Archives: December 2008

That Time of Year Again!

Just in time for the new year, Lake Superior State University has delivered on its decades-old tradition of publishing a “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.” The annual, jocular list began in 1976, with words and phrases like “meaningful” (which lost all of its meaningfulness at the time) and “call for resignation” as a publicity stunt to promote the university’s existence. Since then it has grown into a crowdsourced list of the latest clichés to have been birthed from pop culture, and even text speech made this list of words we “<3” to hate for 2009.

For 2009, the words unofficially banned from our vernacular and publications revolve around environmental, economic, current events, and entertainment topics. We are apparently no longer allowed to “go green” or measure our “carbon footprint,” according to Ed Hardiman of Bristow, Va., who qualified his vote in his submission: “If I see one more corporation declare itself ‘green,’ I’m going to start burning tires in my backyard.”

Continuing down the catch-phrase hit list, any “maverick” who thinks he is a “game changer”-or who’s vain enough to shoot for “iconic”-will surely get booted from both “wall street” and “main street” alike. “You know it’s time to banish this word,” said Scott Urbanowski of Kentwood, Mich., “when even the Maverick family, who descended from the rancher who inspired the term, says it’s being mis-used.”

Perhaps displaying the need to embark on a “desperate search” for words to ban, even emoticons like “<3” were apparently overused in 2008 (but seriously: is it actually possible to have too much <3 in one’s life?). There will also be no “bailout” for those who cannot stop tacking “monkey” onto words in an attempt make them sound… something-er. Fortunately, other related and fundamental (and undoubtedly crucial) words in 2008-such as “economy”-did not make Lake Superior State’s list this year.

Rounding out the list are more inane terms and phrases, such as “first dude,” “staycation,” “not so much,” and “it’s that time of year again.” Participants were also tired of hearing about the potential for awards, as even “winner of five nominations” actually, erm, won an award.

If you want “more bang for the buck,” you can flip through the pages of Lake Superior State’s “online,” “state of the art” archive for each year back to 1976 for a trip down memory lane that should “shock and awe” you.

12-30-08: U.P. Predator Challenge

The Original 6th Annual 2009 U.P. Predator Challenge

The West Branch Sportsmen’s Club in Skandia proudly sponsors the 2009 U.P. Predator Challenge, February 5-8.

Registration is $25.00 on or before January 29 (by mail) or $35.00 after January 29 or at the door.

The first prize winner receives $800; second place is $400; third place is $200; fourth place is $100.

Proceeds will benefit the West Branch Sportsmen’s Club.

To register or for more details, including regulations and a full schedule of events, visit the U.P. Predator Challenge website by clicking here or call 1-877-471-4868.


Adam talks with Dan Lloyd about ice fishing on Portage Lake, including some sturgeon stories:

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Bluegrass Cut of the Day: The Infamous Stringdusters – Fork in the Road
Flyin’ Blind Song of the Day: Trinda Victoreen – Remember That
Outlaw Country Cut of the Day: Johnny Cash – Orange Blossom Special

Purrfectly Awful 12/29/2008

That’s what the signs at Lambeau Field said during Sunday’s embarrassing loss by the LIons to cap an embarrassing season all around.

Moments after the game, even though this 31-21 loss to the Packers was historic, not a run-of-the-mill mid-season game, Marinelli opened his post game news conference the way he always does — with the injury update. Marinelli prides himself on never changing.

The problem this season, though, was that nothing ever changed.

“Overall, the record speaks for itself,” Marinelli said finally, without prompting. “We know what that is.”

The Lions are the first 0-16 team in NFL history. Asked if that made them the worst team of all time, Marinelli said: “I said the record speaks for itself.”

Unfortunately for Marinelli, so does his record, and a visit to the unemployment office is surely in his future.

12-29-08: News from the DNR, Ice Fishing Update from Bayview Bait and Tackle

DNR Invites Public Comment on the New Draft 2009-2019 Strategic Plan for the Parks and Recreation Division

The Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to comment on the new draft 2009-2019 Strategic Plan for its Parks and Recreation Division.

This plan represents the culmination of two and one-half years of extensive outreach effort to the public and other stakeholders who helped define the goals, objectives, and actions identified in the draft plan.

The full draft plan is posted on the DNR Web site. (Click Here to View)

The draft plan will be available for a 30-day public comment period, and comments may be submitted to DNR-RecreationFeedback@michigan.gov via e-mail, or in writing to: Paul N. Curtis, Park Management Plan Administrator, DNR-Parks and Recreation Division, P.O. Box 30257, Lansing, MI 48909-7757.

The public comment period will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, 2009.


