Aah, yes! You know, it is that cliched visit to the college football game that every desi grad student checks on his list. And one year late at that.
All the tickets reserved, claimed and printed out, then making sure we own a red T shirt (NCSU Wolfpack is red), there was just one thing left to do. Read the wiki and get to know how the game is played.
So we may not be one of the teams at the top but surely, that leaves no reason to inflate the ego and support our team to the fullest. I cannot help but wonder, how, if India loses four matches in a row, what would the audience reaction be during the fifth game. But here, you have the team getting a grand opening, a huge band, full house stadiums, lot of gimmicks and celebrations. For the home games, of course.
East Carolina is around Top 15 in the rankings and NCSU is not even in the top 25. But we beat them in overtime! See how the Wolfpack pride has been passed on to me despite watching only one game till date, and completely understanding it, only at the end. So much so that, I am going for the next game with South Florida too, with the busy schedule of this semester. That it’s a night game, is a different thing.
It was a noon kickoff and we were famished by the end. Drove to a desi restaurant after the game and we were all dressed in NC State red uniform. Same red T-shirt. I don’t know how many of those desi bloggers saw us, and through clenched teeth, said to themselves, how we were those ignorant FOBs not knowing anything about the game but still going in all splendor just to “put scene”. And went home and blogged about it. Fair enough, gentlemen, we are not complaining. But, please do let us know, if you were born with a green card embedded on your hip a la Jason Bourne?! (Sorry, just been reading such stuff. None of them in my blogroll!) :P
So what does it give? Well, it makes sure next time there is NFL or something on TV, I won’t be changing channels. I still feel soccer has more of that grace though. No, really. But yeah, it was a good game. Not just because it went to overtime. I’ve understood the game well enough for that!