU has been all that great to them. There was a time where MSU supported local businesses, but now it will go out of town to do business because they found a better deal. I also have family members who have closed businesses in the last 5 years in Starkville so I am speaking from my experience.
Third, I can only speak for my family here, but they would say an NFL athlete would best be serving MSU and Starkville collectively by not using his MSU-enabled fame as a platform to bitch when he doesnt get his way like a little 17ing self-entitled cunt.
Take it FWIW, but I'd rather Boobie just not feel entitled to do as he please in the city of Starkville and instead act like a model citizen.