The Big Game

As you have read, I have had some interesting experiences at the past few football games I went too- such as being freezing cold and never wearing clothes that are appropriate for the weather.

But as the saying goes, I guess the third time really is a charm.  We could not have asked for a better day to face the Hawkeyes this past Saturday.  The weather was like that of early fall, with people everywhere to cheer the Bucks on to win the Big 10.

It is funny to me, that with good weather and a big game, people tend to forget everything else that is going on.  The whole day, I was able to focus on time with my family and enjoying the game, not the next accounting case,  the economics group project, or my internship search.  People were giving high fives and hugs with each big play, not worrying about catching the swine flu.  As all the students rushed the field after the field goal kick, it was as though people felt that they played a small part in the victory.

While coming to Columbus, I always thought people were crazy about football and I would never be a part of that.  but now, I see that after a good game, Ohio State football is something that the whole city rallies around.  It is fun to feel like a part of the big community.   I could not have asked for such a fun weekend, and now I am even more excited for Michigan week!

Go Bucks!

So… There Are 15 Commonalities to Buckeye Tailgating

So, there are 15 commonalities I discovered regarding Buckeye Tailgating. As many of you know, I’m not all that into sports. I actually had to Google this morning to discover how many points a touchdown is worth (I thought it was 7, it is actually 6). So I have been mostly removed this quarter from all things football, which is really hard to do especially living almost next door to Ohio State Football Stadium “The Shoe”. Normally on home football game days I go shopping to get some personal store time. However today was the last Buckeye home game for the season so I decode decided to go exploring to see what football culture (especially tailgating) is all about. After about 3 hours, I found 15 things that were common sights in nearly every tailgate site I visited. In no particular order, just the order they appeared on my camera:

1) Cornhole Game Boards


2) Families

6 Families

3) Ticket Scalpers

7 Ticket Scalpers

4) The “Shoe”

8 The "Shoe"

5) Buckeye Fans

15 Our Fans

6) Police

14 The Police

7) Traffic Barriers and Cones

3 Cones+Car Barriers-pola

8 ) Ambulances Converted to Party Mobiles

10 Ambulances Conversted to Party Mobiles

9) Brutus Mascot Inflatables

2 Brutus-pola

10) Food Being Cooked

4 Foods Being Cooked-pola

11) Satellite Dishes and Gas Generators

5 Satelitte+Generator

12) Flags and Tents

9 Flags+Tents

13) People Selling Food

11 People Selling Food

14) People Selling Buckeye Merchandise

12 People Selling Buckeye Merchandise

15) The Other Team’s Fans

13 Other Team's Fans

Reposted from: ShayMerritte.com/blog

Dodgeball Hero

It’s almost that time for one of my favorite events of the year, the Fisher Games! Twice a year, the Graduate Programs Office puts together a day of friendly athletic competition for the students, faculty and staff. It’s a great way to meet some of the students in the other programs and it’s also fun to see the professors out there running, jumping, passing, and shooting with all of the students. This year the games will be at the RPAC on Friday, November 20th from 10am to 5pm. Even if you aren’t participating, it’s a great event to watch.

Last year the Winter Games were: dodgeball, basketball and kickball. The Spring Games were: beach volleyball, softball, and capture the flag (which got a little crazy). Because of the change in venue from the ARC to the RPAC, this year’s Winter Games are going to be: basketball, indoor volleyball and dodgeball. Historically, the faculty have had very strong dodgeball and softball teams.

Last year, I was on the second place basketball team and first place volleyball team. This year I’m going for the illustrious Fisher Winter Games Triple Crown. I’ve been working out, doing my cardio, and eating my Wheaties. Only one man stands in my path to Fisher Games greatness, Larry “The Rifle” Inks.

Professor Inks teaches our core organizational behavior class with Professor Rucci. In the classroom, he’s calm, collected, and well-spoken. But on the court he’s a force to be reckoned with. Rumors have it that he once hit a kid so hard with a dodgeball, all his hair fell out. Last year, he hit a full-time MBA student so hard, she transferred to the part-time program. You know all those Chuck Norris jokes? They’re all actually facts about Professor Inks. He might teach soft skills in the classroom, but if you end up facing the faculty team, be forewarned. Inks will put a hurtin’ on you.

Mike ^_^

Professor Inks: Dodgeball Hero
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Big win for the Buckeyes and the rest of my weekend

Today, I spent most of my time studying for Tuesday’s midterm in MBA 870. It was not nearly as enjoyable as yesterday. Saturday morning I was able to squeeze in a round of golf at Scarlet before the football game and enjoy the weather. I didn’t play particularly well, but I had fun.

