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On the 12th Day of Christmas My Seminoles Gave to Me…
A deep and sincere appreciation for the fans, supporters, students, faculty and staff who make Florida State University and its athletics program so great.

We do not get many chances to say thank you to those that make working in and around Florida State athletics so great, but we are so very appreciative for the wonderful fans that follow Florida State.

We are so very proud of all our Seminole programs and the attention they bring to the University, the city of Tallahassee and the state of Florida.  I’ve always wished that just once the fans could see what the players and coaches get to see on a game day.  To experience the exuberant faces before a game begins and the near electric energy late in a close game, I wish each fan could know just what being present at an athletic contest can mean to our players and, in contrast, the signal that an absence of fans makes.

I would wish that each fan could see what our players see coming into the tunnel following an emotional win in Doak Campbell, or trotting back to the dugout after hitting a homerun in Dick Howser or after drilling a goal in a soccer match.

We are all truly blessed to be associated with Florida State Athletics and let’s all hope that all our wishes are granted this Holiday Season.

On the 11th Day of Christmas My Seminoles Gave To Me…
Our first workout in Orlando and a nail-biter with the No. 3 team basketball team in the country.

Florida State’s full travel party will not arrive in Orlando until December 26th when the Renegade Team pulls into central Florida for the Champs Sports Bowl matchup with Wisconsin, but the most important people – the players and coaches – checked into the team hotel yesterday and will workout today. 

The Seminoles will be the home team for the bowl games so fans of the garnet jersey’s should be happy and the bowl sponsors will be wearing a smile as well as they certainly did not get cheated with the size of the patches on each team’s jersey.

The 22nd arrival date for the football team meant that most of them got a chance to watch FSU nationally televised game against Pitt the night before they left.  Blizzard conditions in the northeast nearly left Fox Sports scrambling as Tim Brando only arrived a few minutes before tipoff and he brought icy shooting for both teams with him.  According to the experts, Pitt has the right stuff to contend for the national title and they certainly look like they have the inside beef to play with anybody, but with :56 seconds left it was anybody’s game and both team’s played like it was an NCAA Tournament contest.

Coach Leonard Hamilton is not one for moral victories, but he had to be pleased with his team’s ability to take one of the best clubs in the country down to the wire.  The men’s team has games against Western Kentucky (Dec. 28th in Sunrise, Florida) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (in Tallahassee on January 3) before opening the ACC season against Duke at home on January 10.

On the 10th Day of Christmas My Seminoles Gave to Me…
A football team headed to Orlando with over 40,000 tickets already sold!

That’s right the Champs Sports Bowl is well on its way to a record for tickets sold to the bowl game.  Florida State fans should be proud of themselves as the lower bowl of the stadium is sold out and for the first time in the bowl’s history they are selling in the upper deck.  The best news for FSU is the fact that it appears a huge majority of the tickets are going to Florida State faithful.

The crowd alone will likely give the Champs Sports Bowl a nearly home-game atmosphere, but FSU is going the extra mile as Renegade and Osceola will hit the road for the second time this year and will be leading the team out against Wisconsin.  We took Renegade and Osceola to Jacksonville for the neutral site game against Colorado earlier this year and it will be great to see them on the turf at the Citrus Bowl.

The football team was dismissed from campus after the morning practice on Friday and must all convene at the Marriott World Center by 3:00 this afternoon.  The team will take over several floors of the Marriott with ballrooms converted into meeting rooms, sports medicine areas and even a make-shift locker room.  Seminole football players will visit a local hospital on the 23rd and begin practice later that day on practice facilities adjacent to the Citrus Bowl.

It’s not too late for you to join the action.  We have a limited number of lower bowl tickets available for the game through our FSU allotment, but you need to act fast by going clicking onto tickets right here on our website and getting yours today.

On the 9th Day of Christmas My Seminoles Gave to Me…
A really, really good basketball game!

