Last week I enjoyed a vacation in St. Joseph, Michigan. It is a little tourist town about 1.5 hours drive time from Chicago. Here is a map, with St. Joseph appearing as a large red dot if you are interested.
As you can see, this is right in the middle of some interesting college football territory. The location of St. Joseph isn’t far from the campuses of Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State (all in the Big Ten) and Notre Dame. I saw plenty of hats, t-shirts and the like representing all of these universities as we tromped around the area. Here is a funny photo from the St. Joseph water reclamation district. Check out how they painted the manhole covers. On the left bottom there is the Northwestern logo, with the Michigan State logo above it. On the right top you have the Michigan logo and on the bottom right you have the Notre Dame logo (hard to see that one).
Before we went to the beach for the first day I was faced with a terrible dilemma. I shave my head and it is mandatory for me to wear a hat if I am going to be outside. I forgot my Bears hat at home, so I needed to buy a new one in St. Joseph. And my choices in ALL of the stores were…you guessed it…Northwestern, Michigan State, Michigan and ND. Clearly ND and Michigan are hated too much to be seen on my head, and Northwestern is one of Illinois’ most hated rivals. Which left me wearing this for the remainder of my beach time. It hurt, but not as bad as a sunburn would have.
One more thing - the goatee was experimental last week and has since been shaven.
Cross posted at Saturday Football Update.