Why Will You Be There? Tom Rysavy

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TOM RYSAVY
Season Ticket Holder Since 2004
Resides: Eagan, Minn.

Q: What is the most memorable Gopher Football game you have ever attended?

A: October 23, 1993. I grew up in Wisconsin, raised a Gopher fan. Wisconsin was becoming a power house under Barry Alvarez. They were national title favorites that year. Our Gophers played their guts out and pulled out the victory! I still remember our student section chanting “no more Rose Bowl!” The Gophers held Wisconsin out of national title talks that year. The football momentum continued that season as we swept Wisconsin in hockey and basketball too!

Q: Do you have a favorite Gopher apparel item?

A: My parents gave me a sweatshirt in 1993 that I still wear proudly today! This sweatshirt has seen good days and bad, viewing parties, bowl games and multiple sporting events. I first wore this sweatshirt in the Metrodome and proudly wear it to TCF Bank Stadium on game days!

Q: What is your favorite part of tailgating and what is your favorite tailgate food?

A: Chicken Wild Rice soup made by Cory Schumacher and his wife each Friday night before game day. I tailgate each game day with my fraternity alumni, both old and young. Twenty years of alumni join us each Saturday. Some of our favorite parts of the tailgate are continuing the relationships we’ve made since our time as students. From reminiscing about our time in the student sections cheering on the Gophers to seeing our growing families each year! Tailgating has brought back life to campus the U of M was lacking. It is an absolute joy to be a part of lot 37 each game day!

Q: What makes you excited about the 2012 season?

A: The progression of our program. Coach Kill is the perfect fit for Minnesota football. The loyalty of Coach Kill’s staff and the vision for the program. I’m excited to see the progression of players like MarQueis Gray, Donnell Kirkwood and happy for Troy Stoudermire’s return. It’s exciting to think about the development of the young players under the leadership of a clear vision for the future of our program. Coach Kill is realistic and understands this is a building process. My Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni tailgate members, 50 strong, share in this belief.

Q: Why will you Be There in 2012?

A: To show my support for the student-athletes win or lose. To show our students that Alumni are proud to support where we came from. I am proud of my degree from the Carlson School of Management and by supporting the football program we not only support Athletics but our University of Minnesota as a whole! Football serves as a window to the message the University of Minnesota stands for. To continue the over 100 years of Gopher history, traditions and rivalries. To express fan loyalty – win or lose. The gameday experience is half the enjoyment of Gopher football. To share in memories with lifelong friends I made because of the University of Minnesota. Supporting Gopher football through season tickets and donations will insure the ongoing success and continued tradition of excellence for Golden Gopher Athletics. Your support is crucial in offering a world class academic and athletic environment for our student-athletes. They are the future leaders of our community. I believe where the program is going. I am a fan, alum, donor and ambassador for not only Gopher football but the University of Minnesota.