Cowgirl answers your questions
Tourney wrap-up, sports job, stadium food and more
Posted: Wednesday April 4, 2007 11:16AM; Updated: Wednesday April 4, 2007 12:26PM
I had pretty much settled on the idea of watching Monday night's Ohio State-Florida game from the comfort of my treadmill. At least then, I wouldn't be swayed into eating something that was loaded with grease, chugging a cold beer, or the worst -- dealing with obnoxious Gators fans. But on Monday morning, when a buddy of mine called and asked if I wanted to go to Atlanta that night I couldn't resist. But what to wear?
Most of my friends at Florida State will be shocked and dismayed by the events that unfolded next, but I assure you there is a perfectly logical explanation for my actions. First and foremost, while I'm still enrolled at Florida State University, I am also taking a class through the University of Florida's correspondence course program. I pay them tuition, therefore I am a student. (Yeah, I know, my dad cried, too.)
But, when faced with the challenge of Monday night's wardrobe fiasco, my dad still insisted I wear blue. His reasoning? Despite having attended college at Florida State, my parents raised me in a Miami Hurricanes household. In 2003, the Hurricanes faced Ohio State in the BCS National Title Game at the Fiesta Bowl. Needless to say, the outcome of that game is still widely debated in the sports world and in the Sterger household, and has commonly been dubbed "Robbery in the Desert." With the Gators being the only Florida team that has had a shot at defending the state's honor against the Buckeyes in the past few years, my father made an exception to the aforementioned "Never-Cheer-For-the-Gators Rule," and lent his support to Billy Donovan's kids in Monday nights game while giving me permission to wear blue on this one occasion.
So there I was in a blue shirt, surrounded by fans from both schools, and to my surprise, there was no hostility. In fact, the Gators fans were almost ... nice to me, with a few exceptions, of course. So to both schools, thanks for the great hospitality and for sharing your amazing moment in NCAA history with me. I had an absolute blast! And to the Gators, congrats on the repeat championship. We'll meet again in the Fall.
Onto the Mailbag ...
I was inspired to ask you this after reading Tom Verducci's story about him being an umpire. If you could have any job in sports, what would it be? And if you could pick one job to do for just one day, what would it be? Thanks. You are beautiful, by the way.
If I could have any job in sports, I would have to say it would be in broadcasting. Honestly, I love the camera, but I feel a lot of times the delivery of traditional sports news is just so stiff. Loosen up people, it's just a game! That's why I have really enjoyed my road shows. They give me an opportunity to spend some time in front of a camera while doing what I do best -- being my dorky self.
The only other job I might consider would be being a program director for a major sports network. There are only so many times I can sit through the World Championship of Dominoes, or a Hot Dog Eating Contest before I am ready to vomit. While I can understand the value of original entertainment, I also understand the value of keeping what I just ate. One job, however, that I definitely wouldn't want would be offensive coordinator at Florida State, because while I may love my 'Noles, that's a dangerous and hefty position to hold with our programs recent history. Best of luck to you, Jimbo Fisher, and may the force be with you.
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