Need some help from the MGoBlog Community

Submitted by wresler120 on August 8th, 2011 at 12:27 AM

Okay, so the last 8 years have been the same .... Michigan football every Saturday .... without a hitch. It's been ... like a ritual you know. Well, my son has been involved in soccer the last few years, and since he was so young his games were the early games  8 and 9 am, home by 10:30 or 11.. Now he's turning 8, and his age division plays double headers between noon and 4 pm .... game times vary ... and yes, it's every Saturday. The issue I have is that he's not very good at soccer, and really could care less if he plays or not. But, his mother ... my wife ... is pretty adamant about me not missing any of his games.

This is kind of leaving  a sick feeling in my stomach .... on one hand I feel bad, as I shouldn't miss my son's games, but on the other hand ... he doesn't even care about the sport he is playing.


I have to assume many other die hards run into the same dilemma, especially those who have kids that play rocket football on Saturday afternoons.


What do you do in these situations?? Miss every game? That would frickin blow ... What do I do, and how do I get out of going to all of his games without being killed by my wife?


Please help .... a fan in need.



August 8th, 2011 at 1:18 AM ^

It's simple. You go to your sons games, no question. TIVO is a great option, the smartbox or whatever app for the phone is a good one to. But you go to the games. 10 years from now your still gna be die hard blue, but your going to look back on the youth years of your son.


... and im young, 22, so maybe i can't relate....but that doesnt mean i dont think im right.


August 8th, 2011 at 12:31 AM ^

Talk to the wife, and enroll her that if the son is ok with it, would she be ok  with it.  

Have a direct conversation with him.  Get his permission not to go to his game.  

Offer to make it up some other way, and then goto the game.


August 8th, 2011 at 12:32 AM ^

You have two options.........

1. Get TIVO


2. Tell your wife to eat shit, as Michigan football is your favorite thing in the entire world.


Personally, I'd choose option 2. Your kid will eventually forgive you.


August 8th, 2011 at 1:08 AM ^

You have a third option you could get banned from attending your kids soccer games, here are some ideas:

  • Arguing with the coach
  • Going after the referees
  • Yelling at the opposing team
  • Swearing in general


August 8th, 2011 at 1:26 AM ^

- wear a pair of assless chaps to the game and yell out, "you are all such sexy Jethros" when the little boys run by.

- instead of orange slices at halftime, gather them in a circle and smoke some peyote.

- take a nice dump in the center circle.

-wear a red, white and blue leisure suit and hold a banner that reads: Eat A Dick, America.

Embrace your inner child and get banned.  Also, I'm sure someone will reply to me with some more great ideas.


August 8th, 2011 at 5:51 AM ^

 - Go into the nearest  porta-john and refuse to come out until they release all the political prisoners.

- Insist on  singing "The Name Game", but with names that would create profane statements under the formula of the song.

- Start looking for something at a random point in  the game, with increasing intensity, and then at some point exclaim, "OK, WHO STOLE MY BLOW?"

Waters Demos

August 8th, 2011 at 12:35 AM ^

I wouldn't force my kid to play soccer if he didn't want to play it.  Not to say that's what you're doing, but I'm left to wonder why he's doing it if he doesn't care.

I'd like to think I'd stand up to the wife.  But I don't know for sure because I've never faced your situation.

I'd choose my son's sports over college football.



August 8th, 2011 at 12:36 AM ^

Eastern Michigan and Purdue are the only noon games. You could DVR those. There are 2 night games so far. I would guess SDSU game will be later as well. So you only have a maximum of 6 games to fake sick.


August 8th, 2011 at 12:37 AM ^

I'd say you do the following.  DVR the games, and watch them when you get home.  Don't listen to the radio on the way home, obv.  Ensure that wife/kid know that that is your "football time" and should consequently provide a sammich / watch with you.  I know your kid says he doesn't care about soccer, but I'm sure it's important to him that you're there.  Gotta do what you gotta do for your kids, man.


August 8th, 2011 at 12:37 AM ^

I assume you're talking about missing watching the Michigan games on tv and not at the stadium. If that's the case, I strongly suggest finding some way of watching the game on a mobile device. Either through getting a slingplayer, or using some other means such as Sprint TV if the games are on ESPN. The initial cost will be well worth it.


August 8th, 2011 at 1:10 AM ^

At least I think that's what it's called. It's the new thing the BTN is doing this year. Download tha app on your phone. If you have Sprint, Sprint TV has abc streaming live and espn has games sometimes. Or get a tablet with 4g connectivity and watch it online through a less legal site.


Edit: You could also download a radio app to your phone, so then you can listen to any radio station anywhere that is carrying the game. Or you could just get a radio, if they even make them anymore.


August 8th, 2011 at 12:39 AM ^

DVR is magical for just this situation... unless you really don't want to go to your son's soccer games. In that case, consider getting him involved in a sport that doesn't play on every Saturday in the fall. Personally, I can't think of any except something that doesn't make him run like bowling; you're on your own at this point.


August 8th, 2011 at 12:39 AM ^

Why should he care if his father doesn't? Really, this shouldn't be an issue.  Stay off the internet for a few hours and watch the game later.  How late in the season does soccer run anyway?


August 8th, 2011 at 12:40 AM ^

this pains me to say but your son only grows up once. Michigan football has been around for 130 years and isn't going anywhere. grab an umbrella and a radio for the game and kick back at the field. you still get all of the ND game and the second half of 3 pm starts....


August 8th, 2011 at 12:47 AM ^

You said your kid is still young?...if he isn't too enthused about playing soccer, get him hooked on Michigan football.  Seriously, have random conversations with him about the team and players and while playing catch in the backyard.  Great chance he becomes just as hooked as you are.


August 8th, 2011 at 12:52 AM ^

Not a single bit of interest in football. He liked soccer alot, but that's starting to fade. If he had his way he'd play video games all day, but I told him he has to do some kind of organized activity ... don't care what it is. Now I guess I have to pay for that by missing some of the Michigan games.


August 8th, 2011 at 9:38 AM ^

I got hooked on Michigan football because it was something that my dad and I did together regularly. We moved to Ann Arbor when I was 7 so he wasn't even a big Michigan fan. I'm the one who has provided him with information recently, especially since he moved to Florida. If you live close enough, maybe you take him to a couple of games early on in the season and teach him the chants.

My only other suggestion would be to enroll him in another sport that plays in the mornings or on Sundays. If you can't do that, then you have to go to the games.


August 8th, 2011 at 12:49 AM ^

and then not listening to the radio, but the problem is others will be listenng and announcing the score the whole time. Especially the damn Sparty fans ... they will run their jaws like crazy if Michigan is losing. It's just not the same watching a game when you know the outcome.

But, you're right my kids are the most important thing. I gotta get him in some shit that doesn't hold all of their events on Saturdays in the fall.


August 8th, 2011 at 1:02 AM ^

If the problem is that people are talking about the football scores at the soccer games, why not bring an ipod and some earphones so you don't overhear them?

As others have pointed out it really seems like the only problem is the noon games. For 3:30 games or later even if you accidentally catch the scores before getting home, it'll only be the first quarter or so.


August 8th, 2011 at 12:53 AM ^

Tell your son and wife that are greater things in the world than a soccer game. The most important of those things are the University of Michigan and its football games.