Go Mountaineers

Go Mountaineers

One thing that slipped by recently without me writing about it is the fact that my alma mater – well, ONE of my alma maters – Appalachian State University – beat powerhouse Michigan the first week of the college football season. For those of you who don’t follow college football, this was a huge deal. So, this put Boone, NC (my hometown) on the map (ASU is in Boone). It has been fun times for all of us App State Mountaineers (our mascot. shut up).

Anyway, last week was the homecoming game. Not only did we get to go, but thanks to our friends Drew, Tricia, Tori and Tristan Derrick, and their awesome Grandpa, Dr. Derrick, we got to see the game from the sidelines. Were my kids excited? I have no idea, because I WAS IN THE CLOUDS. Pure, perfect joy it was. Here are some pics.

And this was our whole tailgate crew. Those are my sisters beside me – Kathy (in sunglasses) and Vickie (with blonde hair). My niece Casey is holding her 1-year old, Trathen. Kathy’s boyfriend Jon is behind her in the back. My brother-in-law Lesley is in the back-middle. And our friends Drew and Tricia who scored us the sideline view are in the back right. Their cute daughters, Tori and Tristan, are in the front middle with my kids.

It was a top-10 day.


  1. Anonymous on October 12, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Hey dad! Jack here. you forgot to add that i got to go in the locker room! It’s okay though, i just said it. Love you!!!


  2. Anonymous on October 12, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    Hey Travis,

    I do remember thinking of you when I heard the football news (and I DON’T follow football, my husband is my only source of sports news). I was looking for Angela in the photos, she must be the one behind the camera; I can relate – most of our event photos don’t include me!
    Anyway, two blogs in two days! Glad you’re back. You and your family are so precious! Can’t wait to see you in San Diego in April!


  3. Anonymous on October 12, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    I saw you in the stands and about had a heart attack!

    GO ASU!

  4. jennyhope on October 12, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    so fun!! Jack is cracking me up that is so cute!

  5. Joanne on October 12, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    Hi, it’s me again. Glad to hear this story! What fun! Tell Jack I am so excited for him that he got to go into the locker room??!!!! Wow, what an awesom experience! I hope you got picturs of this! Hugs and kisses to you and your family

    Joanne from NH

  6. Anonymous on October 13, 2007 at 6:47 am


    I thought it was my imagination that I saw you there!!! Very cool. My daughter is a marching mountaineer and we always have great fun at every home game. She was at the Michigan game and it was definitely a lifetime memory for her. I’m glad you had a top 10 day last week.

    Hey Jack, I hope you had fun in the locker room with the players. Coach Moore seems really awesome!

    We’re headed to Boone today to take our marching Mountaineer back for band festival. It should be a glorious fall day! Thank you, Lord.

  7. Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) on October 13, 2007 at 7:21 am

    Nothing like college football in the South! Looks like a fun day.


  8. Shelly on October 13, 2007 at 12:17 pm


    Your young’ins totally captured my heart!

  9. Sarah on October 13, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    You forgot to post the name of the Mountaineers’ mascot. “Yosef” Embarassing, I know!

  10. darla on October 14, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    miget miget football! do y’all call it that there..in PA we have it, and my little man plays too. Very time consuming, but he is really into it, and they do grow up so fast! Glad you came back and didn’t forget us!

  11. Key of A on October 14, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Hey Travis:

    Can’t believe I missed you at the homecoming game. I’m very jealous that you were on the sidelines! Love our moutaineers! Also, Coach Moore is awesome! You can definitely tell Jack has your spunk!

    Take Care!

    Amanda Jessup

  12. connorcolesmom on October 14, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    That looks like so much fun!!
    Oh and Jack’s comment made me LOL!!
    Boys are too funny!!
    Now a girl would NEVER be excited about a stinky locker room 🙂
    God bless,

  13. Andy Atkins on October 14, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    It was good to see ya! And good to see our boys win, too!

  14. Rich on October 15, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    See you school spirit wearing a non ASU shirt.. how dare you…

  15. puzzlepiecesista on October 15, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    There is nothin’ like Fall and Football games is there!!!!

    Fall is my FAVORITE season, you should see the BEAUTIFUL colors here in Washington State right now, it nearly takes your breath away!!!

    My boys are insane about football so I feel your joy on this one!!

    Great pictures, thanks for sharing!:)

  16. Chad & Erin on October 19, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Just had to say, I LOVE APP STATE! I am thinking about getting a t-shirt from there. Because, I am from OHIO! And there is this small Ohio State/Michigan thing.

  17. E on October 19, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    Hey there Travis, I was wondering why you didn’t make a big deal about the BIG win 🙂 I am a fellow alum of ASU… I came to the Living Proof weekend when ya’ll were in Boone – AMAZING!! (I am Hal’s daughter) Hope ya’ll are doing good – great to see new pics of the family!


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