big rivalry game in ann arbor today
and the flags are fully flying
state flag, american flag, university of michigan flag
“i can’t tell people what flag to fly.”
1970s vintage plaid with a few of my favorites:
Glen Campbell, Johnny Orr, Gerald Ford, Bo Schembechler, Cy Laughter
in honor of the big game tomorrow
this one’s for you, coach bo
‘the key is to keep company only with people who uplift you,
whose presence calls forth your best.”
image credit: ann arbor townies, leslie orr
the university of michigan wolverines
rose to victory in
the university of maryland terrapins
put forth by fellow blogger/sportswriter, mark b. –
the 8 hour move-up game time
to head off the hurricane
and an away game location
those turtles from maryland
who took to their shells
the wolverines from ann arbor
showed them what a real storm looked like
with a 28-0 win
and mark was a good sport and gracious enough
to honor his side of the losing bet.
a shot of him in the rain
dressed in the gear of his losing team.
through the generations, murdick’s fudge on mackinac island
has been recognized as an iconic michigan favorite.
with 17 fudge shops on the celebrated historical mackinac island of michigan,
all offering free samples,
there is an ongoing rivalry between 6 rival companies,
each claiming to be the best.
my suggestion is to try them all to make it a fair contest
and decide for yourself.
mackinac island fudge festival | august 21-23, 2015
while fudge was not invented on mackinac island, mackinac island’s fudge has become the most popular fudge in america. this festival celebrates the creamy goodness with events such as Dining Under the Influence of Fudge, Fudge on the Rocks, Michigan Craft Brew Beer Tastings, Great Turtle Slow Ride and the coveted “Daddy, I Want the Golden Ticket” vacation giveaway.
happy national fudge day – june 16
save the earth. it’s the only planet with chocolate. ~author unknown
Covering 3.8 square miles, Mackinac Island is located in Lake Huron at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsula. It is only accessible by ferry or plane. • The island was home to Native American settlements before European exploration began in the 1600s.
It also was a key site for the Great Lakes Fur Trade and was home to Fort Mackinac, built by the British during the American Revolutionary War. It was the scene of two battles during the War of 1812. In the late 19th century, the island became a popular tourist destination and summer colony, and that popularity gets stronger by the summer.
The entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Battle sites, historic buildings, the fort, and dozens of additional diversions, including Original Murdick’s Fudge, entertain visitors.
Because automobiles were banned from the village in 1898, and from the park in 1901, on-island transit is by foot, horse, carriage and bicycle.
image credits: mackinacisland.com, originalmurdicksfudge.com, michigan.com
i’m not quite sure how, but i’m quite sure it somehow happened.
in the end, that turtle’s (or terrapin, as some prefer), hard shell refused to let a wolverine break through, and hung on for the victory in our recent matchup here in my very own hometown of ann arbor.
as promised in my wager with fellow blogger, a man who writes about sports and entertainment, rival and friend, mark b. – here is the fight song of the winner in the battle between my michigan wolverines and his maryland terrapins. you may not recognize me as the singer, but i like to surprise, just like those terrapins. what say you, mark b.?
here is the link to mark b’s always entertaining blog, even when he has won and is gloating…
and congrats to you and your turtles, mark. well-played.
University of Maryland
Fight, fight, fight for Maryland,
Honor now Her name again,
Push up the score, keep on fighting for more,
For Maryland, GO TERPS!
And we will fight, fight, fight for terrapins,
Keep on fighting ’till we win.
So sing out our song as we go marching along,
Words and music by Ralph Davis, Class of 1941
by the University of Maryland Student Government Association
and the results are in – mark and i have guest posted on each other’s sites, as the end of our friendly wager –
the final tally in the biggest bloggers baseball wager ever is syracuse chiefs 5 games won, toledo mud hens 3 games won.
after a two-week stretch fraught with tight nerves, generous volleys of good-humored trash-talking and on-field triple-a baseball that went down to game eight before a 9-3 chiefs victory in toledo’s fifth third field clinched the title, i have learned a bit.
my last bit of gloat shall come in the accompanying photo. It was taken during my dear wife karen and i’s trip to watch game two of the series at the chief’s nbt bank stadium. truth be told, i came with two other signs: one in case the mud hens won the series, and one in case of a 4-4 deadlock.
I had fun following the results, posting jokes, parrying with beth, and our regular readers and friends who comment on both of our blogs.
so what did i take away from this foray into inter-blogal diamond doings?
triple-a baseball is fun, inexpensive, good for its communities, and played at a high level of talent. oh, i knew that going in, but the reminder is always nice.
i actually like the toledo mud hens, particularly pitcher kyle lobstein, third baseman mike hessman and mascot jim flealand.
i was correct in suggesting this little experiment to beth. when i saw her post about attending the outdoor hockey game and love of the detroit red wings, and comments about the tigers and the teams of her alma mater michigan, i knew i had found a kindred sports fan as well as somebody who appreciates aiming an eye at the vagaries and curiosities of life in general. indeed.
and so i typed this in beth style, sans capital letters, in homage to e.e. cummings i do believe, but perhaps because she has a balky shift key on her main typing keyboard.
i heartily invite you regular readers of i didn’t have my glasses on to hop over to markbialczak.com to check out what beth cross-posted on my blog today about this little escapade. if you happen to spot a headline that interests you on my sidebar, please do click and read. follow, if you wish. come back daily. i’d love to talk.
speaking of the future … my alma mater, maryland, joins the big ten come fall. my terps will be playing beth’s wolverines. there may be some more trash-talking ahead.
Have you ever made a friendly wager and then felt a little bad about settling up? Are you a comfortable trash-talker? Do you despise me even a little bit for the sign I’m holding in the picture?
thanks jamie farr, for supporting our mud hens
as they pulled it off in the ninth inning last night.
tonight we can tie up this epic series in the final game,
and show writer/rival mark
who’s who in this minor league showdown in toledo.
and i’ll be there to cheer them on.
and my toledo mudhens got wet yesterday and we lost the game,
but there is always today and always tomorrow.
and i will be there to cheer them on in person tomorrow night.
and i will be there to settle a friendly bet with blog writer friend, mark.
he is crowing all over the place about his believed chiefs from syracuse,
but we shall see, we shall see….
If you cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.
as some of you know, new york blogger/friend/sports/movie/life stories writer, mark (http://markbialczak.com) and i are engaged in a major friendly minor league baseball battle. his beloved syracuse chiefs have played my toledo mud hens for 4 games in his town, (with mixed results and home field advantage). and luckily they’ve made their way back and hens have come home to roost for a 4-game home stand. see the results of yesterday’s game one below! the hens and chiefs will take to the field again this morning and we shall see who indeed rules the farm in the end)