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The drive ins were great... and nearly a thing of the past now. As a kid I had close buddies who grew up near the one out at the parkway and the truck route on the east side of town. I remember walking out there after shooting our 22's at misteltoe one year near Christmas.
The one on south Monroe was one me and my buds would go to ... we used to pack a bunch into a volkswagen bus in order to get in cheap (the tickets were by the car load).
FSU sports before Bobby was a coming of age thing for the school as well as the town.
The baseball was highly competitive against all of the southern independents.. Jack Stallings & Dick Howser were my favorite coaches. South Alabama, Georgia Southern, Miami, and Jacksonville were tough competition for the chance to host regionals.
Basketball with Hugh Durham is who I cut my teeth with as a fan. The battles against Jacksonville in the early seventies were great... they matched up against UCLA in '71 and we in '72 for the national title.
Hubert Green as a golfer, Walter McCoy as an Olympic sprinter... FSU has been there for generations now as a competitive athletic program... usually doing more with less then just like now.



Posted on 1/28 10:52 PM | IP: Logged

I loved the basketball and the baseball back then. We had some great teams. In baseball we went to the NCAA World Series. We also had some good athletes in tennis and swimming.

I was married to one of the tennis players, and it could have been so much better if the coach had known more than the players. The coach was coaching foreigners that played Davis Cup for their respective countries. He had no clue the level that those guys played on, but just didn't know a thing about coaching.

Posted on 1/28 11:28 PM | IP: Logged

I was pretty tight with the BB players Ron King, Reggie Royals, Cyril Stitt, Otis Cole....a few years after they lost to UCLA they were on my city league team and we went with Quincy to go AAU. It was alot of fun. We had a game before an FSU home game where we played another AAU team and the score was like 164-160....and this was before the 3 pointer!!! Not a lot of defense. Ron King was one of the finest people you would ever meet. He should have made it in the pros if he hadn't been black balled.....Ky and his clothing style etc didn't fit. That and another Ky player that was given the edge if you know what I mean.

Posted on 1/28 11:59 PM | IP: Logged

The talent that Hugh Durham had then was killer... if Lawrence McCray hadn't been called for three quick ones against Bill Walton, we would have had UCLA's lunch in '72. Otto Petty was the man at the point, Ron King could light it up, and Rowland Garrett would rock you if you came his way...
The baseball team in '69 stretched Southern Cal to the limit in the CWS... 15 long innings in the final. How 'bout the job Mac Scarce did for many innings in relief.
Good stuff in sports and a laid back, fun town to boot.
Let us all be noles.



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Wasn't the '72 center for UCLA Steve Patterson and not Bill Walton?



Posted on 1/29 11:51 AM | IP: Logged

I always wondered about that. That team was my favorite. The gym was packed for those games and loud! It was incredible to watch Otto Petty play against the really tall guys.

I also remember that we were accused of taking RK and OP as a package deal and we were put on probation. Is that correct or do I have things confused?

Posted on 1/29 12:09 PM | IP: Logged

Dang... I'm surprised all you old farts use the internet! ;) I was post-Bobby... 81-85



Posted on 1/29 12:11 PM | IP: Logged

An old fart in our age group INVENTED the internet.

You just made every sh.. list on this board, junior...:)

I remember the game in "tiny Tully" against JU. I had to get to the gym by 4 P.M. to save seats for everyone for a 7:30 tip off.

JU had Artis Gilmore and Pembrook Burrows and we had many of the above mentioned kids plus Skip Young and Big Red. GREAT game and we won. We were on probation for recruiting violations that I don't recall the particulars of, and JU went on to play UCLA that year.

Posted on 1/29 2:33 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by NoleATL:
Dang... I'm surprised all you old farts use the internet! ;) I was post-Bobby... 81-85


Son, the only way you could be any dumber is to be bigger.

FSU stands so tall today because of the people and players that stood up when everyone told us to shut up. Stop and think, in 1964, just 17 years after we became co-eduactional FSU entered the top 10 in football. In those 17 years, which represents only 4 graduating recruiting classes, we had already beaten lizards, Georgia, Tennesee. Kentucky and Georgia Tech; all were typically ranked in the top 10. In 1969, after being co-ed for only 22 years, we were playing for the national championship in baseball. In 1972, 25 years after going co-educational, we play for the national championship in basketball, beating UNC to get to the finals. In 25 years, 6 graduating recruiting classes (don't forget, freshmen weren't eligible back then), FSU was successfully competing against the best in the nation. And we did it in facilties that leaked when it rained, had no air-conditioning, and had seating for 45,000 at Doak, maybe 3,000 in Tully and perhaps 5,000 on the baseball diamond. No program anywhere can match that. None. zip. notta. Shoot Florida didn't have a winning record for its first 9 years in the SEC. FSU was unbeaten in our third season, 1950. And all of that happened before you finished 4th grade. Look that up in your Funk & Wagnal.