Adam talks with Chris at Bayview Bait and Tackle (south of Gladstone):

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Adam shares an ice fishing report:

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BIG BOY PIGSKIN PICKS WITH ADAM AND STEVE

Week Seventeen

DATE GAME SCORE ADAM’S PICK STEVE’S PICK
12/28 RAIDERS @ BUCCANEERS 31-24 BUCANEERS BUCANEERS
12/28 COWBOYS @ EAGLES 6-44 COWBOYS EAGLES
12/28 GIANTS @ VIKINGS 19-20 VIKINGS GIANTS
12/28 BEARS @ TEXANS 24-31 TEXANS BEARS
12/28 PANTHERS @ SAINTS 33-31 PANTHERS SAINTS
12/28 RAMS @ FALCONS 27-31 FALCONS FALCONS
12/28 CHIEFS @ BENGALS 6-16 CHIEFS BENGALS
12/28 JAGUARS @ RAVENS 7-27 RAVENS RAVENS
12/28 TITANS @ COLTS 0-23 COLTS TITANS
12/28 BROWNS @ STEELERS 28-34 STEELERS STEELERS
12/28 DOLPHINS @ JETS 24-17 DOLPHINS JETS
12/28 PATRIOTS @ BILLS 13-0 PATRIOTS BILLS
12/28 SEAHAWKS @ CARDINALS 21-34 CARDINALS CARDINALS
12/28 REDSKINS @ 49ERS 24-27 49ERS 49ERS
12/28 BRONCOS @ CHARGERS 21-52 CHARGERS CHARGERS
12/28 LIONS @ PACKERS 21-31 LIONS PACKERS
Totals: 12-4 9-7

Currently Adam’s totals stand at 151-88 while Steve is 143-96. The Lions are 0-16 (Perfect Season!!) and the Packers are 7-9.

Listen to Adam and Steve’s NFL Recap:

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Bluegrass Cut of the Day: Alison Krauss and Union Station ft. Dan Tyminksi – Tiny Broken Heart
Flyin’ Blind Song of the Day: Donald Guhy – Country Ham
Outlaw Country Cut of the Day: Freddy Fender – Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

Why Are We Here? 12/26/2008

Happy Boxing Day! Where did everyone go? If you are one of the worker bees who had to show up today, Salute! We are a hardy bunch, eh?

What is Boxing Day? Boxing Day dates back to past centuries when it was the custom for the wealthy to give gifts to employees or to people in a lower social class, most especially to household servants and other service personnel. The name has numerous folk etymologies.

As with Christmas itself, some elements of Boxing Day are also likely related to, and ultimately derived from, the ancient Roman Saturnalia, which also had elements of gift giving and social role reversal.

Boxing Day is a public holiday in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong and countries in the Commonwealth of Nations with a mainly Christian population. In South Africa, this public holiday is now known as the Day of Goodwill. It is based on the tradition of giving gifts to the less fortunate members of society. Contemporary Boxing Day in many countries is now a “shopping holiday” associated with after-Christmas sales.

This day is historically England’s name for St. Stephen’s Day. Saint Stephen was the first Christian martyr, being stoned to death in Jerusalem around A.D. 34-35 – 26 December, which is a public holiday in most countries in Europe and many countries around the world with predominantly Christian populations. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, St Stephen’s Day is celebrated on the 27th of December, although in Greece the Greek Boxing Day is also celebrated as a public holiday on the 26th of December and is not related to the English version.

In Ireland the Bank Holidays Act 1871 established the feast day of St. Stephen’s Day as a non-moveable public holiday on December the 26th, although since partition the name “Boxing Day” is used by the authorities in Northern Ireland and it has become a moveable public holiday in line with the rest of the UK. The Banking and Financial Dealings Act of 1971 established “Boxing Day” as a public holiday in Scotland. In the Australian state of South Australia, December the 26th is a public holiday known as Proclamation Day.

It is usually celebrated on the 26th of December, the day after Christmas Day however, unlike St. Stephen’s Day, Boxing Day is not always on the 26th of December, its associated public holiday can be moved to the next weekday if the 26th of December is a Saturday or Sunday. The movement of Boxing Day varies between countries.

