October 3rd, 2015 Friday Night Lights

Early version this week as we are off to Camp Randall.
Three teams that we follow are playing this afternoon, so we will update those scores this evening.
Next week we will update the playoff (PLAYOFFS! YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT PLAYOFFS?) possibilities for all teams. Some are already in, some still have work to do, and others, to use the common vernacular, are already toast.
And following week #9, we will award the regular season awards.

So this week the emphasis has shifted from mascot issues, to issues with the playing fields. In St, Louis (it will be Los Angeles next year) there was a fire in the Edward Jones Dome when a pregame pyrotechnics display got a little out of hand and caused the turf near the end zone to briefly catch fire, which delayed the start of the game by approximately 30 minutes.

And at Ingalls Field in Ripon one of the goal posts tilted to an angle, and eventually collapsed. I believe it was due to gravity, with an assist from some Ripon College students. I have superimposed the angled goal post in front of a portion of an announced crowd of 6400 at a Ripon Red Hawk game. Also note that at this time the 25/40 second clock was functioning. And as the Ripon Red Hawk public address announcer (PA-III) might have called it, “That is another Red Hawk goal post down.”

 

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And then we had Alabama coach Nick Saban, who in an appearance on the “Feherty” show on the Golf Channel, made the following statement about fans (short for fanatics) when asked about how he deals with the “haters.”

“I just think that in every sport, there’s about 20 percent bad fans. They don’t get it. They’re disrespectful. They do things and say things that don’t really need to be said; that aren’t helpful; that don’t reflect the image of what college football is all about, or even what sports is all about. You should appreciate the competition.”

Saban when on to say that for a lot of people, college football is an escape, which often leads to over-the-top expectations.

So we have 30 plus readers of Friday Night Lights, which, arithmetically, would make six plus of our readers bad fans. Well we have the public address announcer, and Notre Dame fan, referenced above, who once asked Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema if Mr. Bielema, as the highest paid public employee in the State would show his support for the protesting teachers by forgoing his $800,000 salary increase. Me. Bielema stated that “he had never met a Notre Dame fan who wasn’t arrogant”, and quickly moved on to another table.

And then we have yours truly, who was once asked by Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez, who interrupted my question to him to inquire of me, “What do you do; don’t you ever make any mistakes?” Plenty of mistakes, but then I wasn’t getting paid $1.8 million per annum. And then there was the time a friend of mine asked me while the PA announcer in Camp Randall was reading the Big Ten Sportsmanship Code, “Are you listening?” I informed her that, “That doesn’t apply to me.” Supposedly my worst was when I screamed towards the field, “Get him off the field; shoot him if you have to.” But that was just LLLLoyd (one L for the number of losses he experienced in a normal season) Carr — that hardly qualifies.

But then I have never been asked, by the officials, to vacate the premises during the course of a game. That did happen to two of our readers, at a girls’ basketball game in Oconomowoc I believe it was. No names, but one gentleman is a distinguished alumnus of RHS, and the other is a graduate of one of the highly respected private schools that we cover. Both attended college as well.

But as Avery Brundage, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) declared at the memorial service — held for 11 Israeli athletes slain by terrorists — in the Olympic Stadium in Munich in 1972, “The games must go on.”

Week five of conference play in the East Central Conference
Waupun 18                            Ripon 12
First win of the season for the Warriors; Tigers have 7 TDs (42 points) in 7 games; no PATs. RYE inbounder Pascal Rinnert holds the school record of 9 PATs — in one game.
Kewaskum 21                        Berlin 6            Kewaskum wins the battle of the undefeateds
Plymouth 15                          Winneconne 14
Campbellsport 26                  KLM   23
Omro 47                                 Lomira 14

The Omro Foxes were WSN Sports team of the week last week for handing St. Mary’s Springs its first Flyway Conference loss since 2010; the Foxes defeated the Ledgers in 2010 as well

Cassville                                 Benton/Scales Mound (IL)      Saturday afternoon.
WLA                                      St. Mary’s Springs             Saturday afternoon
Pittsville 29                             Auburndale 8                         
Mayville 23                             Laconia 20
Luxemburg – Casco 42         Clintonville 6                         
Markesan 26                          Oshkosh Lourdes Academy 7
Cambria-Friesland 48           Randolph 7    
Wautoma 41                          Westfield 6                
Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Christian 35             St. Mary Catholic 32
Jefferson 26                          McFarland 6
New Berlin Eisenhower        Pewaukee                                            Saturday afternoon
Kenosha Bradford 30           Racine Park 0
Mukwonago 49                                              Waukesha North 27 
Grafton 21                                                     Port Washington 6
Kiel 34                                                            Brillion 21                               7 – 0 for Kiel
Xavier 37                                                        Green Bay East  6                   7 – 0 for the Hawks
Watertown 18                                                Beaver Dam 6
Montello/Princeton/Green Lake 27             Pardeeville 6
De Pere 54                                                      Pulaski 7
Neenah 27                                                      Wisconsin Rapids 9

Our intrepid reporter from the UP checks back in with a score, but not a particularly impressive one. Four consecutive losses for the Eskymos after a 2 – 0 start. .

Last Saturday’s result – Detroit Country Day 26  Escanaba 0
Hi, again, hon! No good news from UP here tonight. The Escanaba Eskymos made the short trip down M-35 and into the Central Time Zone to take on the #1, in Division 5, Menominee Maroons. The Eskymos were dominated, by their hosts, in every phase of the game, as the Maroons ran away with 45-7 win. I suspect it was a severe case of bus-lag, eh?
 Last Saturday the Ripon 6th graders lost to Kimberly 30 – 0, dropping their record to 0 – 4 – 2.
There are no playoffs for the 6th grade teams.

 

 

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