#WATWB: There’s a First for Everything

For the September edition of We are the World Blogfest, I am focusing in on a cyclist who has become the first tribally recognized Native North American to participate in the Tour de France, a multiple stage bike race, which was held from August 29 to September 20, 2020. The modern-day edition of the Tour de France consists of 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period and cover around 3,500 kilometers (2,200 mi), an average of about 167 kilometersRead more

Football and Grace

I woke up the morning of September 11th and scrolled through the news feed on my phone. Acknowledging the 19th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, I zoned in on a story that did not receive widespread attention. It centered around the start of football season in America and a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans and an action that left a disheartening shadow. At this game, during the national anthem, the Kansas CityRead more

Anxiously Waiting…

Sitting here, waiting for a game to begin around 5:40 pm CST. Getting anxious by the minute. I’m a football fan and my forever team is the Green Bay Packers. No question, will live and die a Packer fan. You’ve heard of Vince Lombardi, right? The Lombardi Trophy? He was the coach of the Packers from 1959 to 1967. Led the team to five NFL championships and won the first two Super Bowls. Lombardi was ahead of his time asRead more

Superstition: Weird or No?

“It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.” Remember the Bud Light commercials and this mantra? If not, take a peek at the video. As I wrote this post on Sunday, I had a short-sleeved Green Bay Packers #12 shirt over the top of a long-sleeved gold T-shirt. It’s been bringing the team luck the past few weeks; therefore, I continue to don the outfit so as not to cause a rip in the space/time/superstition continuum and cause the Packers toRead more

Name of the Game

Hanging on the office wall, reflections and all… For this week’s photo challenge of NAME, I chose to take this photo as “my team” prepares for an NFL play-off game at home, on Sunday. Readers and followers of MJM know that I am a life-long Green Bay Packer fan and generally love the sport of football, both pro and college. I attended games annually (once a year with the girls) at Lambeau Field for a good chunk of Brett Favre’sRead more

Football Photobombing

“Photobombing is the act of accidentally or purposely putting oneself into the view of a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer or the subjects. Photobombing has received significant coverage since 2009. In discussing a “stingray photobomb” picture that went viral Andrea DenHoed suggests that the photobomb label “implies a narrative of surreptitious sabotage,” although in the sense of unintended and/or initially unnoticed people in the background of spoiled photographs, photobombs have existed for much of the history ofRead more

Future Football

Weekly Photo Challenge: This week, share an image that represents the potential of things to come. The NFL draft for 2016 is April 28-30 at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. Coaches, general managers and others within each football team are in preparation. They have attended the scouting combine, spent hours and hours pouring over college football film, and had numerous meetings and discussions about their intended top picks. Those picks attempt to fill “holes” in the offense, defense or special teams with theRead more

A Certain Feeling

I get a certain feeling when I go to Lambeau Field in Green Bay.  ~John Madden~ I was looking for a hugely prolific quote about Lambeau Field, but soon realized there’s not much more one can say about that place. If you’re a tried and true, die-hard Green Bay Packer fan, you get that certain feeling every time you step foot onto the grounds of this historic venue. That feeling came to me this past Thursday evening, when I attended the last pre-seasonRead more

Whacking in the Dark

So they left the subject and played croquet, which is a very good game for people who are annoyed with one another, giving many opportunities for venting rancor. ~Rose Macaulay~ There was none of that on Saturday evening. No venting rancor. No annoyance other than with a missed shot or a taunting opponent. Rather, we were sipping on adult refreshment and whacking croquet balls in the dark. Red dusted off her croquet set, wrapped glow sticks around the hoops andRead more

This is a Little Cheesy

My brother came to visit for Mother’s Day weekend. This was two and a half days filled with mom time, eating, running here, eating, more mom time, running there, eating, shopping, eating, taking mom out to…eat. Yeah, lots of foodstuffs touched my lips, but the head cold I was sporting was unimpressed with attempts at gluttony. By the time Saturday evening rolled around, I could not make myself order the  delicious jaeger schnitzel at Stone Cellar Brew Pub, which isRead more

Letting Go

It’s that time of year when Natasha and I switch out our winter wardrobe for the summer wardrobe. It’s also a time of purging and donating apparel that continue to hang in the closet, year after year, because “some day I might wear this.” The sweatshirt you see was given to me on my 40th birthday by a lovely group of friends and co-workers. They surprised me with a birthday party and this gift. The memory of its acquisition and theRead more

This is Not the New Black

Photo Challenge of the Week: All ORANGE, all of the time. Top: Packer gold is the new orange. Did anyone notify the team? Left Center: Tabby kitty is the same old orange, just hanging around. Left Right: An orange lei is the bear’s new adornment. Bottom: The orange amaryllis (that photographs red) is getting old, blooming anew.  Read more