advertisement

48 HOURS OF FOOTBALL: Greektown on game day

Friday, October 28, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 8:38 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 28, 2011

Hour 19: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

It's a half-hour before the game and the roads running through the Greektown are paved yellow with tradition. Latecomer students who savored that extra hour of sleep and alumni who just managed to get their families up and out of their hotels migrate to their respective Greek houses. A new dad in a pale yellow polo shirt carries his curlicue blonde miniature Tigers fan toward the yard filled with fraternity brothers and barbecues.

"Dad, I see it! I see it!" she screams in excitement.

Ten minutes before kickoff, Tiger Ave. is transformed from another row of Greek houses into a runway headed straight to Memorial Stadium. But the men of Alpha Epsilon Pi aren't heading over just yet. It's dads' weekend for them and many other houses and the crowd is larger than usual. A normally crowded parking lot now spills out onto the sidewalk.

Continue down the road and Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night" blasts out of the speakers coming from Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity. Keep walking and you'll hear another soundtrack to another tailgate with another family. On your left, you can find the men of Pi Kappa Phi, grilling up burgers and tossing around a football in the perfect-for-gameday 72-degree weather. On the right, Pi Kappa Alpha members host their dads gathered in the backyard who have staked out their tailgating spot around the unused beach volleyball court. Nope, no one's playing volleyball today.

They're a short walk from the stadium, and little by little the Greeks and their dads trickle down to the game. But by the time it's halftime at the game, those who held back reunite with those who gave up at halftime and once again, Greektown is alive.

Return to 48 Hours home page


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements