I was just thinking about the earliest memories I have had in my life. The oldest two were when I was 2 years old and I don’t remember which came first. One was when dad obliterated a chicken with a 12 gauge shotgun from about 10 feet to impress upon me to not touch his shotgun which he kept loaded in the corner of his bedroom. His point was made and I remember it vividly.
The other was when he took me to an LSU vs Texas A&M football game in 1949, three months before my 3rd birthday (I looked it up to verify). I thought we were playing the army since all the aggies were in ROTC uniforms. I didn’t know what colleges were then; but so soon after WWII, everyone knew about the army. I remember the crowd, the bands, Mike the Tiger, and – the game. I thought it was the most exciting thing I had ever seen. Well, at that young age, I’m sure it was. I also thought all the guys were had big muscles because I didn’t realize they had shoulder pads. We had LSU stuff in our home and dad was always pumping LSU, so I was an LSU fan, and later student, from that day on – until 1976 when I enrolled at UH for night school. People ask how I could change allegiance and I just say the same way when I remarried.
It’s funny what a person remembers in life. My wife gets irritated at me because I can recount fairly accurately a football game that happened 30 or more years ago; but I can’t remember what she told me yesterday. Football has been a large part of my life, literally as far back as I can remember.
I am about to head over to TDECU in a couple of hours for the pre-season football kickoff event and I am really excited about the prospects for this season. Hopefully this will be our first undefeated season for both the regular and post seasons. I amm ready for for some more memories!