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By Jeff Mayfield

[JAN. 26, 2004]  In a trend that has become all too familiar, I didn't watch or attend any ballgames of any kind this past weekend. My immediate supervisor warned that this would start happening to me more and more, and he was exactly right. The problem is, I am sorry to let down our great and faithful LDN readers who come to this page on Monday afternoons to get a quick review of what happened this past weekend and week. All I can do is speculate on the news I did hear and leave the details to you wonderful sports fans.

If you want to know about food or shopping this past week, I can fill you in on that. My son and I took my wife shopping on Saturday, and then we chowed down on some of Chad's famous Mediterranean cuisine. My son is starting to get into those chicken kabobs! Sunday he walked in our church's March for Life, and by the time we got home it was nap time (Mom's favorite hour of the day!). By the time we awoke it was time to eat some chili and go out and play in the snow. We rented a couple of Disney videos and fell asleep somewhere between Nemo and Holes!

As you can see, that did not leave much time in the weekend for any sports coverage.

Oh, we got to see a few minutes of the ISU Redbirds in their quest to upset Creighton, but that was about it.


I did hear that the fabulous Lincoln Railers won both of their games and find themselves alone atop the Central State Eight. If you had them there at this point in the season, you could have (or did) made a lot of money.

I also heard that the Lady Railers exacted a little revenge from SH-G. That always does my soul some good.

John Allison coaching

Hey, and speaking of SH-G, I heard that former Railer football great John Allison has accepted a position at Sacred Heart-Griffin and will be the assistant coach to longtimer Ken Leonard. Way to go, John! I hope that means he'll be sharing some of those scouting reports with his friends here in Lincoln!


I heard the Illini went to Wisconsin. As to whether they played up there, I'm not really sure. They did play well against Penn State, but I think the roller coaster ride is going to continue for a while.


As I previously mentioned, ISU played well at Creighton; the Bluejays just had too many weapons.


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Lincoln College

Lincoln College's men thrashed Danville but then lost a barn-burner to Parkland. I heard that former Railer Erik Young played well for Parkland.

The LC women are going through a tough stretch right now. LCC's teams continue to play well. The Angels have valiantly taken their record over the .500 mark to 12-11 and 3-1 in district play as they annihilated Emmaus this past weekend.

The Preachers, on the other hand, walloped Principia 78-63 and raised their record to a lofty 14-6.

Super Bowl week

In other sports news it's Super Bowl week, and the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers were greeted by 72-degree temperatures in the greater Houston area. I wonder if I need to re-evaluate my stand against living in Texas?

Word from the NCAA is that Illinois quarterback Jon Beutjer will be given a sixth year of eligibility, following an injury-plagued year and difficulties at Iowa before his transfer to the Illini. What's up with the NCAA trying to do the right thing so much lately? Do you think they have been reading the LDN and watching "FANdamonium"? Didn't think so!

And what about a car racetrack coming to Lincoln? I don't know anything about racing, but those in the know said it could be an economic boom to our area. Let us know what you think about that one.

Jerry Alberts

And finally, I want to dedicate my column this week to a great man, Jerry Alberts. Jerry lost his battle with cancer last week, but he won most of his battles with life. He was always a tremendous encouragement to me personally, and I'm sad to see him go. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone, and I never heard anybody say a bad word about him. I think Lincoln and the world would be a much better place if there were more people like Jerry Alberts running around! Not only was he a great athlete, but more importantly he was a great man, and the LDN salutes him!

[Jeff Mayfield]

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