Make sure if you are anywhere close to Tallahassee you go to the Tucker Center this Sunday to see what we all hope will be a truly great basketball game.  If you’re just too far to be there in person you need to make sure your favorite easy chair is in good condition and your favorite snack is at hand.
The Seminoles, who are off to their best start in school history at 11-1 (actually it ties the best start but we get holiday license on that), will play No. 3 ranked Pittsburgh one of the teams most hoops experts believe has a real chance to win the national title.
FSU is coming off two straight home wins and have welcomed Derwin Kitchen to the party.  He’s a sophomore point guard from Jacksonville Raines who was only cleared three games ago to compete, but has already show Seminole fans what his teammates already know – he can play.
Leonard Hamilton’s charges can make a big leap onto the national scene with a win over the Panthers on Sunday with tipoff set for 5:30 p.m. and there is no excuse for any Seminole not to watch the game.  We want you there in person, of course, but the game will be nationally televised on Fox Sports as part of the ACC Sunday ACC Hoops Package.  And you can stay right in your chair after the game to watch the ACC opener with Miami taking on Clemson.
You can still get season tickets for the ACC portion of the men’s and women’s basketball schedule and we hope you will tell all your Seminole friends to tune in tomorrow at 5:30 for the FSU vs. Pitt showdown.

On the 8th Day of Christmas My Seminoles Gave To Me…
A chance to see the Seminole Baseball team all season long.

Believe it or not the crack – make that ping – of the bats could be heard from Dick Howser Stadium over the last few days.  The team has been dismissed for the Holidays, but a number of players are stopping by to get in some extra practice.

The NCAA has moved the baseball season later in the year so games won’t begin until February, but your chance to reserve a seat to see Seminole baseball all spring is now!  Apply on-line at seminoles.com for season tickets to FSU baseball.  The grandstand seats sell out every year, but there is turnover and when a seat comes open the first on the list are general admission season ticket holders.

You can get in line for grandstand season tickets or buy your general admission season tickets right now on this website.  It might be hard to imagine right now depending on the weather in your location, but baseball fields will be full in just a few short weeks.  FSU advanced to the College World Series last year and the youngsters from last year’s lineup are now the veterans.

There is nothing like a baseball game at Dick Howser Stadium and you don’t want to miss a moment of the action.  You can buy season tickets today and support Seminole Baseball!

On the Seventh Day of Christmas My Seminoles Gave To Me…
A television show about nothing but FSU athletics every Saturday morning.

We hope you start off every Saturday with a Seminole Sports Magazine on the Sun Sports network.  The 30-minute show always has in depth features on Seminole sports, coaches and student-athletes as well as a one-on-one interview with FSU personalities.

The show is written, produced and directed right from the studios built inside the Moore Athletic Center and is under the award winning direction of D.D. Garbarino.  But what makes SSM truly unique is the heavy involvement of FSU communication students who are both behind and in front of the cameras on the action packed program.  For instance on Saturday, December 27, just prior to the Champs Bowl you can see an interview with Jimbo Fisher who details how he feels bowl practice has gone for the Seminoles.

Seminole Sports Magazine will be on this and every Saturday from 9:00-9:30 on Sun Sports and throughout the week.

On the 6th Day of Christmas My Seminoles Gave To Me…
A nice send off for the women’s basketball team and a rapidly growing Kid’s Club, which you can give as a holiday gift.

The women’s basketball team will be hard at work during the holiday break hitting the road for games against Washington and perennial national title contender Connecticut.  FSU will play Northern Colorado in the Caribbean Classic on December 18, the Huskies of Washington on the 19th and UConn on December 21st. 
Coach Sue Semrau has led her Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons and appears to being getting this year’s team battled tested before the ACC season begins.  The Seminoles will play at LSU on December 28th before finally playing a home date at 2:00 on new year’s eve against UCF. 
Florida State began the Kid’s Club presented by Florida Commerce Credit Union in August and membership has been growing by leaps and bounds.  You can sign up your kids, grandchildren, relatives and friends at FSUKidsClub.com.  You can also access the Kids Club website by going to Seminoles.com and looking under the “For the Fans” listing in the top bar on the front page and scroll down to Kids Club.  Membership is just $25 and your youngster’s will love receiving the t-shirt and personalized membership card and lanyard.  They can get in free to select FSU events, receive a quarterly newsletter and be invited to special autograph signings and facility tours.  In addition, they can link into to the member’s only section of the Kid’s Club website, which is always popular with the kids.
Football practice is going great and 16 players earned their undergraduate degrees over the weekend.  Myron Rolle was in San Francisco as one of four finalists for the Lott Trophy which recognizes the nation’s top defensive player.  While he did not win the award, he was named mayor of the Bay Area and Chief of Surgery at the local children’s hospital.

