Die-hard Seminoles fans stay supportive despite loss

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By Katie Kaplan | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 28, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Support for the Seminoles stretched across the Big Bend Thursday night as bars and restaurants were filled with fans whose eyes were glued to the television screens as the Florida State men's basketball team took on Gonzaga in the Sweet Sixteen.

Fans of all ages enjoyed the game.

"They win at everything and the Gator's stink," said young fan Palmer Webb.

"I'm just so proud of them. All of their sports," said 1969 graduate Jim Bailey. "The school has come a long way."

Some of the fans were die hard.

"It's just my team," said Maria Eckard. "Garnet and gold all the way. That's how it has to be"

"I'm a proud Seminole. I bleed garnet and gold," said alum Alivia Murphy.

Others said they were fans by proximity.

"Living in Tallahassee for 25 years, how can you not be a Seminoles fan?" said Sandy Schmookler, who had two sons who graduated from the university.

"I support FSU, because when you live in Tallahassee, what else can you do?" said Jim Akin.

Even through the close game and eventual heartbreak of the loss, fans stayed supportive of their team.

"It's just an awesome school and we're just so proud of them," said Teresa Wooten.

The loss marked the end of the season for the basketball team. Fans now have baseball and softball season to focus on.

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