HUSKER DAN’S BIG RED NOTEBOOK

Categories: 2018 Football

CARRIKER CARE

I just pulled up Adam Carriker’s current “Carriker Cronicles” post and to my surprise, #90 was sporting a Husker Fans Salute The Troops tee shirt!  Thanks for the plug, Adam!
And speaking of Husker Salute, we will be hosting our Fifth Annual Husker Fans Salute The Troops Golf Scramble in June.
GOLF SCRAMBLE
Salute is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that honors veterans, troopers, wounded warriors and Gold Star Families with a weekend (October 13-14th) of Husker football at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska.
To help fund the fall event, we are holding a golf scramble in Ashland, Nebraska in June.
Here are the details:
DATE:                     Friday, June 29th
PLACE:                  Ashland Golf Club
                                 Ashland, NE (just off Hwy. 6 between Omaha and                                           Lincoln)
TIME:                    11:00 a.m. Shotgun start
SPEAKER:            Husker Running Backs Coach, Ryan Held
TO REGISTER:    On line:  www.huskersalute.org
QUESTIONS:        Contact event chairman, Mike Spinharney
                                  402-639-4778
There will be some awesome hole prizes, great door prizes and some really good food and beverages.  There will be a group of former Husker football players who will be signing autographs and posing for pictures.  Don’t miss out on this great event!
WE’RE 62!  WE’RE 62!
Proof that spring is here is the appearance of the very first dandelion that pops up in my yard right after the last snowflake of the year has melted.  And like dandelions are to the arrival of spring, the first pre-season Husker magazine announcing the start of the 2018 football season has already hit the newsstands.
And so I glommed on to a copy of Athlon’s College Pre-season mag this afternoon.
I’ve just started reading it, but thumbing through the pages, I saw that in its section that ranks new coaches, Scott Frost is listed as #1!!!  Way to go Coach!
But upon further review, I noticed that Nebraska is picked (are you ready for this?).  Number 62.  Yup.  That’s behind such teams as UCF (#31), Iowa and Iowa State (#35th and #36th, respectfully), Navy (#47) and Army (#57).  Sigh…
If this lack of respect (who can blame the pollsters?) doesn’t motivate this year’s Husker team, I don’t know what will.
TUNNEL WALK
Yesterday, I spoke with Keith Mann (UNL Assistant A.D./Communications) about whether there was any discussion about changing the current Tunnel Walk Music.
The answer, according to Keith is, no.  There is no action in the bullpen at the moment.  I also shared with him the input that I’ve received from many readers (and you know who you are) who appear to be more inclined now to want a change than they were several years ago.  Back then, my mail ran 10-1 against making a change, while my latest poll (2 weeks ago) has eroded to a 55-45 for keeping the music as it is.
I got to wondering why there was a lessening of love for the current Tunnel Walk Music.  Maybe (and I’m just guessing) the reason lies in the fact that the existing music has lost some of its luster due to the weakening of the Husker football program.  During the “Glory Years”, the Alan Parsons Project really got the crowd fired up because everyone knew it was going to be a long day (or night) for the opponent who had to come into Memorial Stadium.
But since the bite has been taken out of the program, maybe that’s why people think a change in music is necessary.
I dunno.  I’m just speculating.  I would think the powers-that-be should wait at least one season to see how the program performs.
“ONLY” DOUBLE DIGITS
It’s now “only” 90 some days until the start of the 2018 Husker football season.  The bad part is that I’m afraid the days will be moving at a glacial pace until September 1st.  But why is it that when the season does finally begin, the weeks go at Warp Speed?  Sigh…
You may contact the writer at HuskerDan@cox.net
Husker Dan

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