Saturday, August 05, 2006

Bulldogs Showing Serious Bite

Sylvester Croom was handed a mess when he took over the Mississippi State program on Dec. 1, 2003, but if the Bulldogs' 2006 poster schedule is any indication, the rebuilding effort is about to pay dividends. Croom has won only six games in two years, but one of the victories came over rival Mississippi (35-14) in last year's Egg Bowl. Croom and the Egg Bowl trophy anchor the piece, and as the reader (they asked to name anonymous) who sent this to us pointed out, the scowl on Croom's face is priceless. "Yeah, he really doesn't like Ole Miss," they wrote. (Double-click on the image to get a detailed look.) We really like this effort. It's big, it's bold. Everything blends together and the piece has balance. Although it has been a tough stretch for Mississippi State, the SEC championship game is on the schedule, an indication that the Bulldogs have clear goals despite their recent struggles. Now this project wouldn't be possible without your help, so if you want your team's poster schedule reviewed and featured, send an image or link to dawizofodds (at) Here are hotlinks to posters that have been reviewed: Auburn, South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida State, Florida, Iowa State and USC.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While I agree that MSU has done well to showcase what accomplishments the Croom regime has achieved thus far, I disagree entirely with the aesthetic appeal of the poster's layout. Garish does not go far enough in describing how poorly this design irritates. This serves as a prime example of how drawing attention to every component piece of a work ultimately devalues the whole. The designer chose to highlight each individual with a corona like haze, crowd the background with maroonish black streakings, and use an overbearing font for the piece's title line. Each element is as subtle as a brick bat to the teeth. The sum effect of this overwrought approach is distraction and, ultimately, annoyance.