Monday, November 29, 2010

Celebrating With The Champions

Saturday evening after the Michigan State football team defeated Penn State, and claimed the Big Ten Championship, Leslie and I headed to Breslin to welcome the team home, and help celebrate the championship season.

It was a really happy group of players, coaches, and fans. It was a festive atmosphere filled with joy, and the knowledgMichigan State Spartans athletic logoImage via Wikipediae that this year the Spartans got it done.

Coach Dantonio seemed as happy as anyone had ever seen him. The captains spoke, the band played the fight song, and the fans smiled and cheered.

Coach Izzo appeared to be the happiest of all.

Congratulations to the 2010 Michigan State football team. We may not be wearing roses, but it was a magical season that we will always have, and the future looks great for this program.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Remembering Frim

I first became aware of Lyman L. Frimodig (1897-1972) when I was hanging his picture on the wall at the Pretzel Bell restaurant, where I had been hired as a bus boy in 1971. He is the only athlete in the history of Michigan State to receive ten varsity letters, four each in basketball and baseball and two in football.

Frimodig was an all-around athlete at Calumet High School. He grew up a block away from, and was boyhood friends with, George Gipp, who went on to fame playing football for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame.

Frimodig subsequently attended Michigan Agricultural College, now known as Michigan State University, where he played basketball, baseball and football from 1914 to 1917. He held the single-game scoring record in basketball for 35 years.

Here he is, second from the right, back row, next to Coach Macklin. The championship team of 1914.

After graduating from the college in 1917, Frimodig returned to the Upper Peninsula where he coached and was principal at Escanaba High School. His work there was interrupted by the United States' entry into World War I, as Frimodig served in the military.

After being discharged from the military in 1919, Frimodig was hired as the freshman football coach at Michigan Agricultural College. He was the school's head basketball coach for two seasons (1920–1922), compiling a 24–20 record. He remained employed by the school for 41 years as a professor of health and physical education.

"Frim" also served four years in the 1930's as mayor of East Lansing. He can be considered one of the greatest Spartans to ever wear the green and white. His love of Michigan State's campus, athletics, and the city of East Lansing is very similar to mine. Your memory is still alive Mr. Frimodig.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Escape From Ohio

Can You figure out what I have in common with these three individuals pictured here?

They are: Chief Newcomer of the Delaware Indian tribe that when the fur trapping gave out moved to the Ohio Valley, and eventually to a reservation in Oklahoma.

Woody Hayes the legendary Ohio State football coach.

Cy Young the major league all time leader in wins, who has the award to the season's best pitcher named after him.

The answer is Newcomertown, Ohio. They lived there. Leslie and I spent a cold, dark, rainy, night there earlier this week on our way home from North Carolina.

The other notable event of the trip home happened in Virginia, near the West Virginia border where we had dramatic fog, with visibility close to zero. We survived that scary trip through the mountains, but not everybody did, as 77 cars and trucks were involved in several crashes, resulting in two deaths, and the closing the I77 for 10 hours. We were lucky.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

A Sign That It Is Time

Frosty GrassImage via WikipediaA frosty look to the grass on this first morning of November.

I took it as a sign that it is time to head to a warmer climate.

This post marks the beginning of a new blog posting philosphy. I am going to put the emphasis on the observations part of the title, and the posts will be shorter, but much more frequent. They will chronicle what we see on our daily walks and meanderings through life..
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