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About Sage Thornbrugh

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Sage Thornbrugh

Global Studies/Political Science

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Sage Thornbrugh: scholar, athlete, video game enthusiast, German when I want to be, American when I have to be. Spent thirteen years of my incredibly fascinating life in Vilseck, Germany, which somehow led me to this place named Concordia College. I’m not a big fan of the cold, but I’m a fan of most things Concordia. I play soccer here, I work here, I study here; there’s not many things I do that aren’t related to the college. Maybe you’ll find something I ramble on about half-interesting.

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Back in Germany

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on April 18th, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Back in Germany
My dad frequently takes selfies with our dogs when he's back in Oklahoma.

My dad frequently takes selfies with our dogs when he’s back in Oklahoma.

My dad flew back to Germany yesterday, arriving at about five in the morning according to German time. After having been in the United States for a significant period of time for work and other such necessities, he will spend an extended period of a few months in Germany, before making an eventual return to Oklahoma to begin working again. Right now he’s probably back sleeping in his old bed, about to wake up and enjoy the nice German weather–it’s about 70 degrees there right now. Takes notes, Fargo/Moorhead.

All of this has been reminding me of the fact that I will be heading back pretty soon. After finishing up the rest of the semester, I will be working here for a few weeks, before making a two week to return to Germany to see my sister graduate, and to attend Rock im Park, which is a huge music festival held annually in Nürnberg. I’m pretty jealous that my dad is back right now, and I’m very excited to come back and see some family and old friends for a little bit. It’s going to be a pretty sweet little two week trip. I just have to focus on finishing school first.

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The End of an Era

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on April 18th, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on The End of an Era
Würst Bier Hall was a pretty great place to spend our last dinner.

Würst Bier Hall was a pretty great place to spend our last dinner.

In order to celebrate the coming conclusion of our school year, we Cobbloggers took a short trip across the river to get some grub at Würst Bier Hall. The end of the academic year was not the only thing we were commemorating, however. Unfortunately, the Cobblog will no longer be continued after the end of this school year. On the bright side, a good portion of the Cobbloggers have decided to work with Laura Caroon and the Communications and Marketing Department as we start a new blog project next year, which will be more of a formal blog than the Cobblog has been.

It’s been fun, though! To be quite honest, I don’t know how many people have read my blogs because I haven’t looked at the statistics portion of the WordPress, but I know that people have read it because people will come up to me on campus sharing their thoughts about my most recent posts. The new blog will get more views, I think. I’m going to miss the Cobblog, though. We’ve certainly made some good memories together as a team, and I know that Deetzy and I will definitely remember a lot of our blogs for some time into the future.

**This is not the last Cobblog post, however. It’s just commemorating our final dinner together as a Cobblog crew.

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Another Chelsea Game

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on April 18th, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Another Chelsea Game
Ben Deetz and I signed up for presale, so that we could get tickets before the general sale went public.

Ben Deetz and I signed up for presale, so that we could get tickets before the general sale went public.

As it turns out, I will be seeing another Chelsea Football Club game this summer. Ben Deetz, friend and fellow Cobblogger, noticed through an online advertisement that Chelsea are coming to Minneapolis to play A.C. Milan, an Italian professional club. We just bought our tickets today and ended up with some really good seats.

On a bigger scale, I’m very excited for the summer as a whole. Going back to Germany, sister graduating, watching another Chelsea game, going to Rock im Park again: they’re all going to be good fun. It’s just such a shame that I have all of these things concretely planned and we haven’t even finished the academic year yet.

The Chelsea game will be fun though. I watched them play last summer when we were in London, where they played a game against Fiorentina (another professional Italian club). Chelsea lost 1-0 on that night, unfortunately.

I’m not sure what will happen this summer in terms of the final score. After enduring their worst season in a very long time, the club is due for some player and staff restructuring, meaning that there may well be a whole new team identitiy come the summer. Chelsea already have a new manager in place for the coming season, and there will be player movement in and out of the club. Though I don’t know for sure what kind of Chelsea I’ll be watching, it will certainly be a blast to watch my favorite team play again. Especially when it’s on U.S. soil this time.

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Video Game Nonsense

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on March 26th, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Video Game Nonsense
Ben Deetz and I tried to do the Easter Egg by ourselves the other night. We were unsuccessful.

Ben Deetz and I tried to do the Easter Egg by ourselves the other night. We were unsuccessful.

Teammate, friend, roommate, and fellow Cobblogger Ben Deetz and I have been working very hard recently. We have been trying to complete what is known in video games as an “Easter Egg,” which is a hidden feature in a video game, aimed to keep consistent players interested in other aspects of the game. Rather than staying stuck on one certain part of the game, then, the creators give you a hidden challenge, which is usually fairly difficult to accomplish, but is very rewarding.

The Easter Egg we have been attempting to finish, though, is just becoming a nuisance at this point. We’ve tried multiple times now, with a number of players ranging from two to four, and are still left empty-handed. It probably seems to most outside observers that this would be a pretty minuscule thing to become frustrated over. In all honesty, that’s probably a fair point. However, for a house full of gamers, to consistently fail at something that you really want to accomplish is just annoying.

None of this means that we will be giving up any time soon, though. We absolutely will give it another shot once everybody reconvenes at campus, and we will keep trying until we achieve what we set out to do a couple of weeks ago. I will report back with results soon, hopefully.

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Cobber Premier League

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on March 26th, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Cobber Premier League
The initial email from Ben, which had the incorrect statistics on it! Tsk tsk.

The initial email from Ben, which had the incorrect statistics on it! Tsk tsk.

With the presence of Spring–if you can call this a Spring–comes the men’s soccer spring season. Despite being hurt for an extended period of time now (plantar fasciitis), Kathleen, our athletic trainer, allowed me to play for over half of our practice on Tuesday. I am very thankful to her for that; to finally play again was such a liberating feeling. I felt as though I had been locked up in chains all Winter, only allowed the temporary and unsatisfactory freedom of indoor soccer or futsal.

I had so much energy out there to burn that I couldn’t stop running around. I was chasing balls left and right, chasing players all around the pitch, and just having a good time in general. It felt incredible to be able to play outside again.

One of the nice things about Spring is that we have our Spring intra-team tournament, cleverly titled the Cobber Premier League. After an underwhelming opening day of practice in which I couldn’t participate, our team went 0-4 in the first round of games. I was cleared by our trainer to play in two of our games during our second session, though, and we went 2-2. It felt good to be able to finally play, but it felt even better to help the team get some wins!

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