InsideGSUSports will have a special guest blogger throughout the 2013-14 academic year as BlueMan gives his thoughts on all things GSU Athletics. Daniel Wilson, aka BlueMan, has set a goal of attending more than 100 GSU sporting events this year. This past weekend, he traveled to Athens to get Georgia State some exposure as a part of ESPN’s College Gameday.
This past Saturday, the ESPN College Gameday crew traveled to Athens, Ga., the site of the highly anticipated thriller between the Georgia Bulldogs and the LSU Tigers. Behind the stage it was jam-packed – everything you could possibly expect in a Gameday atmosphere, from crazy fans to creative signs. But after my most recent experience there, I can tell you this: watching it on TV is one thing, actually being there behind the stage is another.
With no Georgia State athletic events happening that day, an opportunity arose to get GSU some exposure on TV, so I donned my suit and met up with my fellow superfan Nick Bray and Panthertalk’s Chris Hillyard on the set in Athens with a sign and a GSU flag, and man was it a blast! It did feel quite awkward though to be wearing blue in the middle of a sea of red. Remember, blue is also the primary color of the Florida Gators, Georgia’s arch-nemesis. I had to show many my sign to clarify that I was in fact affiliated with GSU. All in all, though, it was quite a good crowd who gave us our fair share of compliments for having the courage to come down and show our colors proudly despite the record being what it is.
As for the part of getting GSU on TV, that was a task which I found much more difficult. Imagine that it is Black Friday and you want to get your gifts as soon as possible, so you arrive early. The problem is that everyone else has that mindset and as a result, you’re stuck in a massive crowd before the store opens. That’s basically what it’s like on College Gameday morning. We got up early and arrived on set at 8:15 a.m., but by then it was already packed. With so many signs already out in front of us, getting our signs to be seen behind Lee Corso & Co. was impossible. Was it hopeless, though? No. That’s because there was also the overhead camera. We were able to get GSU its exposure through the use of this. And that’s what made the trip even more satisfying.
Until next time,