Eric Anthony Rodriguez

Eric Anthony Rodriguez

I really enjoyed the 1990’s. That was the decade I became an adult and started making enough money to be able to do some fun things. That made this year’s Bulldog Bash a little more enjoyable for me. Hearing many of my favorite songs from that decade and being reminded of some of the big events from that time was an enjoyable way to spend a Thursday night.

The show started right on time, and after the pledge and the band’s playing of the national anthem, the sweethearts of various clubs and organizations were introduced. Then it was time for the introduction of the homecoming court. The last group to be introduced by name was the Suwannee High football players, who took their seats on the field. Shortly after the last football player took his seat, a limousine drove onto the field and the first group of cheerleaders danced to a short clip of a 90’s hit. Some of the cheerleaders incorporated flips and other gymnastic moves into their dances. The band got in on the 90’s action by playing “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys and “All Star” by Smash Mouth. The National Honor Society resurrected the dance moves from Madonna’s hit “Vogue.”

I was enjoying the nostalgic memories when the Green Team reminded me of how worried many of us were at the end of the 90’s due to the computer issue called Y2K. Their skit, which included some of the preparations that people were making just in case the computers all crashed on Jan. 1, 2000, was hilarious. The Beta Club was on next, and they hit us one more time with Brittany Spear’s biggest hit. The Class of 2023 recreated a scene from the show “Full House,” and the Class of 2022 reminded us all how much we enjoyed Will Smith as “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” The JV cheerleaders were “All About That Bass,” and the color guard was swinging their flags in time with “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child. The NAS acted out a scene from “A Different World,” and the Class of 2021 played a short game of “Hollywood Squares.”

There were many more dances that the crowd got to see last Thursday. The Leo Club danced to a medley of tunes by Montell Jordan, Freak Nasty, The 69 Boys and Sir Mix-A-Lot. The Dancing Dolls dressed up as the Men in Black to dance to “The Men in Black” by Will Smith. The majorettes twirled to the music of Brittany Spears and at one point even had fire on the ends of their batons. The Class of 2020 changed “Beverly Hills 90210” into Live Oak 32060. At the end of it all, all of the groups took to the field to dance the “Macarena” and then “C’Mon ‘N Ride It (The Train)” by the Quad City DJ’s. The final part of the show was the fireworks display. The 11th annual Bulldog Bash was a huge success that I certainly enjoyed nearly as much as the decade that was this year’s theme. I can’t wait to see what the students and sponsors will dream up for next year’s bash.

Eric lives in Suwannee County and is a public school educator. He is an independent contractor. You can reach him at

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