Late November is my favorite time of year because it means that my favorite holiday is coming up.
Ever since I was a boy I have looked forward to that special day when family and friends come together. Food has to be prepared, the house has to be cleaned and decorations have to be hung. I have trouble sleeping the night before in wondering what the outcome of the day will be. Each year the traditions stay the same as my father taught me while growing up in Toledo. And now I hope to instill those traditions and build memories for my boys for years to come.
The “holiday” is this Saturday’s Ohio State vs. Michigan game, a November tradition and rivalry that spans generations. This year will be more special, not only because the Wolverines are coming off of a win from last year, but because my boys Will, 7, and Payton, 5, are getting into watching football and REALLY getting into cheering for their favorite teams.
As you may have figured out by now (and possibly stopped reading because of it), I am a fan of the Maize and Blue. Always have been since I can remember. Will and Payton have split allegiances just like my cornhole boards, one is for Ohio State (Will) and one is for Michigan (Payton). I love both my sons equally, just Payton a little more on Saturday.
My uncle and I continue the tradition that he and my father had until my dad died in 2007. It involves a bet and a bottle of something, but I’ll just leave it at that.