no, YOU'RE off topic
As we approach the spring game, I've been put in mind of the fact that until I was about 16, I didn't even know there was a spring game. My parents andthe rest of my family were and are Michigan fans, but of a certain variety.
Dad is a "state of Michigan" fan, and will cheer for Sparty in all cases where they are not playing U of M. Michigan is his #1, but anything of the state is his number two. His Michigan fandom is most evident in his intense distaste for ND and OSU. Mom is a Michigan fan because dad is, and my granparents and her siblings were and are, but really, if Dad rooted for OSU, that'd be her team. My sister couldn't give a rat's rear end.
Growing up, I never knew the player's names, because my family didn't go in for big time fandom. I knew Timmy B, because Mom thought his name was hilarious. I didn't really become aware of players till round about Henne's freshman season. Oddly enough, I can now talk about players from earlier eras with my dad, and he knows all who I'm talking about. I guess he was a pretty big fan, but it never occured to him to discuss it.
It's weird that, coming from these rather topical fan origins, I should become such a diehard. I mean, my Dad doesn't even know a guy exists until his third game starting. Meanwhile, I pore over recruitng and watch spring games and hang on every word of practice reports. I study UFR's and game evaluations with rapt attention. I follow our players into their NFL careers should they have them. I'm just trying to figure out how from those origins, I got so craze for the Maize and Blue.
What was your M upbringing like?
Purdue has announced that the new multi-racial, reworked Purdue Pete mascot has been scrapped and they're going back to the original. Glad they listened to those who care about the university and its athletics image.
This may be off topic but since it's the slow time of year I thought I would share.
The Silverdome has opened a high end sports bar in what used to be The Main Event Grill. My brother and I went there tonight to watch the Wings game and we were both impressed.
For those of you who remember the Main Event, the place still has an interior window running the length of the club that overlooks the field. While we were there some guys were playing soccer down on the field and it looked really cool.
According to the bartender, they've only been open a couple of weeks so they're still putting things together (they haven't hung any memorabilia nor have they filled an empty trophy case they have near the door). She said they will be expanding the beer selection soon. I can't really give you much of a food review, but we did have their Ultimate Fries which were tossed in parmesan and garlic and they were good. The menu was extensive but mostly typical bar food. The place is pretty large (I remember being pressed against the glass in that place watching a Lion's game back in '91). It has a couple of pool tables and a Golden Tee machine.
We had the place pretty much to ourselves. Aside from us there was a bartender, a cook, the owner of the Silverdome, and some friend of his. The bartender pointed the owner out and we considered saying hello, but decided we didn't really have anything to say to the guy so we left him alone.
So if you're looking for a place to watch the Wings, Tigers, or NBA in Oakland County, you probably won't have to fight a crowd.
Not sure if this embed worked - but it did bring back memories of beloved Ann Arbor
Here is the embed code anyways
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Really great article officially revealing the Solar Car team's 11th car "Quantum" to the world. There should also be a bunch more pictures of it up soon on the team's website. Quantum's first real test will be at the Formula Sun Grand Prix in Indy from May 2-7.
http://www.mascotgallery.com/vote.asp Winner gets their mascot used in a future series, and the Spartan bastards have used rcmb to pull ahead.
edit: Now we're kicking their ass, but keep voting!