Don, nostalgia and sentimentality are very much a part of our lives. Listen to the men when they talk about various players. That sensitivity defines our humanity.
I went to USF because of the Jesuits. I found the intellectual stimulation I sought and I found the essence of humanity in the Jesuits. Father Sunderland, Father Fischer and Father Walsh impacted my life on a personal level. Father Smyth and Father Coleman impressed me in the classroom.
During my years at USF, my dad was battling multiple myeloma (he was the longest living survivor with that cancer). My friends used to go visit him at Letterman. What kindness I found in my classmates. I love my classmates and if I get sentimental about the school, I am being sentimental about its history, about its Jesuits and about the alumni that it educated.
Many years ago during a particular difficult time in my life, I returned to USF for a reunion. I had encountered people in the business world who lacked the integrity, honesty and humanity. When I returned to USF, I found it. USF through its alumni restored my faith in people. They were the embodiment of the Catholic ethic and of the University's mission statement.
Mock me for my sentimentality. I wear it proudly.