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Tokyo National Stadium Completed!

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Within the last few weeks, the biggest news out of Tokyo has been the completion of the National Stadium. Yesterday, the stadium held its first ever public event: a type of dedication that featured athletes from all over the world (including Jamaica's Usain Bolt!) and gave ticket goers a chance to see everything in the stadium for themselves. Even though the Olympics are still seven months away, the stadium was packed . So if viewers like you and me were to check out how things looked, we got a chance to see the stadium in its full glory. Here, there's even a short video all about it: I know fully well that trying to keep my stadium reveal "spoiler free" until August would be next to impossible, so I have no problem watching stuff like this. If anything, it gets me even more excited to be able to witness this venue in person! While the stadium might be complete, there is still a lot of Tokyo that is under construction. With all the other Japanese content

A Lesson in Fandom

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It is pretty amazing how this story works. It's as if I was living in an episode of Full House. In the end of this blog, feel free to cue the cheesy synth string music! A few weeks ago I went back to my parents' home for the weekend. The big news was that Notre Dame's sellout streak of home football games was snapped with the Navy game. The streak started in 1973 and lasted for 273 games. (With all this talk of Notre Dame lately, you'd think I'd turned into a fan of the Fighting Irish. I am not. It's just a proximity thing! Keep reading for your dose of Michigan Wolverine goodness.) But since I was home and that was the news on the radio (which my dad still listens to), it was worth talking about with him! We both agreed that with Notre Dame's subpar season and the uninteresting visiting teams, it was only natural that the games not sell out. When people have large flatscreen televisions and computer screens at home, why bother going to the stad

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K: The Second One

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With a little more relaxed Thanksgiving schedule this year, I decided that I could once again participate in a Turkey Trot. Three years ago I went over to Niles with my brother because that was the one that was most widely publicized. After I'd registered, I found that Benton Harbor also had a Turkey Trot, which would have been a little closer to travel to! So this time around, I registered for the Benton Harbor Turkey Trot, especially since I found out where the proceeds of the race would go. According to the website, "Proceeds benefit the Benton Harbor Police Athletic League (PAL), with a mission to promote community relations and cooperation between the youth of our communities, their families, the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety, and other law enforcement agencies." Sounds like a worthy cause to me! The entire event is mainly put on by the SWMI RACERS group, which is the running group in our area. They actually offered early early  packet pickup, whi