Rain or Shine

Saturday's home opener wasn't quite what I had pictured.  Afterall, the previous ten home openers were hot, humid, and sunny, so the rain storm was a pretty drastic change.  The morning started off pretty well.  We set up tailgate, cooked up some breakfast burritos, and met up with friends Anna and Nate.  Despite the cloudy skies, the weather was very comfortable and perfect for a fall football kickoff.  On our walk to Kinnick stadium, however, the rain started.  No big deal, we had ponchos!

Or maybe not.  By the time we reached the gates, we were slightly miserable (but nothing compared to what was to come).  To make matters worse, the stupid security guard took my umbrella as she searched my purse.  Apparently they're not allowed inside the stadium...who knew?!

The rain continued to fall through the 1st quarter, but it was somewhat bearable.  It even stopped for awhile and allowed the 70,000+ fans to shed their ponchos! 

Enter 3rd quarter.

There was one drop, then two, then the hustle and bustle of fans digging out their ponchos, and then....DOWNPOUR.  Correction: monsoon!  It was coming down so hard that the stairs were like waterfalls!  We stuck it out for awhile, but there's only so much a poncho can do.  My shorts (white shorts-poor choice on my part) felt like they just came from the washing machine.  Iowa was up 34-0, so we decided to call it good and head out.  A few minutes later, the game was delayed due to lightning (a first in Iowa football history) and the stadium was even evacuated due to the storm warning!  Pure craziness!  We walked 20 minutes to our car and drove for over an hour back to my parents house, only to walk in as the game was being resumed.  Turns out, it had been delayed for nearly an hour and a half!

Iowa went on to win 34-7.  It wasn't the prettiest of games - lots of fumbles - but what do you expect when it's that wet?

Here are a few pics I snapped on my iPhone.  Not the best quality, but I wasn't about to dig out my nice camera.

Hawkeyes out in full force

Legendary Kinnick Stadium

Here come the hawkeyes!!!!!

This guy is there every year!  Mr. Raccoon Head!

The was probably in the 1st quarter...we still seem to be doing pretty well!

Getting close to a touchdown!

What's he doing now??

The bald guy is Tim Dwight

Heading out

Parking lot outside Kinnick, just a tad windy!

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