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Announcing Best Wake Forest Homecoming Event: Free Doughnuts on the Quad

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Ever had a free Krispy Kreme doughnut? Or five?

The sugary, feather-light yeast dreams, created in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, taste like soft honey.

Ever washed down one of these delightful doughnuts with a cup of coffee on a Fall morning with a slight chill in the air, a morning that shouts “football” in 10 different ways?

Ever done this double dose on the morning of a college football game and not just any college football game but your alma mater’s college football game?

Ever do this on Homecoming weekend on the comparably majestic Wake Forest University Quad, a scene of permanent passion for all of us?

Haven’t? It’s time you did.

This Saturday at 9 am partake of one of these to-die-for doughnuts, a cup of tummy-soothing coffee, hang out watching kids slide down the blown-up slide, and watch the cheerleaders arrive with the band and fire up everybody, and think to yourself that everything about life feels perfect, and notice you’re wanting time to stop because you feel so relaxed.

Get there early. Many dozens of free doughnuts will be for the taking at 9. Go back for a second, third, and fourth. Diets are for weekdays.

Embrace your reflective mood. Mentally, put the Wake Forest football team’s recent three-game losing derailment in a more serene and even-tempered context. Feel hopeful that later in the day over at the stadium your Demon Deacons will somehow beat Pitt even though the quarterback situation remains uncertain at best. Life is uncertain so this is nothing extraordinary.

Allow yourself to contemplate that beating Pitt would make up for the last three weeks of football infamy. Remember the ACC championship game two years ago when that annoying team from western Pennsylvania started faking injuries to slow our offense? It was bush league. It helped them win. Their coach knew he couldn’t stop our offense so he resorted to a cheap tactic. Let’s whip coach Pat Narduzzi’s doozie.

But that’s for later in the day. Compartmentalize. Set aside that fervor for later on Saturday at the 3:30 p.m. kick-off.

In the morning on the Quad be more sanguine, at ease with your life and how it has unfolded. People you know may show up, alumni from North Carolina Virginia and Maryland, and other states. This, you will think, is serendipity. You’ll think about how glad you are that you went to Wake Forest.

Jump into this free-for-all festival feet first. Make it your best moment of the past 10 years. Pick up some cool swag like black and gold necklaces. Wear them right away. Don’t be self-conscious. It’ll be Saturday, a day off from feeling that way.

The necklaces will make you feel more festive and aligned with Wake Forest football. Keep rocking your new bling at the game to show your school colors with pizzazz, pride, and a pinch of pugnaciousness.

Continue your swag sweep. Grab a few free black and gold pom poms. Wave them around. Why not – that’s what they’re for. Notice yourself feeling emotionally enriched.

Bring your football, Wilson Regulation, K2, or Nerf, and throw it with your friend or watch others do the same. There are no set rules other than common decorum. Behave as you wish. Let others do the same. Encourage spontaneity.

Make Saturday a momentous and moving morning. You went to Wake Forest, walked the Quad on your way to and from classes, and then graduated on that Quad wondering how you managed to pass all the classes and then, during graduation right there, what you would do with the rest of your life.

You didn’t know. Now you do. You found out. You made it. You learned you can do what you set out to do. You should feel really good about that.

So I beseech you. As soon as you awaken this Saturday morning, say to yourself “You know, I read what some guy wrote on Demon Deacon Sports Nation about the Quad party on Homecoming morning and he made it sound so appetizing, especially the Krispy Kreme doughnuts washed down with coffee that I had to see if he was exaggerating or if it’s really as special as he wrote it was.”

Trust that guy. Go to the Quad on Saturday morning.

It’ll be the best Homecoming experience you’ve ever had at Wake Forest.

You read that right.

See you there.

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