Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bagpipes, Boilers, and Birthdays

Saturday was the first chilly game day of the season, but the sun was shining as we headed to Purdue for the match up with the Wisconsin Badgers. We enjoyed hot chocolate with a kick of peppermint to warm us up on a cold morning.

While we were eating our pancakes, bacon, and sausage, a roving bagpiper walked by carrying his pipes. When I asked him if he could play it, he stopped and entertained our section of the parking lot with a traditional number ending with "Hail Purdue." Very impressive.

I took a quick photo roll call at the tailgate. Andrew and Darci. (It was a bit too chilly for Haleigh.)

Adam and Jim.

Andrew and Adam.

Bryan and Jennifer.

Purdue scored first, and the crowd was enthusiastic. Unfortunately, this was one of the highlights of the game, and the second half was a struggle.

Boilers in the huddle. The freshman quarterback - our third starter of the season - did a decent job of leading the team, even though there were moments when he played like, well, a freshman.

A shot of the student section. Bonus if you can find Bert, Ernie, and Bert.

Wisconsin even brought their band. They were pretty good...

even though their drummers had a way of marching that looked, well, a bit painful.

Our drummers had their own fun with the World's Largest.

Jennifer called this guy in front of us "a typical Wisconsin fan."

And I'm pretty sure this is not legal in Ross-Ade Stadium.

The NCAA Champion Women's Golf Team waved the flag for the traditional "Shout!"

The Boilers lost, but we had reason to celebrate anyway after the game at Bruno's. It took two phone calls during the week, but I was able to convince "Bruno" to take our reservation. Hilarious. Jennifer and Adam enjoyed sharing a cake for their birthday celebration.

We even shared some cake with Robert Marve and Keith Smith who were sitting at the table next to us. Too bad the cake didn't have the ACLephant mascot on it instead of Purdue Pete. :)
It was a fun day of tailgating, football, and family. It's clearly not the score of the game, but the time shared together that we keep as a memory and count as a blessing.

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