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Neutral Field, My Assets

Finally! Austin has a chill in the air and it feels like December! Had a great time with my brother, Gary, and his family, his wonderful Deb and those wild and crazy boys, Spencer and Tanner over the holiday. They made the loooong drive down from Overland Park on Thursday. The boys got to watch Texas demolish Texas A&M, while Gary, Deb, and I hung out at Scholz Garden, viewing multiple smallish screens in the beer garden. With comfortable temperature and overcast skies, it was a perfect night to hang out there, especially if you were a Longhorn fan. Let’s just say the boys were QUITE happy.

But I got my football fix on Friday and Saturday. My Huskers are bowl bound at 8-4 with that wild win over those pesky Buffs. Who KNEW?!?! Then KU took it to Missouri in the best game of the weekend. Rock chalk, Todd Reesing and Darrell Stuckey, Big 12 Players of the Week! Go here to vote for Kansas (Reesing’s pass to Meier with 27 seconds to go) in the Pontiac Game-Changing Performance!

Now, about all that whining going on down here about Texas being No. 3. WAAAAAHHHH! Shut it! There’s still a great chance Texas could end up in the championship game, but with the moaning and whinging (love that Brit word!), you’d think the season was over. Can you hear this, folks? The world’s smallest violin. Give me a break about 45-35 on a NEUTRAL field. Dallas is about as neutral as, oh, say, TULSA might be for the Red River Shootout. So enough of the bellyaching. Tough it out. Missouri just might be due.

#16: My First Look at Bo’s Huskers

So maybe this isn’t yet fabulous, but it will be: I have high hopes for the Bo Pelini regime at the University of Nebraska, and I finally got to see the new team.

I’m a lifelong Huskers fan. I have Big-Red blood in my veins — I was born in Lincoln and spent my formative years in Nebraska, growing up listening to Husker football on the radio (good old KRVN-AM in Lexington, Nebraska!), starting back with Bob Devaney and celebrating the back-to-back championships in 1971 and 1972 and then that long drought until Tom Osborne landed his well-deserved three titles. Come to think of it, every fall Saturday since I was about ten has been spent keeping tabs on college football, so football season is like a comfy old safety blanket for me — it’s always there!

Anyway, last night I tuned in my first Husker game under Coach Bo Pelini. I was SO excited when Bo returned; he – and the program — had been done a huge wrong when Bill Callahan came on board. I love that guy; Bo KNOWS football! So the excitement is back in Huskerland. And the boys came oh-so close to toppling Virginia Tech last night, but alas, they fell, 35-30. The defense isn’t quite where it will be, but they gave it a good go. I like Bo’s notion of holding back the Blackshirts until the defense lives up to the Blackshirts name, and I think that’s coming in a couple of weeks.

My prediction: Huskers will finish 9-4 or 10-3, and boy, they’ll be fun to watch throughout the season.


Cent’ Anni!

Well, here I am, officially fifty! That’s definitely a first for me. So far, so good. I like to think I don’t look two days over forty-nine (if you count it from the 364th day of my forty-ninth year). And it’s also my mother’s seventieth birthday — I was the birthday present she was most relieved to see on January 20, 1958, in Lincoln, Nebraska (more on that Big Red blood flowing in my veins in a future post!).

I commemorated the day with nineteen members of my extended Austin family crammed around the Pope’s Table at Bucca di Beppo. I was Continue reading ‘Cent’ Anni!’

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