WIN "CALLA-FRANCHIONE BOWL", 36-14
BIG WED WAP-UP
Saturday was one of the most beautiful fall afternoons I can ever remember
at Memorial Stadium. There wasn't a cloud in the bright, blue sky. Temps
at kickoff were in the 70s. The atmosphere was festive-due mainly to the
appoitment, last week, of Tom Osborne as the interim A.D. at UNL. In fact,
many fans were so excited to have Osborne back, they sported "Got
Tom?" and "T.O. (Tradition and Order)" T-shirts. The shirts
were selling like Hannah Montana tickets all week.
Husker fans who were hoping the Wizard of Oz's magic might be enough to
give the beleagured Huskers a win, unfortunately left the game disappointed.
Oh, Osborne's magic did seem to work in the first half as the Huskers
held a lead for the first time since the 4th quarter of the Iowa State
game three weeks ago. The Aggies scored a TD on their first possession,
but missed the extra point. The Huskers answered with a nice drive that
put them ahead, 7-6.
The lead was short-lived. The Aggies kicked a field goal (our defense
actually held!) and A&M led 9-7. The Aggies scored again, making it
16-7. And just before the half ended, the Huskers scored again, pulling
within two at 16-14. There would be no first half meltdown this week.
But the second half had yet to start.
Sadly, the Huskers 2nd quarter TD was the last the Huskers would score
the rest of the day. The game was over when the Aggies took the opening
kickoff of the second half and drove 80 yards to extend its lead to 23-14.
The Great and Powerful Oz has spoken. No personnel changes will be considered
until after the season, Osborne announced last week at his press conference.
So no matter how you feel about the coaching, the inept play calling,
execution and the double-digit losses that are sure to continue, there
is nothing any of us can do about it.
It's like a trip to your proctologist. You know you have to do it; you
know it will be uncomfortable; you know it'll soon be over and you know
you'll feel better when it's finished.
With road games at Texas, Kansas and Colorado and one home game with K-State,
you have to ask the question, where are two more wins-heck, where is one
more win? The prospect of a 4-8 season is too real for stunned Husker
But don't fret. Just relax. In about 5 weeks, the Husker football program
will be headed in a different direction.
HUSKER DAN'S ARMY UPDATE
A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to keep Big Red Betty in your prayers
as she continues her battle with cancer. Betty lives in Lincoln, California
and is a huge Husker fan (and a very knowledgeable one, too). She has
been a contributor to Husker Dan's Army in the past and just recently
sent another check for HDA. Even in her crisis, she managed to think of
our men and women who are serving in harm's way in the Middle East.
Betty, you are one in a zillion! We can not thank you enough. I know all
of Husker Pride Worldwide, is praying for you.
AROUND THE WORLD
Kenlon Johannes, with the Northeast Kansans for Nebraska, emailed me today
with the following update: Since Husker Dan's Army began about a year
and a half ago, HDA has sent over $2,300 worth of Husker Care Packages
Donations have come from as far away as Shanghai, China. We've also received
checks from Colorado, California, Washington state, Virginia, Iowa, Nebraska
We've had also had donations from the following UNL Alumni Groups:
Nebraska (Wichita, KS)
For Nebraska (Topeka, KS)
The Oregonians For Nebraska
I would like to issue a challenge to the other UNL Alumni Groups through
out the country to join in the cause. Remember, for every $100.00 we raise,
a Husker Care Package full of Husker memorabilia (T-shirts, sweatshirts,
caps, media guides etc.) is shipped by the Red Zone in Omaha to any soldier
who asks to be put on Husker Dan's Army list.
Make your checks payable to:
Husker Dan's Army
Send your checks to:
Northeast Kansans For Nebraska
Att: Bob Elliott
3405 SW Atwood Avenue
Topeka, KS 66614
Any soldier who writes me, will also receive free of charge, Husker game
day DVDs (courtesy of UNL's HuskerVision under the direction of Shot Kleen).
So if you are serving in the military in Iraq, Afghanistan etc, let me
hear from you. God bless you and your mission!
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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