Posts filed under ‘football’

The dumping of the iPhone photos, part 2


Spoiled puppy

Beautiful day for a Bearcat football game

To a sold-out crowd of more than 10,000!

The 100th anniversary of the Administration Building at Northwest

I think my reading pile has gotten a little out of hand ...

One of the last garden harvests for the season ūüė¶

Preparing to play tennis ... badly

Attempting to make green tomato pickles (another post for another day)

A view from my drive to work every day


October 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

The emptying of the iPhone photos

American Archaeology, AKA the American Pickers place, in LeClaire, Iowa

Danielle, who runs the place, and the inside of the American Pickers' place

The lighthouse in Clinton, Iowa

A view from an overlook in Eagle Point Park in Clinton, Iowa

Creepy soap dispenser at my grandma's house. Haha. Any guesses as to what that animal is supposed to be?

Sweet Netta-B in one of our flea-market find chairs

Rufus cuddling on the couch with me on a sick day

There are no words for how much I love game day at Pittsburg State University

Go Gorillas!

Library in the distance

Rufus and I watching the Pitt State game on TV

October 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

Why the VW ad is so effective

Every year, I say I’m going to watch the Super Bowl and pay attention all the way through. Apparently, I forget my ADD media consumption every year. So, as usual, I’ve spent most of the Super Bowl so far on Twitter, on, reading Tag Surfer on WordPress and checking weather updates for tomorrow. Oh, and kind of watching the game.

Most of the ads so far this year have been lackluster at best. The Doritos ad elicited a slight chuckle, but the CGI was so ridiculous that it made the ad feel cheap. There were too many pantsless men for my taste (and unattractive pantsless men at that). Boost Mobile’s ad looked like it was shot on an iPhone with 5 minutes of planning – all in all, a pretty pathetic showing. Notable exceptions: Coca Cola. This might be because they’re basically advertising to me – I love the Simpsons and am dying to go on a Safari. ETrade – the talking babies are always great. And best of all (at least, as of 7:45) – the VW ad.

Why was the VW ad the perfect Super Bowl ad? For one, it was funny, and it got your attention. But most importantly, it drew upon an experience that everyone has had with the brand – who hasn’t played slug bug? By drawing on your memories of this game, it not only brings a nostalgic feeling, but it also highlights that the bug is not their only notable product offering. Way to go, VW. Hope other companies begin to show the same advertising adeptness.

Speaking of advertising adeptness – let’s talk a brief moment about This company could not have generated more buzz for themselves during the Super Bowl if they had bought out every commercial spot tonight. By making the brilliant Brand Bowl Web site they are showing their amazing Web creation skills, they are emphasizing that they have a finger on the pulse of what social media users are saying, and they are generating more conversations than both football teams combined. It’s been fascinating to watch the overwhelming stream of reaction to the ads and to be an observer of instant focus groups. Making following this uncountable data that much easier has been Mullen’s remarkable achievement. Bravo.

February 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

Strategic planning, Super Bowl and sappiness

The Super Bowl is tomorrow, which can really only mean one thing – delicious snacks and hilarious ads. Oh, and I suppose a football game as well.

We have pulled pork sliders on the menu for tomorrow, complete with slowcooked brown sugar coated pork, coleslaw, bread and butter pickles and cheese all on hot rolls. Yum. I think the food is enough to make me forget that the Vikings didn’t make the Super Bowl.

Today started off with the first of many Northwest Missouri Dream Factory strategic planning meetings. I have the honor of leading the strategic planning meetings, and later writing the plan as well as the marketing plan. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help establish the objectives for this fantastic charity, and it is exciting to think what the future may hold for our organization. My main goal is to increase awareness of our group and raise our profile in Northwest Missouri. Check out our Facebook fan page here, and read about dream child Hayden here.

Tonight, my sweet husband kept me company as I worked on craft projects in the kitchen. (More on this later) He put music on his iPhone and we began to boogie across the hardwood floors. When the project was finished, we chilled on the couch and watched The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which has to be one of my new favorite movies. The animation is incredible, and this movie is one of those great kids movies that is written with enough intelligence to be good for adults, too. Lazy Saturdays are my favorite. We’re still just hanging on the couch, watching the Eukanuba National Championship and squealing over the cute dogs. (Come on, Cairn Terrier!)

It never ceases to amaze me how well Matt and I mesh together, despite having very different personalities. We are coming up on our 2-year anniversary, and it feels like we got married yesterday, and like we’ve been married forever at the same time. I am so thankful for my goofy husband who willingly goes to craft stores with me, who loves animated movies as much as I do, and who is always up for a spontaneous dance-off.

