Jimmermania, and the NCAA's that are underway has made me nostalgic for my college days. I was greatly blessed to attend BYU in the year that it mattered. 1984. Of course I am talking about Sharlene Wells becoming Miss America. Somewhat lost in the shadow of Miss America was that BYU also had a pretty good football team that year.
As BYU worked its way up the national polls, all the way up to National Champions, life on campus was crazy. I remember ESPN coming to broadcast a pep rally at The Star Palace. I swear, it was the only time I ever went to the Star Palace. Promise! It was an exciting time. I don't remember anything that actually had to do with education from that year. I imagine life on campus must be quite similar these days.
One of the high points of that year was piling in the car with my friends and heading to some of the away games. Road Trip. And I can't think back about BYU road trips without fondly recalling my two favorites:
Yes, Mountain Dew and Zingers. Breakfast of Champions. Like strawberries and shortcake, like Ben & Jerry. I could drive all night with an adequate supply of these babies. Be advised that these are the YELLOW Zingers. Not the chocolate, or the mutant raspberry. No, not Twinkies. Don't even...
Of course, I don't think that back in '84 it even crossed our minds if we should be drinking Dew off Campus. I'm not even sure what the ruling is on that now. I do know that it served as an effective, and tasty, safety measure for a bunch of football fans heading to Fort Collins in the middle of the night to watch the Y whoop up on CSU.
So, tonight as I watch the Cougars take on the Terriers (smirk), I will sit back and enjoy neither the Dew or the Zingers.
Why? Because that stuff will kill you.
Disclaimer: In 1984 BYU did not utilize a red and green Mountain Dew logo on their uniforms or on campus. I just made that up.
However, the Mountain Dew logo is the real ones from 1984.