The date was December 29, 2008. The Pack was playing Rutgers in the PapaJohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama. Why is that game relevant you may be asking? Well that was the last NC State football game that I did not attend in person. Over the past 2,084 days if the Pack has played a football game (home, away, bowl, neutral site, etc.) I have been in attendance. Today on September 13, 2014 that streak stands at 65 games … and that’s where it will end.
In a few hours I’ll grab the remote, turn on the TV, flip over to the CBS Sports Network channel, sit on my couch, and watch the NC State football team play a game on TV. I’ve watched us play on TV over the past 5+ years, but it’s always been on Sunday (or Monday or whenever I found the time to get to it) when I go back to rewatch the game to look for things I may have missed live. Watching us play live on TV is going to feel super weird for sure.
I have to admit I looked at flights yesterday afternoon at work to see if I could get a steal of a deal, but it’s the right time to end the streak on my own terms. With a new house and two kids, I have more important things to spend my money on. I’ll still keep my home game streak going, which currently stands at 60 (101 of the last 102 since 1999, my freshman year at State, only missing the Southern Mississippi game on October 29, 2005).
The road games (including bowls and neutral site games) have been a lot of fun on a personal level, but very agonizing as a fan. The Pack is a dismal 8-20 on the road (34-31 overall) over my streak. Ugh! Maybe we’ll win more road games now. I’d definitely trade watching a win on TV over seeing a loss in person any day. Even with all the losses, it’s been a hellafun ride. The photos below are some of my best memories from the many road games. Go Pack!
Note: Seems like I can’t find my pictures from the past year and a half … I’ll update this post when I find them.