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It has been an exciting Inaugural Year for Georgia's newest college football team, the Georgia State University Panthers! The experience has been first class all the way! All home games are played in the Georgia Dome, with the final home game this Saturday, at 1 p.m. The team is on track to finish with a winning season!
My son Blake, #18, is a defensive back. As a "special teams" player, Blake was fortunate to be on the field for the First Ever Kick-off, of Georgia State's First-Ever Football Game against Shorter, and he has played in every game since! (Blake is in the middle of the line, on the far right in the video, jumping up just before the kickoff!)
There are a bunch of great guys playing on the team. Coach Bill Curry, and the rest of the coaching and support staff are class acts. Even I, one of the least dedicated sports fans you will ever meet, have fallen in love with the Georgia State Panthers! (The hugs I get from lots of the players, after the game, as "Blake's Mama," are nice, too!)
|Coach Bill Curry and Blake Wyatt|
|Blake with Samoan brothers, Louie (ILB), on left, and Jake Muasau (OLB)|
|Blake with his former roommate, quarterback Drew Little|
|Blake with running back, Sam Burkhalter, #44|
|Blake with roommate Kail Singleton (ILB)|
As the brand new Georgia State University Marching Band takes the field, pre-game, and begins to play, the Dome comes alive! The band forms a lane, through which the football team enters the Dome, and as the cheerleaders and flag bearers run onto the field, ahead of the team, the crowd goes wild! We are ready for some FOOTBALL!
Everyone is learning the new Georgia State Fight Song, written in the spirit of traditional Division One fight songs. The music gives the Fight Song a strong sense of history, and the lyrics give it an "edge!" ("We're from the A-T-L, we're gonna' give 'em hell!")
This weekend is GSU's last Home Game. The Panthers are playing the Lamar University Cardinals, from Beaumont, Texas. We have the next week off, then play our final game of the season on Thursday, November 18th, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, against last year's National Championship Team at The University of Alabama! How about joining me in praying for the safety of both teams, and an UPSET victory for GSU! Hey, it could happen!
Y'all come to the game Saturday! For the best ticket prices, call Georgia State at 1-866-GA-STATE. Tickets will be available at the Gate, starting at $15.00. To order online, go to Ticketmaster, for prices starting at $14.05 including service fee. Forward this to your friends! Let's pack the Dome! GO PANTHERS!
|The GSU Panthers!|
|Special Teams Jumping Before Kickoff!|
|Ed, Blake, Britt, and Jamie|