After church this morning we had lunch with the Wanous and Dresden families at the China Palace buffet. Then we went home and watched the Steelers-Colts game. My expectations weren't too high, so I was prepared for a Steelers loss. Then they jumped out to a dominating 21-3 lead. Then the Steelers and the refs tried to give the game to the Colts. We were thrilled to see the NFL's most -accurate kicker miss a 46-yard field goal to preserve the Steelers' win. It reminded me of last year's playoff game against the Jets, except the Steelers deserved to lose against the Jet's but benefited from missed field goals. Big Ben is now the first quarterback of the Super-Bowl-era to lead his team to the conference championship in both of his first two seasons.
From an article on Yahoo news:
Beginning March 16, 2006, fans will be able to watch live broadcasts of the NCAA tournament from outside their viewing area via NCAAsports.com, the official NCAA Web site. The effort will be supported by advertising sales.
On October 29 we went to the Saginaw Spirit hockey game with some friends from church.
As we mentioned already, the boys had some time on our own this weekend. Lisa came back from her moms conference late on Saturday night. Saturday morning the boys played some games (like Go Fish and the Star Wars Escape from Death Star). Jonathan, He-man that he is, single-handedly moved the old, heavy couch out of the basement in several pieces and out to the curb for big trash day. After lunch we went to the Northwood football game. They were ranked 9th in nation in NCAA Division II and were hosting #1 Grand Valley State University. Madan and Sid met us at the game. Northwood kept it close in the first half by forcing several turnovers, but they weren't able to consistently move the ball nor keep GVSU from doing so in the 2nd half and lost 30-14. The Lakers remained unbeaten and Northwood fell to 7 and 2.
After playing basketball Tuesday night, I noticed that my right calf was a little sore on Wednesday. I assumed it was just a normal bruise or sore muscle. Saturday night around 9:30 PM, I stood up and it hurt much worse. I reached down to touch it and felt a big bulge on the side calf. I pushed on it, felt it move like a big bubble of fluid, and a sharp pain. I tried to go to urgent care, but it was closed, so I went to the emergency room. They thought it was a hematoma but did an ultrasound of my legs to make sure there wasn't a clot. I got home around 1 AM. The next day I walked around of crutches (called "crunches" by Finn), and by Saturday I was walking fairly normally but gingerly. I don't remember getting kicked or anything traumatic in the basketball game, but maybe it was just too much running, jumping, and landing for an old man.
On Saturday we went to Northwood University's Kid's Day. The Timberwolves beat Findlay 34-17 in an exciting game with several long pass plays, an interception returned for a touchdown, etc.