About the Author
My history with the University of Colorado football team dates back to 1980, my freshman year in Boulder.
Remember 1980? The “Miracle on Ice” in Lake Placid? The election of Ronald Reagan as President? 1980 was also a year of infamy in Boulder. In the spring, CU cut a number of sports programs, including baseball and wrestling. That fall, the football team went 1-10, including infamous losses to Drake and to Oklahoma (were you there for 82-42?).
Yet there I was,in the stands, at every home game. In 1984, I received my B.A. (History/Political Science), going on to attend law school at CU (J.D., ‘87). For those of you counting at home, that is seven seasons in Boulder – with only one winning campaign (a 7-5 record in 1985). My loyalty was rewarded, however – I was there in the senior section for the epic 20-10 win over Nebraska in 1986.
Since graduating in 1987 and returning home to Bozeman, Montana, to open my law practice, I have remained true to my school. A longtime season ticket holder, (and former member of the CU Alumni Association Board of Directors), I commute 700 miles for most of the home games each season (for those games I can’t make, tickets are used by local Buff fans). I have watched CU in participate in bowl games in four time zones (I missed out on five by failing to attend the 1993 Aloha Bowl), and have traveled to such road venues as Lincoln, College Station, Austin, Columbus, and Athens, Georgia, to watch the Buffs.
A few friends will make regular appearances in my writings:
I have known Brad G. since 1982, when we met in Boulder. We went through CU undergrad and law school together. We have attended more CU games in tandem than either of us can remember. Miami, Houston, Tempe, Los Angeles, Athens and Lincoln are some of the venues we visited. We have endured the tough seasons, and relished the great ones, together.
I met Randy T. in Bozeman in 1990. While not a CU grad, he is a CU convert. He has made the long drive across eastern Wyoming with me for the past 12 or 13 years. That’s a lot of miles over the years that I didn’t have to travel alone. Thank you, Randy!
When in Boulder, I have the very good fortune of staying with Julie T. and her husband, Tony. I have known Julie since meeting her at Libby Hall in 1982, and while I can’t say that she is a CU fanatic (she has managed to procure a CU t-shirt or two over the years – for gamedays), she has graciously opened her home to me for years for my CU sojourns.
Personal: I have been married since 1994 to a wonderful woman, Lee. She brought into our marriage three fantastic children, and we now have four grandchildren to enjoy. Lee is an Ohio State grad, but she is not exactly a Buckeye fanatic (in graduate school, she had an office inside the football stadium, yet never attended a game!). Naturally, when we were dating, I was concerned about compatibility. I told Lee that I couldn’t propose to her until she had lived with me through a football season. She was in the stands with Brad and I for the 1993 Miami game/brawl. She survived that game in fine form, and I proposed a few weeks later.