Game day is like the new hot girl that just moved into town. It's an excitement that you keep to yourself until you hit the field and finally release it. You make all preparations for Saturday afternoon, and everything in the world revolves around those few hours.
Waking up in the hotel on Saturday morning automatically gives off the vibe that there is something special going on. It's just one of those feelings, something that I can't describe. I feel like I will say that a lot in this post. something we do at SUU is dress up in a business casual attire. When we do that, I feel more professional. If it's a home game, we leave the hotel and head towards campus where we walk through all of our plays. We try and stay quiet so we can focus on the "task at hand". With everyone dressed up and focused in, you can feel the emotion everyone is harnessing and waiting to unleash it on an unfortunate opponent.
After we polish up on every play, we walk over to the pre-game meal. Small conversations are dispersed throughout the tables. The tone is hushed and the laughter is held in as if we were in the library. the main point is that we stay focused on the game. From the meal, we head over to another meeting. We watch final film on our enemies, and we go over our reminders. We have another meeting after that meeting about special teams. We call out all the special teams with their backups so nobody screws up. Following that, the coaches leave the room and the floor belongs to the captains. They talk to their team, with no coaches. We do what we can to pump each other up and give us last minute speeches to help our team win.
Then comes the drive to the locker room. Everyone is listening to some sort of music. It starts to set in more and more that we have a game in front of thousands of people. The nerves slowly kick in, and usually my palms get a little sweaty. We dress up and put on the proper tape and make ourselves look good. "In order to play good you gotta look good". I like to put a little bit of tape on my wrists, and this year the running backs will wear white socks. I don't do as much as other players, but I still think I look smashing.
Coach Bennion calls out the position groups to get on the field to warm up and stretch. We're out on the field for about 20-30 minutes and then we return to the locker room. We get a drink of water and then we say a prayer. We line up to head out the door to run out in front of the crowd.
Then there's a feeling that I can't describe. I'm giddy/excited/laughing/angry/a little bit hungry. Running in front of a crowd is exhilarating. It's time for the game....