One of my most cherished family traditions is going to University of Utah football games.
I have very early memories of dressing in my red (the reason why red is my favorite color) and heading up to the football stadium. Sometimes these could be tortuous times. Maybe we had to park a little further than planned. Maybe it was pouring buckets or just down right freezing! Even during the not so successful of seasons (there have been a few of those,) there was no question who would be standing on their feet, the McFaddens! I love the excitement in the stadium. I love the marching band and clapping and singing along to the Utah Fight song after each touchdown!
I have a lot of fun memories of times when we have shown our Utah pride! Growing up, we had the U of U swamp cooler cover, the license plate holder and personalized plate to go with it. I have been able to travel to see them play in Las Vegas and San Diego. Some of my favorite games have been 3 bowl games, including the great 2004Fiesta Bowl!
(The Zierse family ready for a game in Las Vegas.)
(Carson's first Utah game versus UNLV.)
My family is very superstitious when it comes to game day! Number one, we have to have a bag of red Twizzlers (it can never be Red Vines) ready to open on kickoff. When we are at a game, we have to be there to watch warm ups. My brother says that he can always get a feel for how the game is going to be if he witnesses this moment. My mom’s newest superstition is that whenever she opens a bag of M&M’s, she immediately separates the red ones from all other colors, most importantly the blue ones! Most of this might sound silly to you all, but I love it! I look forward to it every year. Oh, what I wouldn't give to be there this season!
(This is us at the start of today's Utah vs. Michigan game. Notice Kelly has the opened bag of Twizzlers in hand!)
(Katelyn was watching intently, for about 10 seconds!)
(I do believe she is the cutest little ute!)
(Katie and Mom. Katelyn is having a bit of a bow malfunction!)
(These are just some pictures of us enjoying the first victory of the season. It was a bit of a nail biter, but Utah came away with a 25-23 win!)
I have since passed this great tradition on to my kids. Every time we watch a game, we proudly wear our red and white, eat our bag of Twizzlers, and cheer on our Utah Utes! As of right now, they don’t have the pleasure of attending the games in person (unless Kelly would start letting us travel to Salt Lake each week they play…not a bad idea!) But we at least have the next best thing, satellite dish! This will be the first season since I can remember that I won’t be to at least one game. It makes me a lot sad not to be there with my family, participating in one of the things I love most. But know this; I am for sure the biggest Utah fan in all of Arizona!