When I walked out of Sanford Stadium on September 28, 1991 after a very lackluster victory over Cal-State Fullerton, I could not have imagined in a million years that I would not see another home game until last Saturday against Tennessee. That is 6223 sunrises and sunsets. 17 years, 13 days. It hit me when I asked my father, "In what year did they add the upper deck to the upper deck?" I had never seen that before in person. Geez. Now, I've been to a few road games, and a few Cocktail Parties, but have not been back Between the Hedges in almost 20 damn years. Folks, never let a career get in the way of the important things in life. Ever.
I ate at Allen's, pre-game (not quite the same as the original. They need to do something about the onions.) and dropped by the bookstore to purchase a few items you just cannot buy in south Florida. I was in my seat about an hour before kickoff, Faculty side with the geriatric crowd. I thought the music piped in was a bit too loud...until it drowned out "Rocky Top." My father actually remarked, "You have to admit that it's a pretty catchy song." Dad, you're going into the Home sooner than you think. Thank God we didn't give their band much of a reason to play. And much credit to the P/A operator who did a good job of drowning out "Rocky Top" early and often with a song list that could have passed for Doug Gillett's "random 10."
Anyway, the game was interesting to say the least. Yes, we dominated but it certainly wasn't reflected in the final score. I don't believe this team has put together a solid 60 minutes of football yet. They'd better hurry up because I think Tennessee was our last patsy left on the schedule. (Or is it Auburn? I hate Auburn).
This team has yet to play a complete 60 minutes of football. Stacey Searels has his O-line right where he wants 'em. Banged up and flip-flopped. I still think we're gonna make a run.
I will never wait another 17 years, 13 days to come home. In fact, anybody got Tech Tickets?
How 'Bout 'EM!