I remember, as a child, going to Big Boy with my mother for lunch. I'm not sure why my father and brother never went along, but it was just the two of us. She always ordered the Farmer's Omelet. I was a Brawny Lad kind of guy.
This crossed my mind as I'm sitting in the ATL Delta SkyClub, looking across the table at my 11 year old son. The attention isn't being returned, as he's currently engaged with the iPad.
So, my thoughts are wandering...and I'm reflecting on last night and on the other 15 or so UMBB games he and I attended together this year in Ann Arbor and Auburn Hills.
And, even though he doesn't realize it right now, I know how he'll always look back on this basketball season as one of the highlights of his childhood. If going to Big Boy with my mother made such a lasting impression on me, certainly this will do the same for my son.
I came of age as a Michigan sports fan during the era of Rick Leach, Rob Lytle, Phil Hubbard, Rickey Green, etc. Some of my recollections of this period are more vivid than my recollections of what I did yesterday. My son is fortunate that he's experiencing the same with Denard, Trey, Novak, etc. When he plays basketball, he takes pride in making moves "just like Trey Burke."
My attention to all sports started to wane when I became busy with work and family in the late '90's. Between my son's excitement for Michigan sports and my discovery of this community of Michigan sports blogs, my obsession is now greater than it has ever been.
Whether we've been sitting in the Big House, traveling to Indy for last year's Big Ten Tournament, or stopping off in Atlanta for last night's game on the way back to Detroit from Miami, sharing U of M sports with my son has created some of the most meaningful moments of my life.
I know there have been a lot of threads created in the past 48 hours, but I thought this would be at least a somewhat different perspective. Being a Michigan grad and fan really is special.
As much as I enjoy the information/facts/data/analysis on this blog, it's even more interesting (to me at least) to hear everyone's personal stories...whether they're related to sports or not.
So, I thought I'd share mine. I hope other MGoFathers on here are able to share their love of all things U of M with their kids.
By the way, look who we bumped in to at the airport. It was a pleasure to be able to thank him for everything he's done for the basketball program...and a fitting ending to our 24 hours in Atlanta.