Today… we are THE UNCONQUERED

To any outsider, today's Florida State – Georgia Tech game is just that… a game. But after the week that the FSU community has endured, it is so much more than just a game.

This is a chance to come together – a chance to celebrate the road we have traveled… the trials and triumphs… the highs and the lows. This is our time to state unequivocally that we alone will own our future and we alone will control our destiny.

And if there was ever a time for the Seminole Nation to draw together, it is today. This is our opportunity to show the world that, once again — in victory and in defeat — we are THE UNCONQUERED.

Cheif Osceola

I don’t know what to say, really. Three minutes till the biggest battle of our professional lives all comes down to today. Now either we heal as a team or we’re gonna crumble, inch by inch, play by play, 'til we’re finished.

We’re in hell right now, gentlemen, believe me. And, we can stay here — get the shit kicked out of us — or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell one inch at a time.

Now, I can’t do it for you. I’m too old. I look around. I see these young faces, and I think — I mean — I made every wrong choice a middle-aged man can make. I, uh, I pissed away all my money, believe it or not. I chased off anyone who’s ever loved me. And lately, I can’t even stand the face I see in the mirror.

You know, when you get old in life things get taken from you. I mean that's…part of life. But, you only learn that when you start losing stuff. You find out life’s this game of inches. So is football. Because in either game, life or football, the margin for error is so small — I mean one-half a step too late, or too early, and you don’t quite make it. One-half second too slow, too fast, you don’t quite catch it.

The inches we need are everywhere around us.

They’re in every break of the game, every minute, every second.

On this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch, because we know when we add up all those inches that’s gonna make the fuckin' difference between winning and losing! Between livin' and dyin'!

I’ll tell you this: In any fight, it’s the guy who’s willing to die who’s gonna win that inch. And I know if I’m gonna have any life anymore, it’s because I’m still willin' to fight and die for that inch. Because that’s what livin' is! The six inches in front of your face!!

Now I can’t make you do it. You got to look at the guy next to you. Look into his eyes! Now I think you’re gonna see a guy who will go that inch with you. You're gonna see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team because he knows, when it comes down to it, you’re gonna do the same for him!

That’s a team, gentleman!

And, either we heal, now, as a team, or we will die as individuals.

That’s football guys.

That's all it is.

Now, what are you gonna do?

— "Any Given Sunday"

The End of an Era

If you believe what you read in the papers, we're witnessing the last chapter of the most successful era in college football history.

Legendary coach Bobby Bowden, who embraced a rival in the wake of tragedy, who built a football powerhouse from the ground up, and who oversaw the greatest college football dynasty ever, is in the twilight of his career.

Sadly, the reasoned, rational criticism that the FSU football program rightfully deserves threatens to devolve into a ugly mob scene that may rob Bowden of the respect that his body of work should garner.

I would caution my fellow Noles that tearing down a man will not accomplish our goals and – in the end – will do the university more harm than good. The closing of this chapter is a time for all of us to draw together and support the change that must come.

I'm deeply saddened that a great & honorable man must face such public backlash. He deserves to take in this sunset with great pride & admiration. I hope he will make this daunting decision with the spirit that has served him so well in his career.

GO NOLES!

Bring your Orange & Green Flowers

One of the most unique traditions at FSU is the Sod Cemetery. Begun in 1962, the sod cemetery marks many of the the Seminoles landmark away game and bowl game victories.

This weekend, nine grave markers denoting landmark wins over Miami will be sporting orange & green flowers, so don't forget to pay homage before & after the game.

T-minus 7 days

Seven days until the start of the 2009 Florida State Football season. Although I'll likely see most of it from Maryland rather than Tallahassee, I still can't wait to drop the spear!