Well it’s been a little slack around here for a few weeks. I’ve been doing lots of celebrating. You know, with the family for Christmas, with friends for New Years, and of course with fellow Wolfpackers down at the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando. The times I had down at the Champs Sports Bowl were epic. I haven’t stayed out til 2:30 for two straight nights … well, maybe ever. What a great way to end a good football season. The only thing about the trip that sucked was the weather. When we first learned our bowl destination was going to be Orlando I was signing up for sunny weather in the 60’s & 70’s not the blustery, windy 30’s & 40’s we got. But the weather didn’t keep us down.
We left for our Champs Sports Bowl journey on Sunday. When I woke up Sunday morning to about 4″ of snow and iced over roads I was worried we would be stuck in North Carolina until Monday. The snow was absolutely beautiful so me and Mrs. DFCF got out and played in it a bit. Thankfully it warmed up enough that the roads cleared up after lunch and we began our trek to Orlando. It was still snowing and we drove through snow as far south as Savannah, Georgia.
Monday was spent at Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure (since we went to Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center when we were in Orlando back in September for the UCF game). It was cold and windy all day, but that didn’t stop us from riding as many rides as possible. Heck I even talked my bro and Mrs. DFCF into riding the Jurassic Park water ride because we wouldn’t get “that” wet. Well, let’s just say that wasn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever said, but it was fun nonetheless. My favorite ride was the Incredible Hulk roller coaster and it was while we waited in that line that we saw the Washington Redskins’ much embattled Albert Haynesworth. I was impressed by his huge physical stature while Mrs. DFCF was more impressed with the huge size of his diamond earrings which I googled to find out are 7 karats each. Dayum!
Monday night was spent at Universal’s City Walk and boy was it a late night (2:30 am is way past my bed time these days). The shenanigans that took place at Pat O’Briens, which was dubbed by my man Adam Hankins as the worst piano bar in America, were a lot of fun. The two piano players didn’t know half the songs we requested, but we didn’t let it hinder our fun. There were around 20 State fans there so we sang the NC State fight song and even drowned out the handful of West Virginia fans singing ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ on several occasions with rousing “Wolf” “Pack” chants. It was also rather comical watching a State guy who was with us (who will go unnamed to save public ridicule) getting shot down repeatedly by this cute chick at the bar. She was so drunk she couldn’t stand up for more than 10 seconds without falling, but she wasn’t drunk enough to fall for his weak pickup lines. Hilarious!
Tuesday was game day. We went over to the team hotel to check out the gameday atmosphere and meet up with some people. We went out to lunch with a lot of guys that were former employees in the NC State football program. The lunch took forever because the service at the Houlihan’s we ate at was some of the slowest service I’ve ever had. I was a little peeved because we were supposed to be meeting up with several people at a bar downtown for some drinks before meeting up with even more people out tailgating by the stadium. The lunch was worth it though because we heard a lot of great firsthand stories about NC State football. It wouldn’t do them justice to give you a brief summary of them so if I can convince my brother to help me write them up I might put together an offseason series of some of these because they were that good.
Lunch finally ended then we headed downtown to Wall Street Cantina. We were there for a couple hours and then headed out to tailgate by the stadium. Then we headed to the game. The Pack didn’t play great, but a win’s a win and this one was a big one because 9-4 sure as heck feels better than 8-5. After the game we just went back downtown and partied all night … well til 2:30 again. [Edit: I was reminded that in our ride back to the hotel we had to take a detour to avoid a dead body (covered by a white sheet) laying in the street. A little creepy, right?] I’m surprised I could stay awake that late but I was high on NC State football so it was a blur and went by way too fast. Come to think of it the whole season was a blur that went by way too fast. Now begins the my most dreaded word … the offseason. It won’t be an offseason around here, though. I’ll find a way to keep thinking and talking about NC State football year round so subscribe to the blog, add it to your RSS reader, or just bookmark it and check in daily. I appreciate it and Go Pack!