I attended my first University of North Alabama game last night, and Jacob was dressed out, but on the sidelines wearing a headset, sending the offensive plays in. Other than not getting to see Jacob play, it was a fantastic evening – Dad, Ms. Rachel, Elecia and I sat in Dad’s seats, and my oldest niece Jacey (also a UNA student) and her longtime boyfriend Robbie, whom we consider a member of the family, were down front.
The UNA Lions were heavily favored over Kentucky Christian, an NAIA team, and did not disappoint, rolling to a 39-0 rout. There were several times UNA was on the verge of scoring and had to settle for a field goal instead, but it didn’t seem to matter. (The kicker, in fact, tied the school record for the number of field goals in a game, with five.)
Earlier in the week, I discovered that the web site TotalProSports.com has named Leo III and Una the best live animal mascots in all of college football, and so it was fun to see them in their mobile cage on the sidelines. (Their donation-funded $1.3 million habitat is located on the UNA campus; Braly Stadium is not actually on-campus, and I didn’t get to see the campus on this visit.)
The halftime show was also notable. UNA’s Pride of Dixie band is great on their own, but last night they had a grand finale featuring band members, color guard members, dancers and the like from scores of Alabama high schools – a total of 750 people on the field.
All in all, a fun evening, and worth not getting back to my apartment until after midnight.