This issue is late because I do not have a complete email list on my laptop, and couldn’t success the mailing list until after I got home from the Badger game.
Coach of the week – Bret Bielema Arkansas. At Wisconsin he always beat the cupcakes; at Arkansas it appears as if he is eating all the cupcakes.
Quote of the week – “Playoffs; you want to talk about playoffs?” NFL coach Jim Mora; although it could have been , manager of the Crew.
Hardest Ticket to get – finals of the women’s championship at the Italian Women’s Tennis Tournament in New York. How much money did scalpers lose when Serena lost in the semi-finals?
So I had a request that when in America I should write American; so I will attempt to do so. Also, I left my mic on when recording my thoughts on what comments to make. I do need to note that the performance of the All-Midwest Conference Game Management Crew in the Ripon Red Hawks’ home opening game last Saturday was certainly not of all-conference caliber. Abysmal (I believe that is an American word) would be a more apt descriptor. It is a pretty sad state of affairs when the two highlights of the game were:
- A 1966 graduate of RHS playing the tuba in the Ripon College pep band. I was told by an administrator from Ripon College that, “we will take anybody.”
- A Ripon College student, and former Miss Fond du Lac (from a year somewhat more recent than 1966) singing the National Anthem. She used her smart phone for the lyrics. And when I suggested that her performance should be downgraded for use of a teleprompter (I am sure that is an American word), I was overruled by a unanimous vote (three of four members present and voting.) They wondered how anyone could even consider issuing demerits to the former Miss Fond du Lac for her rendition of the American anthem. That may have been the only thing these three got right all day.
So we will reset the game clock from 13:48 to 13:49 and let the games begin. Or, as the late Frank Gifford said on CBS the Sunday following the NBC Heidi-game fiasco in 1968: “Heidi ho and away we go.”
Week two of conference play in the East Central Conference.
Kewaskum 27 Winneconne 6
Ripon 12 Campbellsport 8
Berlin 28 Plymouth 7 Plymouth’s QB suffers a concussion
KML 33 Waupun 19
Lomira 33 Mayville 0
Cassville 39 River Ridge 12 Two more wins for Mr. Hatlen’s teams; three if you count Randy’s Badgers.
Pittsville 44 Rib Lake/Prentice 7 Pittsville not only scored its first points of the season, but scored its first victory as well.
Omro 22 Laconia 6
Wrightstown 48 Clintonville 14
Markesan 54 Horicon 6
Oshkosh Lourdes Academy 42 Randolph 21
Dodgeland 18 Montello/Princeton/Green Lake 13
Columbus 21 Wautoma 14
St. Mary Catholic 19 Random Lake 6
Evansville/Albany 22 McFarland 0
Pewaukee 35 Pius XI Catholic 15
Oak Creek 47 Racine Park 6
Kettle Moraine 14 Waukesha North 6
Whitefish Bay 48 Port Washington 14
Pulaski 27 Sheboygan North 20 .
Kiel 35 New Holstein 0
St. Mary’s Springs 63 North Fond du lac 7
Xavier 23 Waupaca 14
Wisconsin Lutheran 28 Beaver Dam 18
And in the forfeiture hearing.
Williams Bay 1 Hustisford 0
Evidently Williams Bay was prepared to field a team, and Hustisford was not. Both schools expressed their great respect for Roger Goodell for his sagacious adjudication of the situation.
And from our intrepid reporter in the UP:
Not good news tonight, hon! In a very physical battle between two, 2-0 teams, the Escanaba Eskymos, from the upper UP, fell, 17-7, to the Gaylord Blue Devils, down in the lower UP.
Escanaba, which allowed just two, first-half field goals, slugged it’s way to a 7-6 lead, early in the 4th quarter, but three Eskymo turnovers and a Blue Devil touchdown, 2-point conversion and 45-yard field goal proved to be the difference over the last eleven minutes of the game.
It will be a long ride over the bridge tonight, eh?
About the three field goals, including the 45-yarder, are you recruiting that kicker for your alma mater? Apparently the Red Hawks experienced some kicking issues in their 13-14 loss to Rockford College on Saturday.