Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Belated Ugh

Nephew Matt & wifey Trish were in town from PA over the weekend. As Penn State grads they came both to visit the favorite uncle & aunt (& cousins) and to join the trek to Champaign for the Lions vs. the Illini (and to get a little quality time away from the nipper as well, I suppose).

Apart from the couple of hours spent at the game itself, the weekend was great. The game itself was an unmitigated disaster of biblical proportions on so many levels that it almost defies description.

The good news was a second half score of 7-7. The bad news was the 56-3 halftime score. I know it will take time for Ron Zook to bring in some talent and right the ship, but this was so mind-bogglingly bad that it's hard to envision the Illini being competitive in the Big Ten for a long while.

But the beers outside the stadium were good, and you make the best of a bad situation. The long and late ride home was enlivened by Matt's suggestion to pass around the iPod and everyone take turns picking songs. Here are a few of the songs -- at least the ones which made it to the end of the song and onto my "Recently Played" list:
  • Noreen - "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" - Green Day
  • Matt - "Me & Mia" - Ted Leo + The Pharmacists
  • Trish - "Gin & Juice" - Snoop Dogg
  • Dave - "Enjoy The Silence" - Depeche Mode
  • Noreen - "Landed" - Ben Folds
  • Matt - "Fairytale Of New York" - The Pogues
  • Trish - "Tears Of A Clown" - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • Dave - "Let's Stay Together" - Al Green
  • Noreen - "Aerials" - System Of A Down
  • Matt - "Wonderboy" - Tenacious D
  • Dave - "Seven Nation Army" - The White Stripes
  • Matt - "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson
  • Dave - "Brown Sugar" - The Rolling Stones
  • Noreen - "Lose Yourself" - Eminem
  • Matt - "Jump Around" - House Of Pain
  • Trish - "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" - Eve
  • Noreen - "School" - Supertramp
  • Matt - "Stranglehold" - Ted Nugent
  • Trish - "Hello, It's Me" - Todd Rundgren
  • Dave - "I Was Made To Love Her" - Stevie Wonder
  • Noreen - "Here Come Those Tears Again" - Jackson Browne
  • Matt - "Light Of A Fading Star" - Flogging Molly
  • Trish - "Our Lips Are Sealed" - The Go-Gos
  • Dave - "Hope There's Someone" - Antony & The Johnsons


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