Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
I thought I’d share an interesting (IMO) story about my co-ed softball game from last night.
I’ll start off by saying I live in Ohio so I take a lot of shit from OSU fans (some more obnoxious than others). Also, as usual, I’m the only person wearing Michigan garb at the game.
It’s fairly early in the game and we’re up by a few runs. One of the guys on the other team takes his second walk in a row. I’ve noticed that this guy has just stood at the plate with the bat on his shoulder. NOTE: I’m not a fan of guys “trying” to take walks in co-ed softball.
So this guy is now standing on 2nd base (guys go to 2nd on walks in our league). I’m playing shortstop and tell our pitcher that he needs to start grooving some pitches to this guy next time because he hasn’t even attempted to swing at a pitch. The guy hears me and starts spouting off obscenities toward me (I won’t get into details but think genitalia) and trashing UM.
If there was a picture to represent what a redneck looks like, it would be of this guy. I respond by saying that I’d be willing to bet he got the shit kicked out of him quite often growing up (and beyond). This just encouraged him to become more belligerent (naturally).
At this point he’s pretty much pissed off my entire team (many are OSU fans). This is where it gets good. In my next at bat I hit a home run. I start into my home run trot. When I get around 3rd base, one of my teammates (an OSU fan) starts loudly humming Hail to the Victors! It was great (and very unexpected).
We then start kicking their ass (in the softball game) and build a double digit lead. In the top of the last inning (we were visitors) - the 1 pitch rule has gone into effect due to time constraints. There are two outs. The pitcher throws back to back unhittable pitches which loads the bases (guys not only get 2nd base but the girl behind them gets 1st base when there are 2 outs).
Now for the best part. I come up to bat and hit a grand slam. The redneck OSU fan is playing first base right in front of our dugout. I start in with Hail to the Victors right as I approach 1st base. Then pretty much my whole team joins in for the remainder of the home run trot… It was truly one of those “priceless” moments.
Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed the victory over some cold beers afterward… Unfortunately, several of my teammates informed me that that was the first and last time I can expect them to participate in Hail to the Victors. Personally, I think a few of them are closet UM fans.
Sorry mods, I wouldn't post this, but this it's the offseason and I'm stressed out.
I'm nearing my second deposit for law school (the moment of truth) and have a few questions for you who have gone through the law school process. 1) If you could go into any area of law, knowing what you know now, what would it be? 2) What if you had a lot of debt (like 175+k worth)? 3) What's the most important thing you didn't realize until after the fact about applying/attending law school?
Anybody electronic music fans hittin' up DEMF/Movement in Hart Plaza this weekend? This will be my forth year in a row and it has not disappointed yet. Line-up looks solid, definitely gonna check out SMD and Pretty Lights.
Here's the line up and some more info
I've just spent the majority of the last 2 days watching the last hours of 2 of my favorite shows, Lost and 24. I don't want to focus on these shows, but more of a general question that may apply to your favorite show.
Do you feel that many times the creator/writers don't want to give the fans what they want when they end their show? I'm married to an artist so I feel I have a little window into the artistic view. I know a happy ending or closure is cliche and reflexively an artist would fight against that, but it seems over the past 20 years they have fought so hard against it the open ended, artistic, sad ending has become cliche. It's like teenagers trying to fight against the mainstream and expressing their individuality, then dressing in the same black clothes.
Writing a finale must be difficult and maybe it's my expectations that let me down, but I can't think of a series finale that has left me satisfied. I love mysteries and twists and the guessing game that comes with it, but in the end after 5 or 6 years of guessing and plotting and investing I want to know everything if it is a mystery, I want my heroes to kick ass, I want my comedies to make me laugh etc....
To quote another great show that left me unsatisfied at the end.
"I don't feel the way I feel after the Risotto, the Risotto makes me full".
I come away very unsatisfied, I want Jack kicking ass, I want to know Tony's fate, I want to know where is Mr. Eko. I want George to make me laugh. The least these people could do is put out the crib notes on the dvd.
I know, I know, use my imagination. I can write my own ending in my head , if I don't like yours, but I invested myself in your vision, give me closure, please. What are your thoughts?
PS If anyone can explain how Vito Corleone knew it was Solozzo all along from attending the meeting I'd appreciate it.
I was reading a leadership article and there was a good shout out to Red Berenson. Here is the quote (in the context of leadership)
I remember a conversation I had with the legendary University of Michigan hockey coach, Red Berenson. He said that if he raised his voice with a freshman, he might cost the kid his confidence. On the other hand, if he didn't raise Cain occasionally with a senior, that player might lose his concentration. It's a matter of picking your spots and acting appropriately.