Boy oh boy have I been waiting a LONG time to do this. First, let me start by saying I'm not the most computer savvy so this post may not be the written in the most visually pleasing format. I have been reading Tomahawk Nation since 2010 after a conversation with a fellow Nole about my frustrations finding a reputable (and free) outlet that covered our team. I was sick of ESPN and their uniform pre-determined 'coverage' of most CFB teams. I needed more. Well, the first time I payed a visit to this wonderful site, I got what I needed.... And so much more.
I grew up in Florida in a modest household. Neither of my parents were huge sports fans and if not for my mothers large family (Irish-Catholic Air Force) and my aunts and uncles, I probably wouldn't have been either. They started me young and with options. We would gather ritually on Saturday afternoons at my grandparents house with huge spreads, multiple TV's on, and the older cousins playing football with my uncles in the front yard. Always tackle, obviously. They would literally almost dismember me fighting over whose Alma-matter's colors I'd wear that week. Georgia? Tennessee? Virginia-Tech? Florida State? Eventually I grew to love the garnet and gold, and the charismatic man that roamed the sidelines in Tallahassee. As I grew older and began making regular trips to the Capital for game-days my passion only intensified. The feeling I'd get taking that 360 degree exit ramp off I-10 after the four and a half hour drive was like catching my oasis in the desert. Tailgating in neighborhoods around the stadium filled me with a sense of camaraderie and hospitality in quantities I'd never before experienced. You could also say I was filled with more cheap liquor and PBR than I had ever been before, but that's neither here nor there. The nail in the coffin had to be the sight of the enormous red brick fortress that towered over me as I came out of the tunnel with hundreds of people that felt the way I did. I loved the pageantry. I loved the tradition. I loved the University.
Fast forward ten years later to present day and a four year degree that took me five to get, and here I sit. Long time lurker, first time poster. I have had the urge to join the community before. I may have been hesitant because I felt I needed to pay my dues. I have been reading your opinions and gauging your characters for so long, I felt I had no right to thrust myself into the family with no formal introduction. There is Bud, who I feel I must thank personally for quadrupling my football IQ. Drusso, who while extremely arrogant (all of us jocks are, no disrespect to you,sir) is quite hilarious and highly intelligent. FSU, who should know that there is nothing more captivating than a woman who knows more about football than most men. Everyone else who I have left out, I want to thank you for being who you are and making this far and away the best CFB site around. I have come to know and respect you all, and now after three years, and a day before the 2013 season, I wanted to introduce myself and give many thanks to the family I'm so proud to be a part of. Thanks again Tomahawk Nation family, and as always, Go Noles!!!!!