I don't normally write too sports specific on this blog. I leave that to the boys, who usually know a bit more than me instinctually. But on this occasion, I can't help it. I am bursting with Pony Pride! Cheesy? Yes. But, true.
I've had football season tickets for six consecutive years, along with a few before I moved away to NYC (kind of hard to commute from Manhattan). And now I'm in my second year of basketball season tickets. I cannot explain what it feels like to watch a sports program at SMU light it on FIRE the way Larry Brown has with our basketball program. It is awe-inspiring.
Check out this video and tell me it doesn't inspire you. They play it to open every home game. I've watched 100x now. Chills. Every. Time.
I shot the finally seconds of the game last Saturday the 8th against #7 Cincinnati. I've never seen anything like it since beginning my SMU career in the Fall of 1998. I'm so proud that the students are as supportive and excited as they are of our extraordinary team. You can watch my little iPhone video on our YouTube page. Next time I'll shoot wide. I was just too excited to think!
It's been almost 20 years since I started college at SMU. That seems like a really, really long time. It's been even longer since SMU has been to the NCAA tournament. I wasn't even paying attention to SMU when they won the Southwest Conference Regular season title in 1993. I remember the Sports Illustrated when former Mustang Jon Koncak was (briefly) the highest paid player in the NBA. I was in school when SMU played the #1 Arkansas Razorbacks in 1994. I witnessed the 'revival" under coach Mike Dement when we made an NIT appearance in 2000. That team had two future NBA players on it, which was a big deal to us. Quinton Ross played several years in the NBA and still plays professionally overseas. Jeryl Sasser was a first round draft pick. We made the final four in the CollegeInsider.com Post Season Tournament in 2011 (yes, that's a real thing). These aren't even enough to be footnotes in your history if you are a North Carolina or Duke alum. For Mustang fans these are fond memories. Larry Brown has changed all of that.
When we were in school, I went to probably 90-95% of the home games. There were plenty of good seats available. The only time it seemed to be close to a sell out were those times when a ranked opponent (i.e. Fresno St or New Mexico) showed up or if it was a nationally televised game (I seem to remember a couple of 11pm games versus TCU). Those games notwithstanding, attendance was so sparse that every chant or cheer could be heard throughout the arena. Larry Brown has changed all of that.
The big time SMU recruits I remember were players who had accolades (Mr. Basketball Colorado, Texas 5A player of the year, etc) but weren't heavily recruited by the NCAA basketball blue bloods. Basketball is one of the few sports that one impact recruit can impact your program. Jeryl Sasser, for example, led us to the NIT without much help (Ross was a freshman that year). We weren't getting those guys. Larry Brown has changed all of that.
I can't remember SMU basketball being this exciting. Since I've relocated to Austin, I haven't been able to get to any games. But Coach Brown has made us relevant enough that we're on tv at least once a week. Every Monday I check the new polls to see how many votes we get. I don't think I've ever been able to do that before. ESPN's Bracketology is another can't miss for me. I don't know if we've ever even appeared on that page prior to this year. And I'm excited for our future...Coach Brown has signed the highest ranked recruit ever for SMU and he enrolls in August. Two of this years top freshman had narrowed their collegiate choices to Kentucky (8 national championships), Kansas (invented basketball) and SMU. So, thank you, Coach Brown. Thank you for bringing pride to SMU. Thank you for bringing wins and expectations to SMU. And thank you for doing it the right way and with class.
After a hiatus the last couple years, the much-requested Ruana is back at Gameday Cloth. Versatile and so much cuter than a cardigan.
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I can't help but get a bit nostalgic around the holidays. We've had our first doors open now 1,263 days. (Yes, I just used days as my measure of time). Sometimes it feels like no time at all, but most of the time it feels like the longest 3 1/2 years of my life.
I focused a lot over the Christmas season about getting my heart in the right place and making sure I saw what was important. It's easy to allow stress and pressure to succeed to bring you down and overwhelm you. I will admit, there were a few times this year I thought Gameday Cloth was going to open up like a Blue Whale and swallow me whole.
But sitting on the precipice of 2014, reflecting back, as one does, on 2013, I'm grateful. I've met some of the most amazing people I couldn't imagine my life without all because of the store - customers, employees, vendors; all now friends. I've been able to see a dream realized. I had a vision in my head and it is now an actuality. How many people are lucky enough to say that in their life? And what fashion female wouldn't be excited about a massive store that also acts as your personal closet and shopping spree? Let's be real.
I'm not one for resolutions. I'd rather try and make a positive change I can keep. Some may say that's a resolution, but for some reason, once that's what it's labeled, I break it. Two years ago I vowed to make more time for myself, last year to focus more on work and this year I will focus more on those around me. Of course, I also vow to get out of debt and pray every day, but neither of those have yet to come to fruition after years of attempts. But sitting here today in the quiet, I'm so proud of what the store looks like and has become and am so grateful for all of the people that have gotten us to where we are. It seems only fitting that I spend my next year investing in those people that have so tirelessly invested in me, us and our dream that is Gameday Cloth.
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SO MUCH FUN! We got a call a couple weeks ago asking to put together looks for a Red River fashion segment on Good Morning Texas for Friday, Oct 10th. I've only been on a TV set a handful of times and, let me tell you, nothing gets you going more than LIVE TV! (no pressure).
I grabbed a couple friends and GDC girls and LOVED putting my styling hat back on. Now that we have the GDC Denim Bar I can truly style head to ... well, ankle. It was a little chilly to rock our Havaianas or Hari Mari's.
Look at how cute these girls were!
The stylist doing the segment for GMT was Jeannette Chivvis and she's posted the video and some more pics on her blog. I couldn't help but snag a few of my own pics as well.
From L to R: (everything can be found at GDC).
Cheryl is wearing OCJ jeans in OU, G Wear top in Oklahoma, Randolph Engineering Aviators
Kristi is wearing James Jeans Twiggy in Ginger, Original Retro Brand cropped burnout UT top, LeeLee Rox Texas hat
Daryn is wearing thvm jeans in Salt, Original Retro Brand OU dolman, necklace from Gameday Cloth
I am wearing James Jeans Twiggy in Moroccan Leaf, Original Retro Brand Hi/Lo Dolman in UT, necklace from Gameday Cloth