School is in full swing, we are getting more cool-weather days, and the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back. That can only mean one thing: it’s football season! Football is a favorite pastime in the Say office, so some of the team have shared their favorite football memories.
1. Friday night lights
I didn't know much about football when I was growing up. My husband is a big fan though and was excited when our son expressed interest in it. My son and his friends have been playing since first grade, and are seniors in high school this year. Football has been a great way for him to bond with his friends and be a part of his school community.
I can’t say I understand all the positions and plays, but I love spending Friday nights in the stands with the town, cheering on the boys. It’s bittersweet knowing this is his last year, but we’ll look back at the games with wonderful memories!
- Sara S.
2. Homecoming traditions
It’s been an amazing experience to come back as an alum for the Homecoming game every year at Western Kentucky University. It’s the one time of year that my friends make a point to catch-up at “The Hill” and reminisce about our college days. Nothing beats watching how our group has changed with the addition of spouses and children.
Our Homecoming traditions revolve around the excellent food! We plan out who is cooking what, and look forward to the delicious food every year. We always put on some 90’s and 2000’s music and play corn hole before the game too. Homecoming is always a highlight of my year!
- Amanda R.
3. The boys’ first game
Taking my boys to their first college football game was incredible. They were 2 and 4 years old and loved all the excitement. It was a chilly day, so the whole family snuggled up on the bleachers. The boys enjoyed everything from the mascots and bands to the touchdown fireworks.
Even though we didn’t pay too much attention to the actual game, I loved getting to watch my boys dance in the bleachers to the timeout music and listening to them join in as the crowd chanted for our hometown team. They learned the M-I-Z Z-O-U chant that afternoon. It was a great day!
- Rebecca K.
4. The lessons from football
I’ve always loved football, and a lot of my favorite memories of the sport are from playing it in high school. I remember one intense moment when I was running downfield to make a block against a significantly larger player. Our face masks hit, and mine was even dented. Luckily, no one was injured.
Football is such an important sport to me. I believe it teaches you about so much more than just athletics. You learn about teamwork and how each person on a team comes together to create one powerful movement. It teaches you that even if you make a mistake, you should learn from it to make you and your team stronger next time.
- Marc D.
5. College GameDay
My favorite football memory has to be when ESPN College GameDay was in Columbia, Missouri for the Mizzou game against Oklahoma. It was Homecoming weekend, and it was the first Homecoming parade I got to share with my son. He wasn’t even a year old, but it was the start to our tradition of enjoying Mizzou themed doughnuts as we watch the parade. Afterward, we always head to Tiger Town for some tailgating action and then enjoy our Tigers kicking some butt on the gridiron.
The whole experience that year was surreal. Homecoming was as exciting as always, and having College GameDay brought it to a new level. And to top it off, we got a big win against Oklahoma!
- Carmon W.
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Posted September 12, 2018 in say insights.