Aug. 16, 2010
By Jerry Kutz, Seminole Boosters
Where were you for the Choke at Doak?
Were you in Doak Campbell Stadium screaming your guts out as the Seminoles fought back from a 31-3 deficit against the University of Florida to claim the most satisfying 31-31 tie in football history?
Where were you for the Seminoles 1993 and 1999 National Championship game?
Where you at the game feeling the rollercoaster ride of emotion when FSU won its first and second national championship?
How many of us were there the first time Renegade ran out to midfield and planted the spear for the very first time?
These were memorable games, historic moments in FSU sports, that allow people to proudly say, "I was there!"
Where will you be on September 4, 2010 when a new chapter in FSU football history - the Jimbo Fisher era -- begins?
Will you be in Doak Campbell stadium to kickoff the new era? Will you be there to help the `Noles - and Christian Ponder's Heisman Candidacy - get off to a great start?
Make no mistake: a large and enthusiastic Seminole crowd would breathe life into this Seminole football team, which needs an injection of validation from its fans to help propel them into the 2010 season.
Fisher has spent a great deal of time and energy helping his players learn about the process of winning and how to think like a winner. A great big embrace from the home crowd against Samford would provide the encouragement the `Noles need for a difficult road trip to Norman, Oklahoma a week after the home opener.
While season ticket sales reflect the fact that Seminole fans are excited to get a look at the new-age Seminoles, there's some concern about attendance at the Samford game which is a televised noon kickoff on Labor Day weekend.
Will some season ticket holders, particularly those who live a long way away, skip this game and make the BYU game on Sept. 18 their first home game? Will students head to the beach instead of the stadium thinking this is just another game?
FSU officials are busy making sure fans are aware of the historic nature of this game and of its importance to this team, its quarterback and its new head coach.
A long slate of weekend activities commemorating this historic game are being planned including Friday Night street parties; the Hall of Fame Banquet; the Varsity Club Golf Tournament and more.
Mindful of the possibility fans won't be travelling to Tallahassee for this game, local area hotels have dropped their two-night minimum and reduced rates in hopes of attracting more guests. Visit gametimetravel.com/Game1 or Visittallahassee.com.
The Seminole athletic department also made the Samford game youth day, offering a $12 ticket for anyone under 18 years of age. If you'd like more information about attending this game, or bringing a youth group, call the Seminole ticket office at 888-378-6653.
Where will you be on Sept. 4 when the new era of Seminole football history begins?