Thursday, October 18, 2012

Football Affiliations

Sporting his FSU shirt at the zoo

My three handsome guys...notice the little one in FSU gear, including his socks!

When it comes to football our house is a mess (college football, anyway). For years it was easy... I went to Florida State, so the kids were fans (yay, kids!), except for my daughter who has been known to sport the ***GASP*** Gators on her shirt from time to time to taunt me (no I did not buy her that shirt, but boy oh boy does she delight in it).

What a lovely girl...in a not-so-lovely shirt ;)


 
When we moved to Michigan, I did my graduate work at Michigan State University.  I did that because my husband was alumni there...and as long as I could remember back he'd been a fan (a HUGE fan).  He lived on campus and did all the games, yadda yadda yadda.  EVERY college sports event for years and years has been about the Spartans.  Two of his closest friends were also his college roommates at State, and this fueled the fire.  Presents for hubby?  Easy enough, get him tickets to see the Spartans (and he'd be over the moon).  I didn't mind in the least, because though I didn't do the college campus/dorm thing, I was still a Spartan.

Here's a picture of hubby on a little anniversary trip we took two years ago (yes, we take our kids on our romantic anniversary trips, doesn't everyone? ;) ).  As you can see he's proudly sporting a Michigan State sweatshirt (one of many MSU items that he owns).


Coming into the hotel room he'd romantically booked and filled w/flowers as a surprise for our anniversary two years ago.
A little hard to see in the pic, but those are excellent Spartans sweatpants on my second oldest

Fast forward a little and I decided to go ahead and work on my Ph.D., which I'm still doing.  I considered several universities, but in the end opted for The University of Nebraska (Go Huskers!).  That brought a new football affiliation into our family, but it was okay, it was all in support of mom, so full speed ahead.  And we wore the colors proudly:

Hiding Easter Eggs in the backyard while wearing his lovely Huskers shirt (never mind the green pants, he just can't seem to get away from MSU completely...which will bring me to my final point).


See what I mean?  Spartans sweatshirt...Huskers sweatpants.
Atta' boy!

Singing in the car at the top of her lungs, while sporting her lovely Nebraska shirt.
Even my Gator-loving daughter will represent if it's Nebraska


And I have to admit, the first time we drove up to the Huskers Stadium in Nebraska, I was more than a little pumped:

Where the Huskers play in Lincoln, Nebraska

So today is our anniversary and I woke up to find a lovely bouquet of flowers, a wonderful gift, and this card...

Looks innocent enough, right?

That card looks innocent in its envelope, I know...but know that my Spartans man has now enrolled in The University of Michigan.  If you are a Spartans fan, alumni, etc., it's just a given that you do not like Michigan...you appreciate and respect their medical facility, their research, and their contribution to the community and society at large, but you DON'T cheer for their football team...ever.  Never.  N.E.V.E.R.  It's strictly taboo with no exception.

And so I opened my anniversary card this morning, and found this:


 Yes, he'd deliberately purchased a card with a blank inside so he could write his own message of endearment.  And wait, it gets worse...

The back of the card had his artwork as well:


And so now I know, he's turned to the dark side.  I already knew from this day a couple of weeks back when we went to The University of Michigan Hospital to visit a family member and hubby and kiddo wore matching colors (UM clothing) to support the hospital...mmm, hmm.  But the card makes it plainly clear that it's an issue much larger than THAT.

Hubby is dressed in UM clothes, and the little man is too (courtesy of his father).

And so, I close, with affirmation in full that my Spartan Husband has now gone Big Blue, and I highly suspect that this place will be a big part of our future:

Michigan's Football Stadium

The picture above is one I took of a good friend's son.  They live in Ohio (Buckeye land, also another area where liking Michigan is completely taboo) and he came to stay with us for a few days this summer.  His mom loves The Ohio State Buckeyes, and he is an avid Michigan fan (to goad his mom of course, I'm seeing an age trend here...he's the same age as my daughter ;o) ), so of course he really, really wanted to go see the stadium.  Little did I know that visit would not be my last...

It'll be interesting to see where the kids decide to go for their higher education.  The oldest is in the military, so he's attending a college in his state, and the second oldest is in Florida right now, waiting for residency (a year in FL.) so he can attend the college he chooses (I'm hoping for FSU, he's thinking UF...oh my GOODNESS).  There's still hope for my daughter (she swears she's a die-hard UF fan, but this post alone shows you how things can change), and for my youngest son.  So yes, our house is full of college football affiliations.  It's okay though because it's all in the name of higher education, and I'm a huge proponent of higher education...even if it means watching my husband cheer for yellow & blue.

36 comments:

  1. Florida is a GASP! And since I went to App State who handed Michigan one of the biggest upsets in college football history, I can't say much nice there either. All in good fun though!