On the Fifth Day of Christmas My Seminoles Gave To Me…
A chance to see great ACC basketball action in person and a new player for the men.

The best way to make sure you have tickets to all the men’s ACC basketball games as well as the upcoming December 21st game against No. 3 Pittsburgh was to buy season tickets in the preseason.  But if you find yourself during this Holiday Season without tickets to the upcoming games against Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Miami, Clemson or Virginia Tech you can still be part of the action.  Single game tickets to Florida State’s ACC games will go on sale Friday, January 2 beginning at 6:00 p.m. and that is only on the web at seminoles.com.  The entire university will be closed until January 5, but you can get your tickets 24 hours day on Seminoles.com by clicking here.
You can ask Coach Leonard Hamilton what he thinks of the great start to the season by listening or watching the Leonard Hamilton Call-In Show which will air tomorrow (Wednesday) from 7-8 p.m.   Coach Hamilton and Gene Deckerhoff take questions about the Seminoles and you can listen live right here on Seminoles.com.  One of the subjects that they are sure to discuss tomorrow will be the results of tonight’s game against Tennessee Tech and I’m sure there will be a lively discussion on the newest member of the Seminole team.  Point guard Derwin Kitchen was finally cleared to play last week and should quickly begin to pick up meaningful minutes.  Kitchen is fast with the basketball and once he gets accustomed to the flow of the game, basketball experts think he will make Florida State an extremely difficult team to beat.  Kitchen is from Jacksonville, Florida and was a star at Raines High.  He is a sophomore having played at Iowa Western Community College last year.  He may be extra hard to spot if you’re looking for the long hair he was sporting in his media guide photos, Kitchen cut his hair close prior to his first action last weekend against Georgia State.
Kitchen’s availability along with the continued emergence of Luke Loucks should mean much needed rest away from the ball for Toney Douglas.  FSU coaches have been anxious to let Douglas play from his more natural shooting guard spot and his ability to play both spots gives the Seminoles more in-game options than they have had in a long time.

And one more thing to be thankful for, FSU super star cross country runner Susan Kuijken won the European Cross Country Championship this past weekend.  A native of the Netherlands, Kuijken was second at the NCAA Championships this year but won the European 23 and under division on Saturday.

On the Fourth Day of Christmas My Seminoles Gave To Me…
A Chance To Spread My 2009 Football Ticket Costs Over Several Months

No one has been hit harder by the weak economy than the higher education system in Florida and it has been particularly painful at Florida State.  But we know that our loyal season ticket holders are all affected as well.  Our first recommendation is to just cancel your Wall Street Journal subscription because its too painful to read and then take advantage of being able to spread your payments for next year’s football tickets over as many as eight months.

We recognize that all our fans are in a financial pinch right now but we also hope we can count on you to be there for the 2009 Football Season.  You can click here right now, renew your season tickets for next year and buy some additional ones and choose to spread the cost over eight payments.  If you want to wait until January you will still be able to spread over seven payments and any combination of that leading up to July 1 when they must all be paid up.

In addition, 2009 Season Tickets will be 10% cheaper than the combination of the single ticket prices if you can get them for all the home games next year.  A single season ticket for next year is just $266 (that’s $33.25 a month over the eight months) compared to $296 for the six single games if you can accumulate them.

The Seminoles started just two seniors on offense (Antone Smith, RB and Greg Carr, WR) and four on defense (Neefy Moffett, DE; Derrick Nicholson, LB; Toddrick Verdell, LB; and Tony Carter CB) against Florida.  We know that Myron Rolle will be in England by October, but the Seminoles should be a force next season.  At least the offensive line should be old enough to shave by the time we hit the ACC schedule!

Don’t miss a chance to be a part of Seminole Football in 2009.   Oh, and Happy Holidays to FSU place kicker Graham Gano crowned on thursday as the Lou Groza Award winner.

