Thursday, August 30, 2007

Bay Area Husker ENews 8-24-07

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans,

The season is fast approaching with just a little over a week to go before the season opener. We're planning for an all out invasion of our watch sites to watch the first game, so start making preparations now!

Lots of good stuff to pass along about fall camp and the start of all the fall sports at UNL. I've added a little advertising for one of our favorite causes, the Mission Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Emily Ray, wife of Mike Ray who is one of our BAH Board Members), so check it out. And there's a little Husker Humor at the end to bring a smile to your face! Have a great weekend AND...

Go Big Red (White and Blue),

P.S. I apologize if you see blurry images in this email. I think the Athletic Department changed their photo format so many of the images that accompany articles may not come through anymore when I paste them into the email. If it continues I'll quit adding them and just send the text.


All of our watch sites will be ready for the season opener on September 1st. Legends in Concord, Jack's in Fremont, Final-Final in San Francisco and Knuckles in Monterey will all be able to get the broadcast (regional ABC). Kickoff is set for 12:30 Pacific Time so we recommend you get there early for a good seat and some great 'pub grub' before the game! Check out our website for details and directions

And this info from Steve Curry, Final-Final Watchsite Coordinator...

San Francisco Husker fans,

Arnie Prien at Final Final sports bar says he's got all the satellite sports packages again which includes ABC regional coverage. So, we're on for the Nevada game. Let me know if you have any additions to make to our Final Final notification email list. (Contact Steve at the email below if you want to get on his Final-Final email roster)

See ya Saturday, 1 September. Go through all of your normal game-day rituals and get there before the 12:30 PDT broadcast time so we can get the good viewing areas. Wearing red is a good thing even if it is a bit rah-rah for San Francisco. We are the Big Red Nation after all!

Go Big Red,
Steve Curry

* Brother of Husker Receiver Shot and Killed in Bay Area

Nebraska senior receiver Maurice Purify missed practice Wednesday to fly back to his home in Eureka, Calif., after his older brother was murdered early Tuesday morning in Oakland.

Purify's brother, Ronald Spears, was 29. He was shot and killed while attempting to thwart the robbery of a man he had picked up in his car after he had asked him for directions.

A more detailed account of the crime can be found here.

A message was left with Purify and Spears' mother, Mary Purify-Skillman, who said Purify was with other brothers in his family and was not available for comment. On Thursday, Purify-Skillman said Maurice worked out at his alma mater, Eureka High School, and spent more time with family.

NU Head Coach Bill Callahan said he talked with Purify on Tuesday before the receiver left for home.

"He's endured quite a bit in the last year, year and a half," Callahan said. "We're very concerned about his well being, of course, and I want to get him back here as soon as possible with his family here. Everybody back in California has been very supportive."

Purify is suspended for the Nevada game because of two brushes with the law this summer, so his time in California will not affect the Huskers' gameplan for the Wolfpack.


Lil' Red is one of six collegiate nominees for the Mascot Hall of Fame. Voting ends Sept. 6.

Lincoln - Nebraska mascot Lil' Red is one of six collegiate mascots nominated for induction into the Mascot Hall of Fame, and Husker fans are being encouraged to go on-line to vote for the Huskers' beloved inflatable ambassador of cheer. To vote for Lil' Red, fans should visit now through Sept. 6. (Vote early and vote often!)

The Mascot Hall of Fame announced its 2007 Ballot for Induction in early August and on-line voting began Aug. 6. The voting runs through Sept. 6

Entering his 14th season on the sidelines and in the stands at Nebraska athletic events, Lil' Red was unveiled as the Cornhuskers' contemporary mascot in 1994. Lil' Red has captured numerous awards since its inception, including a National Cheerleaders Association national championship as a mascot in 1999.

A total of 12 mascots with six from the Professional category and six from the Collegiate category have been nominated for induction in the Mascot Hall of Fame.

The Collegiate candidates include Brutus Buckeye (Ohio State), Smokey (Tennessee), Big Red (Western Kentucky), The Ibis (Miami) and Sparty (Michigan State).

The Professional candidates feature Hugo the Hornet (New Orleans Hornets), Mr. Met (New York Mets), The Coyote (San Antonio Spurs), Mariner Moose (Seattle Mariners), Youppi (Montreal Canadiens/Expos), The Oriole Bird (Baltimore Orioles).