Posted on 1/29 4:35 PM | IP: Logged

1972-76 I witnessed Larry Jones & Darrel Mudra. Met Bobby when Aaron Carter wrapped his car around a telephone pole pledging my fraternity (all innocent). Knew a few BB/FB players like Larry Warren, Zach Perkins, Harry Davis, David Thompson, Leon Bright, Aaron Carter, etc. Remember when Basket Ball was THE SPORT at FSU.

Saw "MY NOLES" go from the outhouse to the penthouse in football -- and you're damn right, it was a vicarious thrill. One that I'd like to witness again.



Posted on 1/29 5:48 PM | IP: Logged

Wasn't going to post, but now I have to!! Fond memories of getting drunk in Doak as a high school senior from Ocala in '67 and as a JC student in '68. Frat parties were fairly open back then. Also went to the '67 Gator game when we beat them in Hogtown! Got my butt whipped for wearing a "Go to Hell Gators" button to class in Ocala on the Monday after the game, but it was worth it!! Was here as a junior for the '71 season and '72 season as a senior. We weren't that bad then-went to the Fiesta Bowl, I believe! My first as an alum was '73. Went to 'Bama for the '74 game and was at UF for the '77 blowout!!!!

Goldmom- I remember all of those places plus the Country Joe and the Fish concert in '71. The '74 Miami win was on a Friday nite-for some reason, back then UM played their home games on Friday! Also was at the Dylan/Baez concert in Tully. Saw Al Hirt and Ray Charles at Pow-Wow in Tully. My wife and I went to the Down Under Coffee House to see a folksinger named John Hartford. He was fronted by this wacky silver-haired comedian who put an arrow through his head!!!

Posted on 1/29 10:55 PM | IP: Logged

Does anyone remember going out to the Jefferson County Kennel Club? The dog races were exciting but hardly the past time for someone who was making his way through school on a part time job and the GI Bill.
I do recollect being at the track one time and hitting a quinella that paid for my tuition one semester. It was wonderful!

Posted on 1/30 5:38 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by OldGoldNole:
Down Under Coffee House to see a folksinger named John Hartford.
same john hartford that played with glenn cambell??



Posted on 1/30 11:19 PM | IP: Logged

Graduated in 74 and stayed two more years for the graduate degree (76). Started with Peterson as the head coach when FSU was pretty competetive...then suffered through Jones & Mudra. Went to all the home games...got to the point where you wanted to go just to see what new & creative way the FB team would find to lose another game in the final 2 minutes. Don't mean that as a slam; actually many of the games were pretty entertaining...just disappointing that we were always on the losing end. At FSU for 6 years...never beat the Gators :-(

Was in Doak Campbell during Bowden's first season to see FSU's first home win in 3 years...was living in Ohio when Bowden made his reputation as the Road Warrior...traveled to see FSU beat Ohio State in Columbus; Notre Dame in South Bend; and Pitt(with a young quarterback named Marino) in Pittsburgh. If I remember correctly, FSU also played Nebraska in Lincoln (another win) and LSU in Baton Rouge (their only loss in 5 straight road trips). That stretch of games was the beginning of the legend that has become Bobby Bowden (I still have my ticket stubs from the 3 games I attended!).



Posted on 1/31 12:34 AM | IP: Logged

Buckeye
You're combining two differnt years.
In 1980 we beat Nebraska (in Lincoln W 18-14)and Pittsburg (at home with Marino-by far the loudest game I've ever seen at Doak-jam packed stadium with all of 52,000+ fans).

In 1981 was the famous (infamous)Octoberfest with Nebraska (L), Ohio State(W), Notre Dame(W), Pittsburg(L), and LSU(W) ALL on the road. We went 3-2 running that guantlet.

Posted on 1/31 6:01 AM | IP: Logged

Seems odd that none of us have mentioned the FSU Circus and Circus Week, especially in the early '60's. That used to be a big draw and featured many fine athletes, particularly before gymnastics had the interest is has now.



