How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother has been one of the two tv shows on in the last 7-9 years that I've watched religously and its in my top 5 series of all time.  After Monday's finale, I've heard good and bad on the net, via text and in conversation about the How I Met Your Mother ended.  

We all knew how Lilly and Marshall were going to end up with all the fast forwards through out the 9 seasons with Marshall being a judge and so forth.  


I didn't see the curve of Robin and Barney getting divorced but I'm not at all surprised by it based on the strenght of their personalites that were built through the seasons.  I am shocked though that the whole build up of Season 9 was built around their wedding or at their wedding and to do that in the finale after this season, that did shock me.  

I really liked how Barney's story arc ended.  Him having a daughter is the only thing that could slow him down from his life style.

I had a feeling that the "Mother" may die in the end, no shock there, but when Ted and the Mother interacted at the Farhampton train stop under the umbrella when the actually met.  That is where we should have gone to the kids and said, "and that is how I met your mother".   Perfect, end of story.  

As those of us though that have seen the finale, do we really need more Ted and Robin where we were given that to start, then end it and back again?  

But the story is over, the show is done.  With the zoom into the future I'm guessing we won't have a reunion show.   So with that, my top 5 HIMYM moments/episodes.

1.  Ted/Tracy (mother) met - Like I said this is perfect interaction between the two.  Close screen there.  Perfect.  

2.  Marshall's dad dies - The show went serious here.  Marshall's dad was/is his best friend.  This scene shows it.

3.  Robin Sparkles  - Wanna go to the mall?

4.  Barney's Love of his Life - Perfect ending for Barney as mentioned above.  

5.  The Super Bowl - As much as the show was how about Ted met the mother of his kids, this was HIMYM was basically Cheers, Seinfeld or Friends...it was about friends and being together and enjoying life with those closest to you.  The Super Bowl episode showed it.  
      The gang misses the Super Bowl and plan to DVR it and void being spoiled and watch it together Monday afterwards.  They all find out what happened.  But ultimately? It didn’t really matter. “I don’t remember who won. Hell, I don’t even remember who played. What I do remember is that we drank beer, we ate wings and we watched the Super Bowl together,” says Ted, the narrator, in a voiceover at the end of the episode. “Because sometimes, even if you know how something’s gonna end, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ride.”


2014 Summer Movies

The BIG popcorn movies seem to stretch a little earlier to avoid each other for weekend box offices, so I’m gonna have to adjust the Summer Movie Awards to reach to spring months.

The list of this year of potential movies I'll see in theater (I won't get to all of them) - Captain America : The Winter Soldier ; Rio 2 ; Draft Day ; Transcendence ; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ; Neighbors ; Chef ; X-Men Days of Future Past ; Maleficent ; How to Train Your Dragon 2 ; Transformers 4 ; Tammy ; Planes 2 ; Guardians of the Galaxy ; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ; Expendables 3.

I’m a little more excited since my kids are getting older, they are getting more into the non-cartoon movies and I get to share a few of the movies with them. My boy’s most excited for the Ninja Turtles. I will say I’m kinda curious as to how that will come out too. I’m not that big on what Michael Bay does to some of these franchises and well Megan Fox. But if it focuses on the Turtles it’s all good!  Addyson is excited about Maleficent though I wonder if it will scare her any.
X-Men and Captain America 2 are my most anticipated ones.


Get Away

Life brings about a lot of challenges, professional and personal. It basically is weight on our shoulders that we need to balance out. That is one hon give never been great at.  

This year Ive decided that I'm getting away some where to relax. I wanted Boston in the end of June/beginning of July for the Cubs-RedSox but I just don't think that money wise that is going to happen now.  I have a friend getting married in Mexico that I'm now going to look at, and also Vegas is an option.  

On top of that there I'm going to try to find a place, along with Clear Lake, for me and the kids to go.   We'll see where 2014 takes us.


Big Ten Awards - Week 14

Team of the Week : Penn StateAll Wisconsin had to do was beat a 5-6 team at home and they had most likely a 4th trip to the Rose Bowl in the bag.  Penn State showed up and Bill O’Brien’s teams dominated the Badgers.  It wasn’t close.  When O’Brien gets his full allotment of scholarships and bowl eligibility back, the Nittany Lions will be back very quick.

Game of the Week : Ohio State 42  Michigan 41 : The Game lived up to the hype!  The national media will rip Ohio State for “struggling” with Michigan, just so they can get a 1 loss SEC team in the Championship game (looking at you ESPN).  But this game is a game they can play over and over and over again and you can always throw out the records.  Michigan came back on their arch rival and had a chance, and I like the call, to win with a 2 point conversion when Gardner’s pass being picked off.

Player of the Week : James Morris / Anthony Hitchens / Christian Kirksey  Iowa Linebackers :  The 3 of the senior Iowa linebackers, and the Iowa Defense, controlled the Huskers all day, and totally lit up Ron Kellogg.  28 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, 2 Interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.  These 3 have been the rock in Iowa’s D all year long and they held the Big Ten’s leading rusher to 85 yards.  These 3 will be missed next year.