Sunday, January 31, 2010

Big day at Big Boy Toy Show

Iowa Hawkeyes (from left) Rafael Eubanks, Pat Angerer and Tony Moeaki.

Wisconsin Badgers Mickey Turner (left) and Chris Maragos.

Today I volunteered at the Telegraph Herald's Tri-State Big Boy Toy Show, the two-day annual trade show and event geared for the guys, at Dubuque's Grand River Center.

A feature of the concluding day of the event is an autograph session with college football stars. My job was "crowd control" at the autograph table line. There was a crowd all right, but they stayed under control throughout.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have been represented a half-dozen years, while this is the second year we have hosted Wisconsin Badgers.

The Iowa players were Rafael Eubanks, Pat Angerer and (filling in for A.J. Edds) Tony Moeaki. They signed autographs for hundreds of fans -- some of whom lined up nearly two hours before the signing session began -- with grace and friendliness throughout.

The Wisconsin table was capably handed by Badgers co-captain Mickey Turner and Chris Maragos, who likewise thrilled the visitors dressed in red and black.

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