July 31, 2013
We all know about the Aaron Hernandez situation, Dwight Howard taking his talents to Houston and Ryan Braun getting suspended, but that’s not all the crazy stuff that happened in July. In case you actually have a life, here are a few stories that you may have missed.
Longtime New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur actually got to draft his son Anthony Brodeur for the Devils during the NHL draft.
During last week’s RBC Canadian Open, Hunter Mahan withdrew from the tournament to attend the birth of his first child. Mahan was leading the tournament and didn’t pull out until just before he was supposed to begin his third round, leaving his playing partner John Merrick playing in the final group by himself.
Not only did the Cincinnati Reds play a game in San Francisco as the home team, but during one of the four-game series between the teams, the Giants grounds crew had a bit of trouble lining up the batter’s box. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding a photo of the screw up online.
When former Florida State offensive lineman Menelik Watson received his championship ring for the team’s win over Georgia Tech in the ACC title game, he was the only Seminoles player that got a ring that reads “2012 SEC Champions.” The rest of the team got rings with the correct conference inscribed on them.
The NCAA claimed that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo committed an NCAA violation when he tweeted “Welcome to the family” to a Class of 2015 wide receiver who recently committed to the University of Michigan.
“Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen fired one of the worst first pitches I have ever seen. Video of that won’t be hard to find either.
A linebacker at the University of Florida was arrested for sticking his head in a police car and barking at a police dog.
One Cleveland Indians fan pulled off an incredible feat, catching four foul balls in the same game…the odds of which are about one in one trillion.
Another fan in Cleveland wasn’t so lucky. When Scott Entsminger passed away earlier this month, this ended up in his obituary…”A lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and season ticket holder, he also wrote a song each year and sent it to the Cleveland Browns as well as offering other advice on how to run the team. He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time.”
A battle royal erupted between two former Thai Olympic teammates during a doubles badminton match. They started trash-talking before the match even started and things continued to escalate until they fought from one end of the arena to the other. Both players received a black card.
And in the wildest story of the month former NBA player Baron Davis (the guy with the huge beard before James Harden) said that he was abducted by aliens while on a drive from Las Vegas to Los Angeles during a podcast interview. I’m not even going to go there on this one.
I can’t wait to see what happens in August as the NFL season approaches, and the baseball playoff races heat up.
August 19, 2010
I recently visited my Aunt and Uncle in Indy for a weekend. Up until a year ago, they lived in Michigan; both born and raised. They had always been hardcore fans of the Tigers, the Lions, the Red Wings, the Pistons, MSU Spartans, and U of M Wolverines. As I walked through their garage, I remarked on the awesome Detroit Tiger Fathead they had on the wall. My Aunt said, “Oh, we need all the Detroit and Michigan Fatheads. I want to fill all these walls!”
Later that evening, we went to dinner and I brought up the fact that my Aunt just didn’t seem very happy in Indianapolis. It seemed like a decent place to me—nice people with a little touch of southern charm seemed to be the norm. My Uncle rolled his eyes as if to say “Oh no, here we go again…” She hemmed and hawed for a few minutes talking about Indy just being different than Michigan and she can’t get used to it, etc. and finally she just blurted out, “I hate the Colts, ok?!”
Seemed like a good enough reason to me…
July 29, 2010
As many of you know more and more movie production companies are moving to the great state of Michigan. With that comes the filming of in the different areas around the state. One of our most recent visitors showing MI a ton of love on his twitter page and in interviews is David Arquette. He is in town filming Scream 4, in which he reprises his role as Sheriff Dewey Riley. In an interview with The Detroit News he talks about all the things he really loves about Michigan. From the people, to the places, or the sights to see, Arquette is enthusiastic about what the Great Lakes State has to offer. He has enjoyed his time in Michigan so much that he has even created a Michigan-inspired graphic tee to add to his clothing line Propr. The shirt features U of M colors and the numbers 1837 (the date which MI became a state).
Check out everything Arquette has been up to in the Mitten State at his twitter page. http://twitter.com/davidarquette
December 14, 2009
Years ago I had a grand ambition of owning a chain of sports bar called Rivals that would be built in every major sports town that has a natural rivalry. The best part is every city you build one in has automatic synergy with its rival city, i.e. you open a Rivals in Ann Arbor, you instantly have a Rivals in Columbus. Conceptually this bar was to be the greatest sports bar of all time. Half the restaurant would be decorated for one team and the other half would be decorated for the other team. Each booth would have a station to refill your own drinks, each restroom stall would have a 19 inch LCD built into the door, and there would be a special room for the most passionate fans, the room would actually simulate the field conditions of the event itself. If it is snowing in Happy Valley, then it is snowing in the special room at Rivals.