Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

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December 3, 2012 and 61 degrees. The ice in the Artic Circle is melting so fast that researchers have no idea what is going on. Is global warming for real or is this just another phenomenon the planet is going through? One thing for certain, ski resorts are not loving it.

Speaking of not loving it, McDonald’s sales were off for the first time in years. Apparently they were too focused on drinks and not their $1 value menu. Their last big hit was McCafe. But don’t worry, the McRib is back this month.

Who decided the width of toilet paper? And who decided the size of the roll? One thing for sure, those rolls keep getting smaller and smaller. Oh, who decides who changes the rolls???

Looks like the only more inept coaching staff than the Spartans is the Lions. I sort of understand college sports but pro sports? Has any Lion’s coach disappointed its fans more than Schwartz? The more amazing thing is that fans aren’t hollering for his departure because they know the real issue is the team’s ownership. Isn’t William Clay Ford the longest loser of any pro sports team owner? Watch how the Lions change when he is no longer the owner.

The Spartans are going to the what bowl? Buffalo Wild Wings? The only thing that I can relate to is slimy fingers going into the slimy mouths and those same fingers doing it 50 times or more. Luckily the game is on at 10:15PM and we won’t have to endure the pain of yet another senseless money grabbing bowl season. Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl? Luckily there will be one good game. And why is it Nick Saban keeps on winning?

More than one million people a day use an indoor tanning salon and the industry does more than $5 billion a year.

Lady Jane’s Haircuts for Men keeps opening new locations and Chad Johnson keeps on advertising $10 haircuts done by women dressed just like guys like them dressed. I clicked on 97.1 online to listen to the game yesterday and up came a photo spread from Maxim. Sex sells and Chad knows that first hand. Ironically, he is also opening up LUV manicure/pedicure studios as well and there is nothing sexy about them but good pricing and good service. Peace Out!

Why would a music video be viewed more than 900 million times?

Pizza is the fastest growing category of fast food. It seems we cannot get enough of it. Actually what’s better than bread and hot cheese?

Is there a must-have Christmas gift this year? It doesn’t appear to be so, and certainly nothing like the Cabbage Patch craze of years ago.

No one remembers who won second place. Certainly Romney knows this, he has virtually disappeared since losing last month.

The day before Christmas should be a national holiday.

Happy Monday!

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Your favorite junk food of all time is:

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December 3, 2012 and 61 degrees. The ice in the Artic Circle is melting so fast that researchers have no idea what is going on. Is global warming for real or is this just another phenomenon the planet is going through? One thing for certain, ski resorts are not loving it.

Speaking of not loving it, McDonald’s sales were off for the first time in years. Apparently they were too focused on drinks and not their $1 value menu. Their last big hit was McCafe. But don’t worry, the McRib is back this month.

Who decided the width of toilet paper? And who decided the size of the roll? One thing for sure, those rolls keep getting smaller and smaller. Oh, who decides who changes the rolls???

Looks like the only more inept coaching staff than the Spartans is the Lions. I sort of understand college sports but pro sports? Has any Lion’s coach disappointed its fans more than Schwartz? The more amazing thing is that fans aren’t hollering for his departure because they know the real issue is the team’s ownership. Isn’t William Clay Ford the longest loser of any pro sports team owner? Watch how the Lions change when he is no longer the owner.

The Spartans are going to the what bowl? Buffalo Wild Wings? The only thing that I can relate to is slimy fingers going into the slimy mouths and those same fingers doing it 50 times or more. Luckily the game is on at 10:15PM and we won’t have to endure the pain of yet another senseless money grabbing bowl season. Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl? Luckily there will be one good game. And why is it Nick Saban keeps on winning?

More than one million people a day use an indoor tanning salon and the industry does more than $5 billion a year.

Lady Jane’s Haircuts for Men keeps opening new locations and Chad Johnson keeps on advertising $10 haircuts done by women dressed just like guys like them dressed. I clicked on 97.1 online to listen to the game yesterday and up came a photo spread from Maxim. Sex sells and Chad knows that first hand. Ironically, he is also opening up LUV manicure/pedicure studios as well and there is nothing sexy about them but good pricing and good service. Peace Out!

