Marshall held its annual Paint the Capital City Green event Thursday night at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. It was a nice affair, with music, food, special guests and more. And it’s something that’s better presented to you folks in more than just words. So let’s get a little multimedia on ya and show you exactly what went down in the capital.
When you walk into the event, there’s no denying where you are. The “Pacific Rim”-sized inflatable Marco makes sure of that.
And if Kaiju Marco wasn’t enough for you, regular-sized Marco was patrolling the floors, waving, shaking hands and hanging out with the kiddies.
Guests got to roll through the chow line and grab nachos, burgers, pulled pork, slaw and desserts. It was a pretty nice spread.
After dinner, guests filed into the ballroom and were greeted by Marshall’s cheerleaders, dance team and members of the band. They all kept the energy up before the festivities really began.
Marshall President Stephen Kopp and Athletic Director Mike Hamrick were among the guest speakers to begin the ballroom event. They discussed the university’s future both academically and athletically. Hamrick got a playful dig in on former Herd teammate and current Huntington Mayor Steve Williams. He said Williams would have been a great player, except he had a drug problem.
“Yeah, he kept getting drug up and down the field,” Hamrick said.
After a while, Coach Doc Holliday entered the room, and he brought a few … well, not really a few … guys with him. Twenty-eight players filed into the ballroom with him and sat with guests at different tables throughout the room.
After the players sat down, everyone got to watch one of the university’s new ads featuring its slogan “Best. Decision. Ever.” and guest-starring quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and twin brother and tight end Eric Frohnapfel.
If anything, it’s concrete proof the Frohnapfels can communicate in a medium longer than six-second Vine posts.
Then Holliday and several members of the team came to the front to talk about the 2013 season. That’s when I heard the funniest thing all night: Wide receiver Tommy Shuler telling everyone he’s kind of shy. Shuler shy? Then that means the guy wearing No. 1 on the practice fields that I talk to all the time must be a pod person.
Something you might notice: Of all the players at the front, the only one standing is quarterback Rakeem Cato. I guess winning Conference USA MVP can get you a lot of national renown, but it can’t get you a chair.
This is where Holliday announced that Marshall players would not have their names on the backs of their uniforms, and that the only name on the jersey in 2013 would be “The Herd.” That’s created some mixed opinions throughout the Twitterverse and Message Board Nation. Holliday went a little deeper into that decision after the event. I posted that video last night, but if you missed it, here it is again …
Overall, it looks like a good time was had by all. But the real fun begins next Saturday when Marshall finally straps it up against Miami (Ohio). I’ve heard it’s a bit of a rivalry.