Sunday, September 10, 2017

How Many More Times

Will I embarrass my little cousin? At least once more. Look at him, isn't he cute?

Bug and the dog version of him, Roscoe

Bug Boy got a scholarship to play ball at a small college out of state where he did well. But it was his dream to play for the University of Wisconsin Badgers so he came back home. His parents had since moved and he hadn't gotten accepted to the university but took a shot.


Did you know Teddy Bears love Badgers?

That meant tech school, getting his grades up, working and going to school and what seemed like endless attempts to get a try out with the Badgers.


Barely putting up with me taking his picture

He got into the UW but they wouldn't let him try out. Semesters and football seasons passed and it seemed time to chalk it up to character building—being quite the character already he didn't really need it.

Photo by his brother, Vince

Out of the blue last week they said he was on the team. That doesn't mean he gets to play, and I counted 13 WRs on the roster, but hell, our little Bug Boy is one tenacious kid and today he got to suit up. I'm all verklempt.
This young man, forever a little boy in my eyes no offense, is a sweet reminder that we should not give up and even if we go down, to go down swinging. Preferably in the Duke Ellington sense, but you know, Rocky if you prefer.

Zeppelin may not be the obvious choice but Bug, his brother Vince and I had a car radio rule, we take turns selecting music unless Zeppelin comes on and then: We never turn off Zeppelin. 



P.S. Rudy, Rudy, Rudy!
P.P.S. Photos from his granny

36 comments:

  1. I'm with Bug boy - never - ever - give up! Good for him. Who knows what's in store for him! Many thanks for sharing this tenacious young man's dreams with All Seasons! Thank you for comment Jeanna, we all rooting for Florida to get through these storms safely! Wish you a great week!

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    1. He wasn't too optimistic there for awhile, JSG. Yes, I'm thinking about our blogger buds there too. I hope the wildfires are dying down in your area.

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    1. I'd pass it on Kelleyn but he'd be embarrassed if he knew I posted about him so, sshhhh.

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  3. On the team is on the team! Good for him.

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  4. Congrats to him he deserves after all that, it I enjoyed the photos

    Have a tanfastic week ;-)

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    1. He really does, Steve. Have a constipastic week.

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  5. ...good for BUG BOY! Those dudes sure have aged, but they can still get the led out. Thanks for this look back.

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    1. Yeah they have, well not John Bonham of course.

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  6. So glad he made it that far. That shows what persistence can do!

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    1. He's an old pup now, but still a handsome fellow.

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  8. Optimism can be over rated, but keeping your eye on the prize and and always moving toward the goal can never be ignored. The first step to getting in the game is suiting up and getting on the sidelines.

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    1. I believe you can stay grounded and remain tenacious. I think just getting into the school and then getting on the team is a tremendous victory, Driller.

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    1. Yes, Quirky, sometimes we need a happy reminder like this.

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  10. Oh, that is so wonderful, way to go Bug Boy, you did it! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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    1. We hope he gets to play at some point but getting there is the victory, really.

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  11. Hello, love the photos of your Bug Boy. Congrats to him, I hope he gets to play too. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

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    1. Hello to you, you talented bird woman. It looks like a good one again here, and I'm really starting to notice the color changes, best of both worlds.

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  12. Exciting for him to be on the team. Congrats.

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    1. It is exciting, Judy. Lots of injuries for the away game against BYU this week, but none of them wide receivers.

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    1. He is an adorable kid and a very hard worker.

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  14. Go Bug Boy! Sounds like he has a great attitude and good for him. That will take him farther in life than a lot of things. Thanks for linking up today and have a great weekend! Hope to see you back again next week!

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    1. He does have a great attitude and this happened after he thought he no longer had a chance, so it's all the sweeter.

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  15. YAY! Congratulations to your nephew -- obviously he has character as well as good looks and talent.

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    1. Glad to hear from you Sallie, hoping you didn't go up in smoke, will check in on you soon. He is a good looking kid, as is his brother.

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  16. Hi Jeanna, excellent! You must be so proud of him! It would have been so easy for him to give up, but it just goes to show what can be achieved if you don't! Your cousin may not be so impressed by you sharing that top photo, but it is rather cute!

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.

    XX

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    1. Oh no, I'm pretty sure he doesn't know I've posted this Debbie. He'd care more about the photo where he's all sweaty from playing on motorcycles with his uncle, especially since I already made fun of him for wearing a head band. I'm a bad cousin. (:

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