"One hundred, two hundred, three hundred, four hundred, five hundred, fifty -- oh, how'd that get in here?"
And that's a little how I felt when I finally saw the lineup for the 9th Annual High School Kick-off Classic at Soldier Field on August 31:
10:00 a.m. Mt. Carmel vs. St. Patrick
1:00 p.m. De La Salle vs. Phillips
4:00 p.m. Ave Maria University vs. Robert Morris University
7:00 p.m. St. Rita vs. Marist
"One hundred, two hundred, three hundred, four hundred, Ave Maria vs. Robert Morris -- how'd that get in there?"
The Soldier Field Web site says:
The Preseason Prep Bowl was developed to offer Chicago Catholic League and Chicago Public League teams the opportunity to play in the historic Soldier Field.
So, after watching star running backs Matt Domer of Mount Carmel and Mikale Wilbon of De La Salle, I have to sit through a game between two obscure Division III teams to see quarterback (?) Tommy Mister of St. Rita and tight end Nic Weishar of Marist? Is this someone's idea of a joke?
Actually, it just might be worth it to see four of the area's top high school teams in one sitting. I guess I'll go.