Wicked Rags: A Hockey Solution

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What was it that gave you the idea originally?

I have played hockey my whole life; I have dealt with the hassle of getting dressed for the past 15 plus years. In my opinion, the worst part of getting dressed is putting on your undergarments, garter belt, jock, and socks. When I came back from playing out east, I went to Albion College and did not skate for almost 2 years. My senior year in college I went skating with my buddies, I was getting dressed, and that is when I thought there has to be a more efficient way of putting on your undergarments. I wanted to design a next generation jock that included everything into a one-piece performance undergarment with the socks attached via being sewn on, which eliminates the Velcro issue.

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Stadium Journey: Michigan Stadium

We as Michigan fans have always had a sense of pride whenever we walk around Ann Arbor on game day.  We hear the planes flying, people laughing, and footballs being thrown around.  Whether you park on the golf course across the street, in Pioneer High School’s parking lot, or on someone’s lawn and pay, we all just can’t wait to get inside the biggest college football stadium in the NCAA.  Yeah, we hold the right to state we have a big home, and have had the biggest hockey game, which I must add we won convincingly.  Nevertheless, most of us are so focused on minimal elements that make up our home, and as Michigan fans, we hold this place dearly.  I was recently approached by an individual from Stadium Journey who scours the country and does very thorough reviews on stadiums across the nation.  I would have to say, speaking for us all, before I even read it, I didn’t know exactly what to expect.  After reading what Paul Swaney wrote, I felt even more empowered to be a Wolverine fan and a UMGoBlog staff member because while we may be biased to a team, the great review we got, and even kind words, made me feel as a Wolverine fan, well, valued.

So with all this said I would like all of you to take the time to head on over to Stadium Journey and read everything they had to say, and even if you feel they may have missed out on something, please comment.  If you believe they did a great job, please state that as well.  Lastly, don’t be hesitant to see any other venues they have reviewed because obviously we all like to travel to other places to watch games, and this great website could be a great asset in assisting you to ensure you know exactly what to expect.

If you need anything, as always, email me at josh at umgoblue.com or message me on twitter @TheRealHag

Eleonore Rocks: Mott Children’s Hospital

Over the years many people have been touched by the University of Michigan health care system.  Of course being from Michigan, now living in Missouri, I even have my own story.  Nevertheless, while you may read mostly sports articles about football, lacrosse, softball, or even hockey from us, most of those individuals go on to do even greater things in life that we often may not ever hear about.  Moreover, the University of Michigan does even more than we ever dreamed of in many aspects, and some of you who are reading this can agree with the technology they incorporate, and especially with how innovative they try to be everyday.  Just a cut above the rest is how I try to view them.  My story started as I was already out of school, my brother in his Senior year in high school, a star athlete on both sides of the ball in the Ann Arbor area.  After a win one Saturday morning, like after every game mostly, numerous players would head out to eat as a team, and while heading home, something was just not in their favor, as a car backed out, the driver of their vehicle going too fast at that time, swerved, the car rolled, everyone remained inside but one individual who was thrown from the car.

Protocol from such an impact that they had is to ensure no internal injuries were sustained, and while the individual thrown from the vehicle soon found out he was paralyzed from the waist down, my brother was about to find out something that was possibly going to take his life as well.  While at the hospital, the children’s hospital, they spotted something, which they thought was on his heart at first, but soon found out it was a softball sized tumor growing around his esophagus.  It was so big that if they didn’t do something about it soon, he was running a chance of slowly dying and his airway being cutoff.  Basically being choked slowly to death.  Now, you would have to know my brother, so stubborn, such apart of any team he was involved with that he talked it over with my parents, that against the directions and remarks from the doctors, he continued and finished his season playing football with this tumor around his esophagus, still growing, and finished the season All-State.  Not to mention he also had to gigantic elbows from elbow bursitis from getting hit so much, and they didn’t want that getting any worse either.  Yet he went on to win many awards, and right as the last game ended in the playoffs, he went in for surgery the very next day.  It was a success, and now because of how successful it was, he is now serving proudly in the Marines and protecting our country everyday since 2007.

So why all this about the new hospital, and even Eleonore Rocks?  Well, the triathlon team I am apart of takes in donations throughout our season as a 501 (c)(3) and we then donate in various ways and put strict stipulations on how that money will be spent, or we even donate chairs.  The purpose of our team is to donate in support of terminally ill children around the country in various regions.  The main focus on this article is because the Mott Children’s Hospital is a place I want to give back and I want to ensure they understand they are appreciated, not only because we are fans, but because we appreciate everything they do in trying to ensure the health of our loved one’s no matter what state they are in.  What I am asking is donations in my name, as they will go for this donation to Mott’s, which I am trying to setup and have been in contact with numerous individuals there already, and the best thing about this donation is the fact that once the triathlon season ends here soon, Andy Potts will be available.  For those of you who are triathletes know who this amazing athlete is, and we will be planning on ensuring that he can make it there for this donation and event as well since he was a tremendous athlete for the University of Michigan, and is still a tremendous professional triathlete to this day.  As the time nears closer I will post the date when this happens, but until then, donations can be made by going to this link for my donation page and you can choose ANY amount you want to donate, as we were looking to donate chairs to the NICU unit.  As I said, as it gets closer, I can give more information because it would be great to have some of you even meet Andy!  Until then, any questions, concerns, comments, please email me at josh@umgoblue.com or message me on Twitter @TheRealHag

Eleonore Rocks – 2012 Season

As 2011 comes to a close, 2012 brings many new opportunies from everyone across the nation.  No more is that apparent than for Eleonore rocks, as I mentioned yesterday in my article about our amazing alum, Andy Potts.  In fact, 2012 is looking to be not only a great racing season for the team, but the expansion of the team has started to take a global approach already in it’s short time.  Our plans for this year are not only to continue to effectively spread the word about the foundation, raise money for the terminally ill children and their families, but offer our fans and supporters a more intimate  experience as well with all of our athlete’s being more active with posting pictures, chatting with our community, and even working together to find more families and places to donate.

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Andy Potts: Eleonore Rocks

Many individuals have made their way into the triathlon world to have fun, reach goals, or even compete.  Moreover, in some cases we have those few individuals who want to make a difference that are driven not only from their success, but also from their experience from people that are very close and dear to them.  This was the case for University of Michigan alum, Andy Potts.

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