Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sorin's Here

It is my honor to introduce Sorin Steven Schiefelbein to the Game Plan. As of right now, you won't be hearing much about him here b/c he has is own blog - (

He has been an absolute joy for the last 48 hours. Sorin was born Friday night:

Birth: August 22, 2008
Time: 4:41 pm
Weight: 6lbs. 8oz.
Length: 19 inches

Better pictures to follow.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Baby Prep

I haven't written about our pregnancy all summer, and I'm not sure why. I've certainly thought about it, but I think it's one of those things that's been so new for us, it's been hard to put thoughts and words to the whole process. Instead, I've been writing about sports - go figure.

Obviously I think about our baby all the time. Want to know what his name is? Stay tuned for that one... Being pregnant has been such an interesting experience for Katie and me. I guess as I write tonight I can say it's gone quite fast. But recounting the nights when sleep was at a premium reminds me that parts of this process have been very difficult.

Lately my thoughts and words to Katie have been the following: I am so proud of her in the way she's brought our son to life in such a healthy way. She's been so aware of her diet and physical activity all this time. She's read so much about pregnancy. She's found so many pieces of furniture - the crib, changing table, and car seats. And she even found some time to pick out some cute outfits for Junior. I've actually enjoyed that last part - I might be that dad who dresses his son to match himself. Picture it - I'll make it a reality this fall.

I guess I have a little regret that I haven't documented our pregnancy these last 9 months. But at the same time - an unapologetically - it's been Our Time. We've enjoyed the privacy and intimacy of a whole new life experience together. That's been very special for us. Fun, funny, hard, and educational to say the least. And now we climax with the final week. 5 days until we start a whole new experience.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Summer Olympics

I have fond memories of my first Olympics in 1988 - it was the first Games where I was paying attention and knew a little bit about what was going on. I'm sure these Games contributed to my patriotism.

The Olympics of 2008 bring a hype I haven't seen in years. Most would say the Olympics have lost the glory it once owned. And marketing the Games has addressed this, including the NY Times talking about how much the viewing audience and network coverage has increased each year. It's almost like they were telling us we're supposed to be watching this.

Well this year Michael Phelps truly gives us a reason to watch. The headlines are intriguing: Phelps could become the most decorated Olympian of all time. And as I write this, he's just broke his 4th and 5th world records, so that would mean 5 golds in 5 events. Michael Phelps is the winningest Olympic athlete ever -- ever. That's a story.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

(old news) Brett Favre Saga Over

I know this is "old news," but for the sake of documentation I wanted to pull this sidebar off of ESPN (thanks guys) as a sad reminder of these last couple weeks:


After pushing and pushing to keep playing either in Green Bay or elsewhere, Brett Favre's storied career will continue in 2008. The unretired quarterback has been traded by the Packers to the Jets.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Embarrassed to be a Packers Fan

It is a sad day in Wisconsin. Meeting clients at the gym I work at, the tv was tuned to ESPN which was reporting that Brett Favre has been traded to the Jets.

Packers Football was so pure. It had been so great, then it was so bad, and then we got Brett Favre. Now Ted Thompson comes in and drafts Aaron Rodgers (who I think will be really good). Thompson thinks he needs to create his own legacy with his own QB. And all of Wisconsin suffers. Who in their right mind says 'no' to Brett Favre? Favre's last throw was an interception - and a stupid one at that. But he was one score away from the Super Bowl, and nothing has changed since. Yet they don't want Brett back. It's bad leadership. This never would have happened under Ron Wolf. Thompson and the Packers need to keep one eye on the future. But AT THE SAME TIME they cannot overlook what is right in front of them - a quarterback legend who wants to play a couple more years.

I'm disgusted with the Packers. I'm embarrassed to be a Packers fan. I wish Brett would have retired rather than be traded away from Green Bay. But this is the sports world we live in now. Nothing's pure. That was made clear today.