Black Sunday.

To me, it means doom and gloom because it’s the name of a 1975 novel and a 1977 film about a bomb-carrying blimp at the Super Bowl.

Black Sundays for the Mississippi State baseball team this season are celebratory. In Sunday games, the players and coaches wear black uniforms instead of the school’s traditional maroon and white, and in those games, the Bulldogs are 8-2, a stat I saw at Hail State Unis.

The site has a Twitter account that uses good-looking graphics to track the MSU season, and one of the most recent tweets is about the Bulldogs’ NCAA Tournament regional results. It includes what uniforms they wore in their wins and losses.

The latest Black Sunday victory was State’s biggest so far this season, a 10-6 win in extra innings in the final game of the Nashville Super Regional at Vanderbilt on June 10.

Now the Bulldogs (37-27) are in the College World Series, where they will open against the Washington Huskies (35-24) on Saturday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is State’s 10th CWS trip and Washington’s first, and the last time the Bulldogs were there, they played for the championship in 2013 but fell to UCLA. The second-place finish is the best in MSU’s Series history.

Though black seems to be magic for the Bulldogs, they might not wear it in the CWS.

The only Sunday games in the CWS are on Father’s Day: Arkansas (44-18) vs. Texas (41-21) and Texas Tech (40-17) vs. Florida (47-19). The Gators are looking to become the seventh team in NCAA history to repeat as national champions.

The Bulldogs might wear their white pinstripes against the Huskies, and like the black, that’s a good thing for State.

Hail State Unis, which is meticulous about keeping up with MSU uniforms in baseball, football and basketball, said the Bulldogs are 7-2 in the white pinstripes, and with “one win in them in Omaha, the White Pins are just as successful as all-black.”

Hail, yeah, State fans.

Featured photo credit: hailstatebb, the Instagram account of the Mississippi State baseball team


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John E. Bialas
John, 67, is retired from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sun Herald newspaper in Gulfport, Miss., after a 45-year career there in which he was a sportswriter, weekend sports editor, book reviewer, rock music critic, copy editor, blogger, Facebook administrator and award-winning headline writer and page designer. He lives in Gulfport with his wife, Patricia, and writes the blog Pictures of Tilly which you can find at