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Big Ten Football

We went to the Wisconsin Badger football game today with our friends across the street. They had extra tickets, and they invited us. I think it's been at least 30 years since we were at our last game.

The weather wasn't cooperating very well. It was kind of rainy early, and windy and cold. The temperature barely got into the 50's. Fortunately, the rain did let up, so we were able to handle the chilly conditions pretty well.

Game time was 11:00 a.m., so we left at 8:00. Our friends have parking places literally across the street from the stadium, so once we got there, it would only be a short walk to the game. But first we had to tailgate! We planned on having eggs, bacon, hash browns, English muffins (to make our version of an Egg McMuffin), lots of munchies, and of course som adult beverages. Some of the folks were having beer, but I just can't handle that with breakfast, s0 I had a bloody mary. But shortly after we got set up, we realized that someone forgot to bring the bacon. So a couple of volunteers hot footed it down the block and bought out all of the sausages a Seven-Eleven store had left. Jenny had made 2 big pans of her world famous cinnamon rolls, which were really the hit of the party. I worked the grill with the hash browns, which turned out very well if I do say so myself. all in all, everything was great and we had a good meal.

Once finished, it was time to head into the game. We got in without too much difficulty and found our seats. Just walking into the stadium and seeing the huge crowd, all of the red (Wisconsin colors are red and white), and all of the young college students brought on a huge wave of nolstagia. We had a great time watching the game, but it was just as much fun watching all of the activities going on in the stadium. The marching band is a huge contributor to the festive atmosphere. Of course they put on a great half time show. But all during the second half, there were teams of marching band members with their trumpets and trombones roaming through the crowd and stopping to play some the school fight songs. after they played, they'd move on to another section and play some more. Then there was the pom-pom squad that, along with drummers from the band, walked around the stadium stopping at various sections to enthusiastically lead the fans in cheers. The cheerleaders were doing the same thing, except they went right into the stands. And of course, I can't forget my favorite. All of the tuba players from the band walk around the stadium playing various fight songs in their Ooomp Pah Pah kind of way. I love that!

It was a wonderful day that we were able to spend with fantastic friends.

Oh yeah. Wisconsin won 37 - 26. Go Badgers!

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Sep. 22nd, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Wisconsin Band
Janel Will France's son Mickey plays trombone in the band, started as a Freshmen
Sep. 23rd, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Re: Wisconsin Band
My brother played the trombone in the band back in '66 - '70. In fact, he was the drum major in '68.
Sep. 23rd, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
You really do tailgating up big! Those cinnamon rolls look to die for!
Sep. 23rd, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Re: tailgating
They were definitely the hit of the morning.
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