In case y’all didn’t know, I’m an SEC fan. I’m from Georgia and I earned my M.A. at Auburn University. My girlfriend is from Alabama and she earned her B.A. from AUM. We are avid Auburn fans, and although her addiction is football and mine is basketball, we both enjoy lots of trashtalking this time of year. Let me just add here that I know the SEC is a little lacking in basketball stats except Kentucky, of course, so I follow lots of teams outside of my home conference. (I see you Big Ten).
Last week, we were chatting about sports gear and she mentioned that she was interested in some new gear but wasn’t sure if I’d like the items she was thinking about purchasing. I remember telling her that anything with an AU on it I’ll wear, and mentioned that I didn’t think I had enough AU or SEC stuff, but that it wasn’t high on my priority list right now. This was a couple of weeks ago, and I pretty much forgot about the conversation. Weelllll, I get home from campus yesterday and there is a huge package on my doorstep. I’m trying to figure out what the heck it could be, since the only things I order with reckless abandon are books, and I knew that I hadn’t ordered THAT many books recently. I pick up the package and see that it’s from Fanatics.com and I know that T-baby has struck again.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but I LOVE getting things in the mail, so I rush in the house and rip the thing open like a kid at Xmas. T. has ordered us matching AU gear, yeah, it’s kinda cutesy, but since it’s athletic gear, we can pull it off. We’ve got new matching pajamas; hoodies that are slightly different but the same colors, SEC conference shirts, and really awesome 3/4 zip ups. Obviously, T. hadn’t forgotten the conversation at all, and wanted to surprise me with some gear. I love this woman, not because she buys me things, but because she is just so thoughtful and sweet, and is truly able to surprise me in the most creative and fun ways.
So yeah, I’m wearing my new SEC conference shirt to campus today (I’m not teaching today) and I DARE anyone to say something to me about it. 🙂