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A Wild Weekend

I had an amazing weekend, a strange combination of family, politics, football, drama, and even games.

First, I got to see my son Marty in his first ever play, Oliver! I went to the Friday night and Sunday afternoon productions, and he did a wonderful job. There’s barely a shy bone in the kid’s body, and he truly enjoyed it. I think this won’t be his last show.

Saturday, I attended the wedding of my stepsister Susie Schooff to Mark Meyer. Mark used to be the Wisconsin state senator from La Crosse, and Susie works for State Senator Jeff Plale, so you can guess how this got started. Fittingly, they were wed in the senatorial chambers in the state capitol in Madison.

I really enjoyed the ceremony, but I ditched out on the first part of the reception so I could catch the last quarter of the Michigan–Ohio State game. Even with the ghost of Bo Schembechler watching over them, my beloved Wolverines lost by a mere three points, which hurt. It was a great game, well fought though, and it could have gone either way.

Despite the loss, Michigan is still rated #2, which is giving the sports pundits fits. It’s possible the BCS championship game could be a rematch between Michigan and Ohio State, which is just the sort of thing to drive coaches and sportswriters nuts. Still, the fans, I think, would love to see it.

After the game, my dad and I walked across the street to join the reception. I got to meet all sorts of Susie and Mark’s friends and catch up with lots of relatives and old friends too. I even met Tim Kelly, who’s posted in the comments here before, and signed Tim’s copy of The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game. He’s a great guy, and he’s doing good work in Assemblyman Mike Sheridan‘s office.

On Sunday, we took the whole family to see Marty’s final performance. The quads did as well as I could have expected for handling a two-hour performance. A monster pack of crayons and pens along with plenty of drawing paper made the difference.

To cap it off, we won the big prize in the raffle to raise funds for KFAD (Kids’ Fun and Drama), the group that puts on the play. It’s a week’s vacation in any one of dozens of different resorts around the world. It doesn’t cover airfare, but the place will be paid for once we get there. Now we just have to figure out where and when to take advantage of this windfall!

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  1. Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, San Antonio Texas.

    Conveniently located across the highway from my apartment complex!

  2. Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, San Antonio Texas.

    Conveniently located across the highway from my apartment complex!

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  4. If USC manages to beat ND, I think that they might make it to #2 over Michigan. The ratings are real tight and a ND comparison is really the best way to see how Michigan and SC compare.

    As a Trojan fan, and a football traditionalist, all this BCS stuff (even when it is in the favor of USC like two years ago) is hooey. Just have the Rose Bowl be the Big 10 and Pac 10 champs. If they want a “National Championship Game” they can do all the ratings as they do now, but include the traditional rivalry bowl games as “regular” games which are included in determining the matchup. Then we can have the “real” national championship that so many want. Why? I don’t know why they want it, I thought these were Student atheletes and not professionals.

  5. If USC manages to beat ND, I think that they might make it to #2 over Michigan. The ratings are real tight and a ND comparison is really the best way to see how Michigan and SC compare.

    As a Trojan fan, and a football traditionalist, all this BCS stuff (even when it is in the favor of USC like two years ago) is hooey. Just have the Rose Bowl be the Big 10 and Pac 10 champs. If they want a “National Championship Game” they can do all the ratings as they do now, but include the traditional rivalry bowl games as “regular” games which are included in determining the matchup. Then we can have the “real” national championship that so many want. Why? I don’t know why they want it, I thought these were Student atheletes and not professionals.

  6. Too true, Christian. You touched upon the reason why Congress is considering revoking the NCAA’s tax-exempt status. The BCS is all about money, as is the rest of the bowl system.

    One of the other terrible things to come from the BCS is the way teams need to run up scores against much weaker teams, just to improve the computerized portion of their standing. Just see how Florida smashed Western Carolina 62-0. It’s just sad that the system encourages such excesses.

    In the meantime, though, this puts me in the uncomfortable position of rooting for Notre Dame. 🙂

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    Too true, Christian. You touched upon the reason why Congress is considering revoking the NCAA’s tax-exempt status. The BCS is all about money, as is the rest of the bowl system.

    One of the other terrible things to come from the BCS is the way teams need to run up scores against much weaker teams, just to improve the computerized portion of their standing. Just see how Florida smashed Western Carolina 62-0. It’s just sad that the system encourages such excesses.

    In the meantime, though, this puts me in the uncomfortable position of rooting for Notre Dame. 🙂

  8. What work would there be? I think the only thing you would have to work at, is getting up for a good tee time!

  9. What work would there be? I think the only thing you would have to work at, is getting up for a good tee time!

  10. The game was hard to watch, espcecially outnumbered ten to 1 by OSU fans at a house party just outside Columbus.

    I think the current situation exposes a glaring weakness in the game theory of the BCS system…the possibility of inter-conference rematches in the title game, something that probably should never happen.

    I’m thinking M vs. Florida in the Rose Bowl…I might try to fly out for that one.

  11. The game was hard to watch, espcecially outnumbered ten to 1 by OSU fans at a house party just outside Columbus.

    I think the current situation exposes a glaring weakness in the game theory of the BCS system…the possibility of inter-conference rematches in the title game, something that probably should never happen.

    I’m thinking M vs. Florida in the Rose Bowl…I might try to fly out for that one.

  12. Sorry, Brian, but golf’s one of the sports I never really picked up. I’ve played a few times, and I used to caddy for my father and grandfather as a kid, but I never developed a passion for it.

    You’re right about this glaring flaw in the BCS, Brett, although it’s just one of many. The BCS is a compromise system used to get us close to a post-season tournament without making those big-money bowls go away, and it shows badly. Either way, I’d love to make it out to the Rose Bowl too, although I doubt it will happen this year (for me, not Michigan!).

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    Sorry, Brian, but golf’s one of the sports I never really picked up. I’ve played a few times, and I used to caddy for my father and grandfather as a kid, but I never developed a passion for it.

    You’re right about this glaring flaw in the BCS, Brett, although it’s just one of many. The BCS is a compromise system used to get us close to a post-season tournament without making those big-money bowls go away, and it shows badly. Either way, I’d love to make it out to the Rose Bowl too, although I doubt it will happen this year (for me, not Michigan!).

  14. I blame the Fox Corporation for all that is wrong with the BCS.

    To illustrate my point, please check out the following Fox/BCS webpage on Michigan: http://www.bcsfootball.org/cfb/team?statsId=29 . If you scroll down to look at the Big Ten Standings, you will notice that Michigan is ranked 3rd after Wisconsin.

    As a Badger Fan, I can laugh, but that is really sloppy.

  15. I blame the Fox Corporation for all that is wrong with the BCS.

    To illustrate my point, please check out the following Fox/BCS webpage on Michigan: http://www.bcsfootball.org/cfb/team?statsId=29 . If you scroll down to look at the Big Ten Standings, you will notice that Michigan is ranked 3rd after Wisconsin.

    As a Badger Fan, I can laugh, but that is really sloppy.

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