H U S K E R D A N
STORY II: HUSKERS TRAMPLE TROJANS 56-0
HUSKER DAN'S ARMY
Readers: As many of you know, HDA began when a young soldier, stationed
in Iraq, wrote me two years ago requesting Husker memorabilia that he
could hand out to Iraqi children. Husker fans responded enthusiastically
to his request.
Since then, there have been many other soldiers who have written asking
for Husker game day tapes, videos and Husker memorabilia. Together with
the help of the Northeast Kansans For Nebraska (http://neks4nebraska.org/),
we have put together a program designed to help our soldiers get Husker
Care Packages. HuskerVision, under the direction of Shot Kleen, has
made it possible for our soldiers to receive game day DVDs at no charge
to the soldiers. The Husker Elvises have donated autographed posters;
the Red Zone in Omaha is giving HDA a special discount for Husker items
and is providing free shipping to the Middle East for all the packages
For every $100.00 we receive in donations, we send a Husker Care Package
to a needy soldier. Donations to HDA have been steady, but haven't been
enough to handle all the requests.
What is interesting is that family members of soldiers who are serving
in the Middle East have donated money to The Cause. Now, think about
that for a minute, if you will. Their loved ones are already in harm's
way and the family members are willing to donate money to HDA. It seems
to me that these family members are already making enough sacrifices.
Husker fans, are you listening? Please help out this great cause with
your donations. Go to the Northeast Kansans For Nebraska web
site, to see how you can become a member of Husker Dan's Army.
The following are some messages we've received about Husker Dan's Army:
(From Sgt. Joshua Howard [Iraq] to Gary McGirr [NEKansans For Nebraska])
We got the games...they are awesome. Thank you so much Gary.
From some other Husker soldiers:
Just wanted to let you guys know that 4 out of 5 guys reported that
they got the DVDs for LA Tech. Mission accomplished.
My husband is currently serving in Iraq and asked that I find a way
to get him tapes of Husker football games. I found your name and list
of the articles that you had written on the Internet. I am very impressed
by the support that you all have given the military serving overseas.
I hope that I am not imposing by asking for tapes of the games (possibly
some memorabilia) to be sent to my husband and his fellow soldiers
in Iraq. He has limited access to the Internet or he would have requested
Love and Peace,
P.S. Jennifer said Toby would love to hear from Husker fans. His email
address is: Toby.Davis1@us.army.mil
His mailing address is:
SSG Toby Davis
C Co./ 4-23 IN Regt.
APO AE 09322
Jennifer: Bless you
and your husband for the sacrifices you and your family are making.
We'll get Toby taken care of as soon as we can.
(The following was sent to Betty in Lincoln, CA by one of the soldiers
in Afghanistan. Betty was one of the first to contribute to HDA.)
Thanks in advance for your donation. I look forward to receiving the
shipment. We are stationed deep in SE Afghanistan training the Afghan
Army. When the Afghans get trained to defend their country, we go
home. The Taliban are very active in this area and we face danger
quite a few days out of the month. Our forward operating base is under
construction. We have very few amenities. We have no TV and cook our
own meals out of a building that looks like a hunting cabin. Life
here is hard. The wind blows the dust constantly. The days are hot
and it is hard to get washed away and are slow going. Nothing will
raise the spirits more here than to enjoy some college football...especially
Nebraska football. Thanks again. We are looking forward to receiving
Major Doug Bogenhagen
41st Brigade Combat Team
Army National Guard
BIG WED WAP-UP
Troy was the perfect cure a Husker hangover that resulted in the aftermath
of last week's loss at Southern Cal. All week, I sensed that to the
players and coaches, the Troy game couldn't come fast enough.
One of the characteristics of Tom Osborne's teams was their ability,
after tough losses, to play intense and inspired football the next
week. I'm not suggesting this program is at the level of TO's, but
the Huskers added an exclamation point to the win Saturday night in
Lincoln. Concerns about the Huskers going into a tailspin after last
week's loss to the "other" Trojans, quickly vanished on
the opening drive of the game. The Huskers never let up all night
and cruised to a surprising 56-0 win over a reasonably good Troy team.
