I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
After finally making it back to Arlington,Tx from that epic game at the Big House, I realized it was time to move on to the next week's game (even though my heart and mind continue to relive that wonderful night.) I wasn't planning on doing more wallpaper as I hate mediocrity and feel like the feeble attempts I make are just not worth it. Of course this week I doubt monuMental will sweep in and save us like he did for UTL since he has much more important things to do than worry about Eastern Michigan.
My 11 year, the homer that he is, swears that his daddy's wallpaper was better anyways (I do not see eye to eye with him on this) and wants me to pick up where monuMental left off until the game against MSU. I thought of a couple things to do for the week's look before I got frustrated with the attempts and decided to just pass on it. Then the 5 year old comes along. That's the one with those deep blue eyes and dimples that have already landed him a new car and credit card at such an early age. He looks at me and says, "dad Michigan did not give up when they were losing to the flower team (that's four leaf clovers to normal people.) How could I resist?
So the process looked something like the following. I thought about using an oversized birdcage to put Eastern's mascot, Swoop, in. I couldn't create the right look in the limited time so I moved on to more of a cell-block look. This would give the idea of a jail bird or just an oversized bird cage. This is kind of where that ended up at...
It just didn't really seem to have the pop I wanted and seemed cheesy. This is about the time my 5 year old convinced me not to give up but try something else.
I then thought more about a real eagle since I didn't have a great shot of Swoop and didn't have enough time to re-create him. Of course Swoop is a bald eagle which is probably one of my favorite animals. When I started to consider placing such a great bird in a cell or cage it caused some inner tension. Blast those people in Ypsilanti for having such a fine species as their rallying point in sports. Against the inner turmoil, I went ahead and considered some options. I took the bald eagle and placed him in a cell. Some writing on the wall and the right lighting allowed me to find a concept I liked. Now it is extremely raw and not the shadowing I really wanted. When I really step back and take a look it seems like I threw it together. Oh wait, I did.
I may try to tweak it some more but since the weekend is just around the corner I thought I would throw up the concept on this fine MGoBoard and take the beating and criticism like a man. Hope I don't embarrass the photoshop family too much. Even if I do, at least I have an 11 and 5 year old that goes to school and says "my dad can photoshop better than your dad." Yeah they get beat up a lot.
Nice little write up. Good luck to Mike!
The WBB team lost their first round WNIT game tonight against EMU. The officiating wasn't good by any means, but I'm not one to blame the refs. The ladies had another off game, much like their offense against Illinois in the B10 tourney. EMU, however, was on fire. Good for them, really.
In other news, watching a game at EMU was... interesting. I'm not bashing them because we lost, it was just interesting. And honestly it's WBB so it's not like I'm going to lose sleep over it.
Their announcer's microphone quality was terrible so when he would talk his voice was all broken up. Whenever they would make a three, their announcer would say "(Name here) for THREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!" but hold out the "e" sound much longer than a normal announcer. Also he said it while a constantly lowering pitch, reminiscent of a bomb dropping. And they don't have a video board that can show replays, just those old display screens that were able to show color but just showed words. In the beginning of the game they had a PowerPoint presentation with pictures of the starters to make up for the lack of a video screen. I mean I complain about Crisler, but now I'm sort of happy for it.
And their student section fans rushed the court after they won the first round WNIT game. Some might say it was a little bit much, but whatever makes them happy I suppose.
I am considering applying to EMU to pursue a second bachelors degree in Computer Science and I would appreciate feedback from the MGoCommunity on their perceptions of the advisability of said plan.
First off, before anyone suggests it, I am not considering applying to UM because I am 38 years old and an Ohio resident so I probably would not be accepted for a post-bac degree and even if I were accepted I couldn't afford to pay $35 K/year for out-of-state tution.
Does anyone have personal knowledge (either as an EMU grad themselves or knowing an EMU grad) of the employment prospects for EMU grads in SE Michigan? I know that EMU is NOT a nationally respected school, but does a degree from EMU have enough "juice" locally for it to be a decent investment?
In addition, can anyone provide insight into the housing situation in Ypsi vis-a-vis good neighborhoods vs. dear-God-please-don't-let-me-get-hit-over-the-head-with-a-sock-full-of-quarters neighborhoods?
There's an interesting contrast in the way that the Freep and the News covered EMU's recruiting class, and that contrast might reflect on the question whether the Freep has an anti-Rodriguez agenda.
The Freep covered EMU's 2010 class with a very positive article on Ron English, noting how he'd gone far and wide to attract recruits to EMU.
In an article on PSL players and where they signed, the News noted that EMU pulled its scholarship offer to Southfield linebacker Maurice Davenport, after Davenport had committed and had stopped talking to other schools. Apparently, Davenport gave his verbal to EMU and then stopped hearing from anyone on the staff. He called his recruiter, Tyrone Wheatley, who told him that EMU was reneging on the offer because Davenport's performance declined and because EMU had found other kids. Very Sabanesque.
Would the Freep have overlooked this kind of thing if it had been done by Rodriguez's staff with respect to a local kid? The News only tells the kid's side of the story -- so maybe the offer was not as firm as the kid thought, or maybe he's misrepresenting what happened in some other way. Still, his side of the story raises a question about EMU's recruiting practices.
I can't help but wonder whether, as many have speculated, English and his allies are sources for the Freep's attacks on UM. If so, then overlooking questionable conduct by English and his staff might be one way to pay English back for dishing dirt on RR.
Here's a link to the article in the News:
Look under the "What offer?" heading.
Of course, I won't link to the Freep's article on English.
I know that Mike Hart got us started on the "little brother" analogy, and as much as I am a Mike Hart fan, I just don't agree with calling MSU the little brother. Here is what I think of when I think of a little brother:
- Someone who you hope has success
- Someone you would cheer for
- Someone you can sympathize for
- Someone you (probably) have a few things in common with
To me, Sparty isn't any of these things. I hate MSU, for all the reasons here and more. I hope they lose every game except maybe ND. I hope they tie ND. And I will never feel sorry for them no matter how badly they get embarrassed. MSU is more like the evil stepsister to this year's somewhat-cinderalla Michigan team.
I am hoping to tag another team as "little brother." Namely, the EMU Eagles. Back to the above little bro characteristics from before. I hope Eastern does well for the remainder of this season and in the future. Remember Mike Hart's comments about playing one-on-one basketball with your little brother? I don't recall it verbatum, but it had something to do with letting him hang around in the game, giving him a little confidence before ultimately you beat him. I don't want to give MSU any confidence. I want to blow them out. Eastern, on the other hand, I looked at and thought, "aww, I hope we win handily but I dont want to embarrass this team." That has a little more "little brother" sentiment to it, don't you think? I felt bad for the Eagles when they lost to Northwestern on that last FG. Lastly, we have more in common with EMU. Ron English is their coach, and thought I don't disagree with RR deciding to let him go (differeing philosophies sure I get it), I think he's a good coach and I wish him success anywhere he goes that isn't OSU, MSU, ND, USC or any SEC school. And who here isn't a Tyrone Wheatly fan? He's coaching EMU running backs. Now that makes me feel less terrible about Dwayne Priest running wild in the first half last week. They are our little brother, we had to let them stick around and build some confidence, just like Mike Hart described.
So, to me:
EMU = little brother
MSU = Evil stepsister
So my question to the MGoCommunity is this: Are you happy with calling sparty "little bro?" Or is eastern a better fit?