For the record, I once went from academic probation to Dean's List the very next quarter...once. Let's just keep that in mind...
What follows is also factual.
It occurred to me a couple weeks ago how terrifically awesome today's UGA students have it. It goes beyond the HOPE Scholarship, which I would have held for exactly one quarter (yeh, we had quarters in lieu of semesters back when computers were the size of one and a half dorm rooms and the internets was just an Al Gore pipe dream). And it goes beyond that new snazzy Learning Center sitting on top of the Tate Center parking lot I would cut through when I had decided to skip PolySci...again.
And if all that weren't enough, today's students have a winning football team and a coed Russell Hall.
The Goff years had one highlight on campus...a thrilling victory over highly regarded Clempson in early October '91 that lead to the Chapel Bell ringing for many a drunken hour.
I did get to enjoy the baseball team's national championship run in '90 (while failing PolySci). But probably the greatest sporting event I saw on campus while "studying" to be a taxpayer was a basketball game.
Yes, you read that right.
Durham's Dogs were rockin' and rollin' during the 89-90 season. Meanwhile Dale Brown's LSwho Tigers were backing up Stanley Roberts with a lean and trim kid named Shaquille O'Neal (before he converted to a diesel engine).
It was a glorious Sunday afternoon (ie. big-time conference televised game), we'd camped out for tickets and cooked s'mores over a campfire in front of the Stegeman ticket window....except instead of s'mores we had Mr. Boston's kool-aid. Some kid named (Exxon) Valdez got a little too pumped up and spilled his refreshment in my sleeping bag.
UGH! The spoils of luxurious appointments.
The game itself though lived up to its billing. Close... rowdy... physical... clutch Neville Austin free throws.... and a come from behind win for the Dawgs that all but sewed up a conference title - Georgia basketball's only regular season, modern day title. Durham's '90 squad was also the only UGA B-Ball team to finish undefeated at home.
I'm proud to say I was a key cog in that machine. Or maybe just a kool-aid stained bystander attending more athletic events than 7:50am lectures. Glory Glory!
If you are currently failing PolySci at UGA, this memory would equate to a recent victory over... say... well, it doesn't equate to anything really. It was the basketball team's biggest on-campus win in its history.
And I remember every detail that the kool-aid will allow. Unfortunately, in the first round of the NCAA tourney a few weeks later, the largest crowd ever to watch a Georgia basketball team play saw them lose to Texas in the Hoosier Dome.
But in the end everything turned out ok. So inspired was I by Dave Fleming, Stan Payne and Ray Suplee's work on the diamond as well as Alec Kessler and Litterial Green's hustle on the hardcourt that I went on to pass a Georgia History course to take the place of PolySci. And as a reward UGA Housing moved girls into Russell Hall just in time for me to meet my future better half (although truthfully, Jenn wouldn't really speak to me until I had graduated and landed a job...smart lady).
So let's open the phone lines - what's your favorite on campus victory while studying, or...not studying...just living?
Have you been a part of the modern day, fertile ground of campus championships and epic wins? Football, baseball, gymnastics, tennis... Or are you old school, where the campus wins were as frequent as an on time 2am Gumby's delivery?
What win will you (or do you) look back on with a smile?
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