The Mascot Hall of Fame is in its third year of inducting classes. The 2005 and 2006 classes included the Phillie Phanatic, the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, the Utah Jazz Bear, the Famous Chicken, the Houston Rockets' Clutch the Bear, the Kansas City Chiefs' K.C. Wolf, the University of Auburn's Aubie and the University of Wisconsin's Bucky the Badger.

The Mascot Hall of Fame is operated by Raymond Entertainment Group, headed by David Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic from 1978 to 1993.


Larry the Cable Guy visited the Huskers inside Memorial Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Lincoln – Cooler temperatures in Lincoln provided the Nebraska football team with some physical relief at Memorial Stadium on Thursday afternoon, but comic relief was provided by another cool Husker character.

Larry the Cable Guy, a Nebraska native and avid fan of all Husker sports, made a special appearance at Nebraska's practice, turning the Memorial Stadium FieldTurf into his stage to create a roar of laughter from the Huskers' post-practice huddle.

“He was great,” Callahan said. “He’s a Husker through and through. It’s been good to have him out here visiting with our players because it relaxes them and they have fun and he cracks a few jokes.”

While post practice laughs were a welcome event for Nebraska, it was all business during workouts as the Huskers are now just eight days away from hosting their season-opening game against Nevada on Sept. 1.

The Huskers took advantage of the break in the heat that has covered the region over the last week and practiced inside Memorial Stadium for 2 1/2 hours, as they begin wrapping up fall practices and move into game-week workouts.

“We’re getting a lot of work versus the scouts and also our defense, so we have a combination of things going on in practice right now,” Head Coach Bill Callahan said. “Overall, we’re on schedule, and we’re taking it a day at a time.”

The Huskers will practice from 2-4:45 p.m. again on Friday and will conclude Fall Camp this weekend with workouts on both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday’s practice will feature Nebraska’s largest audience of Fall Camp, as the NU student body is invited to attend.


Governor Heineman talks with Coach Callahan and freshman offensive lineman Marcel Jones.

Lincoln – For the second day in a row, the Nebraska football team welcomed prestigious guests to practice as Governor Dave Heineman was in attendance and spoke to the Huskers after a 2 hour and 15-minute workout inside the Hawks Championship Center on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Governor Heineman’s visit comes one day after the Huskers enjoyed a visit from University of Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman and members of the Nebraska Air and Army National Guard.

Dressed in helmets and shoulder pads, the Huskers did not scrimmage Wednesday, as the team looks to taper and remain healthy in time for the season opener against Nevada on Sept. 1.

“We’re getting close to game week right now,” defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove said. “We play in a week in a half, so we’ll start to back off in our scrimmaging. But our practice tempos don’t change. We’re going to go high and hard, have good energy and get after each other.”

The Huskers welcomed the return of junior I-back Marlon Lucky to practice, who had sat out this week due to minor injuries. No major injuries have been reported yet this fall - a good sign for Cosgrove’s Blackshirt defense that hopes to see a healthy Steve Octavien take the field in 2007. The senior linebacker has battled through a slew of injuries since 2005, but is looking good so far.

“He’s stayed healthy in camp and that’s key for him,” Cosgrove said. “He’s a playmaker. We ask him to do a lot of things and he plays a lot of different positions on our defense. We’re trying to put him in position to make plays. He’s improved as a linebacker also. His fundamental techniques have gotten better, but he still has to improve. He’s got a great motor and he’ll go until he can’t go anymore. That’s the type of guy he is.”


Members of the Nebraska Air and Army National Guard enjoyed practice and autographs with the Huskers on Tuesday.

Lincoln – The Nebraska football team continued their third week of fall camp on Tuesday with a 2 hour and 45-minute practice in half pads inside Memorial Stadium. The Huskers welcomed an audience of more than 250 special guests to Tuesday’s practice, as Nebraska Air and Army National Guard members and their families enjoyed fall drills and a short scrimmage.

Nebraska also welcomed University of Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman to the beginning of practice, when Perlman addressed the team, wishing them luck for this upcoming season.

Following practice, Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson addressed questions about Monday’s announcement of senior Sam Keller as the starting quarterback heading into the Huskers’ first game against Nevada in 11 days.

“We put a lot of time into (the decision),” Watson said. “It wasn’t just made in a day. It was made over the spring and the beginning of two-a-day camp. It got to a point where Sam was executing at a pretty high level, and we felt like it was the right decision to make at the time, so we went ahead and moved forward.”

Watson also emphasized the competitiveness of the quarterback race between Keller and junior Joe Ganz, and stressed Ganz’s importance to the team as a backup.

