My Favorites . . .
After attending college at the
University of Nebraska (1969-1971) - Johnny
Rogers - Jerry Tagge - Bob Devaney - Orange Bowls - Back-to-Back National
Championships - It's impossible to cheer for any other school than the "Big
Red" Cornhuskers of Nebraska. What a great time in my life it was !!! Needless
to say, I was pleased when my son, Chad, decided that he wanted to attend NU
after his graduation from high-school ( 1993-1997 ). - - Not bad timing either
- Johnny Rogers ( yes, he had a class with Chad ! ) - Tommy Frazier - Tom
Osborne - Orange and Fiesta Bowls - Three National Championships in four
years!!! I'm sure he'll look back and agree that those were some pretty good
times for him too !!!
Gentlemen . . . Start Your Engines
Well, anyone who's been around me during the last
ten years or so, knows that I'm a big NASCAR fan. When I was younger and living in
Beatrice, I can remember going to the local race track on Saturday night to
watch the local stock cars compete. I think Mom or Dad had to help run the
concession stands, so I would tag along. Several years later, Beardmore
Chevrolet supplied a new Lumina for a local radio station promotion at the
local track ( Sunset Speedway ) in Omaha. The car was decorated to look like
the "Mello-Yello" car in the movie "Days of Thunder". I volunteered to take it
to the track each Sunday night and the rest is history!!! I became hooked on
dirt-track racing all over again. This soon led to an interest in the top
series of NASCAR - The Winston Cup. About the same time, GM Parts &
Goodwrench teamed up with Dale Earnhardt who was well on his way to
super-stardom in the racing world before his tragic and untimely death in 2001.
I've been a die-hard "Intimidator" fan ever since ( and always will be ). -
Sunset Speedway closed it's doors after the 2000 season to make room for a
large golf development and has since relocated ( Now
Nebraska Raceway Park ) near I-80
between Omaha and Lincoln. Looks like I'll still be able to get my weekly 'fix'
every Sunday night !
I've been to a few NASCAR races over the past few
years - The Atlanta 500 in 1991, Mello-Yello in Charlotte in1993, and to Indy
with my brothers for the Brickyard 400 four times in the last five years. -
We'll also be making an annual trip to Kansas City in the fall, as it's new
Nascar track will begin hosting Winston Cup races in 2001.
Although Nascar has lost it's Greatest Driver, I'll
still be a devoted fan. But it'll defintely be different for us Earnhardt
fanatics! - Yes, I'll still cheer for Dale . . . and his last name is still
Earnhardt !!! - But his number is 8, instead of 3 . . . and his sponsor is
Budweiser, not Goodwrench !!!
Carry on, Little E . . . We'll miss the 'Man in
The Heat is On......... Lancer Heat that is! -
About ten years ago my good friends, Duane and Deb, invited me to come with
them to Ak-Sar-Ben for an Omaha Lancers
hockey game......... A Hockey Game? - In Nebraska??? Certainly not a sport
commonly found in the Midwest - How good could they be? ( I thought ) Probably
quite boring! - - Oh well, at least I'll get a beer out of the deal !!! - - - -
- - What a blast..... They were great..... They were up... They were down...
Back up...Then down... Lots of cheers... Lots of "high-fives"... And that was
just the fans !!! - Not only did the team play well, they played
real well. - Winning was often - Losing wasn't that bad. The
entire crowd really gets into their hockey - So....... A Lancer Hockey fan I
became. Good Friends - Good Times - and of course... Great Beer !!!