I vividly remember walking across the basketball court at Moby late one night my freshman year.
I told my friend, â€œSomeday Iâ€™ll be sitting right here courtside covering basketball for the newspaper.â€
Three years later I would.
Since that time, Iâ€™ve been fortunate enough to cover menâ€™s basketball, football and volleyball, with many other sports in between.
Q: Best games Iâ€™ve witnessed?
A: Sept. 6, 2009: CSU 23-CU-Boulder 17 (football).
Before every football game this fall, fellow beat reporter Adam Bohlmeyer and I would predict the score of the game.
I canâ€™t remember my prediction for this game, but I can tell you it was lopsided and not in CSUâ€™s favor. I was never so glad to be wrong.
I was down on the sideline when CSU students rushed the field at Folsom. Going against the mob to make my way to the Buffsâ€™ locker room, I saw two students run up to head coach Steve Fairchild and give him a hug.
That was the only time I saw Fairchild smile.
Sept. 13, 2008: CSU 3-Florida 0 (volleyball).
Around 4,000 excited, screaming fans clad in CSU green packed into Moby for the volleyball match pitting No. 8 Florida against the beloved Rams.
It was the loudest I had ever heard Moby â€“â€“ even louder than basketball games this season.
And the Rams used that energy to absolutely dominate the shell-shocked Gators.
Outside hitter Jacque Davisson was so pumped during the match, yelling and screaming her trademark yelp, that she had lost her voice during the post-match press conference.
Talk about passion.
Other highlights from the past three years include road-tripping it to Provo, Utah, coach Tim Milesâ€™ basketball media camp (Matt L. Stephens, you need to work on your crossover), live blogging football games and interacting with fans (thanks for the questions!), talking track and field with coach Bedard, the press box food at Hughes Stadium, Adam Nigon and Ashley Fornstrom seeing me on campus and actually recognizing who I was and, finally, the first game I covered â€“â€“ CSU water polo against UC-San Diego.
Q: Best quote?
A: Senior defensive end Ty Whittier sported a sweet mustache Burt Reynolds would be proud of this spring.
Naturally, I asked him about it.
â€œAll great men had mustaches, Tom Selleck, Mario,â€ Whittier joked.
I never encountered a dull moment with this job.
To the next freshman walking across the court at Moby, imagine yourself sitting at press row.
Itâ€™s a fun place to be for a sports fan.
Sports Reporter Stephen Meyers can be reached at email@example.com.