“We’re really proud of the work ethic both of them exhibited,” Watson said. “It was a really good competition and both of them did an excellent job.”

“Joe’s the most important guy on the team—the backup always is. I know that from my past experience handling the position. We don’t look at Joe necessarily as a backup. He’s proven that he’s capable of being a starter. He’s got to be ready to go in and win games, and more importantly, win championships.”


Lincoln – More than 1,000 tickets to Nebraska home football games against Nevada and Ball State flew out of the NU Athletic Ticket Office in less than 10 minutes Tuesday morning. Nebraska made the tickets available to fans after they were returned by the visiting schools.

With Husker fans waiting by their computers and phones for the sale of more than 500 tickets for the Sept. 1 Nevada game and 500 more for the Sept. 22 Ball State game, the sellouts didn’t become official until 8:10 a.m.

That means Nebraska’s NCAA record sellout steak will hit 283 consecutive games in the Huskers' season opener with the Wolf Pack.

"With the visiting teams returning portions of their allotments, it made it possible for us to make some more Husker fans happy this morning," said Diane Mendenhall, Nebraska Assistant Athletic Director for Development and Ticketing. "This was a great opportunity for some of our fans who might not be season ticket holders to come to a Husker game early in the season."

Nebraska also had approximately 300 tickets available for the Huskers' road game at Missouri. Those tickets were sold in less than two hours.

Nebraska, however, still has tickets available for road games at Kansas and Colorado. They also were made available to Husker fans this morning and must be purchased by phone at 1-800-8BIGRED or in person at the Athletic Ticket Office next to Huskers Authentic in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage.


An estimated 7,000 fans came out to meet the 2007 Nebraska football team during the Huskers' annual Fan Day at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 18. Fan Day was just one event in a full day of fun for the Greatest Fans in College Athletics, as the Husker Nation was also invited to tour the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex and attend the Red-White scrimmages for both the soccer and volleyball teams.

For 90 minutes, players and coaches had a chance to chat with the fans while signing autographs and posing for pictures. For the team, the day began with individual and group photos, including a team photo which can be found in the Fan Day photo gallery (available soon). Prior to meeting the public, players mingled with their family and had the opportunity to meet groups of Special Olympics athletes from around the state.

As Fan Day concluded, many Huskers made extra time to sign autographs and chat with members of the Husker Nation as they made their way off the field. Fans then had the opportunity to tour Nebraska’s newest championship facilities, which included a peek into the Husker football locker room.

Saturday's activities got under way with the Coach Callahan Charities Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Although football Fan Day is over, fans still have the opportunity to join in the fun. Tours of the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex will run until 2 p.m., which is also the kickoff time for the Red/White soccer scrimmage, which is free to attend.

The volleyball team wraps up the day's festivities with their Red/White scrimmage at 7 p.m. Prior to first serve, the team will receive their 2006 National Champion rings and will unveil the new championship banners in the Coliseum.


The top-ranked Nebraska volleyball team begins the 2007 season in a familiar place, as the Huskers head to Omaha for the AVCA Showcase. The two-day tournament takes place on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25, at Qwest Center Omaha with national coverage both nights on College Sports Television (CSTV) and state-wide coverage on Nebraska Educational Television. Fans can also listen to both of Nebraska’s matches on the Husker Sports Network and on

The Huskers will make the 56-mile commute from the Coliseum to the Qwest Center for one of the premier non-conference tournaments in the country. Nebraska will open against SEC power Tennessee in one semifinal, set for 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

Fifth-ranked UCLA will square off with No. 21 Utah in the evening’s first semifinal, slated for 6 p.m. Friday’s winners will meet Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. with the third-place matchup set for 6 p.m.

Nebraska is making its sixth Showcase appearance and looks to become the first program to win three titles in the event, which has been held annually since 1995. Nebraska is 4-0 in AVCA Showcase matches under John Cook, winning the event in both 2001 and 2005.

AVCA Showcase Quick Hits

•-Nebraska is a perfect 7-0 in Qwest Center Omaha since the building opened, including five wins over top-10 teams.

•-Nebraska’s 2005 AVCA Showcase title is the only time in the event’s history that the home team has won the event.

•-Friday’s season opener marks the return of outside hitter Christina Houghtelling, who was the 2005 AVCA Player of the Year. Houghtelling redshirted last season after shoulder surgery. She was the 2005 AVCA Showcase MVP.

