Starting August 4th of this year, the “13 & 34” podcast will be Hailstate Takeover’s first foray into the audio realm of sports coverage. In conjunction with EliteDawgs, HST is proud to bring a new approach to covering Mississippi State football this season. Hosted by John Bond and Coach34, an infamous “message board warrior” and MSU graduate, the podcast is going to break down the ins and outs of MSU football, from players to coaches, strategy to scheme, and provide fans an opportunity to dive into what really takes place between the white lines on Saturday.

From 1980 to 1983, John Bond played quarterback for Mississippi State under head coach Emory Ballard. Bond was one of the finest to don the Maroon and White, finishing his four-year career with 4,621 passing yards and 2,280 rushing yards. He was the first QB in MSU history to put up 4,000 yards passing with 2,000 yards rushing in their career. His career rushing total was an SEC record for over twenty years, and his 6,901 yards of total offense places him third in MSU history behind Dak Prescott (11,897) and Don Smith (7,097).

Bond was the starting quarterback on the 1980 Bulldog team that defeated Paul “Bear” Bryant’s top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide 6-3 in Jackson. Commonly referred to as the biggest win in State’s football history, Bond would add to his legend on the field by defeating Jim Kelley and the University of Miami twice. Bond is also the only quarterback in NCAA history to go 4-0 against LSU in their career, cementing his legacy as one of the best QB’s to play at MSU. In the Bulldog record books, Bond is top-10 in multiple offensive categories, both season and career totals.

Coach34, as he has been known across message boards in the SEC since 2003, has nearly twenty years of high school coaching experience. The son of a high school coach, Coach34 grew up a State fan, watching Bond and company beat Alabama as just a junior high student in the bleachers at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Since then, he has been an avid follower and supporter of MSU athletics and has extensive knowledge of the program.

Now that you know the hosts, the real question is why should you take time out of your busy schedule to listen to another podcast about football? Well, because it isn’t just another podcast.

“We want to talk strategy, to talk about what actually is going on on the field” said John Bond. “We got two guys here who know what is going on scheme-wise, who can talk about the actual play on the field and break it down in a way even the most novice football fan can learn something that makes watching the games on Saturday more enjoyable.”

That, ultimately, is our goal at Hailstate Takeover. We want to get back to the on-the-field focus that drove people to the message boards and podcasts in the first place. The “13 & 34” podcast will be a place devoid of social issues and lawsuits, rather focusing on why MSU is, or is not, winning games. No punches will be pulled, as anyone can tell you, neither John nor Coach34 are scared of speaking their minds when it comes to what they feel is best for Bulldog football.

If you’ve wanted a chance to talk real football, to discuss the X’s and O’s with a bonafide SEC quarterback and veteran high school coach, this is the podcast for you. If you love MSU athletics, this is the place for you.

August 4, 2017. Mark it down. You won’t want to miss a word.


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