Kish and I stopped in a FedEx office this morning. We apparently just missed Santa, or one of his elves, who had been there Xeroxing “elf on a shelf” messages. This message acknowledges the assignment of the elf Maxy to one family, where he will keep an eye on behavior and report back to Santa himself.
Merry Christmas, indeed! As any former kid knows, the post-Thanksgiving period in when you really need to toe the line, else you end up on the dreaded “naughty” list. And Maxy will be there, watching.
Today football fans the world over get to watch, once again, the greatest rivalry game in college sports. In a few hours Ohio State and Michigan will square off at the Big House for The Game.
Don’t believe those who say this contest has lost some of its luster after Ohio State’s stunning loss to Michigan State last week. If anything, that makes The Game even more important. Ohio State does not want to end its season with two soul-crushing losses — and the Wolverines would like nothing more but to send Ohio State back to Columbus, whipped and beaten and clearly knocked off the top of the Big Ten pedestal.
I have no idea what to expect from this match-up — other than that it will be hard-hitting and hard-fought, because The Game always is. Jim Harbaugh has turned Michigan around quickly, and made them a tough, power team with a good defense. His old coach, Bo Schembechler, would be proud.
As for Ohio State, you wonder where the Buckeyes are, mentally. Are they still reeling from a bad game, or are they primed to go out and show the world that last week’s dismal offensive showing was a rain-soaked fluke? This is a week where Urban Meyer earns his paycheck.