Football Over Everything. Well, Most Things.

We’re a sports family. I grew up playing sports, watching sports and loving sports. My husband, the same. Our son, well he’s stuck with us for now so sports it is. We have season tickets to four different University of Louisiana (UL) sports, and my husband has Saints season tickets. We attend home games and away games when we can.

We’re devoted, to say the least. We got engaged in Chicago visiting for a Cubs game. We planned our wedding around sport schedules. Our son’s Santa picture was taken at a UL basketball game in UL attire. We plan birthday parties and if possible, all other events around sports. We’re even nice enough to take into account other teams’ schedules because my brother and sister support another college. (SMTTT!)

Football season is especially hard. Five of my nephews, as well as my son, celebrate their birthday in October. Working around three football schedules and five other parties can be rough, but so far, we’ve been successful. This year, my son’s birthday falls on UL Homecoming. His birthday party is at our tailgating spot. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, he has an October birthday. We didn’t plan his birth; he was adopted.

We realize sports might not be for everyone, but they are for us. We spend a fair amount of time and money supporting these programs and enjoy being fans. Our friends and family are all aware of our commitment. When we’re invited to a party, wedding or event on a home game, we’re probably not going to be there. That said, I rarely miss any important event for my nephews, even the ones who live two hours away.

For some people, sports is something they enjoy on occasion or when there’s a big game on like the Super Bowl. For us, every game is a big game. See you in the stands!

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Traci Pecot
NOLA born and raised, Traci moved to Lafayette in 2005 to pursue a career in corporate marketing. She married her husband Ryan in 2010 and adopted her son, now 8, in 2016. Today, along with being a full time mom, she owns and operates a dog daycare, boarding and grooming facility in Lafayette. She and her husband maintain a part-time residence in NOLA, spending weekends "home" visiting family and friends. Avid sports fan, dog obsessed, wanna be distance runner (finishing just one half-marathon), and adoption enthusiast, she looks forward to adding "blog contributor" to her lists of accomplishments. 


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