Posted on 1/31 10:06 AM | IP: Logged

I left right before BB came to FSU. I remember Mudra sitting in the press box during the game and the 21 game losing streak.

Mudra came from a D II school where he won several NC's and was hailed as the saviour of FSU football. He was a joke.

I can remember going into Tully gym and watching him and Hugh Duram play badmitton. They were both nationally ranked and it was quite a battle when the played. This was not your backyard game. It will bust your ass if you play it at a high level.

It was great times at FSU. The girls were beautiful and we were at the end of the "Free Love" stages of the late 60's and early 70's. Great times and great memories.



Posted on 1/31 11:40 AM | IP: Logged

Cobb66,
You're right. My bad. A little confabulation taking place there. What I remember most was doing the road trips three weeks in a row. It was great! I really enjoyed the Ohio State game. My parents were originally from Ohio. My dad graduated from Ohio State (along with 4 other uncles). I grew up with stories of the Buckeyes, parties on High Street, the rivalry with "that team from up North," etc. He flew up from Miami and we went to the game together. It was the first time my dad & I were not rooting for the same team. Even though we were sitting in the FSU section, there were some OSU fans in front of us. Then, as they still do today, the fans were poo-pooing the importance of the FSU game since FSU was not in the Big 10, not a conference opponent, not "important." When we won that game, I suggested to the fellows weaaring the scarlet & gray hard hats and the buckeye necklaces that Ohio State might want to take FSU a bit more serious the next year. I love that we remain undefeated against the Buckeyes! I just quietly smile when the OSU fans talk about the superiority of the Big Ten....



Posted on 1/31 4:13 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by BuckeyeNole1:
Cobb66,
You're right. My bad. A little confabulation taking place there. What I remember most was doing the road trips three weeks in a row. It was great! I really enjoyed the Ohio State game. My parents were originally from Ohio. My dad graduated from Ohio State (along with 4 other uncles). I grew up with stories of the Buckeyes, parties on High Street, the rivalry with "that team from up North," etc. He flew up from Miami and we went to the game together. It was the first time my dad & I were not rooting for the same team. Even though we were sitting in the FSU section, there were some OSU fans in front of us. Then, as they still do today, the fans were poo-pooing the importance of the FSU game since FSU was not in the Big 10, not a conference opponent, not "important." When we won that game, I suggested to the fellows weaaring the scarlet & gray hard hats and the buckeye necklaces that Ohio State might want to take FSU a bit more serious the next year. I love that we remain undefeated against the Buckeyes! I just quietly smile when the OSU fans talk about the superiority of the Big Ten....



Ah the special memories. That's neat.

Posted on 2/1 10:39 AM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by BransonFSU71:
Wasn't the '72 center for UCLA Steve Patterson and not Bill Walton?
No it was Walton and he was protected by the refs....hey it didn't just start for FSU. Like a previous posters mentioned Lawerence Mcray (Lurch) was handling him and we were ahead in the game until a few phantom fouls were called very close together.

Posted on 2/1 2:18 PM | IP: Logged

All I remember about that game is that FSU got into foul trouble, rather unfairly I might add, and that at the end of the game I was so upset that I got a migraine.

Those guys were a terrific bunch - didn't I read about a reunion they had 2-3 years ago?

Posted on 2/1 8:57 PM | IP: Logged

I remember that very well. It was Walton, and he did nothing wrong in that game according to the refs, but Lurch just kept getting called. Funny, for the longest time, I could not remember Lurch's real name.

I would really like to see an FSU BB team like that again. Not something like UF had last year, but something like that '72 team of ours.

What ever happened to all of those guys? Otto Petty was one of my favorite players. It was so much fun to watch him handle the ball and the big tall guys couldn't do anything with him.

Posted on 2/1 10:33 PM | IP: Logged

You people bring back alot of good memories.Got to FSU in 62.Damn poet and didnt know it.How many knew that our temp AD was helping coach the freshman team that year.FSU would would bring in a lot of jr recruits during circus week,it was a draw and kids that came loved it.I remember one of the recriuts met Coach Gipson at Tully to see what the plans were for the weekend.While they were in front a small group passed them and one happend to be the catcher on the trapeez.Well this young man had set of arms on him and the recruit turned and asked what position he played. I got a kick out of it.Ah to return to those days,we just did not know good we had it.

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