I love my Badger football games. Always will. And because of some luck over the last decade or so, I've landed tickets to a lot of games. Hopefully, that luck will continue.
That being said, I had the chance last weekend to go to a Division 2 game, Mankato State vs Winona State. And you know what? The football was just as good! The Big 10, SEC, Pac 10, etc. all seem so commercialized these days. At the D2 level, the competition just seems more pure. Most of the players are just a little to small to make the pros, but their skill level is just as good as D1 guys. And they no doubt work just as hard.
This game may have been even more fun to watch because I didn't have a rooting interest. As a football fan, I could just sit back and react to good plays on both teams.
Plus, some friends of mine have two sons, one of whom plays for each team. Ryan (on the right in the picture) is a junior who goes to Winona. Ross (on the left in the picture) is a sophomore who goes to Mankato. They're not even my kids, but I was proud to see them out there! At one point they lined up against each other for kickoffs. From what I saw, it looked pretty even, so nobody really won bragging rights in the family.
I've known these guys since they were good kids and it's nice to see they've grown into good young men, too. The only thing that annoys me is that at one point they were shorter then me and that's not the case anymore.
Who won the game? Doesn't matter. It was just a great fall Saturday afternoon.
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