Friday, September 27, 2013

Game On!

Saturday will be a fun day for my wife and me. Some old friends buy a set of four tickets to University of Illinois home football games each season and invite special friends and relatives to tailgate and watch the game with them. Our game is tomorrow morning.

It is always good to have old friends. Carol and I worked together in the 1980's when we both got paid peanuts to work at a small religious school. Carol's husband Steve, however, worked for Central Management Services in the state -- a pretty nice job. Carol and Steve's apartment was like party central -- always a location to relax, always a welcoming place where the drinks were flowing, the conversations were great and the fun factor was high.

Some thing don't change much, I guess. We start the morning with breakfast at Carol and Steve's, tailgate before the game, watch the Illini usually get their asses handed to them (not this season, though!), tailgate after the game, then head back to our friends' house for post-tailgate drinks, television and conversation. The conversation tends to be slightly different now -- usually topics like medical woes and how our children are doing has replaced the stuff people talk about in their twenties.

The Illini are a 25 1/2 point favorite, boding for a much better result than we have seen on our football excursions the past few years. Oskee Wow Wow!

And JT88Keys -- will you be rooting for the Illini?


Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

I saw SIU played the Illini earlier this year.

Have fun!

9:59 PM  
Blogger balt999 said...

Okay...going to put a small wager on Illinois...laying the 25

12:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...


Just wanted to say that I enjoyed playing with you when you were in Vegas last time. I wish we had a bit more time to chat/play. Next time, lets catch a beer or meal prior to cards.

Sorry about running you into that flush. Do keep in mind, I just called the whole way - I thought you hit a set, rather than 2 pair. Always nice to talk to another higher ed poker player ;-)


2:10 AM  
Blogger angerisagift said...

have a blast, dude.plz no talk about prostates and home improvement projects.THIS IS FOOTBALL.

10:21 AM  
Blogger angerisagift said...

i am going to take miami money line lol

10:24 AM  
Blogger thundering36 said...

The REAL football was on last night. In the Australian Football League's Grand Final, the Hawthorn Hawks beat the Fremantle Dockers in front of a crowd of 100,007 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It was Fremantle's first Grand Final appearance after 20 years in the competition. The Bulldogs haven't been in one for 52 years. Maybe next year... :(

1:16 PM  
Blogger angerisagift said...


3:24 PM  
Blogger thundering36 said...

So I see it was a close game.

11:21 PM  
Blogger JT88Keys said...

I don't hate the Illini as much as many of my other Hawkeye brethren do. I really hate Minnesota and Northwestern (well Pat Fitzgerald anyway).

8:14 PM  

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