Hilarious professor email

Long weekends are great.  I was able to practice Finance and catch up on some of the reading I was unable to do last weekend because I was in Cincinnati for the Bengals game.  Well as it turns out, long weekends are also helpful when you are trying to nurse a black eye.  Although my eye is looking better, it is not going to be normal looking for at least another five days.  As a result, I decided to email my professors to tell them that I have a black eye and that I hope it won’t be a distraction in class.  What resulted is one of the funniest emails I have ever received from a professor…


Dear Professor,

I just wanted to let you know that I have a pretty nasty black eye that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.  I was accidentally elbowed while playing basketball in the gym on Friday afternoon with several classmates.  I don’t want this to be a distraction in class tomorrow, so here is a heads up.

Best regards,

Joe Fahrendorf


2 minutes later…



Yikes.  If you wanted to cover this up, you could always pull off the eye patch.  If you go down this route, I’d recommend a turtleneck and a blazer to compliment the look.   That said, looking like a villain from a James Bond movie may be more distracting than just having a black eye.

See you tomorrow.


This was not the response I expected.  I would actually try the “villain from a James Bond movie” look, but I think the black eye alone will be funny enough for my classmates.

The MBA basketball curse

It’s official…  MBA students are not meant to play basketball.  Tonight I drove a classmate to the ER after he had a bad fall during a basketball game.  Initially we thought he broke his ankle, but it turns out that it’s just severely sprained.  Obviously an injury such as this is bound to happen; however, this incident is the 4th Fisher 2011 basketball injury since school began. 

Earlier in the year a group of Fisher MBAs were playing basketball in the ARC and during a wild loose ball scramble, one of our classmates tore his Achilles tendon.  Four days later, another MBA student went down with a nasty high ankle sprain.  Roughly a month later, a third classmate broke his foot in a pick-up game.  These are troubling stats, especially since the Fisher MBA intramural basketball team starts our season next week. 

Feel better Greg.  We need you back next week.

– Joe

The Game? Which game?

The Ohio State v. Michigan game was this past weekend.  Although I am from Ohio, I had no idea that the name of this rivalry was called “The Game.”   This caught me off guard because my undergraduate’s rivalry game is also coined as “The Game.”   After learning this, I did my research on Wikipedia and discovered that the OSU v. Michigan and Yale v. Harvard are the only two football games that use the moniker “The Game.”

Since I have been able to take part in the weekend celebrations for both games, I decided it’d be interesting to examine the similarities and differences between the two different rivalries.

Harvard v YaleThe Game

  • Early morning wake-up for tailgating.  Themed tailgates.
  • Not important to wear school colors.  Classic tailgate look: polo shirt, faded jeans, Ray-Ban Wayfarers and a blazer.
  • Everyone attends the game whether it is home or away.
  • Student ID is free admission.  Game rarely sells out.  Yale Bowl seats 70,870.
  • Recently lopsided series.  Yale has won only once since the year 2000… but they hold the all time series record 65-53-8.
  • Little animosity between schools.  Joint Harvard- Yale tailgates.   Students offer to “host” the away team’s fans if people are looking for housing.
  • Both sides follow the scores to the other rivalry games while tailgating.
  • Alumni from all over the country return for The Game since it is the main Fall reunion.
  • Win or lose it is always a good time.

OSU v MichiganThe Game” (note: I have never experienced a home OSU v. Michigan game)

  • Early morning tailgate.  Real tailgates: burgers, beer, cornhole, football.
  • Traditions: Mirror Lake jump – Absolutely insane event on Friday night.  Students jump into Mirror Lake despite freezing temperatures and ridiculously high ammonia levels.
  • Wear school colors: preferably jerseys – specifically a James Laurinatis jersey.
  • Not as many people travel to the away games.  No student housing provided by the home team.
  • Student IDs are not free admission to the game.  Games are always sold out.  Tickets actually have a resale value.
  • Recently lopsided series.  Michigan has won only once since the year 2000… but they hold the all time series record 57-43-6.
  • No joint tailgates.  The two schools hate each other – don’t wear Scarlet and Gray in Ann Arbor.
  • People actually watch the game.  The tailgate is simply a buildup to the game.
  • You better win to have a good day… or even a good year.

This year’s result:  Yale loses, OSU wins…  I’ll take it.