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About the title: My daughter has been in the midst of potty training her 23 month old daughter, Ella.  She has already mastered the tinkling part, but still has a way to go on the other half of the assignment.  So my daughter sent me a picture of Ella sitting on the potty, a book resting on her lap.  The title of the picture is, "Waiting For Number 2".
And now you know, the rest of the story.  (Relax, I don't think the title will be a metaphor for the 2009 football season.)  Besides, most Husker fans will be looking for another kind of pot this fall.  Read on.
Husker fans are eagerly awaiting the debut of the second year of the Reign of Bo Pelini.  Husker fans are hoping that, as legend has it, there will be a pot of gold at the end of this year's Reign Bo.
Here are some observations I have of the 2009 Husker team, just weeks away from the opener.
The Huskers:
1.)  Will win the BT North division.
2.)  Will be in every game this season.
3.)  With the loss of Kody Spano, will be thin at QB, but will be good enough to win most games-if Zac Lee stays healthy.
4.)  Despite the loss of Nate Swift and Todd Peterson, the receiving corps will be very good.  Look for the tight ends to continue to improve.
4.)  Will be much better on special teams.
5.)  Will lose OC Shawn Watson who will take a head coaching job after the season.
6.)  Will have a first round draft pick (Suh) in the 2010 NFL draft.
7.)  Will have a very good defensive line that in turn, will make the backers and secondary look good.
8.)  Roy Helu, Jr. will rush for 1,000 yards.
9.)  Will go to another January bowl game.
10.)  Will enjoy their 300th consecutive sellout September 26th.  (It's bold predictions like this one that have made what I am today...)
And now it's time for more. 
Husker Dan has consulted with his ouija board, sought the advice of his always reliable palm reader, Madame Foo Foo, his astrologist, a numerologist and even a proctologist to give you all you need to know about this year's Husker football team.
Toss out all your preseason magazines you've spent a fortune on and use this column to gather all the information you need to know about this year's Husker football fortunes. 
September 5th Florida Atlantic (W) 
Game #1 of the Sun Belt Conference playoffs 
Howard "Helicopter" Schnellenberger comes to Lincoln.  Anybody remember the '84 Orange Bowl? 
September 12th Arkansas State (W)
Game #2 of the Sun Belt Conference playoffs
September 19th @Virginia Tech (L)
This one is winnable for the Huskers, but will be difficult with a QB in only his third career start and his first career road game in a hostile environment. Close, but no cigar.
September 26th Louisiana Lafayette (W)
The Huskers win the Sun Belt Conference.  The numbers 1962 and 300 will rule the day.
October 8th @Missouri (W)
Will this be payback time for the Huskers?
October 17th Texas Tech (W)
See above.
October 24th Iowa State (W)
The Cyclones continue to struggle.
October 31st @ Baylor (W)
Can the Huskers avoid a Halloween upset at Waco?
November 7th Oklahoma (L)
The last time the Huskers beat a Top Ten team was in 2001 and the Sooners were the victim.  Will history repeat itself?  Memorial Stadium will be rockin' for this one.
November 14th @Kansas (W)
This one may be for the BT North title.
November 21st Kansas State (W) (W)
Another tough season for the 'Cats.
November 27th @Colorado (W)
The Buffaloes always seem to play the Huskers tough.  Had it not been for a miracle 57 yard field goal last year in Lincoln, the Buffs would have been bowl eligible.  Does CU have enough talent to make it close this year?
Kansas State
Iowa State
Texas (The 'Horns have  won 3 of the last 4.)
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech
Texas A&M
December 5th Big 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Texas (L)
The Longhorns are very long on talent and short on patience.
Roger Parmeter, with the Oregonians for Nebraska told me about their Husker Picnic coming up this Saturday in Dabney State Park in Troutdale, Oregon.  For more information, go to http://www.or4ne.com/
The Second Annual "Salute To The Troops" celebration will take place at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, the weekend of September 19-20.  I think all the paid rooms have been taken, but veterans can still reserve rooms at a military rate.
Veterans from any branch of service from any war and their families are invited to attend. The event is not open to the public.  For more information on how you can donate to this great cause and to register, go to  www.huskersalute.org.  Remember, all donations are tax deductible.
Due to the kindness and generosity of Husker fans, we have been able to send many Husker Care Packages this summer to men and women who are stationed overseas.  We are close to catching up on the backlog of troopers who have been on our waiting list.
We carry no reserve in this account.  As soon as we get donations, we send a check to the Red Zone in Omaha, who in turn, fills the packages with Husker goodies, including media guides, coins, flags, caps, T-shirts etc.
We limit the Care Packages to those serving in the Middle East.  All we need is the APO address of the trooper and we will send Husker Care Packages as soon as we have funds to do so.  To register, email me at huskerdan@cox.net.  To donate to the cause, make your checks payable to the Northeast Kansans For Nebraska, Att:  Husker Dan's Army and send them to:
Gary McGirr
President, Northeast Kansans For Nebraska
3610 SW Woodvalley Terrace
Topeka, KS 66614
Once again, thanks for all your kindness.  To all who will be attending our "Salute" weekend, I look forward to meeting all of you.


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