Worth Noting

•-This weekend’s AVCA field will feature some of the nation’s top college performers, as seven AVCA All-Americans will be in action this weekend. The contingent is highlighted by Nebraska’s duo of AVCA National Players of the Year Christina Houghtelling (2005) and Sarah Pavan (2006) along with 2006 first-team All-Americans Jordan Larson (Nebraska) and Nellie Spicer (UCLA).

•-While hosting the AVCA Showcase is an honor for programs around the country, one area where it has not been a boon is the won-loss ledger. Since the AVCA Showcase began in 1995, host teams are a combined 9-15 (.375) with only one title - Nebraska in 2005. Host teams have been winless four times, most recently Florida in 2000. The Huskers are 3-3 in their three previous stints as AVCA host.

•-With such a challenging early-season field, the AVCA Showcase annually features teams that advance deep into the postseason. Of the 12 previous winners, 10 have advanced to the NCAA National Semifinals, including five of the past six seasons.

•-Over 10,000 all-session tickets have already been sold for this weekend’s AVCA Showcase, putting it well within reach of AVCA Showcase attendance records for single-match (10,576, NU vs. Stanford, 2005) and all-session (20,604, 2005). This weekend will make the seventh and eighth matches played at Qwest Center Omaha since the building opened, and every crowd has been in excess of 10,000.

•-Nebraska is 29-3 (.907) all-time in season openers, including a perfect 7-0 under John Cook. The last time the Huskers dropped a season opener came in the 1999 NACWAA Classic (now AVCA Showcase).

•-The Huskers have played their last 73 matches as the nation’s top-ranked team in the AVCA poll, dating back to the end of 2004 season. In that span, NU has a record of 67-4. In fact, Husker juniors Amanda Gates, Jordan Larson and Rachel Schwartz have been a part of the nation’s No. 1 team in every match during their collegiate careers.

•-NU is 38-3 (.927) against ranked opponents since the start of the 2004 season and 75-11 (.872) in eight seasons under John Cook.

•-With the No. 1 ranking in the 2007 CSTV/AVCA preseason poll, the Huskers have spent 72 weeks all-time at No. 1, the most of any Division I program. UCLA is second with 51 weeks. NU has been ranked No. 1 in 32 of the last 33 polls dating back to the start of 2005.

•-The Huskers enter the weekend needing one win to become the third Division I program to reach the 1,000 victory mark. The Huskers will look to join UCLA (1,037 wins) and Missouri State (1,003 wins) in that exclusive club. If Nebraska wins its opening match of the AVCA Showcase, it could set up the first meeting of 1,000-win teams, as UCLA plays Utah in the other semifinal.


Lincoln – Nebraska’s Red/White scrimmage lived up to its billing, and then some Saturday night at the Nebraska Coliseum. A Red/White record crowd of 4,073 were treated to nearly two hours of exciting volleyball with the Red squad, consisting of many of Nebraska’s starters, prevailing with a 29-31, 30-23, 30-25 victory.

In what was a final test for the Huskers before next Friday’s season opener against Tennessee, a sellout crowd and an emotional atmosphere gave the match the feeling of a contest that would be played in November or December than an exhibition in mid-August.

"This was unbelievable," Nebraska Head Coach John Cook said. "This was final-four type volleyball. I think one of the great things tonight for our players was our fans to come out and support this match like they did tonight. For the fans to come out here and support us tonight and give us a standing ovation like they did at the end, I can’t tell you what it means to our players to have that kind of support."

While the Red squad featured four returning All-Americans, including the return to action of 2005 AVCA National Player of the Year Christina Houghtelling, the White squad was up the challenge behind the performances of U.S. Olympian Nancy Metcalf and Dani Busboom, the Huskers starting libero from last season’s title team who had spent the spring training with the USA Volleyball program.

Houghtelling, in her first match at the Coliseum since December of 2005, nearly totaled a double-double with a team-high 16 digs and nine kills. The senior, who missed last season following shoulder surgery did not commit an attack error through on her first 16 swings of the match and hit .250 on 28 swings.

"I thought Christina made some big breakthroughs tonight," Cook said. "She didn’t make errors attacking, and she is getting more and more comfortable passing and blocking. I think Christina has to be one of the best outside blockers in the country and her passing and defense tonight was very good."

Fellow All-American Jordan Larson led the Reds with a double-double, totaling 13 digs and match-high 11 kills against a stout White defense, while freshman Lindsey Licht and sophomore Kori Cooper totaled eight and seven kills, respectively.

