Finally, the day has arrived.
Our local university once again has football on its list of sports that fields a team.
Twenty-one years. Wow. A freaking lifetime it seems.
What has changed in your life in the past 21 years? Family, work, bought a new vehicle, discovered a new love or hobby?
The buzz that has been created with the bringing back of collegiate football to our local higher education campus is running rampant like a California wildfire.
Big Red mania is touching just about everyone and everything. Thinking back to the last college game I attended, I remember sitting close to the band in the sun soaked bleachers on the east side. The year, was probably circa 1974-75.
Tonight marks Lamar University's first home game in 21 years.
My oldest brother originally attended Lamar when it was known as Lamar Tech. Way back in the day. I remember him making it as a cheerleader for Lamar.
Now that I think about it, he had a pretty good thing going on...considering the benefits of jumping up and down with the female version of a college cheerleader....
The game is sold out. Standing room only. All the parking lots in close proximity to the stadium are sealed up with tail-gaters and LU supporters.
The stadium has been re-furbished...top to bottom. New field house. Newly designed Big Red mascot, snazzy new uniforms, the marching band is back, local football players with a chance to perform at the college level in front of hometown fans.
I bought season tickets. Got plans to take in as much of the festivities as I can and still find my seat. Weather looks good, I'll have my red on and watch from my second level vantage point.
Let's Go Big Red.
The only down side to today... my son has been smitten with the hormone bug. Seems he has opted for a 'party' of a school mate that happens to be celebrating the magical Sweet Sixteen tonight.
Once again, the mystery of the female lure to a growing young man has surfaced. He and his mother even went as far to purchase the 'perfect' shirt for this gala event.
I completely understand.
I succumbed to the lure almost 30 years ago myself; but I DO have the 3 seats ALL to myself, to spread out on to enjoy the first home game tonight.
Support your local sporting venues...and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
Go Big Red.