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big rivalry game in ann arbor today

and the flags are fully flying

state flag, american flag, university of michigan flag

go blue. 

“i can’t tell people what flag to fly.”

-lesley stahl

 

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bo knows good company.

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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

go blue.

‘the key is to keep company only with people who uplift you,

whose presence calls forth your best.”

-epictetus

image credit: ann arbor townies, leslie orr

 

neither rain nor hurricane nor turtles, can stop the wolverines.

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the university of michigan wolverines

rose to victory in

the university of maryland terrapins

football challenge

put forth by fellow blogger/sportswriter, mark b. –

http://markbialczak.com

and even

the 8 hour move-up game time

to head off the hurricane

and an away game location

couldn’t help

those turtles from maryland

who took to their shells

as

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.

onward!

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make fudge, not war.

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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.

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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

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MACKINAC ISLAND

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

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i’m not quite sure how, but i’m quite sure it somehow happened.

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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.

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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…

http://markbialczak.com

and congrats to you and your turtles, mark. well-played.

University of Maryland
Fight Song

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,
To victory!!!

Words and music by Ralph Davis, Class of 1941
copyright 1941

by the University of Maryland Student Government Association

be careful what you wish for and how you pose for a picture

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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?

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