"The level of competition tonight was so good that a lot of tonight’s swings would have been kills against other teams," Cook said. "It’s hard for me to evaluate, but I liked the mentality that we’re playing with, especially defensively."

The Reds, even without reigning AVCA National Player of the Year Sarah Pavan, held the White squad to just .159 hitting on the night and enjoyed a 10-6 edge in blocks.

While fans were treated to some outstanding performances from former greats like Metcalf (11 kills and 10 digs) and Busboom (25 digs), they also saw the Huskers’ talented freshmen class in their debuts. Middle blocker Brooke Delano totaled nine kills, while Tara Mueller finished with eight kills and six digs for the White squad. For the Reds, Kayla Banwarth finished with 12 digs in her Husker debut.

"The freshmen have been having some good days in practice," Cook said. "Hopefully they got a good feel tonight about what kind of level it is and how important every point is and the intensity they are going to have to play with every match."

The highlight of the night came following the scrimmage, as the Husker players received their national championship rings and 2006 seniors Dani Busboom and Dani Mancuso unveiled the national championship banner for the first time.


Meghan Hungerford (left) and Aysha Jamani will travel with the Huskers to Kentucky to face the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday.

Lincoln – The Nebraska women’s soccer team takes to the field this Saturday, Aug. 25 at Noon to start its 2007 campaign with the fourth annual Jenna Cooper Memorial Exhibition Match against the Louisville Cardinals in Louisville, Ky. Nebraska returns to Kentucky after falling to the Cardinals last year, 2-1, but still leading the exhibition series 2-1.

The game serves as a memorial to former Husker Jenna Cooper. The Louisville native served as a team co-captain in 2003 and was chosen as the captain for the 2004 season. She was a three-year starter for NU and one of the top defenders in the Big 12 Conference.

Cooper started 69 of 70 career games for NU and scored 33 points on four goals and 25 assists. She led the team in 2003 with 14 assists and ranked second in points with 18. Her 14 assists placed her third on the NU single-season chart.

The memorial match serves as the unofficial kickoff to the Huskers’ 14th season under Coach John Walker. Walker welcomes a pair of new assistant coaches to the sidelines this season in Wally Crittenden and Michelle Demko, while the roster features returning contributors who will be joined by several players coming back from injury as well as 14 true freshmen.

Abby Penas is back for her senior season after redshirting last year and looks to boost the Huskers’ defense. Sophomore Lauren Isenhower, returning in September, will add offense to the Husker attack after a knee injury sidelined her last year. Megan Hungerford joins the comeback trail after sitting out last season. She’ll look to build on her past experience and step into the starting lineup in 2007.

The veterans will be joined by an exceptional ensemble of 14 freshmen. The group boasts a collection of awards and honors, while having a distinctly local flavor. Two Lincoln natives, Jamie Sanchez, a graduate of Lincoln Lutheran, and Pius X graduate Alexa Cardona join the Huskers in 2007, while five Omaha athletes add their talent to the squad as well. Other freshmen include 6-0 forward Jaclyn White and goalkeeper Jessica Mills, who graduated early from high school to join the Huskers. A former U.S. National Team player, Brittany Goosen rounds out a solid freshman class.

Those fresh faces will be integrated into the Husker program through the experience and leadership of senior Jessie Bruch and juniors Aysha Jamani and Selenia Iacchelli. Bruch looks to cap her Husker career with a deep run into postseason play, while Jamani and Iacchelli will attempt to step into roles as leaders on and off the field.


Lincoln - The Nebraska soccer team opened its 2007 campaign with a 1-1 draw in the annual Red/White Scrimmage at the Nebraska Soccer Field Saturday. More than 300 fans braved hot, windy conditions to see the Huskers take the field in the friendly.

The red squad dominated early action, capping numerous early shots with an Aysha Jamani goal in the 35th minute. A quick throw in from junior Sari Raber at midfield led to a breakaway for the speedy Jamani. Jamani, also a junior, beat sophomore Brittany Pfeil, the white team’s goalkeeper, to give red the advantage.

Red nearly made the deficit two in the second half as junior Selenia Iacchelli put a shot off the crossbar from 35 yards out. However, white used the wind in the second to wear down the red and tie up the game. Freshman Jaclyn White scored on a cross from sophomore Shay Powell that bounced off freshman Rachel Hawryluk.

White notched several more shots in the closing minutes, but red goalkeeper Jessica Mills came up with brilliant saves each time to secure the tie.

(This orchestra is conducted by Emily Ray, wife of one of our board members)

Five Concerts For the Price of Four!

