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Tradition and Throwback’s Take Main Stage at FSU Spring Game

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Typically when we tune into a football game whether it’s live in person, on television, radio or stream it is to see who comes out on top after 60 minutes of battle between the sidelines on the gridiron. However, in College Football it is far more than just a sporting event. It is a pageantry that’s derived from tradition. For some, it can consist of a replica Conestoga Wagon or even a live bison they call Ralphie. For others, it can consist of rolling a legendary tree with toilet paper, or even a floating “sailgating” party along the Tennessee River. However, in Tallahassee it goes far beyond the Warchant and the Flaming Spear in Doak Campbell on Saturdays.

See on Saturdays when Seminole fans say they “bleed garnet and gold” they just don’t say that in exertion for the university’s football program. Bleeding garnet and gold means you thrive off the culture created when Head Coach Bobby Bowden arrived in 1976. Traditions at Florida State aren’t just the pregame festivities and the gold helmet. For the ‘Noles, tradition consist of the 3 National TItles painted on the walls of the north end zone,  the 18 conference championships, and the 46 former Seminoles currently playing professional football.

Therefore this Saturday on the 14th of April, Seminole fans of all generations will be reminded just why we bleed garnet and gold. The Willie Taggart Era kicks off with a spring game that represents the ongoing cultural shift within the program while reminding us why we all love Florida State by honoring the past players and coaches who made this program what it is today.

1.Bobby is back Again?

Yes, you read that correctly. Bobby is back again for the 2nd time in less than a week after going ghost for over 8 years in Tallahassee. Before Coach Taggart and his 2018 squad steals the show, find the legend himself signing autographs at the Garnet and Gold shop in Downtown Tally from 11am-1pm.

2. FSU Baseball host #14 Duke at Dick Howser

After falling to rival Florida for the 8th straight game the 24-9 Seminoles look to get back on track after losing 3 straight to win their 4th In-conference series of the year while hosting the #14 Duke Blue Devils to a best of three game series at Dick Howser Stadium.

3. Uniforms

Bringing the passion/tradition back to FSU was a vital factor to Taggart once he took over in December. So, what screams tradition more at Florida State than the uniforms. Even though the teams aren’t wearing the tradition home and away’s; the Gold teams will wear the all white while the Garnet is wearing the all garnet seen last year in the Independence Bowl. It’s something the ‘Noles did frequently under Head Coach Bowden & Taggart is doing so to bring the “swag” back to Tallahassee.

4. Throwback Endzones too?

Admiring the unmatched past of Florida State Football was a vital component when constructing the theme of the first spring game in the Willie Taggart Era. The designs of both end zones will be painted in retrospect to those of the 1993 and 1999 National Championship seasons that occurred in the midst of the dominant 14 straight season run of finishing in the top 5 under Head Coach Bobby Bowden.

5. The Long Awaited Return of the Spirit Spear is Finally here

Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, and Rob Base aren’t the only icons of the 80’s and 90’s making a return trip to the state capital this weekend. The light up meter which was used to measure crowd noise, better known as the spirit spear is making its long-awaited debut in the 21st century after it was taken down following the 1991 season. Although the spear won’t actually have its true physical appearance as it did in the late 20th century, the spear will be displayed in an animated and digital manner on the stadium’s scoreboard.

6. Former Players Have Brought in the Hype

Over the past few months, Willie Taggart and his staff have welcomed legendary players such as the `Noles treasured Wideout Peter Warrick, and the QB under center who led the famous “Choke At Doak” Danny Kanell. And it doesn’t stop at the spring game. A various amount of Former `Noles have stated they’ll be in attendance at tomorrows spring game. The legendary FSU Icon better known as “Primetime Deion Sanders” will be in attendance along with former Heisman Trophy and National Championship winners Charlie Ward and “Famous Jameis” Winston, and that’s just to name a few. More recent FSU Football alumnus such as Demarcus Ward, Telvin Smith, and Dalvin Cook have tweeted out possible appearances at Florida State’s spring game.

 


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