Why would a music video be viewed more than 900 million times?

Pizza is the fastest growing category of fast food. It seems we cannot get enough of it. Actually what’s better than bread and hot cheese?

Is there a must-have Christmas gift this year? It doesn’t appear to be so, and certainly nothing like the Cabbage Patch craze of years ago.

No one remembers who won second place. Certainly Romney knows this, he has virtually disappeared since losing last month.

The day before Christmas should be a national holiday.

Happy Monday!

MSU Sucker Punches Fans & Media

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Perhaps the only thing more difficult than sporting green and white since 1966 (Star Trek premiered) is silver and blue (the Lions haven’t won a championship since 1957, the year Leave It To Beaver premiered).

Yet, with  more than 100 combined years of losing, fans remain loyal. I’m not sure if there is a book on fan loyalty but there needs to be one. What I want to know is how colleges marketed the idea to get alumni to support their Alma mater and create the rivalry’s that exist over the past decades. There is no such loyalty for high school sports. Why some 35 years after I graduated from MSU do I care if the Spartans win a football or basketball game? And when it comes to pro sports in which fans only have the city or state as their allegiance, why do fans care if their team wins or loses a game?

Analyzing our insane behavior, we really have no vested interest in being a fan. MSU charges me for tickets, parking passes, receptions and everything they can and that is after being a donor. Pro sports award their fans by selling $10 beers, $5 hot dogs and $30 parking passes. A ticket to see the Tiger’s play a regular season game is $85 yet the same people complain about our event ticket for $35. On top of that, we spend billions each year to walk around promoting our teams. I was at the MSU bookstore at last weekend’s game and people were waiting in line 30 deep to pay for stuff. There were at least 300 MSU branded items in the bookstore and we know what the margins are on them. And we buy this stuff with passion and can’t wait to put on the shirt, put on the cap, put on the tattoo on our face and walk around screaming “Go White” and “Go Green.”

Fans tailgate hours before the game. They watch the game. Then they go home to watch replays of the game. Then they tune in to sports radio to talk about the game. Then they go online to read about the game. The game. It’s all about the game.

Why?

MSU was ranked 9th pre-season. All the experts picked State to be first in our division. Experts you ask? Oh yes, what is sports without experts? Sports writers, ex-coaches, play-by-play analysts and anyone in front of an ESPN camera are classified as experts. 97.1 The Ticket is the place for fans to belt out when their team loses or heap on the praise when their team wins. We are passionate about our team.

Why?

After MSU lost its first game, then its second game, Coach Dantonio clearly expressed his view that the team was “intact” and that his vision of going to the Rose Bowl in 2012 was still “alive.” Then came Iowa. It was homecoming and perhaps one of the worst October weather days in recent history. The relentless rain, the cold biting temperature were factors that would keep normal people home to watch the game on TV. But not Spartan fans. Not Spartan loyalists since 1966. No way. I was among those fans shivering in the stands, feet soaking wet, pants soaking wet and wishing the rain would turn to snow. But I was not alone, there were more than 70,000 witnessing perhaps the worst coached team at the end of the first half and at the end of the second half. To the fans credit, many left after halftime but not all.

Why?

MSU lost  its third game and after winning 15 straight at home and winning more games over the past 3 seasons than who remembers and still no Rose Bowl appearance, this season is over. It was really over after the Notre Dame loss. Maxwell doesn’t have the talent, doesn’t have the ability to strive under pressure and is a mediocre QB. At least that’s what the experts say. But it’s too easy to blame the game on Maxwell. How about the penalties, how about the play calling by OC Dan Roushar, how about the lack of focus on special teams? In the end, everything sits on Dantonio. He knows it and if we were inside his head, we can only guess what is going on in his mind right now. He is more disappointed than any fan. He let us down.

Why?

