Daily Nebraskan

Mitch Sherman

Gregg Madsen

Issue date: 4/28/97 Section: Sports
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Sherman is a senior news-editorial major and a Daily
Nebraskan senior reporter.
One spring day
provides relief
for NU fans


At 12:33 p.m. Saturday, as 42,018 football-starved
fans settled into their seats at Memorial Stadium, Scott
Frost fumbles a pitch to Ahman Green on the first play of
the Red-White Game.
But it doesn't matter. Saturday is for practice. In
August comes the real thing. Regardless, thousands of
Nebraskans visit Lincoln to witness a little piece of autumn
on an overcast spring day, paying tribute to their beloved
Cornhusker football and soccer teams in the middle of the
offseason.
What kind of a state do we live in?
At 12:44 p.m., Grant Wistrom breaks his right pinky
finger in half as Frost scores on a 4-yard quarterback
keeper. Wistrom needs six stitches to repair the cut caused
when his bone poked through his skin.
At 1:23 p.m., Aaron Wills tackles Jeff Perino, who
fumbles in the direction of the north end zone. Gregg List
recovers the ball for a 37-yard loss. Good thing this is a
scrimmage.
At 2:16 p.m., the second half of the Red-White Game
begins and Tom Osborne looses all contact with the White
Team sidelines when the coaches' radio system breaks. The
White Team proceeds to score 21 of its 28 points and
accumulate 224 yards in the second half after a total of
minus-1 yards in the first half. "That shows the value of
coaching," Osborne says.
At 3:58 p.m., Jason Peter harasses Wistrom for failing
to return to the field after his finger injury. "Make sure
dinner's on the table when I get home," Peter says as
Wistrom leaves the press room. Peter then turns to the
50-plus writers, broadcasters and photographers, and
reassuring says about Wistrom: "She'll be alright."
At 4:24 p.m., Oklahoma State's Nathan Kaup launches a
grand slam to right field at Buck Beltzer Field, stretching
the Cowboys' lead over NU to 8-2 in the top of the fifth
inning. Reality check: It's still April, and not everything
is perfect in Huskerland.
At 7:05 p.m., Craig Estudillo, public address announcer
for the Lincoln Stars, takes the mike at the Abbott Sports
Complex to announce the starting lineups for Nebraska's
meeting with the U.S. Under-20 National Team. The P.A.
system momentarily breaks before Estudillo regains control
and successfully introduces the two teams.
At 9:03 p.m., Lindsay Eddleman loops a shot over U.S.
goalkeeper Siri Mullinex, scoring NU's only goal in a
landmark game for the Husker soccer team. A Nebraska-record
2,268 fans attend the contest, proving once again that
Nebraskans truly love their fall sports -- even in the
spring.

Sherman is a senior news editorial major and a Daily
Nebraskan senior reporter.

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