Game weekend earns top marks

WVU vs. Maryland tailgateAs with every game day, a curtain of infectious school spirit covered Morgantown last Saturday. Although the forecast called for a chance of rain, the day was beautiful, with a mellow, amiable sunshine that matched the brightness of the tailgaters in the gold lot.

You could tell it was a big game because the lot was packed by the time I arrived shortly after 9 a.m. It’s a good thing Dave always gets there early to nab our spot under the PRT.

And since the game was at 3 p.m., we had plenty of time to eat, drink and be social, especially with my old college roommates Jill and Steve who traveled more than 4,000 miles for game weekend.

Jill, Dave and SteveSteve and meAs our friends know, Dave and I consider ourselves the WVU parents to some of the students who tailgate in our lot. We make sure we feed them well and take care of them during pregame festivities.

We adopted our current passel of kids last year. They’re really a great group of students and their parents should be proud. They’re courteous and respectful Mountaineers and we always look forward to seeing them on game day.

WVU studentsWVU vs. Maryland tailgateWe also had a chance to catch up with some of our WVU kids who’ve graduated and moved on, like Dylan Adamek, Matt Kirby and Seth Jarvis. I’m so proud of these guys and how well they’re doing. We met them their freshman year when our son, Collin, was at WVU.

Me and DylanDylan, Mark and MattBrittany and MattMe, Seth and DaveA special guest also visited the gold lot last Saturday – university president Gordon Gee. I squeezed through his ubiquitous entourage of students and parents for a photo.

Gordon Gee and meWe folded up our tents at about 2:30 p.m. so we could get to the stadium in time to see country music star and West Virginia native Brad Paisley sing “Country Roads.” It gives me goose bumps every time I get to sing that song in the stadium with 60,000 of my closest friends, and the live pregame performance was an especially spectacular experience.

Gold RushThere’s no doubt everything was aligned for a victory over our border-state rival. We dominated Maryland, 45-6. Now on to Norman for a showdown with the Sooners.

Steve, me and DaveLet’s go.

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