I mostly lurk here, but I can't resist threads like this.
I was born one week after my father defended his doctoral dissertation in Psychology at FSU. We moved a away from Tallahassee shortly thereafter, but he came back in 1984 to manage the Forestmeadows Tennis Club, back when it was privately owned.
I think I attended the 1985 against Western Carolina, but I can't remember for sure. My first game was either that or the 1986 UNC game. My most memorable early game was the 1988 UF game. Forestmeadows was a Golden Chief booster back then, and Dad often got the President's box passes. Unfortunately, you had to be 21 to sit up there, and I was 7. So Dad would usually just take my mom, who would spend the entire game working on her knitting. Well, for this game my dad spent about 2 hours on the phone, eventually talking to Bernie Sliger, to get permission for me to go with him. Needless to say, the evening could not have gone better.
We moved away from Tallahassee again when Forestmeadows was sold to the city, but 8 years later I came back to attend college. While I was there I met a young woman who turned out to be Tommie Wright's daughter...If I hadn't been a die-hard nole, I wouldn't have been let into the family!
My daughter's first game was this past year against UVa, and now that she's learning to talk we're teaching her important words like 'Go Noles' and 'Scalp 'em.' The pressure's on, because at family gatherings when Grandpa Tommie plays the fight song, my nieces (ages 3 & 4) can sing along to every word.
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1989 - Tulane game - FSU won 59-9.
Grew up in Jacksonville (Now live in ATL though). Never really followed anyoen until my cousin went to FSU in 1988. After attending that first game, I was hooked. Accepted into FSU in 1991 - graduated in 1995. Been a Booster ever since and attend most games when I can.
Posted on 6/19 10:35 AM | IP: Logged
I'm a junior now.
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My father went to FSU in the early 70's just before Bowden got there. FSU Football has been part of my families life since the mid 80's. My first game was Virginia Tech v. FSU in 1989. It will be my first time back to Va Tech this season since that game(tears streeming down face). My favorite game ever witnessed live was the 1991(2) Cotton Bowl (FSU v. A&M). I sat 50 yard line 2nd row with my family and Edgar Bennet's family. Amp Lee was my favorite FSU player growing up, but he was susspended for that game. I have forgiven him since. I got to see Brad Johnson QB a series(I liked him better than Weldon).
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Great idea, this should be fun.
Started routing for the Noles because my dad is a die hard Gator Hater (UK fan) but the rebel side in me made me pick my own team... consequently I have been yelling GO NOLES since!
I really started following the team closely in the early 90's. First game was against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl in '94 (growing up in Orlando I went to all the game in the Citrus Bowl following).
My greatest game ever attended, had to be a game from during my undergrad days from 2000-04 (I know, not the greatest era ever but I couldn't help that). The Weinke vs. Dorsey game in the Orange bowl in 2000 was amazing...until we lost. The game at home that year against UF to send us to the Orange Bowl was ridiculous, as was the Clemson game when they got run out of the stadium (I have a real sweet picture of the Weinke to Snoop play from my disposable camera from that game actually) but my favorite game ever had to be the last time we beat UF in Gainesville with the Rix bomb in 2002. That place was unbelieveably loud and then unbelievably quite in a split second...except for the noles cheering section of course. Ahhh... great memories!
I have several Bowden autographs and cherish everyone... the first one is on a picture from his old call in show he used to do in Ogelsby on Thursday nights... me and my buddy were there one of our first nights in Tallahassee.... what a stud.
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Originally posted by ASTRO-ALUM: What made you start cheering the Noles? What was your first game? What was your Greatest game attended? First FSU Autograph?
My Mom and Uncle both attended FSU, so I was born Bleeding Garnet and Gold.
First Game was at age 5 in 1982, unfortunately was a loss to Pitt 24-20, don't think it hit me as hard as a loss does now.
Greatest game witnessed was "The Choke at Doak" Went to the game with my late Father, and will never forget him telling some Gator fan behind us to "eat that HotDog slowly cause we don't want you to choke like your team just did"
First Authograph was from Coach Bowden, the day before we played Memphis State in Orlando 1990
I moved from Maryland to Jacksonville FL, which for those of you who have never been there, it is a piece of sh** redneck Gator town (sorry to all of you jville noles). I wanted to attend a big college, I was accepted to UF & FSU, but couldn't bare the thought of feeling like I never left Jville. Besides, I come from ACC country. Best game experience: 96' UF game hands down (trumped the NC game in 2000, which I also attended). I still have my sod...those of you who were there know what I am talking about.
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What made you start cheering the Noles? my parents' friends were both graduates of fsu from the time when burt reynolds attended, so they started watching games w/ these friends in the 80s and i sat in front of TV w/ them some, i didn't like football at the time but began to enjoy it more as time progressed. like fsu so much i attended undergrad there, then grad school, then law school, so i bet i'm the only person on the board w/ 3 degrees from FSU.
What was your first game? First game ever watched was 1987, Fsu lost to miami 26-25, ugh. first season open was 1988, fsu lost to miami 31-0. first game attended was 1989 - in the gator bowl, fsu played southern miss (brett favre) and lost. didn't care, still attended fsu.
What was your Greatest game attended? i hate to say it, but wide right 1 was the greatest game, yes fsu lost (common theme for me) but it was the game i most remember and i dearly thought fsu has crushed those filthy canes, was so painful walking up the steps to my parents 50 yd line seat watching the kick, thinking it was made and i was about to cuss out a miami fan but then d'oh! second greatest was choke in doak, i wanted to leave at end of 3d quarter, was being very much a bandwagon fan at that time..d'oh on me!
First FSU Autograph? N/A
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Grew up an Auburn fan because my Dad was an AU alum. I think I saw FSU play Auburn in the Citrus Bowl back in the 80s because I grew up in the Orlando area and I went to several Auburn bowl games.
First game at Doak was in 94 against UVA when I went up to visit my sister, who was attending FSU. FSU blew them out and after seeing the atmosphere in Tallassee I knew that I wanted to attend FSU after that weekend (the girls, the excitement of the FSU football team, the beauty of the stadium and campus). Plus going out of state for college is expensive. I wanted to be a nole.
Two years later I was accepted to FSU and enrolled for Fall Semester 1996. The greatest FSU game I attended was that year "D-Day at Doak" #1 UF at #2 FSU. FSU knocked down Wuerffel 25 times, sacked him 6 times and beat UF 24-21, putting them in the national title game. I was on the field when the goalposts came down and walked off with a piece of the sod. I still call that the best FSU game I ever attended although others have come close ('98 UF game, '99 game at Clemson (Bowden Bowl I), '99 game at the Swamp, '03 game at the Swamp, '03 NC State game in Tally, and '06 Miami game in Tally).
I lived in Tallahasse for six years and went to every single home game and several road games. The first 50-something FSU games I attended from '94 until the '01 Miami game at Doak, we won every single game. I'm a die-hard seminole and alumni class of 2002. I bleed Garnet and Gold. Go Seminoles!