Its been a fairly long week here in Aggieland, eagerly awaiting the beginning of the football season and dreading the start of classes on Monday. Of course it is hot, but we are finally close enough to September 2nd for The Weather Channel to have a preliminary forecast up. Not too bad heat wise (high of 93F) but that 60% chance of precipitation has me just a bit worried.
I went to grad school orientation last Friday and was probably the only person on the campus tour that was happy Kyle Field was closed for the day. I have a secret you see. My first memory of Michigan Stadium was sitting in the front row of the student section as a senior in high school while we pounded living bejeepers out of some nameless MAC foe (it was actually BGSU). I was a senior in high school at the time, so when I toured the stadium later that year on a campus visit, getting to walk on its hallowed field, it meant something.
Empty stadiums have always struck me as kind of sad, and so I always want my first experience in one to be on a gameday with all the pageantry that entails. The quiet moments where you hear the echoes and a appreciate the history should come later. As a result of all this, I've been actively avoiding Kyle Field, worried that I'll always remember a first impression of an empty shell devoid of meaning. This is why I was happy that the ongoing scoreboard construction preventing our tour from getting a close up look at the field. I hope that a week from Saturday this self-imposed separation will seem worthwhile as I am one of about 85,000 Aggies cheering for our footballers to beat the hell outta The Citadel.
The Weather Channel is now saying no chance of precipitation and 94 degrees. Its looking better and better every day.