“Music for a Match,” to benefit National Bone Marrow Donor program, at Hard Rock Cafe tonight in memory of Chip Parkhurst

Tonight there is a benefit concert at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street in honor of Chip Parkhurst. Chip had been battling cancer for 5 years, and two bone marrow transplants kept him alive far longer than anybody had thought was possible. He would have had his 30th birthday this week, and his wife, sister and friend are putting on this benefit show.

The event is from 9 PM to midnight, with a $10 cover at the door to benefit the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. There will be music by Jeremy Stanfill and Aurora and a silent auction.

For the second day in a row, I find myself apologizing for not making it to South Main last night. I’ve been fighting off a cold for the past few days. As I watched the Auburn-Alabama game at the Saucer, it became clear that the cold was winning. So I left at 6 PM, stopped at Walgreens for soup, and got in bed.

Although I missed South Main happenings, it wasn’t a terrible night, because I got to watch the Boise State-Nevada game. What a fantastic game that was… Nevada scored a touchdown with the clock running down

to tie it at 31. With nine seconds left, Boise’s quarterback threw a Hail Mary and the receiver did a spectacular job rolling on his back as he caught it, so that the ball never touched the ground, for a complete pass that got them within the Nevada 10. Two seconds left and easily within field goal range for the win… but the kicker missed the field goal, sending the game into OT.

Nevada won the toss and elected to go on defense for overtime. Again Boise couldn’t get to the end zone and had to kick a field goal… and missed again. Nevada took possession, and when they got to fourth down, it was their turn to kick a field goal… and the kicker placed it straight through the uprights. Nevada won 34-31 to dash Boise State’s national title/Rose Bowl hopes. If you get a chance, try to see a highlight reel of this game. It was one of the best football games I’ve ever seen.

I feel a little better this morning. Going to try to make it to the Saucer to watch the Arkansas-LSU game, although I don’t know if I’ll stay out much later after that. GO HOGS!!!