College football kicked off this Saturday and, like many of you, it’s hard to describe my excitement. This is perhaps unusual since my immediate family wasn’t a sports family and I went to a college that was smaller than a single section of Sanford Stadium.
I love sports, but I think that’s because I love the atmosphere around it. The clichéd “roar of the crowd,” the ebb and flow of the announcer’s voice building to a fever pitch with every amazing play, the booms and fireworks after a touchdown – it all reminds me of being with my mom’s family where a game was always on the TV. It reminds me of amazing food and laughter. Of a million conversations happening simultaneously – some related to the game, most not. Of catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Of the smoke from a grill or cooker warming up the cool air. Did I mention the food already? The drinks? The excited buzz shared with 90,000 others at once?
Around here it’s not uncommon to find deeply passionate fans who are not alumni, and that’s true of most of the southern powerhouses. It simply becomes part of who you are from an early age. A sacred Saturday ritual passed down year after year. I look forward to passing it down to my own girls — not just the love of football or a given team, but the very experience: the sounds, smells and simple joy of family and friends gathering together.
To help keep the traditions going, Pitter Patter Threads is giving away one custom game day outfit. Pitter Patter owner, Ashley, will work with you to completely customize your piece from selecting the fabric to the team logo. The winner will be able to select from an infant girl’s romper, a girl’s dress (up to size 7), or a boy’s jon jon (a $50 value). Enter to win below!
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