the fans at home who tell their wives "I don't know why, but I'm going to watch another Illini game tonight". We watch (and we show up) hoping...And then, tonight, it happened.
My wife: “I am going to bed. Enjoy the game. Hope they win.” Hushed words I hear through the dark as I try to sneak into the room later, high on a huge Illini win: “I. L.L.”
Huge, symbolically rich win.
Great post, Robert.