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RHammer - SNRE 98
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|17 hours 4 min ago||1 is pretty young, but it can be done||
As has been mentioned, it could be a bit rough for a one-year old attending a game. I was about 1 when i was taken to my first game, but that was in '77, so things are a bit different these days (and my parents may be insane). We took our sons to games when they were 1 and 2 (actually, the first time I took my oldest son to the stadium he was 4 months old and it was for Bo's memorial service...), but I think we lucked out at all our early games because we were flexible, had good weather, and had lots of support (ie. sat with the grandparents); if it is just you and your significant other, it might turn out to be miserable, because it does take a good amount of work; however, again, it can be done.
Definitely lots of good comments above, so read through those; sorry if I repeat anything excessively here but here are my quick thoughts:
If you're going early in the season, water and sun protection are vital. The first/August game is basically too hot for adults, and is really hard for kids generally; so it goes without saying that toddlers would not like it at all. In short, don't go to the August game with a 1 year old. Later on in the season (late sept. - oct.) would be preferrable, and you'll just need to be ready with various layers and weather protection.
As far as pre-gaming, rather than sit around by the back of a car, we've always tried to balance snacks with a variety of activities for the kids, so after we set up base at the tailgate and eat a snack, we would then go watch the drumline on the steps of Revelli Hall; come back for more snacks, then watch the band march into the stadium; now that they're older we can play a bit of catch, etc. I think that helped get my boys excited about the pomp and circumstance associated with the gameday experience, which is always helpful, and is something they still remember (perhaps due, in part, to the fact that we took lots of pictures). The variety/activity helps tire them out as well, which was always helpful for our little guys (our oldest slept in a sling on my lap for most of the 38-0 blasting of ND years ago after this kind of pre-game), and even if they're going to stay awake, they will at least not be entering the game already being bored by having sat around a tailgate for 3 hours doing nothing.
When you get into the game, all the normal toddler caveats apply too: have lots of wipes, hat, sun shade, snacks and beverages (one-year olds complicate that a bit, depending on what they're eating), be prepared to exit your section quickly if a diaper change is needed (or just to calm down an anxious tiny person who isn't as keen as you are to sit in the same place surrounded by tons of people; remember too that you're trying to watch a game that actually may be physically impossible for your one year old's eyes to focus on too (depending on where your seats are), so don't be surprised if they aren't into watching the game since it is likely too far away for them to see!
As has been mentioned, leaving the stadium entirely in the first half or so is a very likely possibility, given all the stresses and issues you'll be facing; if you're lucky, if they get fussy you can just get them calmed down a bit by walking/playing around the grass outside the stadium, etc., but that obviously means you're missing the game... Might be a small price to pay, however, if you want to stick around for longer and potentially be there for the end of the game. Finally, you'll need to finesse their napping schedule if you're going to have any chance at staying long enough for you to enjoy the game too. As I mentioned, we lucked out in that our boys were still napping, and I was able to get them to sleep on my chest while the game was going on because we'd tuckered them out so much before going into the stadium and they were already past their normal nap-time.
Anyway, whenever you're able to take your little one to their first game, here's hoping you and they have a great time. Best of luck, and GO BLUE!
|1 week 16 hours ago||Walter Smith's catch||
Walter Smith was the heartbeat of the team back in the early 90's, but in the august of what was to be his senior year, he tore his ACL; he was still voted team captain, and was always a presence on the sideline; Mo snuck him in for one play against Minnesota in November, however, and it is my favorite two-yard gain of all time... shed some happiness tears in the stands on this one (thanks to Wolverine Historian for digging this one up) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XakgFGqSFPU&feature=player_detailpage#t=1312s
|5 weeks 5 days ago||someone who clearly "gets it"...||
thanks for the really nicely written piece.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||*truth||
Pitino used to be as shady as Calipari, but Beilein is as classy as they come-miles ahead of those two-and I am really looking forward to his first of hopefully many NC banners in Crisler
|22 weeks 2 days ago||...and since they||
can't work at the no-longer-in-existence (as far as I know) Bagel Factory, they can no-longer bake for him either. #RIPJake
|25 weeks 2 days ago||just how I like my mgoblog...||
insightful, with an informed perspective reflecting true facts about.... #thefuture:
"the reality is that Michigan is in an increasingly demographically unfavored situation, waiting until water scarcity and global warming drives the people back into its bosom."
|32 weeks 6 days ago||here's a good look at the 'Bama philosophy...||
...under Saban & Coach Nuss' from @11W:
|35 weeks 6 days ago||this||
is exactly correct; prior experience is not necessarily an accurate predictor of future success.
I'm 100% with Brian on this; scheduling a home & home with a big program is profoundly better than a pre-season "classic" at a neutral site... #DBFail
|36 weeks 2 days ago||my first thought was...||
...that it sounds an awful lot like the RGIII situation; long-term health being placed over short-term use (minus, of course, the daring-ownership-to-fire-me sensibilities of Shanahan); in other words, if the injury has revealed itself to be worse than initially suspected, the staff and DG could credibly have decided that making sure he heals properly and fully is the highest priority... the obvious and unfortunate consequence, of course, being the effect that has on the seniors' final game in the maize & blue, but Hoke et al. seem to have an admirable habit of favoring the personal well-being of each of their individual players... hoping he's ultimately ok, but I couldn't fault the staff much if they determined DG would risk too much to come back in time for the bowl game...
