Aug. 28, 2009
By Rob Wilson, Seminoles.com
The success (not really) of the notebook style of last week’s report suggests maybe a little about a lot is more to the liking of our readers than a lot about a little. Hmmm.
We will start with a brand new product that has been kicked around for quite some time. I used to hear all the time from the fans who regularly attend our road games about how nice it would be if they could hear Gene Deckerhoff and the Seminole ISP Radio Network while sitting in the stands. LiveSportsRadio will be selling on their website (livesportsradio.com) and at the stadium a small radio that will pick up the Seminoles’ radio broadcast even if you are sitting in the middle of the other team’s stadium. And when you are in the friendly confines of Doak Campbell or in any stadium in Florida you can pick up the Seminole ISP Sports Network to help follow all the action. The radio can even be used as a normal FM radio when you’re not at the game.
Before we leave the subject of cool products, seminoles.com has lots of photos for sale of your favorite Seminoles. Maybe the coolest thing on there is a process where you can buy an image of the Marching Chief’s Band spelling out your name on the field. Don’t miss the football and baseball lockers that you can personalize either.
ESPN will move their Studio Show to Doak Campbell for the day of the Miami game. Rece Davis is the host and Lou Holtz and Mark May are the analysts. The set will be erected in the northeast end zone if you want to come in when the gates open two hours ahead of time. However, remember that we have moved ALL the students to the north end zone this year and their tickets are general admission seating. So, the first ones in get the best seats. I’m guessing the Hurricanes might be in for a bit rowdier early crowd than they have warmed up in front of in the past and that is music to the coaches’ ears.
Speaking of music, we got a very preliminary sneak peak at the video open for the football team. You will definitely want to be in your seat earlier than you ever have before because the open to the game is going to be even more fun that it has been in the past. Seminole Productions puts this together every year and the extremely talented group even uses FSU student from media production on projects.
I cannot remember if I mentioned this in the past and I’m too lazy to look back, but the athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Friday, September 11. Tickets are hard to come by but call 850-556-0433 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get some. We will induct baseball star Mike Augustine, record setting pole vaulter Jeff Bray, softball standout Danielle Cox (daughter of Braves manager Bobby Cox by the way), volleyball coaching legend Dr. Cecile Reynaud, standout golfer Bob Shave and football All-American Reinard Wilson. Dennis Boyle will be posthumously honored as the Moore-Stone Award winner.
I still keep a sports section in my desk from several years ago. The relationship with an in-state paper was running especially sour for Seminole fans and their flagship preseason football section provided the “evidence” FSU faithful needed. It was true that among the cutsie pictures and thoroughly researched notes the paper had managed to list 10 negative notes about FSU compared to just two negative on a rival school that finished with a worse record. Point is that the obsession with negativity is even more pronounced on talk radio and the internet and you’ve got to watch for a wolf in sheep’s clothing. If your favorite site tends to circle the negative all day, maybe it’s time to change the scenery.
If you will click on Seminoles.com and look at the bottom left there is a tab for Let Us Play and I encourage you to go there and get your ticket for the unique event. The dinner and auction featuring former FSU volleyball star and international model Gabrielle Reece will raise money for women’s athletic scholarships at Florida State. They’ve got everything from an autographed Jimmy Buffet guitar on up and down the line.
I’ll leave you with an old picture I dug up. We’ve had a few letters to the A.D., which you can participate in right here on our website, asking about the old spirit spear. I suspect maybe everyone’s memory of it may be more fond that the actual spear. At any rate, look how far we’ve come. This was taken in 1985 and those are the south end zone stands.