"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
In a great feat of not paying attention to my wife, I managed to be surprised by a birthday copy of Three and Out, despite the fact that she asked me for its title several times in the days leading up to my birthday. In addition, and not at all to emphasize that she makes way more money than I do, she gave me a note for an MGoBlog donation of some yet-to-be-determined amount. I don't know how much to tell her to donate, so I thought I'd put it out there for the MGoCommunity to weigh in. (Please keep in mind that, while she is outearning me like its the alternate reality 50s, neither of us is making bank, so keep it reasonable.)
I recently began applying to graduate schools for a PhD program in sports psychology. While writing my personal statement, I was forced to think about what sports represent and mean to people, specifically myself. Trying to put "what sports mean to me" into writing led to a long, winding road trying to explain something that has always been inherent in me, but I have never even considered trying to define.
For some people, sports is an escape from the monotony of everyday life-- an escape from the world. For others, it represents past unfulfilled dreams. For still others, it is just something fun to do at night.
For me, it goes beyond that. To me, sports are one of the most primal, real things about life. They can bring out the best, and worst, in people. Sports transcend time. The achievements of a player, or team, live on long after the game is played. Sports are a connection between generations. They are a bridge that allows father and son to share something they otherwise may never have. They bring together entire cities under a singular purpose. They allow for people with nothing in common outside of sports to share an equal footing.
From the times of Jackie Robinson, sports have also been an engine for change. Often social reform takes place only after the same lines have been crossed in sports. If not for baseball, and Jackie Robinson specifically, evolving race relations may have taken even longer to improve.
So, I'm done rambling, and now I leave you with one decievingly difficult question: What do sports mean to you?
BlueIndy, cjm, have either of you got anything planned for the upcoming WifeDay? I think the MGoCommunity could use a pick-me-up. You know, keep everyone in good spirits to better defend against the furniture and women's apparel, while replicating last year's successes in entertainment.
It's only going to make you mad. You'll feel the need to vent here. People will tell you not to listen to it because it's just going to make you mad. We're not going to win the game by arguing with what he says, and (most likely) he's not going to come on and act ashamed of his program. So that will just frustrate you more. Save yourself the headache and the high blood pressure, and stay strong. If you have to have a fix, podcast the morning show on WTKA. Heck, listen to politics radio preaching the viewpoint opposite yours...it'll still be less maddening than hearing him today.
"Answer This" is a movie shot in Ann Arbor in 2009, starring Ralph Williams. It's being picked up for regional distribution and has some premiere events this weekend around the state. It features scenes shot at the UM-WMU game in 2009, and was written and directed by an alum. (Full disclosure: I work for Celebration! Cinema, where tomorrow's premiere is hosted.)
There are a few upcoming premiere screenings worth mentioning:
- Tonight at Emagine in Royal Oak with Dhani Jones in attendance.
Friday 10/14 at Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North
Food, drinks, and trivia in the Wave Room at 6:30. An 8:00pm screening will be followed by a Q&A with the writer/director.
Saturday 10/15 also at Celebration! Grand Rapids North:
Watch "Funny or Die" clips before the movie, screen the movie, then a Q&A with Chris Farah and President of Funny Or Die Mike Farah.
- More cities like Traverse City and Ann Arbor are listed at the movie website.
Also, Dr. Spaceman is in it.
Did any of you attend the screening at the Michigan Theatre? Or, are you going in Grand Rapids tomorrow?
[Edit: Added Dhani Jones info.]