'It's a big flipping deal' – Merchandise expected to sell for NIU's Orange Bowl bid
DeKALB – Holiday sales of Northern Illinois football merchandise at the Village Commons Bookstore normally doesn’t suffer too much, bolstered by out-of-town alumni in search of Christmas gifts.
But the store is expecting a huge spike in all things Huskies after Sunday night’s announcement that NIU earned a BCS bowl berth and will face Florida State next month in the Orange Bowl.
It’s the first time a Mid-American Conference team has qualified for one of college football’s premier post-season games, spurring national interest in NIU football on a weekend that started with the Huskies’ second-straight MAC championship and ended up Sunday night’s news NIU was bound for Miami.
“It’s a big flipping deal,” said Linda Christensen, the business manager at Village Commons and who has worked for the store for the past 28 years.
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