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home : columns : columns May 28, 2016

10/30/2013 9:08:00 AM
Great football Saturday
I haven't taken too many Saturdays this fall to sit down and watch a college football game.
Oh, I've watched or listened to bits and pieces of games, but it's usually while doing something else.
However, Saturday I started watching the Gophers game against Nebraska. I was tuning in and out as the Gophers fell behind 10-0. I had gone outside to attend to some other weekend chores and came back to find the Gophers were up 13-10.
"Hey, they're giving them a ball game," I thought.
I went outside to do something else and came back just before halftime to find the Gophers leading 17-13.
"This might be worth sticking around to watch," I said.
I was right (remember that, it happens so rarely).
The Golden Gophers took control of that game both offensively and defensively and it really was a fun game to watch.
But as the clock ticked toward 2 p.m., I really wanted to go watch the Mt. Lake Area Wolverines in their rematch with Edgerton-Ellsworth. Is there really anything better than watching a high school football playoff game on a sunny (albeit chilly) fall Saturday afternoon? (OK, maybe watching a college football game on a sunny, albeit chilly, fall afternoon ranks right up there.)
Then, while flipping channels during a commercial, I ran across Windomnet Channel 3 and heard KDOM's Dirk Abraham doing a pregame recording for the Mt. Lake Area playoff game.
"That's Mt. Lake Area and Edgerton-Ellsworth. Kick-off is 3 p.m."
Perfect! I can watch the end of the Gophers game and still get to Mt. Lake to watch the playoff game. The Gophers, as you know, wound up beating the Cornhuskers and then the Wolverines beat the Flying Dutchmen in a great, hard-hitting game at Munson Field.
Unquestionably, a great football Saturday!
'You're really old'
During sports highlights of the Gophers game later Saturday night, the announcer started off the recap asking if his viewers were even around the last time the Gophers beat Nebraska.
"Were your parents around the last time the Gophers beat Nebraska?" he asked.
My daughter, Mindy, was sitting across the room and I said, "I was four months from being born the last time the Gophers beat Nebraska."
"Wow!" my daughter exclaimed, kind of scrunching up her face as if I had just said the most awful thing in the world.
"You're really old!"
OK, a pretty great football Saturday.

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