Posted: Wednesday October 25, 2006 10:39AM; Updated: Wednesday October 25, 2006 2:43PM
Sorry, West Coast fans. Jenn Sterger is staying in the Southeast for the near future.
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I enjoy your columns (and photos) on your football road trip adventures. Do you plan on making any trips to the West Coast? How about the USC-Cal game in Los Angeles? -- Mike Janesin, Alhambra, Calif.
Ah, I only wish I could be a California girl. I absolutely love the West Coast, and everything it has to offer ... well, except for the whole earth-shaking part. The West Coast has some great Pac-10 rivalries, and I'd love to attend the USC-Cal game. But for now I am stuck in the Southeast. After all, I am still a student, and with that comes a meager student budget, but I'm sure an adventure out West will be in order soon.
I'm curious to hear your thoughts about the "Black Out" uniforms FSU worked against BC this past weekend. -- Bob, New York
The concept of the "black out" was cool, I just think it was poorly executed. While I understand the color scheme for the game was supposed to be original, with black unis and garnet numbers, the lack of contrast on the numbers made it difficult to distinguish players on the field, especially for the folks higher up in the stands. This also posed some difficulties for the media and announcers when calling the game. As for the fan participation, I have to give it to the student section. They really did a good job spreading the word and getting most folks to comply with it. The alumni sections on the other hand were a different story. While a good portion contributed to the students' effort, there was still plenty of garnet, gold and white to go around.
So the stadium was more of a dark maroon than black. The motivation behind wearing the black uniforms was to honor the Seminole tribe of Florida, which played a large role in Florida State's ability to continue using the "Seminole" name. However, there was a lot of bickering from people about the "black out" being some huge moneymaking scam from Nike, so some people boycotted it. Others said that Coach Bowden had asked fans to wear "garnet and gold" instead, and Bobby's word is "the word" in Tallahassee. Regardless, the "black out" was a great concept that was too difficult to carry off, especially when many people weren't stoked about it. My advice to anyone trying to pull this one off is simply to pick a color that everyone owns, and make sure it doesn't conflict with your climate come game day.
I know it's sad to think about the end of college football season, but I was curious if the Cowgirls will be at FSU basketball games over the winter. Keep up the great work! -- Paul, Minneapolis
As the temperature in Tallahassee drops and the lights at Doak are dimmed, a new beginning is around the corner, and my basketball jonesing cowgirl Allison couldn't be more excited. Fresh off their NCAA tournament snub last year, the Seminoles' basketball team is out to prove something this year. With All-America candidate Al Thornton back on board for his senior year, expect him to become the leading voice of the Seminoles' squad, and possibly pick up the ACC and National Player of the Year awards.
There may not be a cowboy hat courtside at every game, don't doubt that we won't be there in full force with our friends from Al's Pals. Besides, I'm not sure even we could compete with Duke's Speedo Guy. See you on the court.