September 9th 2016 Friday Night Lights

“I don’t read books, but if I did read books, it would be like reading a book.” – Les Miles This makes absolutely no sense; but remember that Les Miles is a “Michigan Man.”


So in the Oshkosh Northwestern I read several letters to the editor from LSU fans, all complimentary of the way they were treated while in Wisconsin for LSU against Bucky in Lambeau. However, if you read the comments in the Louisiana newspapers you will read many uncomplimentary comments, but they were directed towards Les Miles, Cam Cameron, and Brandon Harris.

I found the following comment interesting.

My brother encountered the only obnoxious person that any of us encountered after the game and that person was dispatched by a young man who just a few years earlier was the quarterback for Lawrence College, to whom we extend our thanks.

I didn’t know that Lawrence was still playing football. “Dispatched” — what does that mean? Did the ex-Larry QB shove this guy — like Roger Goodell allegedly shoved Mike Pereira?



Obviously this was not me, as I am both rude and obnoxious, like at the 2007 Michigan at Wisconsin game. “Get him off the field — shoot him if you have to.” But that was only LLLL(one L for every loss that year)oyd Carr, so that shouldn’t count.

I purchased a Titans cap to wear on the road trip to the UW Oshkosh at UW Whitewater game on October 8th. Now, through rumor control I am hearing, that the road trip is being canceled, as the person in charge of arranging the trip and doing the driving (I am in charge of restaurant selection) will be attending a wedding that day.


This raises two issues. I have now spent hard-earned dollars on a Titans cap that I will not need. Fortunately, the Dow Jones Industrial average is up some 115% during the nearly eight years of the Obama administration, so I should be able to absorb this unnecessary expense. If the Dow Jones average were down, as it was during the eight years of the George W. Bush administration, I would have to charge for Friday Night Lights to recoup my cost for the cap.

The second issue concerns the date of the wedding. You do not get married during college football season. In 1971 the NC2A increased the number of regular season games from ten to eleven. At the same time the Big Ten (only ten teams in those days) increased the number of conference games from seven to eight. And in a number of years, until 1983, the first game of the season was a Big Ten Conference game. So on September 12, 1981 I am in Malta, MT for my brother’s wedding. Michigan comes into Camp Randall that day preseason #1. And the Badgers win, 21 – 14. What am I doing in Malta, MT, when I should be in Madtown?

And my good friend Mr. Nietering (Little Blue) informs me that he will miss the Bucky at Michigan game on October 8th because he will be in Chicago attending the wedding of a friend’s daughter. He won’t let me have the tickets because he doesn’t want any Red in a Blue section. See earlier comment on rude and obnoxious.

You do not have weddings during college football season!

So with the recent controversy concerning Colin Kaepernick’s protests during the singing of the National Anthem, I suggest you go to You Tube and watch the 1 minute 46 second video, Wisconsin Badgers vs LSU Tigers National Anthem & Flyover 09.03.2016

The singer is Skylar Stecker, daughter of Aaron Stecker, Mr. Stecker played football with Ashwaubenon High School, Wisconsin and Western Illinois in college, and with the Tampa Bay Bucs, New Orleans Saints, and Atlanta Falcons in the NFL. I suspect that the next football game at which Ms. Stecker will sing the National Anthem will be on October 22nd when the Ripon College Red Hawks travel to De Pere to do battle with Mr. Kane’s alma mater.  I should also note that Mr. Kaepernick’s jersey is now the top selling player’s jersey at the NFL merchandise site. Just saying.

On to the scores, as we had some one-point thrillers.

For want of a point the battle was lost.

Or something like that. I believe it started with a missing nail from a horseshoe.

In the game played last Saturday, Pewaukee lambasted Pius XI Catholic 42 – 0


Kewaskum 28                                                          Ripon 12
Ripon averaging two touchdowns per game; in 2015 the Tigers scored nine touchdowns in nine games 0 – 9 in PATs last year. Five points from PATs in eight games this year.

Plymouth 42                                                             Kettle Moraine Lutheran 0
Berlin 35                                                                   Waupun 14
Campbellsport 16                                                   Winneconne 6
Mayville 38                                                             Lomira 7
Omro 29                                                                    Laconia 26
Winnebago Lutheran Academy 55                     Reedsville 0
Markesan 44                                                            Dodgeland 14
Lourdes Academy 49                                             Rio 20
Montello/Princeton/Green Lake 26                   Parkview 14 (Located in Orfordville)
“Where are you from son?” “Orfordville, WI sir.” “Never heard of it.”

Randolph 6                                                               Deerfield 0                                      
Kiel 31                                                                       New Holstein 25
Whitefish Bay 27                                                    Port Washington 7
Columbus 64                                                            Wautoma 16                                                 

Hortonville 36                                                          Wisconsin Rapids 35           (Thursday)
Pulaski 46                                                                 Sheboygan South 8
Fox Valley Lutheran 56                                        Clintonville 34
Pittsville 38                                                             Chequamegon 24    
Oak Creek 49                                                          Racine Park 6
The alma mater of Brian Calhoun defeats the alma mater of Brent Moss and John Clay. First score of the year for Park comes in the second quarter of game four.

Waukesha North 24                                               Kettle Moraine 10
The Northstars were the US Army Football Team of the Week in week #3, per the Wisconsin Sports Network.

Waupaca 15                                                             Xavier 14
Random Lake 33                                                     St. Mary Catholic 0

Beaver Dam 17                                                         Slinger 10     
Pewaukee 34                                                                        New Berlin West 0  

And one game on Saturday
St. Mary’s Springs                                                  North Fond du Lac


The original plan for this weekend was to go to Grand Haven, MI on the eastern shore of Lake WI (as UW Band Director Michael Leckrone likes to call it) and then on to Ann Arbor with Mr. Nietering to watch Little Blue play the Domers. However, Notre Dame backed out of the contract. As a result, it is Little Blue against Central Florida (0 – 12 last year) and Notre Dame against Nevada. I hope neither team chokes on its cupcake. Especially given that the Irish are on a three-game losing streak during which the Irish have allowed an average of 44 points per game.

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