STREATOR, IL – The tradition of playing football the Saturday after Thanksgiving lived on this past weekend in Streator, Illinois. The 48th Annual Toilet Bowl once again brought family and friends together for a stellar game showcasing the athleticism of participants aged 15 – 65. Under mostly sunny skies, the temperature hovered around the mid 30′s, perfect football weather for anyone who has grown up in the Midwest.
Once again, the “old guys” lined up against the “young guys.” The cut-off age this year was 35, which again put me on the “young guys” team and gave me another opportunity to face-off with an original, John Mohan. At the young age of 65, John looked and played as if he discovered the fountain of youth over the past year.
Over the years, the Mohan participants have received the nickname “No Hands, Mo-Han”. This is in large part due to their
difficulty of catching passes. Well, this year should be known as “The Resurgence of the Mohan’s”. Bob, Dan, Doug, Jay, John and Scott made big plays and caught numerous passes. Nobody had a better day than John. He had roughly 12 catches for 30 yards and scored a touchdown. These numbers were good enough for him to earn an “#IAMTGIS” shirt.
The “young guys” were victorious, winning the game 14-8. Before you think it was a defensive battle, let me remind you touchdowns are worth one point in the Toilet Bowl.
Following the game, participants headed to the Broadway Tap for a post-game celebration. Laughter and stories from past Toilet Bowls filled the air and gave everyone a chance to catch up with family and friends. I think it’s safe to say, a good time was had by all.
We now count the days in anticipation of the 49th Annual Toilet Bowl.