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    1. Def. all in good fun...and now MLB-wise, the Tigers are sooo close to getting into the World Series (and hubby and I are in agreement on that one...crossing our fingers, the Tigers are winning 6-0 and it's the bottom of the 5th!).

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  2. My husband would love your family. None of us get into football. He's left alone to shout at the TV. We have boys and they just don't seem interested.

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    1. We shout at the tv, haha, one of us more than anyone else (hubby, lol).

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  3. ROFL, what a stinker he is! :) I don't know anyone who went to a university who isn't a die hard fan. It makes for VERY fun rivalries while watching the games, doesn't it? Since my husband and I never went to a university, (my husband went to a technical school), we don't have any favorites, but I do tend to cheer for our local team, Arizona State University. Makes it easy that my cousin is graduating from there next semester as well. :)
    By the way, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Best wishes for many many more!

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    1. Thanks for the anniversary wishes, Alesha! I'm glad you came to visit, it was a combination of your post on funding a college education and my hubby's card that made me want to write this up. :)

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  4. Beautiful pictures. Your family members are true football fans and I like how they wear the various shirts to show support for their teams. I am quite a sports fan and show interest in a wide variety of sports. Heartiest Congratulations to you on your anniversary and I wish you many more Happy anniversaries.

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    1. Thanks, Judy. The anniversary was nice!

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  5. Lovely photos!
    We share something in common - the love for football. Ours is European aka soccer, though. :)

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    1. We've been there for games (on tv in the public venues) and the fans are as exuberant as they are in the US. :) My husband wants to watch a live match there, and he really, really wants to go to Brazil in 2014 to see the World Cup. His best friend's wife was born and raised in Sao Paulo (and we've met and enjoy spending time w/her family who still lives there), so we'd have a place to stay...we'll see. :)

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  6. As Long As You Get along, Everybody Can Root For Their Own Team. Anna

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    1. All well and good until the teams play one another. ;o)

      Kidding...sort of. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  7. I'm not a football fan, but I love this glimpse into your life with your precious family!
    God bless,
    Laurie

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. They are precious to me. :)

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  8. What a lovely family. Love to see people making memories with their children. :)

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    1. Thanks, Barbara. Time seems to be going by so fast, blogging makes that even more prevalent because you reflect on it and see it (in pictures). :)

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  9. You have such a beautiful family Rosey! I take my kids on our romantic getaways too :)

    As for Michigan- oh no, oh no! We are Notre Dame fans here lol ;)

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    1. Thanks, Theresa, they're a nice bunch...and I KNEW we weren't the only ones who took the kids on romantic getaways, lol.

      My husband's dad's a huge Notre Dame fan. That's how we knew he was getting better, when he wanted the Notre Dame game on the hospital TV and was spouting stats. :)

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  10. Awesome pictures. We LOVE football in our house, too, but not college football - New England Patriots football. We all have our Pats gear and wear it proudly!

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    1. Hubby has a friend who named her child Brady...after the QB, lol

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  11. We have a couple things in common, I have 5 boys who LOVE football, 3 boys that play football, so I am that football mom, that is screaming and yelling everytime my boys make a touchdown! Not sure when its time for college which they will go!

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    1. I'm that mom too, Pamela. I remember the first time my son oldest son got tackled I said out loud, "No don't hurt him," and then got totally embarrassed because people heard me. It just popped right out, lol. I got better... ;)

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  12. Great pictures. I do love this time of year. It's not just the football, but all the turning leaves, apple cider and Halloween. It is all the fun family things (including football) that i love. Your post brought all those wonderful feelings back to me today. :-)

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    1. Me too, Susan. I'm a brand new fan to the season and enjoying everything I can about it!

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  13. That is quite a mixture of affiliations :) But it works great in a family that love each other right.

    Happy anniversary to you both! :)

    You have beautiful children!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment on the kiddos and the well wishes for the anniversary. :)

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  14. Y'all are so sweet! As a die-hard Bobbie Bowden, er Seminole alumni and fan, I hope your kids pick a really good school like FSU. Two of my daughters are UF fans, but I'm not sure how that started. Maybe they need some deprogramming or something. :)

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    1. Woot, a fellow Seminole! I had such a positive learning experience at FSU. It def. was not a waste of tuition money!!

      And you have TWO UF fans? I feel your pain... ;)

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  15. Fun to see your pictures. Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes, and the blog visit. :)

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  16. My husband would fit in with your awesome family! I'm not a sports enthusiast but he loves all sports. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Wishing you a beautiful weekend xo

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    1. Katherine, my husband would watch bowling...or horseshoes...if there was no other sport for him to be watching, lol, and he'd like it. :)

      Happy weekend to you too!

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