While walking along the pier in Icy Strait Point, Alaska last week, yours truly noticed a man wearing a T-shirt from the university in Boone, N.C.
“Your football team has won two straight Division I-AA national championships. Are you going to go undefeated this year?” the man was asked.
“Not this year,” he replied. “We open up with one of those money games at Michigan.”
A money game, all right. Not only did Appalachian State receive its $400,000 guarantee for playing at Michigan; the Mountaineers pulled off arguably the greatest upset in college football history with their 34-32 win over the then fifth-ranked Wolverines.
Speaking of history, the great citizens of Boone certainly know plenty when it comes to their players.
The man on tour in Alaska was asked if he remembered an Appalachian State quarterback named Daniel Jeremiah, who started at quarterback for the Mountaineers from 1998-2000.
“Yes, we remember him,” the man answered. “He’s the one whose father is David Jeremiah, the pastor on the Turning Point Ministry out of San Diego.”
They definitely know their history in Boone.
And the Mountaineers made history with an upset for the ages last weekend.