The Big Dance took place on my home turf this past weekend. Our city was packed with out-of-towners but also many locals since the weather was nice and since Butler was in the Final Four!
Thursday night, thanks to the Staley twins, I attended a party at Hyde and got to catch up with
my grandpa the greatest Purdue coach ever. I happened to be off work on Friday for Good Friday, so K and I headed downtown to get into the action. We attempted to say the Apostle’s Creed on our way down to acknowledge why we were able to get out and enjoy the weather. We started our adventure with a few MSU fans and their spawn for lunch. After the spawn’s last potty break, I tried to teach her the word “Shadoobie” to which K responded in teaching her “Kaslopis”.
Afterward, we strolled around, running into several friends at different hot spots downtown. We ended our evening with the Stone Temple Pilots concert at White River. It was my first concert there and I enjoyed the grounds, so I’ll definitely go back for more. It was nicely laid out and not too crowded where we ended up. We didn’t get too far into the mob near the stage, but as we were making our way into the mass of people, I hear, “Is that Natalee?” How in the hell does anyone spot me in this mess? Leave it to Lori A and Jack! We shared some hellos and moved on.
Since the weather was a bit crappy Saturday, K and I hit up the Bracketown event at our convention center. They had a lot of photo ops and activities to participate in, mostly for kids, but there were some adults that got in on the action including us. K acted like she cut down a net after a tournament victory. We watched some men try to dunk on rims of different heights. A few of us waited in line behind 5 year olds at the pop-a-shot to try our skills with some mini-mini balls.
Since K and I are fans of things in plexiglass boxes, our first photo op was with the NCAA trophy.
They had an area where you can pretend to be sportscasters, so we took our seats and I put my mike over to K like I was interviewing her. She made a comment that I was an idiot because I failed to see she had her own mike. Whoops.
On Thursday, I had seen a bright yellow NutMobile cruising downtown and I wanted a piece of the action. At Bracketown, we found a Planters booth and K posed as Mr. Peanut.
I posed with Mr. Peanut.
The only shot I didn’t get that would have been cool, was where you could name your team and they would superimpose you behind the team photo at your college’s gym. They were taking a break right as we got to the line. Must have been an exhausting effort pushing a few buttons on a computer. Yes, I am bitter. We ended up at Scotty’s to watch the Butler/MSU game and made friends with a few WVU fans in town. I photo-bombed a pic, so hopefully the dude sends it to me.
Sunday, we rested. Monday brought the Butler v Duke game. I think most of our state was rooting for Butler, and I was too, but more importantly I was rooting for anyone but Duke. It didn’t work and Butler came up short. They put forth a great effort and proved they can hang with anyone on the court this year. Props to them for an awesome road to the final game! I’m already ready for next year and my new Boiler crew to hit the hard courts!