November 17th, 2006
|09:50 am - Wagering on the Game|
I have sent a message to the Senior Druid of the Ann Arbor ADF Grove, Shining Lakes (and copied uberrod), detailing my proposition for what they need to do, should Ohio State beat Michigan on Saturday.
On my way into work, though, I noticed this message of hope and redemption on a church sign:
Good to know that combining deity and sports is a cross-religion phenomenon
It's fun to play a bit with the Game, and to enjoy it like this. Some people are, of course, against any reference to sports in their religion, which has always confused me.
In particular, I noticed that making small, friendly wagers between other Big Ten schools (I've made bets with sleepingwolf about Penn State-OSU games for two years now, and will make wagers with his Grove, should he ever get around to starting one. . . hinthinthint) are good for bringing the Groves a bit closer. We now have Groves in many Big Ten cities (working on Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan State, and Penn State. . . remember that there are 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference), so it might be fun to expand to a few other schools with wagers, too.
Last year, we had a small procession from Ann Arbor come down and attend our Imbolc rite. . . something that wouldn't have happened without the OSU-Michigan game.
I suppose, in the end, that it all depends on how you see it.
Btw, the terms I suggested for this year?
If OSU wins, Shining Lakes donates an equal number of canned goods to the shelter/foodbank of their choice as we collect this quarter.
Pending their half of the wager.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw", -JB
I thought about the terms hard, and I came up with two thoughts:
- It's not fair to make them drive down here twice, should they lose again (which I honestly think is the most likely outcome of the game)
- I wanted something more oriented toward the "community service" aspects of what our Groves do.
After our recent hauls, I thought this would be a good wager, and we're likely to have a lower canned-good turnout this quarter with the toy drive we do for Yule, anyway. This is a way to both bolster our donations and
give them a bit of a break because it's low season for our food donations.
Hmm. . . Maybe I'm feeling sorry for them :) That's a trap I shouldn't fall into :)
I don't see it as a manifestation of feeling sorry for them. I see it more as being merciful. :)