I hope this doesn’t get weird.
There is potential for that, because you see… Nicki, you don’t know me.
Not in the least bit.
We have shared a positive “Twitter relationship” through the Our Two Bits account over the past few years, and heck, we’ve even DM’d back and forth. More than once, we had taken it upon ourselves at OurTwoBits.com/BourbonMeyer.com to step up and have your back when people were attacking you for where your Dad was or wasn’t working.
But I’d imagine you come across a lot of people like me in your life. People who you’ve never met and you don’t know, but for one reason or another, they feel like they know you. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for people who’ve grown up like you. Mainly, children of really high profile and popular parents. In my lifetime, I’ve always thought it must be so tough to grow up as Chelsea Clinton, Barbara and Jenna Bush, Malia and Sasha Obama, and Nicki and Gigi Meyer.
Now don’t get me wrong, being the head coach of the Utah Utes, Florida Gators, and Ohio State Buckeyes is not the same as being the President of the United States… for a coaches family, in some ways, it’s much harder. You don’t get secret service protection and with social media and the 24 hour news cycle, it can be a bit of a drag having everything you say or do analyzed, retweeted, and posted somewhere for the world to see.
All that being said, I am writing this simply to wish you a happy Senior Night (which has past… I have a 5 month old, you’ll have to forgive my tardiness on the post). As a loyal Gator fan, I watched you and your siblings grow up, with a large part of it in Gainesville. I feel like we shared the highest of highs and the lowest of lows with you and your family.
From you arriving in Gainesville at 14-15 years old, to now… a Senior playing your last home match for Georgia Tech, it’s remarkable to see the young woman you’ve become.
We first want to thank you for your support of our site and easing your Dad into the idea of our site being loosely related to his name, but most of all, on behalf of the Gator Nation, I want to thank you and your family for letting us be a part of your extended family and having us along for the ride. Those were some great years for us as fans, and I hope when you look back at it, that it was some of the best times for you as well. Thank you so much for sharing both of your parents with us. We asked a lot of both of them, and they exceeded expectations much more often than not.
You will always cherish these past 4 years like no others in your life and I hope they were exceptional; Athletically, academically, and personally. We wish you all the best and hope our paths cross in the future.
Happy Senior Day Nicki. All the best to you kiddo.
Go Gators! Go Wreck! Beat Georgia!