After golf, I had some friends over and we watched the Buckeye defense dominate Penn State for 60 minutes. I particularly enjoyed watching Cameron Heyward get after Daryll Clark. The Buckeyes currently sit in the driver’s seat for a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl birth. With the loss of Ricky Stanzi, Ohio State shouldn’t have too much trouble beating the Hawkeyes next Saturday in Columbus.

After the football game I watched the Blue Jackets come from behind and beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. The Hurricanes lost their starting goalie, Cam Ward, early in the game when Rick Nash’s skate cut Ward in the thigh. Ward was helped off the ice by two trainers and left a trail of blood on the ice from the goal to the bench. The Jackets now sit atop their division one month into the season, 3 points ahead of the Red Wings who will be in town on Wednesday. You should go down to the game or watch it on TV if you have the time. The puck drops at 7pm.

All in all it was a good weekend, but I am looking forward to next weekend when I won’t have any tests to study for.

Ohio State vs. Penn State

The game on Saturday had huge implications for the Buckeyes. If they had any hope of winning an unprecedented fifth straight Big Ten Conference title, they had to beat Penn State. This was an away game at Beaver Stadium and it is no cakewalk. Also known as Happy Valley, the stadium is the largest in the country and fills with over 110,000 crazy fans for every home game. The fans do this “White-Out” where the entire crowd wears white and it looks like snow has fallen on the entire stadium. The funniest part- Ohio State was also wearing white! Jim Tressel, in the news conference after the game even joked about this and said: “We thought all of that white was cheering for us since we were wearing white. It was nice.”

The Buckeyes stepped it up and had zero turnovers and allowed zero sacks against “statistically” one of the best defenses in the country. Penn State’s defense was ranked 5th in the country coming into Saturday’s game. The Ohio State defense flexed their muscles and held Penn State to just over 200 yards, which is less than half of their normal average.

With two games left on the schedule, the Buckeyes need only to beat Iowa to smell the roses. For all of you that don’t understand this metaphor, it means that Ohio State will be playing in the Rose Bowl. This game usually features the top team in the Big 10 against the top team in the Pac 10 at the end of the season. But every Buckeye fan knows, that even if the game against the team up north means nothing, it still means everything.

First group project and another midterm on the way

Today, my first group project is due for MBA 812. We had to pick a project from the World Bank website and then analyze whether or not we think the project will be successful. Our project was trying to develop tourism in Ethiopia and we all decided that it would probably not be successful for a number of reasons.

Also coming up is my second midterm for MBA 870 – it is only a week away. If it is anything like the first midterm is shouldn’t be too bad, but studying is still going to take up a good chunk of my free time over the weekend.

In sports news, the Buckeyes start a tough 3 game stretch this weekend at Penn State. I am trying to be optimistic but I really don’t know what to expect. Lastly, my favorite show on TV right now, Mad Men, only has one episode left this season. It has been a phenomenal season thus far and if you haven’t seen it yet, you should definitely check it out.

Jay-Z and the rest of my week

As mentioned in my last post, I went to the Jay-Z concert on Wednesday. I thought the show would be good but it was even better than I expected. Jay-Z opened with Run This Town to get the crowd going and he didn’t stop for 90+ minutes. If you like Jay-Z and you ever have the chance to check him out – do it.
Friday night I went to the Blue Jackets – Penguins game. The game was sold out and it felt like half of the arena were Penguins fans. The Jackets got off to a good start and were up 3-1 with only a few minutes left in regulation before the defending Stanley Cup Champion Penguins stormed back to tie the game and take it into overtime. The Jackets ended up losing in a shootout. It was a frustrating loss, but this was not the first time the Jackets have blown a lead like that.
Today I decided to tailgate for the Ohio State – New Mexico State game and also scalped tickets for the game. We were able to get 2 pretty good seats right before kickoff for $40. Since the Buckeyes already have 2 losses this season and the game was supposed to be a blowout, I thought I’d be able to get a deal like that and I was right.
Anyway, my busy week is finally over and tomorrow I get to relax and will probably end up doing some work for class. Below are a few pictures from the Jay-Z show.

Bengals – Bears and my busiest week ever

So I just got back from the Bengals – Bears game in Cincinnati and its time to get back to studying for my MBA 812 midterm on Tuesday. Unfortunately, I overbooked my week. Tomorrow I have to get up at 5:45 AM and drive to Cincinnati for work. On Monday night I am going to the Gaslight Anthem concert at the Newport, Tuesday night I have class and my midterm, Wednesday my part of the MBA 812 project is due to my group and I am going to the Jay-Z concert, Thursday I have class again and Friday I am going to the Blue Jackets – Penguins game. After that, life should return to normal and I am looking forward to it.

On the bright side, the Buckeyes bounced back and beat Minnesota after a poor first half and the Blue Jackets beat the Ducks on Saturday night after blowing leads in their last 2 games. Unfortunately, they are down 2-0 to the Kings as I write this post. Anyway, keep your fingers crossed that I get through this week with my sanity in tact. Below are a few pictures from today’s game.

