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April Madness On Demand – Awesome


SulliDad and K3-SulliGrandpa Game Two of 2005 World Series. We'll forge more awesome memories Saturday.

Classifying a chance to attend a Final Four awesome might be an understatement.

So, the fact that SulliMom and Dad are going to be inside Lucas Oil Stadium come Saturday evening is, let’s say, awesome-squared. We’re officially on the Road to the Final Four.

Thanks to former Butler hurler and fellow Bishop McNamara graduate Eric Yates—and to Vagina Doctor #37 for providing approval—we are on our way.

It wasn’t cheap. But we decided that for the rest of our lives we’d be spending on kids first so this might be the grand finale for us. I can check off Final Four on my bucket list and Molly will get to see something she probably didn’t think she’d ever see.

How could we not go?

In 2005, the White Sox advanced to the World Series and I was fortunate enough to purchase tickets thanks to a gentleman who knew how much it meant to me. To this day, attending Game Two of the World Series with my Dad is a Sulli-Top-Five Moment. This has to compare for Molly.

This will be something we’ll never forget and through photographic evidence we’ll be able to tell our child that they were there, too. I think participating in memorable activities with our soon-to-be growing family is something to which I really look forward.

This little trip also gives us a chance to spend the evening in BEARbonnais with K3-SulliGrandma and SulliAunt Kelly and attend mass at St. Pat’s on Easter Sunday before a trek to St. Charles to hang will SulliMom’s family.

All of these travels come on the heels of Molly’s Baby Shower Saturday in Elgin. I mean, bring your umbrellas—it’s a shower!

This decision also has bearing on Push Gift status. I will say it again—SulliMom has not pressured or requested said gift. But, this trip now becomes the inaugural Push Gift. And speaking of Push Gift, it is amazing how divided people are on knowledge of this tradition. It seems like it is 50/50 whether people have heard of the term Push Gift.

Just for poops and laughter, provide us with what you would like Molly’s pregnant belly to be inscribed with for the national television audience. (Disclaimer: SulliMom, I’m pretty sure, wouldn’t take part in such activity) I would put something on my chest, but I’m deceptively hairy in that region thus rendering any expression worthless. Reply below. Okay, I’ll start:

Bellys For Bulldogs
Breeding Ground
My Kid Looks Older Than Our Coach (Yes, I agree, that storyline is getting old)

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Bachelor Night


Our goddaughter Tess flew into the very Windy City this morning with her mom Sarah. I can’t wait to see them. I was hoping to get out there today or tomorrow, but it looks like Thursday. We’ve been Skyping with them from Long Island and Tess is growing up so quickly.

I really can’t wait for her to interact with SulliChild. I think that will be really cool.

With that said, SulliMom made her way to Barrrrrrington to hang out, while I did a little UIC-WIU softball announcing. So I am home alone. Which means…

Mac ‘N Cheese and watching the Titanic.

Just me watching the Titanic.

Anytime I miss my wife, I look for the James Cameron classic on television and hunker down.

Our child is in trouble.

LASTLY: Apparently, Jim Mateja, the long time auto writer is calling it quits. One of the stories featured is an article he composed about auto companies trying to accommodate women who were expecting among other family needs. It made for a funny photo…

I don't think I'd do well with being pregnant.

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Children Picking Sides


SulliMom has filed the paperwork to change her last name to Hinkle after her Butler Bulldogs have accomplished the unthinkable: Advance to a Final Four.

Not just any Final Four. A Final Four in Marion County. Congratulations to Butler Nation…and all those people I mentioned Thursday.

But all this has me a little concerned. For what teams will SulliChild root? Mom’s or Dad’s teams?

I guess that remains to be seen. And at this point, I can’t say I have a lot of research to support a child rooting for UIC. But I feel good about the youngster following my lead in the end. (maybe I should I just worry about changing diapers, sleep deprivation and onesies)

I was searching for an article on kids picking teams and I came across Fred Bowen and his column for the Washington Post–KidsPost. This guy has some good stuff. I kind of want his job. What a great gig.

To travel to Indy, or not? That is a question being contemplated at this point. SulliMom will consult with SulliOBGYN Monday to see what she (I say she, but there are like 43 Vagina Doctors at her office) has to say about it.

Official merchandise may have to suffice.

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Oh Well


Sure, I think I’d rather be watching hoops and monitoring SulliMom as Butler tries to advance to the Final Four, but I’m at Les Miller Field at UIC.

Despite being drubbed 13-5 in game one of a DH, it still has a great view.

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Basketball Or Birth?…Birth With Basketball


As was posed in a previous post, Basketball or Birth?, a decision has been made.

The answer, despite an overwhelming 95% of poll participants voting for Basketball, is an option not provided in the poll: Birth with Basketball.

We will have iPhone and Blackberry on gametracker as we follow Butler-Syracuse in the Sweet 16 live from birthing class. The contest also will be recorded via DVR and if the game possesses highlights wanted by SulliMom it will be watched.

It’s important for us to be present at this class. It’s also important that Molly’s heart rate remain at a comfortable level. Over the weekend that was not the case. Hopefully the inability to watch the action will result in calmer heart activity for mother and child.

Thank God for technology. Wish us luck. To Adam Levinson, the Syracuse Marathon Man, best of luck to your Orange.

Final prediction from SulliDad: Butler 60, Syracuse 59 (OT)

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