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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April 20, Lisa's Musings (On The Big Chill) and on Every Day Life

Hockey fan alert.

Tickets for The Big Chill -- the hockey game vs. MSU in the Big House on Dec. 11 -- go on sale tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

Yup, U-M sports is becoming like NASCAR -- this hockey game is being called "Arby's Presents The Big Chill at the Big House."

First, the spring football game has a sponsor's name, now a hockey game.

So, will the athlete's be thanking their sponsors at the beginning or end of each interview?
"Yes, 'The Ann Arbor State Bank' play worked really well; it surprised the defense."

"It was 'The Arena' stance that stopped the drive."

"No one expected us to come out of the huddle and go with a 'Peaceable Kingdom.'"

Next, we'll be adding sponsor's names when we sing the "The Victors."

I get that sponsor's money is important to sporting events, but I long for the days when the Rose Bowl was just the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl was just the Sugar Bowl and ... well, you get it.

I'm a traditionalist.

That said, I think this will be really cool -- probably even downright cold.

It's one thing to sit inside and watch hockey, it's quite another to sit outside and watch it.

In December. There could be a foot of snow on the ground.

I'll have to think long and hard about whether I want to go to this one.

That said, the game has it's own Web site:

End zone tickets are $15 and groups of 15 or more can get tickets for $10 each.

GO to or call 866-296-MTIX.

Go Blue.

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