I know it did not take long for moonshine shots to go down in a mini-manse in Nashville.
On the first offensive play of the game, a little past noon Saturday, C.J. Brown, the quarterback of my alma mater Maryland Terrapins, threw the football into the arms of an Iowa linebacker.
A couple plays later, the Hawkeyes led 7-0. And a dead Maryland drive and spirited Iowa march after that, it went to 14-0.
My pinky swear bet with CBXB, my blogging friend from Nashville and Iowa alum, was off to a terrible start.
I knew from reading her wonderful stories like the Weekend Winks linked above how her and her dad carried the tradition of drinking moonshine shots for each Iowa touchdown scored, and eating tremendous tailgate food in her mini-manse, and being great, great fans. Her two felines, Teddy and New Cat, always get into the action, two.
This, being my Terps’ first season in her squad’s Big Ten, I was the one who reached out with the wager. She agreed. Winner gets to send a big, smiley photo over to other’s blog, simple as that.
I could picture the look on her face. Her dad’s, too, for that matter. Already, halfway through the first quarter, as tbey triumphantly strutted their way through their shots.
But lo and behold, my Terps turned it around at home in College Park. Even though C.J. banged up and we had to put in our third-string QB, we regained control and went up 17-14.
My two constant partners in college football-watching Saturdays, my dear wife Karen and our beloved rescue mutt Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle, celebrated the lead and my decidedly more upbeat mood.
Of course, this being my Maryland Terps, they of the no-game-is-over-until type of team, Iowa was able to put together its own spirited fourth-quarter push that included a successful onsides kick in which our star wide receiver, Stefon Diggs, waved at the football as if it were a scary bat on the wing overhead that he really didn’t want to touch instead of a pigskin that he really needed to corral to help secure victory.
The guys in red prevailed 38-31 nevertheless. In football terms, that means my alma mater Terps are 2-1 in the Big Ten, 5-2 overall, and one victory away from securing a bowl bid with five games left to play.
So in Nashville, where Iowa fell to 2-2 in the conference and 5-2 overall:
You betcha CBXB had her own take on the Saturday proceedings.
You can find her post from today, Friday, right here. Yes, it includes her paying off the pinky bet by posting two, count ’em, two, of my pictures.
And here’s another different one that captures my mood of Go Terps Go.
Are you a gloater, or a gracious winner? Are you a pouter, or a good loser? How long afterward do you carry victory or defeat with you, from sports or otherwise in life, and can you share a story in which this has bode you well or bid you ill will?