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- Some trains to play with
- Things to color
- Snacks (which would get SUPER EXPENSIVE at the stadium)
- The ability to get up and go to the bathroom...up to 5 times in one service, but at least once.
- The ability to crawl on and around Dad (me).
- Sell/Give away your tickets and tailgate. At this age, fall Saturdays can be about wearing Blue, and spending time with other people that are wearing Blue. This is about joining a fan community, not necessarily about physically being in the stadium.
- Bribe your wife to stay home and watch the kid while you take a buddy. Alternately, hire a babysitter and take the wife if she'd be into it.
- As others have said, take your daughter and be prepared to leave early. Like before the first quarter is over. This really doesn't sound like how I want to spend a Saturday afternoon.
- Publish a poll
- Give a trophy to the #1 team at the end of the season
- Call that team the "National Champions"
|5 days 11 hours ago||Only you know your daughter||
Only you know your daughter, so this might not apply at all. I happen to have two boys, ages 4 and 1. I can talk about them rather well.
My 4 year old had ear tubes put in at a rather young age (LOTS of ear infections...which stopped once the tubes went in almost instantly). The only side effect that we are noticing is that he tends to dislike loud noises. Depending on which side of the "down in front" vs. "up in back" debate you are on will determine whether you think this is a problem for him or not. In all seriousness, we'd have to do earplugs at the very least because the noises can be a tad unpredictable. INTERCEPTION! FUMMMMBLLLEEEE! Need I go on? From the, "but would he be able to sit for the game" standpoint, it would depend on the level to which I allow him to be distracted. We go to church, and he is able to "make it through" the service. That is to say, everything is good as long as he has:
As you can see, this quite a bit of things to arrange, and by the end of service (60-90 min) he is DONE. I could probably make him last longer if I gave him an iPad, but that's not what I want to teach him at church. Transitioning that thought to a game...do I really want to spend the $$$ on the ticket just to hand my kid an iPad? I think not. I've never done the tailgating experience, but I think that could work. Especially if he had friends to run around with.
My 1 year old...to put it bluntly, I can't imagine taking my 1 year old to a football game. He is just starting to toddle around (14 months) and is interested in MOVING. So the idea of holding him for a large fraction of a game (or...what is more likely because he just likes her better...making his mother do so) is not appealing. There is also the whole nap thing. He requires 1-2 naps still. That means a nap in the late morning and a nap in the afternoon, or a LONG nap right after lunch. And any thought that you have of having him nap while one of us is holding him should be banished from your mind. He needs a quiet space to calm down so he can fall asleep. Moreover, research has shown that kids don't sleep as deeply or as well when they are being held (or when they are in a moving car for that matter). I could possibly see tailgating, depending on how close you are to the stadium, and where you decide to tailgate. Letting the kid run around would keep him happy, then when it is naptime, have a place available or leave.
Seeing as how you've already bought tickets, these are my recommendations in order of preference:
Remember, you can start traditions at home. I still celebrate touchdowns with my 4 year old like this:
|1 week 4 days ago||Except...||
Last season, the line still didn't get Bullough blocked, and Allen would just steamroll Poor Damn Toussaint. So that is why DG got turned into a moving grass stain/mud pile. Not because he didn't know who the MIKE was.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||No way. Papa John is going||
No way. Papa John is going to be the next AD at the University of Louisville. They already named the football stadium after him!
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think you know what||
I don't think you know what the word "secret" means.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I think you mean legit...but||
I think you mean legit...but the first time I read it, I read left...
|12 weeks 5 days ago||They certainly are...|
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Over-simplifying?||
So maybe this is just being too simple, but could this be the reason for the switch to the over?
That is, the coaches feel that Beyer and Clark are two of their best playmakers, especially up front, and they want them on the field at the same time, rather than platooning.
Also, and this is likely going to be covered in the next post about linebackers, what does this mean for Jake Ryan? Will he be deployed as a terror in the middle coming on an a-gap blitz? Do we have good evidence that he'll be even better in the middle than he was outside? Oh, and he'd cover TEs and slot WRs from time to time (rather effectively). Who will do that now?
|23 weeks 15 hours ago||Kids do the darnedest things...||
My 4 year old would yell TOUCHDOWN after Michigan did good things.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||smartass answer...||
The same number that they have participated in.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Follow the S||
You get half credit. The reason it is called an S-curve is because of how the ranked teams snake back and forth. Like this:
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Not a spin cycle...||
Rather than spin cycling everything that's being said...(you know...blah blah blah...Lions should look into Bailey, would be good influence in DBfield...need talented bodies back there...blah blah)...I think I'm just going to post a picture of a cat.
(How I post on mgoblog when I'm feeling lazy.)
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Filing this||
...under, "Ways to make football more appealing to my 4 year old."
