Are you familiar with the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? I am vaguely but I do recall that the kid found a golden ticket and got to go inside the walls of the chocolate factory. Yesterday I was presented with my own golden ticket of sorts.
A good friend of mine and my sport odysey partner, Pat Sweeney, phoned me with an incredible offer. He was going on a business trip to Ann Arbor and had an extra ticket for Saturday’s game vs. fellow Big Ten foe Northwestern. In addition to a free ducat to the BIG HOUSE, a free hotel, bar tab and of course great friendship was included in this deal. Sounds great eh? What’s all the fuss about?
I immediately wanted to jump at the offer and say “Sign me up!”. However what would’ve been an easy decision for me a few years ago became a much tougher decision for me now. I was totally conflicted. I had the good sporting angel on my right shoulder pleading with me to go and on my left was Mr. Responsibility telling me to stay at home.
I’ve always wanted to go to Ann Arbor and take in a game at the Big House. Especially since I comprimised my loyalty to the University of Michigan by attending a football game at Notre Dame last November. But I just couldn’t pull the trigger on a YES vote. Unfortunately for me this coming weekend is jammed packed with completing my report cards, taking N8 to his first Santa Day parade, raking the leaves and attending a birthday party for my brother in law.
With a lineup of activities like that most wives would’ve of probably made the decision for their husband with a hard lined “NO! YOU HAVE WAY TOO MUCH TO DO THIS WEEKEND!”. However my wife isn’t like most. My wife is the First Lady of Sport and she made the decision even harder on me. She was in the background urging me to go with Paddy, quite vigorously I may add, making it all the harder for me not to cop out by using her as an excuse.
So in the end of it all I hope Paddy has a fantastic trip this weekend and I hope this doesn’t preclude him from asking me to any other sporting events or offering me any other golden tickets. I know I’ll be kicking myself in the el gigante buttocks for this one, but hopefully he can yell out a few GO BLUE’s for me.