More Cow Belle – 2011 Gator Bowl December 13, 2010

This is the second in a series of wallpapers leading up to the 2011 Gator Bowl. According to the Mississippi State University official athletic web site, “the most unique and certainly the most resounding symbol of Mississippi State University tradition is the cowbell. Despite decades of attempts by opponents and authorities to banish it from scenes of competition, diehard State fans still celebrate Bulldog victories loudly and proudly with the distinctive sound of ringing cowbells.”

Bulldogs fans have been bringing their answer to the Vuvuzela to football games since the late 1930s and you can bet that the world’s second most annoying noisemakers will be freshly painted and nerve-gratingly loud at the Gator Bowl. Tip: if you’re planning on attending the game, halt your New Year’s Eve celebration a few glasses shy of a next-day headache.

On the spectrum of college football tradition awesomeness, the Mississippi State cowbell lands somewhere between “not at all awesome” and “yeah, right – what is your REAL most resounding traditional symbol?” This tradition deficiency is extra glaring in a conference that boasts ‘Between the Hedges’ (Georgia) and ‘War Eagle’ (Auburn) among others.

There are few things in this world which I genuinely hate; among them are people who hurt kids, wisdom tooth extraction and cowbells. A cowbell-themed wallpaper was a foregone conclusion, but I just couldn’t get my heart into anything that involved showing an actual cowbell. So in the spirit of maximizing opponent mockingness, I offer a visual pun of dubious humor by combining the pillar of Mississippi State football tradition with the symbol of Southern beauty and femininity: the Southern Belle. This also reveals the range of my comedic abilities. On the spectrum of humor awesomeness, I land somewhere between “not at all humorously awesome” and “wait – are puns of dubious humor REALLY your only comedic angle?”

How it was made

I captured the creation of this artwork and sped up the footage to condense a little over 3 hours of design time into a little under 2 minutes of video. If you’re looking to improve your consumptive ratio of “time wasting garbage” to “meaningful and enlightening” media, you should not for any reason watch this video.

Michigan Football Wallpaper - More Cow Belle - 2011 Gator Bowl


  1. Both breathtakingly beautiful and devastatingly disturbing at the same time. Now thats good humor! Thank you again for the great wallpaper, and for never letting me look at a ‘Southern Belle’ quite the same way ever again!!

  • Great work, as usual. The only thing I find lacking is a cowbell necklace.

  • Thanks GreyJello. I am firmly anti-cowbell so that’s why you don’t see one around her neck.

  • Wonderful play-on-words!

  • 52-14

    Ring that. Maybe add that under helmet art.

  • Say all you want 52-14!!
    How bou them cow bells!! Ha Ha Michigan football is a joke! Maybe you should have waited till after the game. That certainly looks much more like a michigan women than a southern belle in MS.

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