|36 weeks 6 days ago||atmosphere at Yost...||
...has definitely changed since the mid-late 90's, especially with the increased commercialization recently (loud ads during stoppages in play, etc.), but I, for one, have proceeded on the notion (which has been confirmed by others) that the effect of student's having left town, plus the alumni band, made Thanksgiving weekend's crowd much different than your currently typical mid-semester crowd at Yost; as much as I love the alumni band-members, that weekend's band seemed a bit... what's a nice way to put this?... tired? I have faith that the current students are doing a decent job upholding the Yost traditions (although a black-hole cheer after 1 goal is not exactly advisable...)
|37 weeks 2 days ago||an RC tiedye would have to include||
some kind of reference to the now-deceased Half-Ass... a tiny little burger with the words "Half-Ass" in the spot where the adidas logo would otherwise be would be absolutely perfect (although the actual market for such a thing has to max out at what, like 5,000 total people? not including who'd actually buy one...)
|39 weeks 12 hours ago||tifo||
it was nice to see Brandon et al. at the Athletic Dept. arrange for the nice tifo displayed in the stands thanking Ross for the donation, but it was pretty milquetoast, and certainly not the most memorable example of one; perhaps in the two years we have until Ohio returns to the Big House again, we can get something like this put together; http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/videos/96313/snapshot-borussia-dortmund-fans-perform-impressive-skull-tifo-before-pulverising-wolfsburg-video.html
|39 weeks 1 day ago||don't worry, we alumni will show up and fill in||
for the current students to mercilessly harrass whichever buckeye netminder shows up in the traditional and appropriate manner
|50 weeks 2 days ago||according to the googles...||
"auf den spuren des verlorenen henkelpotts" can be loosely translated as "on the trail of the lost handle potts", which, in the case of BVB, would be referring to the Champions League trophy they were seeking...
not sure if the crystal football qualifies as a henklepotts...
|50 weeks 2 days ago||co-signed.||
personally, I think it would be fun to recall some of the history between these two programs, and hopefully they are both still healthy & doing well in the next few years when games scheduled now would actually be played;
|50 weeks 5 days ago||yes, the halo||
from Mr. Goss being a clear and terrible error by all parties... again, merely trying to articulate a presidential "type" to the extent that is possible; definitely not hoping for a return of the larger-than-human sized letters placed on top of a gaudy yellow ring of terribleness around our most sacred hole in the ground...
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Which is where I start||
thinking the Regents' choice of the next President of the University will be key. It seems to me they are likely happy with Brandon, for the most part, given many of the reasons stated in some of the first comments above. However, while I presume the next President will be supportive, he/she should be strong enough to be able to call him out (privately or publically, depending on the situation) if he ever crosses the line (eg. commercial ads creeping closer than the Branoodle, etc.).
I am partial to Bollinger, partially because he was President while I was a student and invited us into his house after some key victories, but more importantly because he seemed to have a level head on his shoulders when it came to the appropriate balance of academic rigor and athletics within a university of our statute and tradition. This is not to sanction any particular decision (hiring or otherwise) Bollinger made (that's a separate thread, but perhaps quite a boring one) with respect to ADs, but someone like him that would support the good Brandon does (for the department and the University) while standing up to him and not backing down if/when that was ever necessary, seems like a good target (from this particular perspective; obviously there are myriad other things to consider when hiring a new University President).
|50 weeks 6 days ago||I feel confident||
that Bando was not intending to minimize the effect of the towers/luxury boxes or to argue they were somehow in keeping with the more "egalitarian" seating of decades gone by... iirc, he's not been a big fan of the renovation
|1 year 16 weeks ago||MOON BOWL||
"BOWL GAME ON THE MOON. halp ive been hacked by mark hollis[/Newt Gingrich]"
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Speaking of new stadiums (also, Spike Albrecht sighting)...||
check out these renderings of the new Atlanta stadium proposals, featuring (very late in the video of the renderings (scroll down to #2), Spike Albrecht and your Meeeechigan Wolverines beating Louisville...
|1 year 40 weeks ago||never mind: "not for sale."||
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Could you tell us what the price tag...||
...on that old fashioned leather helmet says? less than $2k?
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Mercury Hayes||
Q: I can't remember anyone ever rushing the field outside of the 1997 OSU game before the two incidents mentioned above. Can anyone else?
A sizable contingent of us rushed the field in 1995 after Mercury Hayes did this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfQIzPKrj3Y
...almost got my wrist broken by a state trooper who escorted me back to the brick wall
|2 years 17 weeks ago||2nd half?||
now that they're down, it will be interesting to see if Fergie brings in Valencia to start the second half...
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Toure vs. Rooney in the middle will be key for ManU's offense...||
...although I wonder whether Fergie will pull back and play for the point
|2 years 17 weeks ago||delete||
my bad, didn't see Brian's link to roughly the same clip...
|2 years 17 weeks ago||PFJ||
Probably better to go with the Peoples Front of Judea, rather than the Judean Peoples Front... SPLITTERS!!!!!!!!
|2 years 23 weeks ago||seconded.||
seems it would adapt quite well to the MMB repertoire... then the question becomes, how to break it out in a fun way... I'm sure BandoCalrissian and others have some thoughts on that...
|2 years 23 weeks ago||gotta love||
the ol' Across 110th Street Instrumental...
so many childhood mornings included that song...
|2 years 25 weeks ago||starting 11 for the match just released...||
your USMNT v Italy:
Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra (c), Johnson;
Williams, Dempsey, Shea;