Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Promised Land

This past weekend, we took a trip back to the promised land. I am, of course, talking about Columbus, Ohio. We travelled there via Cincinnati to leave the children under the watchful eyes of Grandma Rosie and Grandpa Huber. They were excited to get some time with the children and had plenty of treats and chores lined up for Mason and Mallory.

We headed north to campus to watch the Ohio State-USC game. Somehow, we were graced with tickets to what may be the most exciting regular season game of the year. We arrived on campus five hours prior to kick off absorb the sights, sounds and yummy street vendor food that is football Saturday at Ohio State. The sea of scarlet and gray, the tailgaters, the engergized crowd (including the off-color remarks directed at the USC-clad fans), and carnival-like events made for a wonderful afternoon. Marcus Allen was in the Sports Illustrated Heisman Trophy tent along with the Trophy itself. Randy Gradishar, a former Ohio State linebacker and Denver Bronco great was signing autographs, as well. Of course, I had to go to Kuwait to see him.

We stopped by Converse Hall (home of Army ROTC) and posed with one of the various Brutus Buckeyes that are around campus.

Noel's brother Allen came down from Upper Arlington to spend a couple hours with us and it was nice to catch up with him. We saw Ohio State rappers (if you can't see the video in your email, go to http://www.doughuber.blogspot.com/) who were very entertaining.

(I didn't say they were good; just entertaining)

The game itself was terrific. The band executed brilliantly and the Buckeyes played their hearts out. We are proud to boast that we are part of a record-breaking crowd of 106,032 fans screaming our collective heads off for 'the men of scarlet and gray'.

Unfortunately, the wrong team won. Thanks to Mom and Dad for making this possible. The kids enjoyed the Hot Chocolate/Oreo drink concoctions, watching fireworks and doing 'chores' for Grandma Rosie.

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