2013 is off to a great start.
Both Bobby and I woke up in the new year feeling nearly better and ready for a day of fun with my family that included watching the Northwestern Wildcats take on Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ve likely seen my disappointment over many a past bowl game loss (wow, I can’t believe I’ve documented four of them). The Cats have had an 0-6 bowl record from the time we were freshmen until now, not to mention the fact that they haven’t won one at all since the 1949 Rose Bowl. While it’s amazing that they’ve made it to a bowl every year since we’ve been students, it’s always heartbreaking when they lose.
Still, with each new branded bowl (I’ve lost track of all the crazy names), we faithfully purchase our t-shirts and watch the game with renewed optimism, telling ourselves that this is going to be the one that will break the streak. The TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl was no different.
I’m a firm believer that with the Wildcats, the closer the game, the better. We have a tendency to blow big leads, and we didn’t earn the nickname Cardiac Cats for nothing – close games are our make-or-break specialty. So when we went into halftime up by only three points, I was happy. And when Mama Bender brought out her infamous Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies (similar recipe here), I was even happier. I highly suggest making these as soon as possible.
As you might have been able to guess from the way I’ve built up this post, the Wildcats were victorious! Our team played an amazing game, and our wonderful coach Pat Fitzgerald deserves all the praise he can get. The final score was 34-20, the perfect way to say Happy “NU” Year!
We spent the rest of the day watching more football and hanging out with the Benders, as well as my Aunt Diane, Uncle Arnold and cousin Garrett, who are also in town this week. I couldn’t ask for a better way to kick off the year. Football and family are the best.
How did you spend your first day of 2013?
Be back soon with some nieces pieces adventures to share.