If you are, or have ever been, an Iowa State fan, you know The Mayor. He's the epitome of what Iowa State sports is all about - grace, class, hard work, smarts, and a sense of humor. Pretty much every Iowa State fan is in love with him, but not in a 50 Shades kind of way. (Well, maybe some of them, but not I. After all, I have Current Husband.)
I was a Chi Omega with Fred's wife at Iowa State in the late 80's and early 90's, back when I could hold my liquor and only had one chin. I don't KNOW Carol that well, because she was two years younger than I in school and I was just as self-absorbed then as I am now, but I know her well enough that if I saw her I would give her a hug and think about how gorgeous she is but then be mad about it because I can't get all jealous mad because she happens to be a really NICE person too. Damn you gorgeous people who are also good people...you make it impossible to begrudge your happiness and good fortune. Seriously. Throw us a bone. Kick a puppy or something.
So yesterday I find out that Iowa State is doing a Tailgate Tour where the coaches show up and you can meet and greet. I signed The Son up for one of Fred's basketball camps at ISU in June for his birthday, and it's a surprise, so I thought, "COOL! I can get Fred to autograph something for him, and that's how we tell The Son he is going to the camp!" The problem is that I work, and the event was in the afternoon at the local casino. You know, good wholesome fun for the family.
I sort of slip out the back door at work and peal out of the parking lot to the casino. I walk in and Fred is being interviewed by the local news stations. I wait my turn, and then I pounce on him. I walk up, shake his hand, say my name and say I know Carol. Fred, who is ever the gentleman, says something polite, and I say, "Where is your hot biscuit wife? Doesn't she get to come on these things?" He looks a little taken aback. Hot biscuit? That's kind of familiar. I ask him to sign my card - the Iowa State people only brought football stuff, and come on, NOTHING basketball? So I end up with a Cyclone TV promo postcard that I shove at Fred to sign. He looks at me like "You want me to sign this promotional postcard for a TV network?" Um, yes. Because I came unprepared, and that's the kind of mother I am. Deal.
As he's signing it, I say something about his brother's band in Omaha, the Southpaw Bluegrass Band, and how he should get me backstage passes. I say this because I think it's a really funny concept that people probably try to use Steve to get to his more famous brother Fred, so I thought it would be hilarious that I'm trying to press the ISU head basketball coach for tickets to his brother's bluegrass band in Omaha. For the record, I am the only person out of the two of us who thought that was funny.
Like them on Facebook! I'm going to try to
catch a show this summer when I'm home.
Then I ask Fred to say Happy Birthday to my son on the card. He graciously agrees, thinking, "Who the hell is this person?" I say, "Isn't your son's 13th birthday soon?" He looks at me cautiously and says "Yes", and I go for broke and say, "Your daughter is a couple of months younger than (OD), and your son and my son (same name) were born close together, but I stopped at twins". Fred Hoiberg blinks, and smiles. He is clearly thinking, "Either this woman is a total stalker and I need to call security, or she's my cousin and my mom is going to call me tonight and chastise me for not knowing her. Shit. I hate these tailgate tours."
He had a line of people and media waiting, so I left to speed back to work and hope I wasn't missed. I called CH and told him how I unintentionally messed with The Mayor's head. I'm sure everyone acts like they know Fred, because they see him on TV, and I've only met him maybe twice in my life when he was either a senior in high school or a freshman in college, so there is no way he would know me. But in my babble, I dropped enough info that I should have just gone all the way and said, "You really need to cut back on the Lipitor, I found another empty bottle in your trash last week."
This morning, the owner of my company walked in to my office, said "Do a little gambling yesterday afternoon, Julie?" and put THIS on my desk:
Photo courtesy of the Quad-City Times.
I was on the front page of the Sports Section today. A BIG picture. A place I truly never thought I would be in my life. Life section? Sure. Police report? Maybe. Sports? Um, no. Perhaps now my job will be in the Employment section.
So there I am, in all my stalker glory, on the front page of the paper, playing hookie from work on my "secret" mission to get an autograph for The Son. I got texts all day long about this. And my son's friends told him all about it at school. "Um, Mom? Did you go see Fred Hoiberg without me?" No. I was at McDonalds getting a McFlurry. Doesn't that dude look JUST LIKE Fred? Weird.
I'm sorry, Mr. Mayor. I have issues. Your wife already knows that. Go Cyclones!