A friend scored some tickets to the Purdue Basketball Family Reunion this past weekend. On our way to the game, we passed by my campus living quarters just a mere 16 years ago, Meredith Hall. A little story my Mom likes to share... I cried, probably bawled, when I was told this was the dorm I was assigned. Not only was it one of the farthest away on campus, it had no air conditioning and was an all girl dorm. I didn't want to be stuck with all girls as most of my friends were and still are dudes. I lasted one year there then over to off campus apartments.
Last time I saw Coach, he looked a bit different. I like this look a lot a better! His new Mrs. must have convinced him to go au natural. And he got a standing ovation when announced! He seemed excited to be back.
Our seats for the game gave us a good look at our old seats in row 1, now transformed into mucho dinero yellow leather seats.
Coach Keady and Painter took turns drafting their teams prior to the game, so we were set for tip off!
This game had a deep roster. And by deep, I mean old too. Check out the guy in gold in the center of the picture. No number but he had a shirt! He would get the ball and immediately look to pass. The crowd was yelling and encouraging him to shoot which he finally did and scored!
But one of the real reasons I came... I had to see Calf Tat! With new tats too.
A.K.A. Chris Reid!
As the game progressed, Mackey got hot. Like Hell's furnace hot. It reached over 90 degrees. CV's and I's best sauna-without-a-choice face.
We were drenched. It was quite gross but we made do. Besides those playing, many alums were sitting it out because they have big NBA contracts. Like Mr. Robbie Hummel. I wonder if he'll go by Robbie in the big leagues?!
Score was tied 70-70 with just a few seconds to go. Lew Jack took the game winning 3 to put push the black squad over the gold squad.
They say this is an annual event, but I really think it needs to be every 4 years or more. Let some guys graduate and come back a few years later. I'm afraid a yearly event will lose luster quickly. All the guys at center court celebrated with a group photo.
Since my gold squad lost, I had to buy sodas at Harry's.
Good thing we did head to Harry's because that's where a boat load of the players showed up. Even Mr. C. Steve O'Neil! The old guy from the game we were cheering for!
It was really cool to meet him. Stats show he played in 30 games from 1964-66 while averaging 2.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for his Boilermaker career. That day, he got 2 points to add to his books 46 years later. He was a last minute addition but got talked into how awesome the opportunity would be by his family. I'm certain he won't regret it!
The big league posse was hanging outside. KG, JJ, MG, Lew. I stole a pic like a stalker through the glass.
Great day down memory lane with a stop at DQ, as always!