I've been having this mental image ever since I sat down for a few minutes Wednesday night and watched Sports Center on ESPN.
Imagine Memorial Stadium, football Saturday in Lincoln, the Sea of Red with wall-to-wall carpet. A real Crimson (Scarlet) Tide...
The Eastern Washington University football team likes red. The NCAA Division I school and a member of the Big Sky Conference (Montana is its chief rival) is located in Cheney, Washington (in the extreme east-central part of the state near Spokane and close to the northern Idaho border). EWU has installed new Field Turf at their home football stadium.
The Eagles school colors are Red and white. The new playing surface at EWU's 12,000-seat Woodward Stadium is -- you guessed it -- red. Not the traditional green fake sod, not blue like Boise State's field in Idaho (I heard rumors when I lived in Wyoming that ducks regularly land on the Boise field, apparently thinking they've found a nice little secluded pond). East Washington's turf is red. Bright red. Like Scarlet and Cream -- red with white stripes.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Imagining Memorial Stadium with red turf. And the Huskers going back in time a few years ago when they dressed in red jerseys and red pants for several home games (remember that?).
Imagine the visiting teams coming out of the locker room (probably painted red also), hitting the Memorial Stadium field, feeling their retinas flame out, their eyes seared with wall-to-wall-to ceiling red. Heck, paint the visiting team's bench red, also. Outfit the Huskers with red shoes, red socks, and they would become nearly invisible (think bigger home-field advantage).
I watched Boise State play on TV last season on their unforgettable blue turf. The Broncos wear all blue uniforms at home, and the players blended so well into the field you could hardly see them.
Dr. Tom, if you're interested, take a look at the web site: www.goeags.com.
Fall sports ... The McCook High School football team is completing its first week of fall drills. The Bison will cap the opening week with team photos and a scrimmage Saturday morning (Aug. 14) at the local gridiron shrine that is Weiland Field (I heard Father Nelson will be there to offer his blessings to the boys).
I've had the chance to watch the team practice this week, and so far, so good. McCook will offer a big line up front, anchored by senior Derek Chancellor -- some of his teammates said big DC is weighing in around 280 pounds. Coach Gross has some talented youngsters at the skill positions, and I'm betting a few sophomores will see considerable action as the season progresses. Should be a fun year.
Bison fans can catch a glimpse of Coach Gross' 2010 edition at Saturday's scrimmage (photos at 8 a.m., scrimmage at 9:30), then a more game-like atmosphere next Thursday night at the annual Bison burger bash and scrimmage.
Coach Cochran should have a talented group of Bison softball players this fall, and the team has set high goals. Should be a strong team, and fun to watch.
Coach Ryser has his McCook girls golf team finishing up their first week of fall drills. The Bison girls have a couple state meet veterans back, and this year's team could be very competitive. The rest of the McCook fall sports teams -- volleyball, cross-country and boys tennis -- open fall practices next Monday, Aug. 16. We'll try and get progress reports from those teams next week.