This is coming to you nearly a week after the game, but oh well. Better late than never. Here are some pictures of the football game we went to on Monday. Florida State (my undergrad school) vs. University of Pittsburgh (my grad school)–and our first visit to Heinz Field (a stadium shared between the Pitt Panthers and the Steelers).
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of other FSU fans in the stadium. I expected there to be a handful, but it seemed like the ratio was more 70% Pitt fans/ 30% FSU fans! During one of the touchdowns, we got out our flag to hold it in the air (and it was a little unwieldy–you see how big it is with Justin standing next to it). The other FSU fans standing near us all grabbed a piece and helped us hold it up high! It was one of those moments that helped me understand why people like watching sports game live in the stadium–to feel the camaraderie with the other fans as you root for your team together (especially when it is an away game)!
I was a little bit disappointed in the Pitt fans. Do you see how empty the seats are in these last couple of photos? As early as halftime, Pitt fans were leaving the stadium in droves, certain that their team couldn’t possibly make a comeback. Imagine how the football players must have felt, seeing all of their support give up on them like that!
At the start of the fourth quarter, we were surprised to hear the song “Sweet Caroline” begin playing over the loudspeakers. The lyrics were displayed on the screen, and every Pitt fan in the stadium grabbed each other around the shoulders and started swaying and singing together. (I even saw some FSU fans join in.) But instead of singing the usual “Bah Bah Bah,” they sang “Let’s go Pitt!” Seminoles, on the other hand, have a tradition of holding up their car keys in the air and jingling them simultaneously (which is actually a pretty loud jingle when everyone does it at once)–a symbolic way of saying, “Take us home, Noles!”