By Randy York
If this is Monday, it must be Wyoming week … time to take Nebraska’s hospitality to Laramie, the home of Bob Devaney’s first head coaching job. You already know how much Tom Osborne appreciates Big Red sportsmanship in Lincoln. Well, the same principles apply on the road, so treat Wyoming Cowboy fans in their 31,000-seat house like you treat opposing fans that visit “Our House”. Here are a couple of nice weekend testimonials that define what I’m talking about:
An Athletic Department Marketing intern also serves one of Lincoln’s most popular downtown restaurants, and last Friday night, when the waiting time was two hours, she had two tables seated right next to each other – a table of six purple-clad Huskie fans and their friendly neighbors – six Huskers dressed in red, of course. The “Dawgs” pretty much controlled the cheers in the restaurant, and Big Red fans enjoyed the spirit and camaraderie, so much so that when this particular table of Washington fans asked for their bill, they were told the adjacent table enjoyed talking to them so much that they already had paid the bill. “Welcome to Lincoln,” they were told. “I was never so proud to be a Nebraska fan in my life when I told them that,” said Michaela Patt, our intern, who can only imagine the ripple effect of that story reaching Washington fans back in the Great Northwest.
Andy Gault, on behalf of the University of Washington Spirit Program and Husky Marching Band sent this email to Nebraska’s Spirit Squad: “Thank you, Erynn (Nicholson) and Marlon (Lozano), to you and your crew. Yesterday was the BEST away experience ever. In all my years of cheering for UW and plus the last years coaching, by far, you were the most hospitable, caring, and genuine. Your security guards were friendly and cared consistently for our welfare, safety, and game-day experience. Your mascot handlers were incredibly kind to our Harry and treated him like royalty. He was very appreciative. Our cheer/pom team, all seniors, commented on how your sportsmanship made for the loss to not feel as bad as they normally do. From entering the stadium to exiting, you all showcase what college football and sportsmanship should be like. Keep up your great work and paying it forward. Thanks for all YOU did for our team to make it a wonderful and memorable day.
For the first time this season, Husker fans are the visitors, not the hosts, so be humble road warriors in Laramie this weekend and put another exclamation point on Husker hospitality!
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