Mike Lantry, 1972
As we enter the holiday season, the football is heating up, and the weather is cooling down. So, what beverage is your favorite to imbibe while watching the Wolverines or Lions play or sitting down with family and friends for a holiday meal? I live in central Oklahoma now, and one beverage I miss is good apple cider. It's just not available without preservatives here in Oklahoma. Fresh or left out in the garage for a few weeks for hard cider, I miss both. My wife invited a few friends without family in the area over for Thanksgiving dinner today. One guy is a big fan of Sea Dog blueberry beer. It's a bit too strong on the blueberry flavor for my taste, but he really likes it. So what beverage is a favorite of yours this time of year?
Just wanted to say merry christmas to everyone on mgoblog (and Brian of course); hope everyone has a safe night with family, friends, or whatever the case may be! As my gift to the mgoboard, might i suggest a posbang thread for christmas? Maybe give those unlucky (or lucky given the cold winters in Michigan) few who are in Bolivia a flight home so they may spend christmas and new year's with their family and friends?
Merry Christmas and Go Blue!
I don't mean to come off as a braggart here, but I thought you all might be interested in the holiday e-letter that I received from my new friend, Coach Rodriguez, and the entire Michigan football family. He sent me the below message last night to express his appreciation of my support of the program and to personally wish me a happy holiday season.
December 21, 2010
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
I would like to take the time to thank you for all your cards, letters and emails of support throughout the past year. I appreciate them all very much.
On behalf of the players and staff, Happy Holidays to you and all the best in the coming year.
Have a great holiday!
Rich Rodriguezand the Michigan Football Family
I guess its safe to assume that I will be getting lots of free tickets next year! So I got that going for me, which is nice.
Today marks the first day that we are FINALLY under a week to go before the start of the football season. I feel like we at MGoBlog should declare today as the start of Kickoff Week so we can get the festivities and optimism flowing at high levels.
In the spirit of the holiday season, I thought I'd spread a little cheer in the form of an update on a familiar story. Hope you all enjoy whatever holiday(s) you celebrate, and have a safe and happy new year.
'Twas the night before Awesome, when all through Ann Arbor
Not a QB was stirring, not even The Coner.
Shafer was hung from the chimney with care,
In hopes that the 3-3-5 soon would be there.
The 2010 recruits were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of snake oil danced in their heads.
And Magee in his 'kerchief, and Rich Rod in his cap,
Again began searching for a second QB to trap.
When out on the Diag there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from The Jug to see what was the matter.
Away to the Big House I flew like a flash,
Jumped the gate, and continued the dash.
The moon on the roof of Crisler's tin dome
Gave the luster of midday to Beilein below,
When, what to my smothering ennui should appear,
But Tate Forcier and hope for next year!
With a new spread offense, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it will eventually stick.
More rapid than eagles, the ninjas they came,
And Barwis whistled and shouted and called them by name:
"Now Koger! Now Cox!
Now, Brown and Odoms!
On, Minor! On, Shaw!
On, Mathews and Stonum!
To the top of the polls!
To the Granddaddy of 'em All!
Now dash away! Dash away!
Don’t fumble the damn ball!"
As "three yards and a cloud of dust" that no longer applies,
When they meet with an obstacle, they'll simply fly by,
And zip to the end zone as the crowd goes 'woo hoo'
With "The Victors" cued up as the extra point goes through.
And then, in a twinkling, I swig from my booze,
Thinking of 2008 and all we endured.
As I draw up the flask and start pouring it down,
All is forgiven and perspective is found.
The Death Butterfly was real, from its head to its foot,
And the commitments poured in, 5-stars to boot.
A bundle of trophies and Big Ten titles won,
The future's not here--it's only begun.
Rich Rod spoke not a word, but continued his work,
And filled the new Big House, then welcomed the perks.
He'll soon walk on water, as Don Nehlen told,
And hacks like Drew Sharp will be fired, when the Freep finally folds.
So to people out there, give our coaches some time,
And embrace the basketball team too, because they have arrived.
And last but not least, as I wind this down right:
GO BLUE to all, and to all a good night.