Thursday, August 8, 2013

Garnet & Black

While I hate to admit that we're getting close to fall, I can't help but hide my excitement that Gamecock college football starts up in three weeks. Unfortunately I don't think I'm going to make it to a Gamecock game this season, but there's still plenty of time to make that decision.

First year of grad school
I didn't really know what I was missing out on when I attended a mid-size college that didn't have major athletics. I loved my institution, and honestly my college experience may have been a bit more hazy had a major football team been present... Going to grad school opened my eyes to the world of college football and I cannot wait to watch my Carolina Gamecocks head to the top of the SEC for another season.

Getting up early to tailgate every fall Saturday of grad school will be some of the best memories that I have from those two years. No matter how much homework we had, no matter how hot it was outside, we set forth to walk the mile to our tailgate spot and then prepared for the game.

The day we beat 'Bama!
Even though I'll be watching games from home or at a bar, you can bet your bottom dollar I'l have on a black sundress and will stash a rally towel in my purse just in case Sandstorm happens to play. I've been seeing some brief interviews on ESPN with Connor Shaw and Jadaveon Clowney that are getting me even more pumped for the season. I might even just have to keep my eye on the 49ers this season to catch a glimpse of Marcus Lattimore.

USC Family Weekend '12, first game vs. Mizzou
There's just something about college football, and SEC football in particular, that gets under your skin and stays with you for a lifetime. I look forward to another great season and am keeping my fingers crossed I can maybe make it to a game...

Are you a college football fan? What's your favorite part about the season? Any specific traditions from your school that you continue to partake in each year?


Lindsay said...

YAY! You're back in my Feedly feed! So happy you fixed whatever was wrong.

I am counting down the days 'til college football starts - it's my absolute favorite time of year! I have similar tailgate / football game memories from VT, and I treasure them. Even when my Hokies break my heart, without fail, several times a season :( I am a fan through and though! Our first game is Bama this year... eek!

Lauren said...

I am so so so very excited about Gamecock football this year, and also excited that the first game is against UNC, (where my Hubby went to school) maybe this game will finally put to rest who the REAL Carolina is, and we all know its The USC gamecocks! xo Lauren of