The line blasted open holes big enough for Rosie O'Donnell to run
through. Marlon Lucky showed great speed and change of direction that
left defenders grasping at thin air.
To be sure, it was a great night for Husker football. There is something
special, almost magical about a Husker night game in Lincoln. Rain
had been predicted, but despite 3 or 4 minutes of very light mist,
the night was perfect.
I thought that two things would happen in the Troy game that night.
First, one of the running backs would have a breakout game and second,
the Huskers would come out of the chute breathing fire. Both things
Mrs. Husker Dan was going to go to the game with me, but because of
the weather reports, decided not to go. So what's a guy to do with
an extra ticket? Sell it, of course.
I knew was going to have to sit by myself (awwwww), but I'd come to
the game with a couple of buddies, so the thought of sitting by myself
was fine. I made it to my seat in the East Stadium and sat next to
a young lady named Erin who had bought my ticket from the guy I sold
it to. It turns out that she had come to the game with her family
and found herself having to sit by herself, too. Her family was in
the West Stadium.
Erin said she grew up in Clarinda, Iowa, but now lives in Des Moines.
She told me that her dad made sure she was raised in the proper Cornhusker
fashion. Erin and I had a good time yelling, cheering and high-fiving
each other after each great play made by the Huskers.
Memorial Stadium during game day, is a great place to be. To be sure,
there are no strangers. Wherever you sit, there are many Husker fans
with whom you can share your Husker experience. Truly, there is no
place like Nebraska.
Erin admitted that she had never heard of Huskerpedia or Husker Dan.
So I quickly got her up to speed! She promised to become a Huskerpedia
regular. To Erin's dad: You have raised a good Husker fan, but more
importantly, you have raised a very fine young lady.
FROM THE EMAIL BAG:
I was perusing the Huskerpedia site a while back, and saw some kudos
you threw my way. I appreciate the kind words. We'll be doing some
more humorous Husker profiles within the next month. Oh, and if you
ever want to plug my blog, go right ahead: http://www.ketv.com/ssb/index.html
See? You pat someone on the back, and then he wants a massage. Best
of luck and thanks.
KETV Channel 7
Matt: Consider it done.
A HUSKER DAN IMPOSTOR?
Kent Pavelka, who used to be the voice of Husker basketball and football
for many years, was just named the new voice of Husker basketball,
succeeding Randy Lee. Kent wrote me saying he read something recently
on a basketball blog from a guy who calls himself Husker Dan. The
impostor's comments were not particularly flattering of Kent. I told
Kent that if he ever saw anything posted on any blog, it did not come
from me. I don't look at blogs and I NEVER would post anything on
one. I barely even have time to do this column. So if you find something
on a blog from someone claiming to be Husker Dan, the dude is an impostor.
Okay, so I messed up last week. I really, really do know how so spell
Lyell Bremser's first name. Thank you very much.
HUSKER DAN SEZ
All week, Husker players and coaches have been downplaying this Saturday's
Big 12 opener with the Kansas Jayhawks. The Husker coaches are trying
to get all of us to buy into the "we're not even thinking about
the 40-15 loss last year at Lawrence" nonsense. You can bet the
40-15 score has been displayed prominently all week.
This is not going to be a revenge game for the Huskers, but rather
a game of redemption. Credit the Jayhawks for playing a great game
last year. But this year, the Huskers want to prove that last year
was an aberration. The two programs find themselves this season, going
in opposite directions. The Jayhawks are struggling, while the Huskers,
who have gone 6-1 since the two teams met last year in Lawrence, are
getting better each week.
Kansas will need to see a proctologist after this baby. Huskers will
roll Saturday night to a jam-packed Memorial Stadium.
If you'd like to give Husker Dan a piece
of your mind you may email Husker Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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