Where I went to college, Saturday isn’t just another day of the week. Saturday wasn’t for homework, or grocery shopping or going to the beach. Saturday was game day! No one asked “what are you doing today?” People just asked “where are you tailgating?” “What fraternity house BBQ should we go to?” or “where are you watching the game?” That is the nature of football at a big football school. It’s just a culture of excitement and anticipation for each season and each game. Game day was like a holiday, once a week, a feeling of commonality between your fellow collegiates.
In the South, and especially at certain SEC schools, people really go all out dressing up for Game Day. And I don’t mean like school spirit body painting crazy wig dress up. I mean girls wearing dresses to football games.
But, I went to school in Florida (yes, also in the south) and guess what? It’s HOT. Have you ever stood outside at noon in Florida in August? Let alone in a crowded stadium at a football game? Let alone when that stadium is built over a swamp? It’s HOT.
So my game day garb was not a fancy Lily dress, but a tshirt and shorts! I am a little nostalgic about my Game Day shirt. I wore the same tshirt to almost every single football game I went to in college. Not that I’m supersticious or anything, my wearing of this shirt had nothing to do with wins or losses. I just wore it and liked it. If you see pictures of me in college it looks like I only went to one football game because I am always wearing the same tshirt!
And I still have it today! (For reference, I graduated college in 2004) It’s holy, and faded, and there’s a dot of blue paint on the front. My husband says I’m not allowed to wear it when we go out places to watch the game, but I will not throw it away, because it’s my Game Day shirt!
Where am I looking? Nobody knows…
Do you have a Game Day shirt? Or another nostalgic item you refuse to throw away?
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