Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NIU Homecoming-- Part 6: The Game and Footstompers

We had great chairback seats on the 45 yard line about twenty rows up. NIU was supposed to handle Akron easily, but that was not the case. Northern led most of the game, but not by much. We left with five minutes left and Northern hanging onto a 27-20 lead. We had to get to Lord Stanley's to get a seat for the Footstompers and still were too late and had to stand for awhile before getting seats at the bar. Liz is a master at getting seats in crowded places. //// We saw that Northern had won by that score and the Dekalb Footstompers opened with The Huskie Fight Song and everybody was singing at the top of their voices. The party was on. //// Right after the song, Dave, the guitarist (the others play the drums, accordion and tuba) said this was the 40th straight homecoming that they had played and we were there for the very first one in 1973 at the old Andy's on Lincoln Highway. And, here we all are again. Three of the four members of the Footstompers are original. Talk about your longevity. //// And, as usual, it was a great party. We stayed for two sets before driving back to the hotel. //// We then walked across the street to Pizza Pros and had some nightcap drinks and enjoyed watching the students. Were we ever that young? //// Another Great NIU Homecoming. --RoadDog

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