Then Penn State had to go and join the Big 10, and that was the end of a great rivalry. Penn State made a new arrangement with Michigan State for the blood donor challenge, and I could never really get into it.
I changed my mind this year. For the first time in 12 years, I donated blood. It was incredibly inconvenient because Wednesday is my busiest day of the week. Then after parking downtown and walking to the HUB I found that there would be a two hour wait. So I went home and came back around 4:00. It was worth it. In just over a half-hour, I was on my back with a bunch of college kids with blood draining out of me. (There's something erotic about this, but that's a story for another day.) I was done shortly after five, had a slice of pizza and a cookie, got a free donor challenge T-shirt, and signed my name in the sponsor book with the Penn State Libertarians. Very cool.