This week is the start of the college football season for many teams. But there is really only one team I care about: The North Dakota State University Bison.
More than anything else about college, I am going to miss getting to cheer on NDSU football with the rest of the Bison faithful.
I can still remember the first game I ever went to at NDSU way back in my freshman year, which was a 41-6 beat down of Austin Peavy at home in 2008.
The players came onto the field to the music of Thunderstruck by AC/DC and burst through the giant NDSU football helmet onto the field. I was on the field with the marching band at the time and I remember how much I jumped when the cannons fired to tell the fans the Bison were in the house.
The rest of the game is pretty much a blur to me, but I will not forget what it was like to be part of that Bison family during football games. The Bison faithful was not only present at every home game, but they almost always had a good representation at the away games as well.
Through the years, my love for the Bison has only grown. And with NDSU taking home the FCS Championship trophy last season, I am beyond excited to get to see what the Bison can do this season.
It should be another good season for the team, with many of their star players returning from last year’s squad as well as new players getting their chance to shine. The sky is the limit for this team and I am only sad because I won’t be able to see more than one game this year.
Besides missing the game itself, I will also miss the Fargodome itself. Not only is it where the Bison play week in and week out, but it is where I got the chance to perform with the Gold Star Marching Band every home game. Those memories will always be with me and I will enjoy every chance I get to step back on that field when I can.
If I could, I would be at all the Bison home games, but I just will not have the time with work and everything else going on in my life this year. But my heart and spirit will be with the Bison and the rest of the Herd, including the Gold Star Marching Band, when they start up their new season this Saturday against Robert Morris at the Fargodome.
Luckily, I still get to see the Bison play this season when they travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. to take on the University of South Dakota Coyotes in October. It should be a good time and I will enjoy every second of it.
That’s it for now.