Thinking About Doak Campbell Stadium

Today was a big day for Kentucky, the annual grudge match we call the UK-UL football game.  I didn’t go into town this afternoon, but I’m sure that if I did, I would have seen a lot of activity around Commonwealth Stadium, and not much activity anywhere else.  It wasn’t nice for University of Kentucky fans – the University of Louisville beat us 27-13 – and our new coach, Mark Stoops, is trying to make the best of it by calling it a learning experience.  I wasn’t paying attention, though.  My mind was on Doak Campbell Stadium, in Tallahassee, FL.

I told you in the past about my brother, Chris Kimball, making the jacket worn by Osceola, the Florida State mascot.  For those messages, go to my entries from August 9, 2009, September 20, 2010, and November 5, 2011.  Well, a friend of his got tickets for today’s game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Nevada Wolfpack, and invited Chris to come along.  This is the first time he has been to an FSU game, so he got a good chance to see how Osceola’s jacket is holding out, four years later.

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He and his friends started out at a party outside the stadium.  No surprise there.

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Here is Osceola on his horse Renegade.  Yes, the jacket still looks good.

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And here is another view of the field.  I can see from the sign on the skyboxes that the inside of the stadium had been renamed “Bobby Bowden Field.”

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The game was a blowout; the Seminoles won 62-7.  Here is Chris after it was over.  Well, he had a long day.

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