So , in honor of the love of my life, one of my favorite poems:

by John Donne

AS virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say,
“Now his breath goes,” and some say, “No.”

So let us melt, and make no noise,                                       5
No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move ;
‘Twere profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our love.

Moving of th’ earth brings harms and fears ;
Men reckon what it did, and meant ;                              10
But trepidation of the spheres,
Though greater far, is innocent.

Dull sublunary lovers’ love
‚ÄĒWhose soul is sense‚ÄĒcannot admit
Of absence, ’cause it doth remove¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 15
The thing which elemented it.

But we by a love so much refined,
That ourselves know not what it is,
Inter-assurèd of the mind,
Care less, eyes, lips and hands to miss.                           20

Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to aery thinness beat.

If they be two, they are two so                                          25
As stiff twin compasses are two ;
Thy soul, the fix’d foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if th’ other do.

And though it in the centre sit,
Yet, when the other far doth roam,                                30
It leans, and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home.

Such wilt thou be to me, who must,
Like th’ other foot, obliquely run ;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,                                    35
And makes me end where I begun.

February 7, 2010 at 1:10 am Leave a comment

KU vs. KState vs. Division II

Saturday night, Matt and I met with some of our oldest and dearest friends to watch the KU vs. KState showdown at Ameristar casino in KC. Some of our friends went to KU, and some to KState – ensuring an exciting night of basketball watching. There were even divided family allegiances. Myself, I was rooting for KU as I always do, but especially now that I’m married. My husband loves, LOVES KU basketball and is not a fan of KState. If purple had been victorious, the whole night would have been a disaster.

The whole episode – cheering with hundreds of strangers in a bar for a nationally televised team, hundreds of miles away from the actual universities involved, was surreal. My husband and I both went to Pittsburg State University, a medium-sized division II school in the “real” Pittsburg – Pittsburg, KS. And we loved every minute of it. The Gorillas have been a national football powerhouse (well, OK – this year not included. But we’re going to pretend this football season never happened) for decades, and they finished second in the nation one of the years we were at school there. I now work for Northwest Missouri State University, home of the 2009 National Champion Bearcat football team. (And national champion cheerleading team too, for that matter) Bearcat games are also a blast – at least, until they play Pitt State. Divided allegiances make for awkward games of unsure cheering. Bearcat games, like Gorilla games, involve jampacked, state of the art stadiums with thousands of cheering fans and an up-close view of the game.

Having been to division I school football and basketball games, and division II, I’m not afraid to say: There is nothing on earth as fun as a division II athletic event. First of all, all students get in free. Yes, free. I love the democratic nature of division II athletics. Students pay thousands of dollars to attend their colleges – they should be entitled to go to sporting events free. Those who aren’t current students get in for nominal cost – usually under $10. This means you have all kinds of members of the community pouring into the stands for games, kids in tow. People who would never be able to afford tickets to a division I game.

Plus, the smaller, more intimate size means you always have a great view of the action. You can take your picture with the mascots at every game. You are surrounded by some of your closest friends. You can afford to attend every game in a season. You know some or many of the players personally. Former players don’t go pro as often, they stick around the area and contribute back to the region.

Division II programs, even Division II powerhouse programs, are not as rich as Division I programs. Most of the players have received no scholarship money. Many have come from small high schools nearby. Graduation rates are much higher than they are in Division I schools, too. These kids are playing because they want to be a Bearcat, they want to be a Gorilla – they’re not (in most cases) playing for the chance to go pro.

Here’s what I also love. When I was at Pitt State, there was no more heated football rival than Northwest Missouri State University. And now, here I am, an ardent Pitt State football fan AND an ardent Northwest Bearcat fan. Can you say that about many KU and KStaters?

So yes, it’s so much fun to get together in crowded bars with lots of strangers and cheer for a national, bandwagon team. And your friends may look at you funny when you talk about your love of division II sports. They may not know your mascot, or what color your team is. But it doesn’t matter. Come game time, you and 8,000 of your closest friends march into the stadium for an experience that money can’t buy.

I guess this is a weird tie-in with a craft blog, but in a way it isn’t. There is craft in a beautifully orchestrated football play, and nothing more heartfelt than the passion of division II alums.

Coworkers with the Northwest 2009 National Championship trophy. Photo by Darren Whitley.

Gus Gorilla

February 1, 2010 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

About me

My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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