Once again, my hopes were high when I turned on the Rose Bowl tonight. The University of Wisconsin, my alma mater, was playing in this featured championship game for the second consecutive year. Since I attended college, each time the Badgers have won the Rose Bowl I’ve purchased a sweatshirt to celebrate their victory, and my current model, circa 2000, is more than ready for replacement.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I certainly wouldn’t discard this cherished piece of clothing for a new one. I’ve worn this sweatshirt regularly since early 2000 and was pregnant with Cameron (now 11 and in sixth-grade) when it arrived on my doorstep following Wisconsin’s victory over Stanford that year. Even after one cuff fell off and a shoulder seam tore, it’s still one of my favorite wardrobe items to wear around the house.
Unfortunately, a new sweatshirt wasn’t meant to be. I will still be seen in this tattered and well-loved version at least another year because, although it was a gallant battle, Wisconsin lost to Oregon 45-38.