Graduated high school at 17. Never got to travel much growing up, so I was dead set on attending college outside of Iowa. I applied and was accepted to SLU and Creighton.
Omaha or St. Louis? Well, St. Louis had National League baseball and Budweiser beer. My college visit sealed it for me when I visited St. Louis for the first time. Being a place where the Midwest meets the South, it was unlike any place I had ever been.
When I arrived, I heard about Spoonball and all the hype surrounding Larry Hughes. I decided to buy season tickets and my first game at the Kiel Center sealed it for me. You can buy beer and liquor at the basketball game??!! Free shuttles to the Kiel made things very convenient as a student. With no football program, Saturday mornings (or evenings if the Blues were on the road) were highly anticipated. I went to rugby and soccer matches, as well as swim meets while at SLU. However, basketball was and is my first love with Billiken athletics.
From 17 - 21 years of age, SLU and the city of StL allowed me to see Roger Maris's HR record broken, Kurt Warner and the Rams championship, the Blues President's Cup win, a NCAA soccer Final Four, two NCAA tourney appearances and a victory over UMASS, Brett Hull's last season on the Note, Albert Pujols rookie season on the Redbirds. And that is just sports. The nightlife was just as much fun. The Madrid campus was an invaluable and unique opportunity as well. SLU cost me a bundle but I can't really put a price on all the great experiences I had.