Even in winning, pleasing fans is next to impossible UNLESS YOU WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. Leyland is done if the Tiger’s don’t get to the Series which looks like they will. But the fans want Valverde’s scalp and if they don’t beat NY in Detroit, one can only imagine the experts take on that. Yesterday you saw the LIons win a game they should have lost. 15 penalties. 0-7 on third down conversions. Yet they won and did you see Coach Schwartz’s expression when the Lions won it? It was like they won the Super Bowl. It was crazy to watch and see. Yes, the Lions are 2-3 which is better than 1-4 but really? It’s about the game after all.

Going back to MSU, us fans got swindled and we are mad. It’s better for a losing team to lose (like the Spartans before Dantonio) because you have no expectations. But c’mon, after 6 seasons, we deserve better than this. This is an embarrassment to the fans and the media. It feels bad all the way around. And here’s the thing: Our lives won’t change if our team wins or loses, but there is certainly something to be said hanging around winners instead of losers. Winning feels good, losing feels bad. Just ask Nick Saban fans and their media and they will tell you first hand.

So yes, Spartan fans and Lions fans will continue to do what they do each and every year and that is say, “There is always next year.”

Happy Monday!

MSU Sucker Punches Fans & Media

Who is leading before the next big debate?

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Perhaps the only thing more difficult than sporting green and white since 1966 (Star Trek premiered) is silver and blue (the Lions haven’t won a championship since 1957, the year Leave It To Beaver premiered).

Yet, with  more than 100 combined years of losing, fans remain loyal. I’m not sure if there is a book on fan loyalty but there needs to be one. What I want to know is how colleges marketed the idea to get alumni to support their Alma mater and create the rivalry’s that exist over the past decades. There is no such loyalty for high school sports. Why some 35 years after I graduated from MSU do I care if the Spartans win a football or basketball game? And when it comes to pro sports in which fans only have the city or state as their allegiance, why do fans care if their team wins or loses a game?

Analyzing our insane behavior, we really have no vested interest in being a fan. MSU charges me for tickets, parking passes, receptions and everything they can and that is after being a donor. Pro sports award their fans by selling $10 beers, $5 hot dogs and $30 parking passes. A ticket to see the Tiger’s play a regular season game is $85 yet the same people complain about our event ticket for $35. On top of that, we spend billions each year to walk around promoting our teams. I was at the MSU bookstore at last weekend’s game and people were waiting in line 30 deep to pay for stuff. There were at least 300 MSU branded items in the bookstore and we know what the margins are on them. And we buy this stuff with passion and can’t wait to put on the shirt, put on the cap, put on the tattoo on our face and walk around screaming “Go White” and “Go Green.”

Fans tailgate hours before the game. They watch the game. Then they go home to watch replays of the game. Then they tune in to sports radio to talk about the game. Then they go online to read about the game. The game. It’s all about the game.

Why?

MSU was ranked 9th pre-season. All the experts picked State to be first in our division. Experts you ask? Oh yes, what is sports without experts? Sports writers, ex-coaches, play-by-play analysts and anyone in front of an ESPN camera are classified as experts. 97.1 The Ticket is the place for fans to belt out when their team loses or heap on the praise when their team wins. We are passionate about our team.

Why?

After MSU lost its first game, then its second game, Coach Dantonio clearly expressed his view that the team was “intact” and that his vision of going to the Rose Bowl in 2012 was still “alive.” Then came Iowa. It was homecoming and perhaps one of the worst October weather days in recent history. The relentless rain, the cold biting temperature were factors that would keep normal people home to watch the game on TV. But not Spartan fans. Not Spartan loyalists since 1966. No way. I was among those fans shivering in the stands, feet soaking wet, pants soaking wet and wishing the rain would turn to snow. But I was not alone, there were more than 70,000 witnessing perhaps the worst coached team at the end of the first half and at the end of the second half. To the fans credit, many left after halftime but not all.

Why?

MSU lost  its third game and after winning 15 straight at home and winning more games over the past 3 seasons than who remembers and still no Rose Bowl appearance, this season is over. It was really over after the Notre Dame loss. Maxwell doesn’t have the talent, doesn’t have the ability to strive under pressure and is a mediocre QB. At least that’s what the experts say. But it’s too easy to blame the game on Maxwell. How about the penalties, how about the play calling by OC Dan Roushar, how about the lack of focus on special teams? In the end, everything sits on Dantonio. He knows it and if we were inside his head, we can only guess what is going on in his mind right now. He is more disappointed than any fan. He let us down.

