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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Noles Hammer Boston College 67-51

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We just got back from the game with FSU in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Both FSU and BC entered the game with identical 4-1 records in the conference. It was a tough ticket.

We left our house at 6:30 for the 7:00 game. We drove the Prius and were lucky to find a free parking spot in the FSU faculty parking lot. While Lulu parked the car - I went to my usual "begging" spot and held up two fingers. The game was supposedly sold out - and lots of newbies came up to me to ask if I was selling tickets. Two fingers means you want two - but many people showed up for the night's event without tickets.

One scalper offered me two tickets for $200. It was 6:50 by now - and I said that in 5 minutes I would be going home and watching the game on TV. All of a sudden a couple came up to us and asked us to follow them to the "will call" window. They had 4 tickets waiting for them and their friends could not make it. When they got their envelope they handed us the two tickets - free.

When we got to our section - it was dark and they were already introducing the players so we had to wait. Our tickets were in Section V1 - lower level - if that half court line was 12 & 6 o'clock - we were sitting at 7:30. For the lace being sold out - there were quite a few empty seats - good seats. I am guessing maybe 11,000 were there.

The Noles led the whole game - but only by 2 at half time. 75 legend players were introduced for the half time show including Dave Cowens and Kirk Luckman. Lulu spent half time gabbing with Jeannie - one of her former students from Tampa - that drives up for the games with her husband.

In the second half - it was all Noles - the final score 67-51 was the largest margin of the night.

The Noles are now 5-1 in the ACC for only the second time in their 18 years as a member. Duke is also 5-1 - but their loss was here in Tallahassee.

We left at the buzzer and traffic was moving nicely. We were home in 10 minutes. Free parking - free tickets - and Lulu brought along free snacks. Throw in a route - and it was a fun evening. Now we will watch the game on our DVR and see what really happened.

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