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Not that surprising||
Mattison, like many defensive coaches, need a solid DL to succeed. His first DL anchored by Mike Martin and Ryan Van Bergen (minus one foot) was his best DL to date. This season, for some reason, the DL didn't produce as well as hoped partially due to injury, youth, or simply being overmatched. (They didn't earn the right to rush 4...)
It will be a better defense next year. The DEs should generate a better rush, and the depth is getting bigger, faster, stronger, and smarter with one more year in the system. Assuming Pipkins gets healthy (do what your physical therapists tell you, young man!), they will have at least 2 guys with 3 years in the program at each of the line spots (DT, NT, SDE, WDE... http://mgoblog.com/content/michigan-depth-chart-class-0 ).
The LB corps is back and strong, IMO. (In fact, is there a way they can get JMFR and Beyer on the field next season? Probably yes, if they slide Frank Clark to SDE and make Beyer the WDE...That could generate quite the pass rush.)
In fact, it will be possible to fill the 2-deep entirely with players in their 3rd year (or more) in the program at every defensive spot other than SS. This is the first time we've been able to say this since (at least) 2007.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||False||
The AP removed themselves from the Bull Crap System formula, but they still:
So they declare a national champ who is just as valid as the ESPN/USA Today champ. Their trophy is, however, not a crystal football.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Nope||
What are the options for teams to tie with Auburn? Let's see:
#3 Alabama - doubtful based on head to head result.
I could go on, but I won't. The only way a split title happens is if #3 is about as strong as #2, and there is no head to head data or #3 beat #2 early in the season.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly...||
8-4 (6-2) and 7-5 (4-4)
3-9 (2-6), 5-7 (1-5), and 6-6 (3-5)
|35 weeks 2 hours ago||All of these guys were fired||
All of these guys were fired* from their pro gigs. And then they fell back to a college gig.
* Wannstedt and Spurrier quit to save their owners the trouble of firing them.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Unbridled optimism...||
Fred Jackson, is that you?
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Fix the scale!!!||
If you want to do this, you should fix the scale so that to remove the distortion. Right now because of the scale distortion having a better defense is more important than having a better offense. (The underlying assumption is that being good is equal parts defense and offense). Therefore, teams who have the same level of goodness are on the same line with slope = -1.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Excel plots...the||
Excel plots...the statistician in me disapproves. Why not R? http://www.r-project.org/
|45 weeks 3 days ago||To beat a dead horse...||
3 OL right of center (or is one a TE?)
1 OL left of center (or is he a TE?)
1 WR easy to see
1 Helmet right above "PE"
1+1+1+1+3+1+1+1 = 10 dudes
I've got an idea for Al though. Maybe he can adapt Buddy Ryan's Polish Goalline tactic to run with POWER.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Simple||
I would have put the ball in the hands of my best playmakers on offense. Those are: Devin Gardner, Jeremy Gallon, and Devin Funchess. I would NOT have run the ball with my Lewan-less line.
Am I sure this would have gone better? No. However, I can say with 99% confidence that it would have worked better. You dance with the one that brung you...and Saturday, that was the passing game.
Now stop pissing me off...Scherzer has 13 Ks and my Lions won. I'm happy dammit!
|46 weeks 2 days ago||stream?||
anyone have a link to stream the game?
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Shotgun...||
I think you can make the same argument against shotgun. How often do you line up in goal-line on 3rd and 12 from your 35? Shotgun?
I think that this is one of those situation where Mathlete's play success metrics came in handy. Going through and asking, "Did we stay ahead of the chains/get a first down?" is helpful. After all, 11 yards on 3rd and 12 usually means a punt.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||IS THAT ALAN WEBB? Nice!||
IS THAT ALAN WEBB?
|49 weeks 9 hours ago||Braylongame||
Too bad Chesson isn't Braylon. But he is a redshirt freshman, so we will forgive him. I suggest Chesson watch this video and practice high-pointing the football. Enjoy:
[Edit: Fixed embed. And it only took two tries.]
|50 weeks 4 days ago||I see what you did||
I see what you did there...[cover 15](http://smartfootball.com/defense/buddy-ryans-polish-goalline-tactic)
|1 year 23 hours ago||Lions could use a good||
Lions could use a good safety...
|1 year 2 weeks ago||More data...||
I think that there is a good deal of data to be mined here, and that there are a number of interesting questions to answer.
I would look at some of these, but I'm too lazy to go get the data. Sometimes I wish there was a good place to get data easily that I can import into R...
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Agree wholeheartedly||
I'm in a keeper league, and I have Adrian Peterson on my team. Except my thinking goes the other way. When AP goes nuts on the Lions D, I go, "Well, at least my fantasy team is having a good day..."