My first grandchild - Colton Ray - came into this world Nov. 27 at nine pounds and seven ounces.
He, father Clint and mother Ashley are all doing fine. Luckily, Colton appears to look more like his mother.
Contrary to popular belief, he didn't arrive wearing a Red Wings jersey or a pair of fishing waders.
I did advise Clint to put a football into his son's crib, however. A baby that size may become a bruiser of a football player.
Pretty soon, my son and I will begin chanting "Lions ... Lions ... Lions ..." anytime we're near his crib so Colton won't become a Packers' fan. You can't be too careful, or start too early.
And if we can ever pry him away from the clutches of the Lovely Linda Lou, we might be able to begin his indoctrination as a hockey fan in general and a Detroit Red Wings zealot in particular.
One can only hope.
If he could understand, I'd tell Colton:
- The Lions will win a Super Bowl championship in your lifetime. Chances are good they won't do it in mine.
- The Detroit Pistons will someday return to prominence in the NBA. It may take a while, but the current rebuilding program will bear fruit.
- Always support Michigan State University athletics. No matter what your great aunt Lynne says, never support the University of Michigan, aka The Evil Empire. Don't be tempted by the dark side of the Force.
- When you become a Detroit Tigers fan, and you will if your close relatives have anything to say about it, stars Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera will be nearing the twilight of their careers. But rookies Avisail Garcia and Nick Castellanos could be just coming into their own, if the Tigers don't trade them.
- Go fishing a lot. It's fun, relaxing and nice to be outdoors. Your dad, uncle Connor, your grandpa Jim and I will no doubt see to it fishing becomes a big part of your life.
- Your dad was a good baseball player and he's not too bad at fastpitch softball, either. I hope he throws grounders at you like I did with him for so many years.
- Be nice to people, obey your mom and dad, and do your best when you start school. Academics are important.
- You're a native Yooper. Be proud of that fact.
Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.