In June I fished in Ireland representing Team USA in the World Masters Fly Fishing Championships. We had a great team that included fly fishing legend Joe Humphreys. Joe is 87 years old. Imagine being able to compete at this age? He’s amazing.
Joe and I have been friends for eons but the Championships brought us fishing together for the first time in years. We had so much fun that we weren’t going to wait long again. Joe invited me and our Team Captain, Jerry Arnold, to come visit him in Pennsylvania for a Penn State Football Game and some fishing.
Though barely back from Iceland, I crossed the country yesterday and both Jerry and I arrived at State College, PA where Joe picked us up. We kicked off the visit with a couple cold ones at his house with his daughters. Then we headed to his favorite restaurant and bar, The Adam’s Apple (The Tavern), where we had some delicious dinners.
This morning we wasted no time to begin celebrating Penn State’s first football game of the year. We had early coffee on Joes deck. Then took off to his favorite breakfast joint in State College, The Corner Room. And they had Joes special corner all reserved for us where we met up with another friend.
From the Corner Room it was four hours of tailgate parties outside the Penn State stadium. We ate and drank. Jerry and I met a ton of folks. Then at 3 we headed into the park for my first ever college football game.
Joe has season tickets and has forever. If they weren’t the best seats in the house, I’d like to see the better ones. We were directly on the 50-yard line and could see everything. The start of season hoopla was entertaining with some great music from the famous Blue Band.
Penn State picked up the win. They played against Kent State so the win was expected. Nonetheless they got it done and I have now experienced not just a college football game but a BIG TIME college football game. Tomorrow it’s off to Joes favorite Pennsylvania fishing waters.