As 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.
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.
We 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.
A 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.
We 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.