Random Rants: on Andrew Schmidt

I have a general policy not to include people’s names in my posts. I also tend to break my policies every once in a while, so here it is.

One of my classmates, Andrew, recently underwent surgery to repair a an injury in his leg that he suffered “while playing basketball”. At least that’s how he said he got the injury.

When he told me about it, I found it strange. In case you don’t know Andrew, he’s… well, let’s just say he’s hard to miss; he’s something like 195 cm and 130 kg (yup, I use Metric), so he’s pretty tough to bring down. Plus, there’s also the fact that he’s obviously a nice guy, despite sounding as tough as he looks. A friendly game of basketball as the cause for his injury just didn’t make sense.

That’s when I started formulating a conspiracy theory that I found appealing. It just so happened that, a few days before, Andrew gave a persuasive speech in the EPI class on why all the single girls in the class should date CH. Now, as I said before, it would be hard for most men to take Andrew down, so what I’m thinking is that CH has some “platonic love” (a woman) in the class who got jealous because of the presentation, and it was she who injured Andrew. I mean, a jealous woman is way more dangerous than any man (if you don’t believe me, I encourage you to do a field test of my hypothesis at your own risk). I also have shortlisted who it might be, but if she could take Andrew down, I can’t imagine what she could do to me, so I’ll refrain from sharing that information.

So there you have it.

If you’re still wondering “hm, so what’s the point of this post?”, it is as follows.

Andrew: I miss your big head covering my name plate in Econ; I hope you get well soon.


“…let’s find the mean and standard deviation of this portfolio.” — Prof. Schilling

Blessed are the flexible…

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape.”

I find myself blogging again on Sunday night/Monday morning, probably because this is the only quiet time I seem to find in my week. The time is currently 2:05am and I just finished up a paper for my Strategic Management of Human Assets class taught by Steffanie Wilk (who won Fisher College’s graduate teaching award last year). I have some pretty good classes this quarter, but I’d have to say that this one is my favorite (love the HR/OB stuff). It approaches personnel and human resource management issues and challenges from the general manager’s perspective. It’s really helped to build on my experiences working in talent management this summer with Deutsche Post DHL.

Another favorite this quarter is The Business of College Sports, taught by our Athletic Director and his wife, Gene and Sheila Smith. Out of the several dozen speakers I saw last year through the MBA program, Gene Smith was BY FAR the best speaker that I had the pleasure of listening too. He’s one of the most powerful men on the Ohio State campus, yet he’s incredibly down-to-earth and his leadership qualities are exemplary. After hearing him speak at a Black MBA speaker series last year, I knew I had to take his class.

Come to think of it, all my classes are great this quarter. I just wish I had more time to devote to them. Last year I was usually a week ahead with assignments and readings, and always made sure I had the time to turn in perfect project deliverables. This quarter I’m usually preparing the day before class (which is still better than nothing right?). Teaching my undergraduate class, being in charge of Fisher College’s graduate student government and trying to find a job has really taken a large chunk out of my schedule. It’s times like this that I’m glad I have my yoga practice to keep me sane.

Making the transition from competitive powerlifter to yoga student around five years ago, I found tools to better my body, breath and mind. I feel very fortunate for picking it up at an early age, as opposed to later in life after an injury as many others do. What I like the most about yoga in terms of my personal practice is that it helps me navigate the busy corporate world. Yoga is much more than doing stretches on a mat. It is a comprehensive tool kit of values, postures, breath work and meditation that allows one to strip away impurities, insecurities, limiting beliefs and other obstacles to happiness. Some of these yogic values include: kindness, truth, moderation, cleanliness, contentment and self-study. No matter who you are or what you believe in, these are all principles that are beneficial for finding sustained joy.

Even working my 60-80 hours a week, I find myself blissfully at ease throughout the week. And if something goes terribly wrong, I know that life is inherently good and it’s really not a big deal in the long run.  I couldn’t imagine my life without yoga. I use breathing exercises to calm down before interviews and presentations, mantras and readings to help keep me present, and mat exercises to keep my posture from totally breaking down from the endless hours in front of my laptop.

This quarter I’m not going to be able to teach as much as I’d like to, but I’ll be teaching for sure on October 25th and November 22nd at the RPAC in Multipurpose Room #5 at 10:30am-12:00pm (both are Sundays). It’s free through the Ohio State Yoga Club, so come give it a try if you’re interested.

In closing, the following is one of my favorite Chinese proverbs about the importance of health:
Represent Fame, Fortune, Family, and Friends by the numeral zero. Represent Health by the number “1”. If you have the “1” and put it first, every added zero will increase your wealth. Without the “1” first, you have nothing!

Namaste,

Mike ^_^