Tomorrow’s game against Boston College will be the 50th straight NC State football game that I’ve attended. Home/away, hot/cold, sun/rain, win/loss … I’ve been there rooting on the Pack. The last game I missed was the PapaJohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama on December 29, 2008. I’m sure there are several people out there with longer streaks (kudos to all of you), but this is still something I’m proud of and, quite frankly, something that’s been a hell of a lot of fun.
Our record over the last 49 games has been 28-21 including a sparkling 20-6 home record. The bad news is that makes the road/neutral site record an abysmal 8-15. Wow! I knew I was spending a lot of time and money traveling to these games and seeing a bunch of losses, but didn’t realize it was quite that bad until I just looked at the numbers. It would be nice to win more road games, but those are still some of the more fun games because you’re seeing new places, interacting with new people, and taking in new traditions. That’s what college football is all about.
As I look back and reflect on this mini-streak I’ve learned a few things:
We will not win every game we play
It took me a long time (including one hard lesson learned at the 2008 ECU game … which we somehow ended up winning) to realize this. To those sitting around me in section 18, I once again apologize for my actions and I hope you have seen my true remorse in the way I have handled myself since then. I still want to win every single game we play, but now I realize it’s not the end of the world when we don’t.
We do know how to win every tailgate
The camaraderie with family and friends at our tailgate every week is what makes gamedays so much fun for me. We don’t win every game, but we still know how to have a good time. These 12 Saturdays are some of my favorite days of the year and many of my most cherished memories are from tailgates, road trips, shenanigans, and wins from these games. You can stay home and watch them on TV, but it’s just not the same.
Mrs. DFCF is the best wife in the world
She has supported me as I’ve gone to all these NC State football games and never once stopped me or complained about it. Most guys I know can’t even play a 4 hour round of golf without their wives bitching and I’m gone all weekend. There’s not many things I love more than NC State and Mrs. DFCF is without a doubt at the top of that list. Thanks babe! You are truly the best!