FSU Football {FL State vs. Nevada}

This weekend kicked off the first home game of the season for the Seminoles and we were at Doak Campbell Stadium to cheer them on.
Where I Roam, Florida State University

What’s required to intimidate all opposing teams and all incoming freshman? A bronzed warrior on a horse holding a flaming spear of course.
Where I Roam, Florida State University

It was true when I was a student and it’s still true now: Tallahassee in September is hotter than hell. So watching from the skybox was especially nice.
Where I Roam, Florida State University, Doak Campbell Stadium Skybox

The Marching Chiefs…
Where I Roam, Florida State University, Marching Chiefs

can spell!
Where I Roam, Florida State University, Marching Chiefs

Don’t you kind of expect to see zombies chasing them out of the locker room?
No?
Just me?

Guess I’ve been watching too many episodes of The Walking Dead.
Where I Roam, Florida State University, Marching Chiefs

More looking up the cheerleaders’ skirts. Cracks me up every time!
Get it?
Cracks me up?
Never mind.  
Where I Roam, Florida State University, Marching Chiefs

This was a random picture of the field with a mix of Marching Chiefs, Golden Girls, Twirlers and Cheerleaders.
Not sure who our ambitious Golden Girl was posing for, but she was really into it. 
Where I Roam, Florida State University, Marching Chiefs

Chief Osceola is always my favorite.
Even if he is a bit politically incorrect.
Where I Roam, Florida State University, Chief Osceola and Renegade

And I especially love Renegade.
Where I Roam, Florida State University, Chief Osceola and Renegade

Talk about a well adjusted horse.
Where I Roam, Florida State University, Chief Osceola and Renegade

In the middle of all those people, the crowd noise, and even an open flame, he still does his thing.
Where I Roam, Florida State University, Chief Osceola and Renegade

Although he wasn’t rearing on command this past Saturday.
Maybe he’s a union horse and it wasn’t time for rearing just then.
Where I Roam, Florida State University, Chief Osceola and Renegade

Chief Osceola still threw down the flaming spear to signal the start of the game, with or without Renegade’s cooperation.
Where I Roam, Florida State University, Chief Osceola and Renegade
Nevada basically got annihilated.
It made for a rather boring second half.
But, good job Noles!
When you don’t have to pay attention to the score, you can focus more on drinking games and anyone who’s gone to Florida State knows that’s where the action’s really at.

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FSU as a grown up

It’s becoming a Labor Day tradition that our entire family makes the pilgrimage back to FSU to watch the first home football game of the season together at Doak Campbell Stadium.

My Gypsy Soul, FSU vs. Murray State

It would only make sense that we do this, considering every last one of us graduated from the place with various degrees including both graduate and undergraduate.

My Gypsy Soul, FSU vs. Murray State

We were all students there once, sitting on those scorching hot bleachers in student seating, 
sweating so much we needed salt tablets less we passed out. 
(also, the booze we had duck taped under our seats didn’t help matters)
Yes, a few members of our family (all) contributed to making FSU 
the #1 party school in the nation while we were there. 
(A rank they sadly lost after we matriculated out. Coincidence? I think not.)
Boy, oh boy, times have changed. Being a grown up really has its perks.
No more student seating for us! 
This weekend we were enjoying the sky box, soaking up the air conditioning,
 and somebody delivered our booze to us, no duck tape required!

My Gypsy Soul, FSU vs. Murray State

The Marching Chiefs are still putting on a good show.

My Gypsy Soul, FSU vs. Murray State

And you never fail to get awkward cheerleader shots 
where half the team is looking up their teammate’s skirt.
What was going on there anyway? Nothing to see folks, nothing to see.

My Gypsy Soul, FSU vs. Murray State

Shake, shake…coin toss. Guys I don’t know. Let the game begin!

My Gypsy Soul, FSU vs. Murray State

Our mascot, Chief Osceola on Renegade. Still my favorite part of every game when he jams the flaming spear into the logo painted on the middle of the field.

My Gypsy Soul, FSU vs. Murray State

And then takes off and rides away. So much fun. 
Hard to believe it’s been fifteen years since I graduated.
Even harder to believe that next year, two of my nieces will be freshman at FSU or somewhere else. 
The hands on the clock keep moving, whether you want them to or not.