It was this access that led us to a sign that said “Welcome to Da’ Swamp”. Now, according to Sam, Louisiana started using the Swamp moniker 2 years before Florida. A very quick, and I mean very quick, internet search of this reveals that there may be some truth to this.
The UNCC campus is a very pretty campus. It was bigger than I remember as I have been here before when looking at colleges with Jake. But it was just as beautiful as I remember.
The emcee for today’s performance was none other than Jerry Hart. The star performer was Jerry “The King” Lawler, who is a WWE Hall of Famer and brought to Memphis for wrestling night versus Tulane. So apparently this is a thing.
The theme of this game is Vice Nights. I guess for copyright reasons it could not be called Miami Vice Nights, although there were a lot of references to that, Crockett and Tubbs imagery, and other things that let you know it was Miami Vice.
JSU should celebrate their first FBS game and a win. It is a huge milestone for a program making the jump up in class and a win over a team that is not a pushover. Both teams have significant work to do to compete at the top level of CUSA, but this was Week 0 and it is a long season.
We continued our self guided tour on the Chapel Trail. A ⅓ mile walk (uphill both ways) to the Cadet Chapel which is normally the highlight of a trip to USAFA. But as the sign at the visitors center said, the cadet chapel is closed for a multi year restoration and the expected opening is 2027.
HBS is a nice venue with excellent sight lines to downtown Minneapolis. We did a lap around the concourse checking out the variety of food options and the end zone beer garden that served the ever popular bucket of cheese curds.
I think we managed to hit all of the highlights of the University of Illinois campus including the student union, the quad, the tornado shelter, the math building where we could not get to the top of the bell tower, the indoor practice facility that was locked, and even the preacher who told us we were all going to hell.
The basketball game cost twice as much as the football game. That should give you a sense of where we were, the priorities, and what really brings in the cash.
…that at no point on this trip was the trip ruined by Beth, much to her surprise and constant pondering that she was ruining a Quest trip. Beth, you are always welcome on Quest trips, or other trips for that matter.