So, back in 2010, I was a senior. I went to the Notre Dame game with my girlfriend, my brother and another friend. We sat in the student section and received the typical wristbands.
One thousand twenty-nine days later, it has finally fallen off.
After the excitement of Little Giants, I left it on my wrist for a few days. Then I decided to just see how long it could last. Kind of like the Tootsie Pop licks thing. I had no idea it would last this long.
I played sports, I took (many) showers, swam in pools, I slept on it, it was on for many job interviews (hidden under my sleeve), it stayed on under dishwashing gloves and winter gloves, it stayed on when I got MRSA (my Purdue wristband did not. That one stayed on a few weeks, but the itching on my left wrist became too much, so I cut it off). The ND wristband was on when I went to South Bend in 2011. It wouldn't rip off. For my wedding last summer, I taped it to the inside of my arm. I had thought about cutting it then, since Little Giants was my first game with my would-be wife, and it could be ceremonial, but she also wanted to see how long it would last. I thought about cutting it at last year's Notre Dame game.
It had worn thin, and I had to re-tighten it all day, everyday. Then, two mornings ago, I woke up and there was just one thread holding it together. I taped it to my wrist for the next night, but then I realized that was cheating. Early this morning, I looked at my wrist and saw it had finally severed. I took it off and put it on my desk.
My wrist feels weird. Like something's missing. I instinctively reach at it to tighten the wristband. Washing my hands feels different.
It's the end of an era. MSU hasn't beaten Notre Dame since I decided to keep it on, so if they go to South Bend and win this year, I'll take the blame for the last two losses.
Anyway, if you were wondering how long those wristbands can last, there you go. I don't know what the company is, but they make a fine product.