What’s more fabulous then my alma matter school coming to Upstate New York and playing a basketball game. HERE. RIGHT. HERE?!! The answer is nothing!
So, I should preface this. My husband I met at college. Our friends bought all-sports passes to watch all the BYU sporting events together. On bad weather days, when the team wasn’t doing well, etc. most of our friends didn’t go. Heck, some of them had never seen a football game before in their ENTIRE lives so they didn’t really care beyond the social. Yeah. I know. But, when it came down to it Daniel and I always went.
After he returned from serving a mission for our church I had already bought my all sports pass and attended all the football games with my current friends/roommates. We kept finding extra tickets for him and so he went to most of the games with me. As we started officially dating/courting that’s what we continued to do, football, basketball, soccer (our second date was a BYU soccer game), you name it, we went. After we got married and a lot of our friends did the same, we went to the games with our married friends. AND…after we started having children we still went to/watched all the games.
When we moved from Utah and left college life behind it was hard. We were excited to come to New York and get “real” jobs and raise our family here but had to leave some things behind. We left friends and family out west and we left BYU sports!
BYU is/was part of the Mountain West Conference and the Mountain began their own TV station for it’s school’s game’s. Grrrr, no cable, dish, anyone had the Mountain. Not enough people outside of the Mountain West wanted it. We cried, we searched for games online, and rejoiced when ESPN would pick up an occasional game. Here we are now. I’ve been out of school for 6 years and we’ve been away from Utah for almost 4 and last night BYU came to us!
It was amazing! Some were just there for Jimmer, and some were there for a good basketball, both great reasons, but all in all I cared about was that BYU was HERE! (and the fact that they won was an awesome bonus…woot, woot!!)
My BIL flew in from South Carolina, we met people who drove up from Virginia, our friends held up their Spain Love’s BYU sign and we all cheered. The house was disappointingly quiet I have to say. I’m used to the wild and crazy (alcohol free but still very fun and loud) Marriott Center. I thought that at least alcohol in the house would liven things up. I tried to sing the Cougar Fight song but don’t have a very loud voice. Scotty chimed in and I was so proud. I’ve been teaching it to him since the womb.
All in all I love the excitement of being part of a team. I love BYU and all that it is and stands for. I love Jimmer for who he is and for the excitement and good that he brings to this community. Thank you BYU. Thank you Glens Falls Major. Thank you to all who made last night a dream come true for our family!
I know this post wasn’t much about photography. The above pictures are Scotty’s early life as a Cougar. The ones on the far right are from when he fell asleep with some shredded chicken in his mouth and sucked on it like a pacifier! Needless to say I searched for some photos (pre-digital) of Dan and I at the games together before Scotty but couldn’t find any. So that’s my plug. No matter what you do, capture those moments because they go by crazy fast!