On the third day of Christmas My Seminoles Gave to Me…
A chance to sit right in Bobby Bowden’s office.

Ever wondered what it is like to be one of the nation’s top recruits and sit in front of Bobby Bowden?  You’ve got it right here on seminoles.com.  That’s not all, you can stand in the middle of FSU locker rooms, trophy areas and game fields and look all the way around, zooming in to read the size of the Nikes in the lockers in some cases.  Through virtual 360 degree photography, you can click on Inside Athletics located on the top bar of seminoles.com, then click on facilities and virtual tours and be right in the middle of FSU sports.

And that is just scratching the surface of what seminoles.com offers. 

Did you know you can watch press conferences live; see FSU athletic competitions that are not available on television anywhere and access video archives to call up games and plays that bring back fond memories.

One of the most popular areas on the site, particularly at this time of year, is the Fan Store where you can buy official FSU merchandise 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  And perhaps the hottest items on the site right now are the photos of current FSU athletes that will be sent right to your door.  In addition, you can put anyone you want right into a photo of a football huddle by choosing to have a last name placed on a Seminole jersey that literally makes the recipient a part of the action.

Don’t forget to access the media guides for all Seminoles sports in pdf format right here on Seminoles.com.  You also have access to all the same information that the television announcers get by clicking on the news releases written before each contest.

Seminoles.com contains all that and more without all the chatter!

On the Second Day of Christmas My Seminoles Brought to Me…
A Chance to See Five Basketball Games for $40!

That’s right the Seminole men’s basketball team is off to a terrific start with a sparkling record and a third straight win over Florida.  Through the Coke Zero Holiday Pack, which is only on sale until December 16th, you can get a ticket for FSU’s next four home games – including the Dec.21 match up against No. 3 Pittsburgh as well as the women’s basketball game against Top Five Texas A&M. 

The Seminole men can throw size, speed and athleticism at their opponents and head coach Leonard Hamilton has a luxury like he’s not enjoyed in a while at FSU – a full bench and a chance to change the style of play with one timeout. 

Just $40 will get a ticket to the men’s games against Tennessee Tech on Dec. 16, Charleston Southern on Dec. 18, the Pitt showdown on Dec. 21 presented by Florida Farm Bureau, and the Jan. 3 date with Texas A&M Corpus Christi.  In addition, you’ll have a ticket to the women’s game on Jan. 5 against Top Five ranked Texas A&M.  Remember, Sue Semrau has led FSU to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons and her Seminoles appear ready to make another run this year.

You must buy by the Coke Zero Holiday Pack by December 16 to get the full Pitt Pack.  After that date, you can get a single game ticket for the Pitt game for $20, but they are going fast!

On the First Day of Christmas the Seminoles brought to me…
Gift Certificates for 2009 football season tickets to give in time for the holidays!

That’s right, the holiday season is upon us and those of us who love Florida State certainly have plenty for which to be thankful not least of which is that we can all lay claim to the longest active bowl streak in college football history.  Yep, FSU is heading to its 27th consecutive bowl game and with Michigan missing a bowl for the first time in 34 years, Florida State may now lay claim to having the most consistently successful program in all of college football.
But, that’s not all that we can celebrate because we’ve got the absolutely perfect holiday gift for the Seminole fan on your list.  For the first time ever, you can reserve season tickets for the 2009 FSU home football season in time for the Holidays and have a certificate to present as a gift.   Click here to purchase season tickets for your Seminole fans.  Just imagine their delight when they open a gift that says they’ll see all the home games next year and you’ll be helping the university you love along the way.
AND we’ve made it even easier to pay for all the tickets you purchase now for holiday gifts and in the new year.  For the very first time, you can spread the payment for your tickets in 2009 over as many as eight months up until July 1.  So if you reserve your tickets in January you can spread the cost over six easy payments.
Remember, season ticket buyers will save $30 over the cost of individual game tickets next year, and some of the games may never go on sale to the general public.
Now, I’m no Rhodes Scholar – but a season ticket for as little as $33 a month paired with a substantial savings over single game prices and an opportunity to give everyone on your list a chance to watch Seminole Football in person all next year is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

Florida State Associate Athletics Director Rob Wilson gives his take on a holiday favorite.

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