Last week, we published our first investigation into what role NU Football’s bowl opponent Mississippi State played in a historical tragedy: The Kennedy Assassination. This week we continue our investigation, this time looking into how MSU may be responsible for the sinking of the Titanic.
The Tragedy: On April 15, 1912, more than 1,500 people died as the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage and sunk in the North Atlantic. Much like Mississippi State’s season, the Titanic had been built up in the press and praised widely before running into real competition, which quickly sank it and destroyed its dreams of being remembered as anything but an unmitigated disaster.
The Evidence: Did you know that not a single person from Mississippi probably died on the Titanic? Yep, it’s more than a little suspicious that as the rest of the world lost its brothers and sisters, Mississippi probably just sat back and watched, probably unaffected by the tragedy. Seem a little too convenient? That’s because it probably is.
See, just a few decades earlier, in 1865, the SS Sultana crashed and burned in the Mississippi River, killing 1,600 people off the coast of Memphis, presumably as some sort of Holy Retribution for that whole “enslavement of an entire race” thing that Mississippi had just fought a war to protect. As gruesome as the tragedy was, it lacked a catchy name. As anyone born in the Twitter.com-era knows, if something isn’t catchy and hashtaggable, it will likely be forgotten faster than my pledge to stop licking pictures of Jennifer Lawrence.
MSU, having warned all 12 people in Mississippi to stay off the Titanic, watched as the ship went down faster than a Starkville girl on anyone without a Southern accent. Once the tragic deed was done (which is also how recipients of Starkville girl bj’s refer to those as well), there was a clear nickname for the Sultana disaster: The Titanic of Mississippi. Thanks to that fun-to-say catchphrase, the Sultana has remained in public knowledge, and has even earned its own Wikipedia page!!! It's pretty much the biggest accomplishment Mississippi State has ever had.
The Verdict: Mississippi State is entirely to blame. Had the Bulldogs not jarred that iceberg free in a plot to stir up more publicity for themselves, the Titanic never would have sunk and the entire plot of Downton Abbey would never have occurred. So… Um I can’t tell if I should hate them or thank them? I’m gonna go with punch them in the esophagus. That seems like a good middle ground.