Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo is close to earning his 400th win at Michigan State (currently sitting at 399..so the question here is not if, it’s when). Quite an accomplishment for a guy who had been written off early in his third season when he had about 35 wins.
One of the fun things I got to be a part of in college was the growth of the Izzone. I joined the group the year it went from 200 fans to just about 1000 fans. Since then it’s grown up even more.
I was in Breslin the night that Coach Izzo won his 100th game (12 years ago by the way).
Note the signs everyone is holding that say “100″ on them. Well, it’s one of the few artifacts I have from my days in the Izzone, along with the megaphones they gave us that night:
A little tattered around the edges, but the message is clear
I hope that the students who have a chance to be in the stands for the 400th remember it someday as fondly as I remember being the stands for the 100th.
While I’ve been busy facebooking, tweeting, and linkingin, I stopped blogging. Actually I stopped blogging years ago.
I did have a blogger site in my younger days, and looking upon that is like gazing at your high school yearbook. I defy anyone to figure out what was going through my brain from 2004-2007. Let me know what you think.
Anyway–I’m back. Mostly at the behest of a few people who think I have something to say. I caught the blogging bug when I received an invitation to post monthly for CASE. It turns out it can be fun to have a little more space than 140 characters to make a point. And I can rarely make a point in 140 characters.
So, here we are, a new blog that does not carry my own name at the top. Let’s start with that. I chose Bleed Green Sweat Purple as a tip of the hat to my alma matter Michigan State University and my employer Northwestern University. I also somewhat stole the whole concept from a colleague at work who went to Missouri and appropriately says he Bleeds gold and sweats purple.
The title of the blog should be an indicator that I’m planning on talking about more than just ‘work stuff’ and more than just ‘personal stuff’. So, yes, if you stop by I’ll mention what I think is cool about this alumni relations field I’ve chosen to work in. And yet, you’ll also hear about it when I just have to get something off my chest about the way my family works, or whether or not the Detroit Lions will EVER win a Super Bowl.
As one of the professors here at NU likes to say, we have very blurry edges between our personal and professional lives. I’m gonna try to show you the best of both.
Gangway–here we go