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Cool personal story from the game Wednesday night.

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by tilly, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. ApexNC

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  2. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker GC Hall of Fame

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    I saw the picture earlier. Your kids were adorable.

    I was going to make a joke about how they must take after your wife, but I refrained.
     
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  3. jeffphillips21

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    Thanks for sharing Tilly. Moments like those are what it's all about, and one of the reasons I love college basketball and specifically this team. And coach. We may have our flaws but all great kids who I love to support. They just do things the right way. Especially after all the Adidas chaos over the summer. Proud to be a Gator. And happy your kids are too.

    On a side note, we should have you working recruiting trails to flip Duke and UNC commits
     
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  4. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude VIP Member

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    best post I've seen in a long time on the GC boards, really great to confirm that our guys are also great kids Thanks a ton for posting the saga, hope you had a safe trip back
     
  5. HayGator

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    Awesome post! Can’t see the pic either.
     
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  6. gatorranger7

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    Had a similar experience in Knoxville back in January 2011. Living in Knoxville and raising your kids to be Gators was made easier by the typical success we had in Football, plus the general obnoxiousness of the natives. Basketball seemed to be our weakness, though, and me and/or my kids seemed to be a bad mojo for the Boys in Shorts when they played in Knoxville, even during the NC years. Never saw a Gator win and if I never see Chris Lofton again it will be too soon.

    The January 2011 game was a cold cold cold day but my HS senior son and I had 2 tix from my employer and thought "what the hell" and went to the game. Great overtime victory and it was the first BB win we had observed live. My son wore his white Nike Gator BB jersey and nothing else, since I dropped him curbside then went to park farther out. Yes, this is relevant. After the game, we went to where we hoped the guys would come out of the visitor locker room. The security guard hustled us off and so we ended up outside by the team bus. The cold front had deepened during the game and now it was snowing pretty hard as we shivered beside the bus chatting with the driver. 10 minutes. 20 minutes. My kid was starting to look like a popsicle so I told him that we had to just give it up. He wasn't open to that so I told him I would go get the car. I drove back 15 minutes later...no bus, no kid in sight. Stymied, I drove around a bit, then saw my son, grinning, running out to the car. He hopped in and I noticed autographs all over his jersey. "What happened?", I asked him. Well, he says, the driver of the bus went and told the security guard to let me in just as the team was coming out. The driver told Coach Donovan that "this kid's been waiting on you all", so Coach brought the team over and the 5 starters all autographed the front of the jersey and the rest of the team and Coach D signed the back. They got on the bus and were gone.

    Great memory for both of us, but especially him.
     
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  7. llm85

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    Great story, Tilly. I had a similar experience nearly 50 years ago, albeit with Notre Dame (my father's alma mater) football. I remembering thinking how important my dad must have been to be talking to the coach and QB. As I got older I realized that he wasn't that important, he was just being a good dad. Hopefully your kids will figure out the same thing when they get older (if they haven't already).
     
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  8. tilly

    tilly Superhero Moderator with bulletproof posts! Moderator VIP Member

    Your joke's humor is only outdone by it's accuracy my friend! :D
     
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  9. tilly

    tilly Superhero Moderator with bulletproof posts! Moderator VIP Member

    Gonna run the photo posting thing up the flagpole guys. See if we can get some answers.
     
  10. g8wayg8r

    g8wayg8r All American

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    Sure makes the recruiting stars seem less important than the character thing. Your family will remember that more than any other stat, award or record.
     
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  11. deathroll

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    Great story. Reminds me of when my brother and I brought my nephews up to see a game/the campus and Noah came walking out of the O'Dome alone. Very nice guy. Spoke with the 2 boys and then stood for pictures. Neat pics too, little short 1/2 Puerto Rican kids coming up to about the knees of that 7 footer. Too bad I (somehow) managed to delete both photos (yep, sure did).
     
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  12. gatorranger7

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    I have heard similar stories about Joakim from other people. It's like my experiences with Steve and/or Jeri Spurrier. Nothing but generous, kind and very down-to-earth.
     
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  13. tegator80

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    And...they are ALL college kids and not professionals. You pay them big bucks? you are within bounds to nail their asses for piss poor performances. College kids are still kids. We need to remember that....ALWAYS.
     
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  14. tegator80

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    So, did you have a picture of two grinning boys with a pair of obscure knees or was it a picture of an odd selfie of Noah?
     
  15. deathroll

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    Both photos were 100% deleted; I am not a millennial.
     
  16. tegator80

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    Yes, so you had both a picture kids with knees and one of a face and space?
     
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    Bumping for the average fans.
     
  18. akaGatorhoops

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    Nice find.

    I know players sometimes read these boards-- and I hope they read this thread, and know fans appreciate em for the right reasons.

    Dammit- I wish one of those threes dropped!!
     
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