|09/25/2016 - 7:45pm||Make it fun||
Stepfather of 14 years here. My stepson and stepdaughter were young when their mom and I got married and really didn't have any serious fandom. I took them to a game each season and bought them something M-related (cap, t-shirt, etc.). Went to basketball games, volleyball games, you name it. Watched games on the tv and invited them to join me for as long as they wanted. Didn't get too emotional for the losses (RichRod and Hoke years), and cheered when we won.
Fast forward to today, my stepson is a sophomore at Clemson and is a little torn at the prospect of a Clemson-UM final game. He LOVES Michigan now and texts/facetimes me every Saturday. My stepdaughter still cheers with me, wears Michigan gear, etc. My daughter is at MSU and still loves UM. For all of them, I just made it as fun as I could.
In general, you can't push stepkids into ANYTHING. It always backfires, in my (and several friends') experience. Just do everything you can to make it fun, and as they warm up to you, they'll warm up to Michigan.
|11/19/2011 - 5:34pm||Grandson and son of Huskers||
Mom grew up in Columbus, NE (Not Ohio) and watched every Husker game she could all her life. Grandma lived to be 93 and watched every game. Grandpa was rabid and talked about them every day. My uncle played for the Huskers.
I never lived there, and went to school at Michigan, but Nebraska has always been my second favorite team. There's a lot in common: history and tradition, knowledge and class. Glad you had a good time in Ann Arbor, and look forward to many more years of this new and important rivalry.
Go Blue, and every other Saturday, Go Big Red!
|11/08/2011 - 1:45pm||Seriously||
Magnus, you're a coach with kids who trust you. Can you imagine knowing one of your fellow coaches was doing something like what Sandusky was, to children who trusted him, and NOT making sure to follow through? Paterno knew bad things were going on and turned a blind eye after telling the AD. Having read this blog since the haloscan days (and never logging in to post), I have a pretty good sense that you would have made absolutely certain it came to a stop. How many kids could have been saved had Paterno made certain it came to a stop?
You're getting lost in the logic that says it couldn't have been easy, and I agree with that. But come on, in that situation, you have to protect those kids. Period.
|01/20/2011 - 5:16pm||Return of the pimp hand?||
Although he may have bungled "the process" in the coach search, other than that, I have been pretty happy with Brandon as AD.
|01/20/2011 - 5:07pm||Luxury boxes?||
I may be mistaken, but I thought the expansion was to include luxury suites so the $$$$ start flowing in. At least more than now.
|01/20/2011 - 2:42pm||40 is awesome||
For a guy, anyway, 40 is awesome. Yeah, you're falling off a bit physically, but compared to what women go through, count your blessings. Career is stable, you're making some $$, a few wrinkles or gray hair make you look successful, and younger women still think you're a catch. It's all about your attitude.
Happy birthday, man!
|01/20/2011 - 12:37pm||Awful thing to go through||
A good friend of mine went through a similar situation with his baby boy. He is now 9 years old, living in the Twin Cities and running around like a madman, per the facebook updates. It was harrowing for him at the time, but he sang the praises of all the good people at Mott.
Your son will be added to our prayers, too, for his continued good health.
|01/20/2011 - 12:23pm||Perspective||
My thoughts and prayers are with your niece and your family. Great doctors and nurses at Mott; I have several friends who work there.
|01/17/2011 - 9:47am||Nice work||
Very interesting analysis. I have always wondered if the adulation of Bo was just a result of his charisma compared to Lloyd's gruffness, when the records were similar and Lloyd won the MNC. Now, I get it, and this also shows why Rod had to go. Thanks for the analysis.