This past weekend I took a break from schoolwork and went to IU to visit a few friends. The main highlight: Hoosier Hysteria all day on Saturday. I arrived to my buddy Alex’s dorm Friday evening and went with a few other people to a wing place called Buffa Louie’s. It was definitely a happening place. There were a few basketball players eating there. We were sitting two tables down from one of the senior players who is really talented. I felt like I was in the midst of a superstar. The wings were great and the atmosphere was awesome with all of the sports memorabilia. It is definitely a place to eat when in Bloomington.
After that we were going to see Paranormal Activity 4 at the local theater, but a couple of the guys were saying how scary the movie Sinister was, so we went to see that instead. It was more freaky than scary. A few “jumpy” parts throughout and mainly just a sick movie. We went to bed late that night to the soothing sound of drunk students returning to the dorm.
Saturday was a fairly early morning. We wanted to wake up early, get some breakfast, and get in line early so we could get some good seats for the presentation. And we did exactly that. We were in line at about 10am and the doors did not open until 4pm. There was about 150 to 200 people in line already that were in front of us. We had the best spot in line. So many events led up to the waiting in line being the worst part of the experience to one of the best parts. First, we had a hilarious group of people behind us that were true Hoosier fans and provided a bunch of laughs. Second, a van pulls up with a bunch of take-out boxes with food provided by a local restaurant with burgers and mozzarella cheese sticks. Those were SO good. They were also handing out free posters of the team. Third, Alex spotted a pro-baseball player who walked by and greeted him like he knew him. I honestly thought they did know each other. This guy just walks right next to us through the line. I mean, a millionaire within reach. Crazy to think about. Fourth, a Red Bull car comes and stops just a few yards away from the line and starts handing out free Red Bull to everyone standing in line. Within seconds of hearing someone scream “Red Bull!” the car was surrounded. Finally, we were filmed as a group all fired up for the event. A guy in the group behind us got and interview and we were all surrounding him. I’m not sure where those clips are, but I will surely find them somewhere! After the long but fun wait, the doors open and it was a mad dash inside.
Everyone was running to get the best seats. We had some friends save seats so we could get in line for autographs. There were four separate lines for different players’ tables. I was only able to get eight out of the seventeen autographs. They were only signing for one hour until the practice started. We were about three rows up from the basketball floor, which are fantastic seats.
Basically Hoosier Hysteria was the first basketball practice. They gave player introductions, a 3-point contest, and a dunk contest, all of which were very cool.
The night ended with a much-needed trip to Steak n Shake. Everybody was starving because we had not eaten since we had a few mozzarella sticks waiting in line.
It was a very fun trip and the campus is beautiful in the Fall. I can’t wait to make a trip back someday. Hopefully someday be able to get tickets to an IU game!