It was bound to happen eventually and yesterday it did: Michigan lost at The Big House. This was the first loss I've seen live and it was hard to comprehend the missed opportunities, denied chances, and strange bounces that Michigan faced. At the end of the day, bad luck, missed calls, and poor offensive execution did in the Wolverines. But, even if Rose Bowl chances are slim, at least conference title hopes are intact as Iowa and Ohio State also lost.
The weekend really started with a rough day at MBA Games on Friday, complete with injuries and too-much-time-in-the-sun exhaustion. To top it off Section III finished with a painful 5th place score...we fell victim to our own priorities, choosing to practice and organize our section cheer rather than our sports. After a consolatary (Real word? Does it matter?) round with the team at B-dubs, it was home for case reading and to await Jenelle's arrival. We made a fairly late evening of it, hitting the Main Street scene: window shopping, bumping into friends, dinner at Mongolian barbeque. Classic.
Saturday was, of course, the game. We started early, though, with a haircut and breakfast before heading to the stadium. The band did its part to boost the Maize and Blue with an awesome halftime show that concluded with the whole band in the northwest corner of the field playing "Bohemian Rhapsody" to 15,000 singing, head-banging, Wayne and Garth wannabes. After the game was a Target-sponsored tailgate party that had a definite "wow are we ever looking shaky after that debacle, maybe it's not to late for a QB change, why oh why did Mike Hart have to get hurt?" mood.
On the drive back to Belleville, an electronic turning point was reached...the word 'blog' played prominently in "The News from Lake Wobegon" on A Prairie Home Companion. I think that NPR is a true test of the viability of new technologies - litmus paper for the saturation level of e.stuff. Plus, there's something satisfying about the new tools and new media of my lifetime rising above the clutter into the subtly satisfying realm of APHC...when you hear about blogs from CNN.com or on SNL or some similar high-paced outlet the hype seems to outpace reality, but Garrison Keillor's hypnotic radio voice recalibrates our perspective. How strange that I should mention this in a blog....