12-22-08: Pigskin Picks

BIG BOY PIGSKIN PICKS WITH ADAM AND STEVE

Week Sixteen

DATE GAME SCORE ADAM’S PICK STEVE’S PICK
12/20 RAVENS @ COWBOYS 33-24 COWBOYS COWBOYS
12/21 STEELERS @ TITANS 14-31 STEELERS STEELERS
12/21 DOLPHINS @ CHIEFS 38-31 DOLPHINS DOLPHINS
12/21 CARDINALS @ PATRIOTS 7-47 PATRIOTS PATRIOTS
12/21 BENGALS @ BROWNS 14-0 BROWNS BROWNS
12/21 EAGLES @ REDSKINS 3-10 EAGLES EAGLES
12/21 49ERS @ RAMS 17-16 49ERS 49ERS
12/21 FALCONS @ VIKINGS 24-17 VIKINGS VIKINGS
12/14 CHARGERS @ CHIEFS 22-21 CHARGERS CHARGERS
12/21 PANTHERS @ GIANTS 28-34 GIANTS PANTHERS
12/21 JETS @ SEAHAWKS 3-13 JETS JETS
12/21 TEXANS @ RAIDERS 16-27 TEXANS TEXANS
12/21 BILLS @ BRONCOS 30-23 BRONCOS BRONCOS
12/21 CHARGERS @ BUCCANEERS 41-24 CHARGERS BUCCANEERS
12/22 PACKERS @ BEARS 17-20 BEARS PACKERS
12/21 SAINTS @ LIONS 42-7 SAINTS LIONS
Totals: 8-8 4-12

Currently Adam’s totals stand at 139-84 while Steve is 134-89. The Lions are 0-15 and the Packers are 6-9.

Yikes! Look at that Elf! 12/23/2008

Is there anything more disturbing than a Doc shaped elf? A great time was had by all at the Country Lanes and Entertainment Center Saturday Night!

Congratulations goes out to our big winner Ben Klein! He took home a living room full of furniture from American of Marquette. Will you be our next winner?

Mad Lib from Christmas to Remember Giveaway December 20th.

So we had some fun at our giveaway this time and we had all of our contestants and their guests help us write a new version of “The Night Before Christmas” and here it is….

‘Twas the House before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was toothless, not even a mouse;

The Couches were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all remembering in their beds,
while visions of elves danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kercheif, and Chuck Norris in my cap,
has just settled loudly for a long winters nap,

When out on the Santa Claus there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the Great Lakes Radio to see what was the matter.

Away to the snow I flee like a flash,
tore open the Santa Claus and threw up the sash.

The furniture on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave the lustre of mid-day to winners below,

When, what to my wondering cars should appear,
but a free sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old Radio Station, so lively and quick,
I win in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More Rapid than dogs his courses they came,
and he whistled, and singing, and called them by name;

“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now Santa Claus and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Hawaii! On, Donder and Blitzen!

To the hungry of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Climb away! Dash away all!”

As dry elves that before the wild hurricane fly,
when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the radio the courses they flew,
with the sleigh full of sisters, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I acted on the roof
the prancing and stimulate of each little hoof.

As I win in my hand, and was turning around,
down the furniture St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in parka, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with toilets and soot;

a bundle of arrows he had flung on his back,
and he looked like a Bull Rider just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
Hs cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll large mouth was drawn up like a bow,
and the beard of his chin was as green as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
and the smoke it encircled his snow like a wreath;

He was a loveable face and a little round belly,
that shook, when he farted like a bowlful of jelly.

He was famous and plump, a right jolly old elf,
and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a listen of his dead,
soon give me to know I had nothing to dread;

He fishing not a word, but went straight to his work,
and filled all the snowflakes; then turned with a jerk,

And laying a finger aside of his nose,
and giving a nod, up the George he rose;

He sprang to his girdle, to his team gave a whistle,
and away they all give like the down of the thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he shoveled out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

The story turned out pretty funny thanks to all of our friends that came to the event. I hope that everyone had a great time and I look forward to seeing you at our next big event.

Congrats to Ben Klein for becoming the Grand Prize winner at the event he will be giving the Christmas to Remember to his daughter who will be getting married soon. Thanks again to American of Marquette for the Grand Prize and thanks again to all of our proud sponsors like Biolife, Taco Bell, and Fat Boyz of Marquette, as well as Pike Distributors, and the Island Resort and Casino for making this event possible. We had a great time up at the Country Lanes and Entertainment Center in Ishpeming. Keep checking back for the photos from the event!!!

Ummmm….. Really? 12/18/2008

If you’re trying to find the perfect gift for the man in your life who loves fast food and also likes to smell good, your search is over. Burger King has announced this week the launch of Flame, a new men’s’ cologne that smells like — char-broiled meat.

In announcing the scent, the fast food company said, quote, “The Whopper sandwich is America’s favorite burger. Flame by BK captures that love and gives it to you. Behold the scent of seduction, with a hint of flame-broiled meat.”

The company is selling the cologne for $3.99 online at firemeetsdesire.com. The website features images of roses and waterfalls accompanied by seductive music and photos of a scantily-clad Burger King mascot, the King, lying on a bearskin rug.

Chocolay Children’s Center Creative Kids

Paper Plate Angel

Turn a paper plate into a beautiful angel.

Supplies needed:

  • a paper plate
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • tape or stapler
  • crayons, paint, and/or markers for decoration


  • Draw a pattern like this on the underside of a paper plate.
  • Cut along the lines, discarding the dark section.

Decorate the angel.

Overlap the edges of the angel’s skirt slightly and tape or staple it into place.