The Drakette and I have made it a habit to get to Alex Box Stadium as early as possible in the season every year. Yesterday, we got our chance, as the Tigers were playing Game Three of a three-game series against the University of Maryland.
Ordinarily, we find ourselves bundled up against the February chill, but yesterday was a beautiful day for ball – sunny and 70 degrees.
The Drakette almost missed the game. You see, I was given one ticket by Flynn Foster, president of Guaranty Media, the local company that owns Eagle 98.1. One ticket. Flynn told me he’d meet me outside The Box at 10:30 AM yesterday, and he’d give me my ticket for the game, which was to start at 11:00 AM. Imagine my surprise when he showed up and told me some people he knew wouldn’t be using their tickets, and I could have another one!
Thanking Flynn profusely, I quickly called the Drakette and told her to get herself ready and meet me as fast as she could. Less than an hour later, we were in our seats, having only missed the first inning of the game.
And what a game it was! The Tigers fell behind in the first inning, but came roaring back to win, 9-5, and sweep the series.
BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT I WANTED TO TELL YOU.
What I wanted to tell you was that I really, really wanted to see at least one game of this series, because my sister went to the University of Maryland…and I almost did, too!
You see, back in the olden days, when I was in high school, I did very well in a subject called Mechanical Drawing. And I got it in my head that maybe I’d like to be an architect. Well, being from Baltimore, I looked closely at the University of Maryland. I found out that they did, in fact, have a College of Architecture, but it was not accredited. The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State, however, was accredited, and that’s where I ended up going.
As it turned out, I was lousy at architecture and dropped that major; but I did discover the campus radio station, and the rest…as they say…is history. I met the Drakette there, graduated with a degree in Speech, and continued into a career in radio which now includes more than 40 years here in Baton Rouge and more than 30 here on 98.1.
So I did NOT go to the University of Maryland. AND WE BEAT THE PANTS OF ‘EM THIS WEEKEND! How sweet it is!