MCO's Season:
Sept. 16 @ 2:30 p.m. Mexican Heritage Plaza, "Honoring Mexico"
Nov. 3 @ 7:30 p.m. Le Petit Trianon, "Poetry In Sound"
Febr. 2 @ 7:30 p.m. Le Petit Trianon, "Woodwinds Rule!"
Mar. 16 @ 2:30 p.m. Le Petit Trianon, "Chamber Music Concert and Silent Auction"
May 4 @ 2:30 p.m. Heritage Theatre, "Opera Favorites in Concert"

For more info and to purchase tickets see their website:



I have two tickets to the home opener against Nevada. They are in the North Stadium about 90 rows up. I'll be posting these on eBay pretty soon if it comes to that.Thanks, Jeff Jones (my auction address)

I’d like to request that you post my need for two (2) tickets to the Texas A & M game, 10/20/07
Thanks, Max Noel

(This request is from the parents of a new UNL student from the Bay Area) - Allyson is very excited to go to Nebraska. We ARE looking for 2 tickets to the Nebraska - Texas A&M game so if you know anyone, please let us know!Thanks, Sue Ramans



* Washington, Lawrence Bring Spirit, Speed to Husker Linebackers
Wait 'til you get a load of Latravis Washington. The latest readable and worthwhile interview from Sam McKewon. Read it and comment.

* Helu Turning Heads in Fall Camp
Culture shock. For more than a month this summer, that's what Nebraska freshman running back Roy Helu felt, both on campus and around Lincoln.

* The Keller Plan Pays Off With a Starting QB Job
And so finally, officially begins Sam Keller's journey as Nebraska's starting quarterback. This story is the talk of the Husker Nation today, and it will be tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow ....

* Monday Husker Column: Captains, Depth Charts, And Reno
Good morning from the center of the world. Expect that greeting in this Monday column from Sam McKewon throughout Nebraska football season.

* Injured Cornerback Returns To Husker Practice
Zack's back. Zackary Bowman, the Nebraska senior cornerback returned to practice Sunday. That's good news.

* Keller, Lucky Draw Big Crowds at Husker Fan Day
Kids have this habit of falling in love with a word and finding the need to repeat it 30 times, as if the record player in their head is stuck on a scratch. The word on NU Fan Day was "Luckeeeee!"

* Once Features A Touching Story, Good Music, A Guy And A Girl
An Irish guy. A Czech girl. Dublin. They make sweet music together. Really! This wonderful film is playing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on the UNL campus. And this really good review is from a writer at the Daily Nebraskan.

* Pipeline Is Winding Through Nebraska
What is billed as the largest natural gas line ever built in the United States is snaking its way from Colorado to Ohio. By Elizabeth Barrett at the Gothenburg Times.

* Greece, Norway, Venezuela and ... Nebraska
Check out the events page on It lists the HUC Team
Challenge in South Africa, the Glafkos Spearfishing Club contest in Greece, the Kristiansund Cup in Norway, the Panamerican Spearfishing Championship in Venezuela, and...guess what? The Monday column from Tammy Hansen-Snell.



If You Grew Up in the Midwest......

You know how to polka, but never tried it sober.

You know what knee-high by the Fourth of July means.

You know it is traditional for the bride and groom to go bar hopping between the reception and wedding dance.

You know the difference between "Green" and "Red" farm machinery, and would fight with your friends on the playground over which was better!

You buy Christmas presents at Fleet Farm.

You spent more on beer & liquor than you did on food at your wedding.

You hear someone use the word "oof-dah" and you don't break into uncontrollable laughter.

You or someone you know was a "Dairy Princess" at the county fair.

You know that "combine" is a noun.

You let your older siblings talk you into putting your tongue on a steel post in the middle of winter.

You think Lutheran and Catholic are THE major religions.

You know that "creek" rhymes with "pick".Football schedules, hunting season, and harvest, are all taken into consideration before wedding dates are set.

A Friday night date is getting a six-pack and taking your girlfriend shining for deer.

Saturday you go to your local bowling alley.

There was at least one, if not several, in your class who had to help milk cows in the morning.

You have driven your car on the lake.

Every wedding dance you have ever been to has the hokey pokey and the chicken dance.

Your definition of a small town is one that only has one bar.

The local gas station sells live bait.

At least twice a year some part of your home doubles as a meat processing plant.

You think that the start of deer season is a national holiday.

You actually understand these jokes and will forward them to all your Midwestern friends!!!!!

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