Sports: What do they mean to you? (kinda meta)

Sports: What do they mean to you? (kinda meta)

Submitted by Noleverine on October 21st, 2011 at 2:56 AM

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?

Wifeday Wallpaper?

Wifeday Wallpaper?

Submitted by Vasav on October 18th, 2011 at 3:36 AM

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.

Related: http://mgoblog.com/diaries/preview-wifeday-2010

http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/ok-im-done-six-zero

PSA: Don't listen to Valenti today

PSA: Don't listen to Valenti today

Submitted by M-Wolverine on October 17th, 2011 at 11:03 AM

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" movie (filmed at U-M) premiere events

"Answer This" movie (filmed at U-M) premiere events

Submitted by JeremyB on October 13th, 2011 at 12:14 PM

"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:

Also, Dr. Spaceman is in it. 

Dhani Jones info from the movie's Facebook page.

Watch the trailer here, because I can't embed 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.]

Friday Night You Know What Thread (Also Boise-Fresno State Open Thread)

Friday Night You Know What Thread (Also Boise-Fresno State Open Thread)

Submitted by justingoblue on October 7th, 2011 at 9:25 PM

What's everyone drinking tonight in anticipation for Northwestern tomorrow night? Or in celebration of yet another source of Buckeye schadenfreude? Either way, tonight it's cheap tequila with Simply Lemonade, and I plan on getting pretty drunk tonight before leaving to see megangoblue's friends and family in Cincinnati tomorrow. Cheers, MGoBoard.

Also, feel free to post about Boise-Fresno. I know Fresno is usually pretty good, but Boise looks pretty unstoppable for the rest of their schedule.