Why?

Even in winning, pleasing fans is next to impossible UNLESS YOU WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. Leyland is done if the Tiger’s don’t get to the Series which looks like they will. But the fans want Valverde’s scalp and if they don’t beat NY in Detroit, one can only imagine the experts take on that. Yesterday you saw the LIons win a game they should have lost. 15 penalties. 0-7 on third down conversions. Yet they won and did you see Coach Schwartz’s expression when the Lions won it? It was like they won the Super Bowl. It was crazy to watch and see. Yes, the Lions are 2-3 which is better than 1-4 but really? It’s about the game after all.

Going back to MSU, us fans got swindled and we are mad. It’s better for a losing team to lose (like the Spartans before Dantonio) because you have no expectations. But c’mon, after 6 seasons, we deserve better than this. This is an embarrassment to the fans and the media. It feels bad all the way around. And here’s the thing: Our lives won’t change if our team wins or loses, but there is certainly something to be said hanging around winners instead of losers. Winning feels good, losing feels bad. Just ask Nick Saban fans and their media and they will tell you first hand.

So yes, Spartan fans and Lions fans will continue to do what they do each and every year and that is say, “There is always next year.”

Happy Monday!

Losing Sucks But. . .

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There were no phone calls.

There were no texts.

There were no emails.

There were no high fives.

There were no bragging rights.

There was no longer a need to look forward to the weekend’s games.

Losing sucks.

There was silence. Dreadful silence.

There was no watching the TV after the game ended. One more word from the announcers would have put you over the edge.

There was no celebratory drink.

There was no need to think about New Orleans.

There were no winning bets.

Losing sucks.

But hey, the Spartans weren’t even ranked to start the season and no one expected them to win the Big 10, win the Big 10 Championship and make it to the Sweet 16.

In fact, we went further than a lot of teams such as Duke, Michigan, Georgetown and many others.

In fact, it was a great season. And Spartans are still proud of the accomplishments.

But hey, losing still sucks.

Happy Friday!

Izzo Defines Character

Is passion with less money more important in your career or more money and less passion?

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Izzo was the last man standing in Michigan that had character. When the announcement was made that Dan Gilbert, a MSU alumni that happens to own the Cleveland Cavaliers, made an offer to Izzo for some $6 million a year plus, plus, plus, well, us Spartans went into shock and silently and sometimes loudly said, “Oh no, not again.”

Nine days later, Izzo did the right thing not because of his fans, not because of his President, not because of his Athletic Director, and certainly not because of LeBron James and the media; he did it because of himself.

Izzo defines character like no one else and will now be the role model for leaders throughout sports, politics and perhaps business. Character is a tough word to live up to as we saw what happened to Tiger Woods who prior to Izzo was perhaps #1 in sports in this category. The photo below tells all.

Tom Izzo tells Michigan State University fans, players and officials what they want to hear:

For 15 years, Izzo has been involved with MSU athletics. He taught hundreds of kids way more than basketball skills. Those kids delivered and sent MSU’s team to 6 Final Fours in 12 years winning one creating the most winning program in the nation. Those kids are breathing a sigh of relief today. And while many of them are long gone and some in the pro’s, their sigh of relief is for one reason: Character.

I got to chat with Izzo a couple times at Final Four events and listen to him talk. He’s not about ego, power, or money. He’s about winning and winning fair and square. No lies, no payoffs, no drugs, no steroids, no bullshit. How many people can you say that about at his level?

Thank you Tom Izzo. Thank you Tom Izzo for becoming a MSU Spartan for life. As one, I can tell you it’s a good feeling and with you around it will be a better feeling especially after you stated in your press conference that you are going to work with Dantonio and help make MSU’s football program a winner.

It’s a good day to be a Spartan. For once good news from a press conference. And if Tom Izzo has one more wish in his pocket, it will be to hold his next press conference after winning his second championship.

Happy Wednesday and GO GREEN!