Sunday, December 02, 2007

Bowls, Bowls, Bowls

Yesterday, just about every team playing helped my Illini football team in terms of getting a good bowl game. If Ohio State gets to the BCS championship game (a much better possibility after yesterday's results) then Illinois could go to the Rose Bowl. The Illini haven't been to the Rose Bowl since 1984 when I, as a brand new U of I grad with no job and no money, could not talk my parents into sending me out to Pasadena for the festivities. At that time I declared that the very next time they went I was going to go, without a doubt. For the entire 18 years that I lived in California they didn't go to the Rose Bowl. For the last several years they haven't gone to a bowl game at all.

Dare I dream of a Rose Bowl for the Illini this year? We'll know tonight when the bowl schedule is announced. Yes, I've already gotten the info on how to get tickets. I've already checked the finances to make sure I can go. I'm ready for a trip to California. I'm ready to get up to watch the Rose Parade in person instead of on TV. I'm ready to sit in the stands and cheer on the Illini to a Rose Bowl victory. I'm ready.

Now just a few more hours and we'll know.

And in other bowl news, N and I whipped up a bowl full of icing and decorated our gingerbread house this afternoon. This has become an annual tradition for us, one that we both enjoy and to which we look forward. I do it the easy way by buying the kit. My favorite kit comes from Trader Joe's, and I had the good fortune to get to shop at Trader Joe's yesterday when in the city. All is calm, all is bright at our house.

Late update:
California here we come! Woohoo!


BJ said...

Congrats for the Illini!

The Silent Male said...

Congrats on the bowl game. I bet you'll have tons of fun watching your team. I so wish I could travel to see my team on New Years Day (in Florida).

Trueself said...

BJ - Thanks, although now I've found out the price of airfares for those particular dates, I'm not so sure I can attend. :-( Still working on ways though.

SM - Okay, you've finally given me all the clues I need and now I know your alma mater. Worry not, your secret is safe with me. I won't mention it if you don't. (though I really think you want people to figure it out or you wouldn't be dropping clues hither and yon.)

Bunny said...

I hope you make it to the game! I wanted to go when my team was there when I was in college, but couldn't swing it at the time.

This year my team is the playing in the "WTF? Oh yeah, we suck" bowl, aka the Champs Sports Bowl. Oh well, at least it's a bowl game. Both Big 10(+1) teams from my state are playing in Florida - guess that's good for upper midwest players to get some sun. And it's good to see the Big 10 represented in so many bowl games, despite the widely-held belief that the Big 10 is a conference in decline.

Have fun in Pasadena!

The Silent Male said...

The clues are there, but I am keeping them very spread out. Mostly in comments on other blogs. It is traceable, but not easily. Perhaps you could catch some of the game on the television and help me cheer my team on.