The famed San Antonio River Walk is a park that’s open 365 days a year.
By Randy York
Since Tom Izzo called Nebraska a bunch of Junkyard Dogs after the Huskers upset his No. 9-ranked Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing, Tim Miles and his team have embraced that term of endearment like a red badge of courage. Who knows? Maybe Izzo’s regular-season compliment was the precursor to his congratulatory phone call after fellow conference coaches voted Miles “Big Ten Coach of the Year”. Whatever the case, any reference to Junkyard Dogs is high praise from Izzo, who has made a career of winning major coaching honors.
Junkyard Dogs Get High Praise from Izzo
Izzo called Nebraska Junkyard Dogs because “they reminded me of some of our old teams,” he said. “They took it to us; they talked it; they walked it; they played it.” Perhaps Nebrasketball fans are doing their best to follow in the footsteps of the inspiring and straightforward Miles. How else do you explain Nebraska Athletics, the Nebraska Alumni Association and the Husker Sports Network combining resources to make a place called MadDogs the official Husker Headquarters for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in San Antonio?
First, MadDogs is catchy. Secondly, “mad dog” fans could be the parallel of junkyard players who talk, walk and play with a high level of confidence. Lindsey Freeman, premium seating and events coordinator for the Huskers Athletic Fund, thinks junkyard players and mad dog fans could have a certain inherent connection to each other.
Thursday Night Broadcast Live from Texas
Freeman encourages all Husker fans to stop by MadDogs, located at 123 Losoya Street on San Antonio’s Riverwalk, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Greg Sharpe, Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison will broadcast Thursday’s Huskers Sports Nightly live from MadDogs. The Cornhusker Pep Band and UNL Cheer and Dance Teams will stop by to entertain, spark the spirit and join the fun. “We’ll have plenty of giveaways and lots of spirit,” Freeman said. “We encourage everyone to wear their Husker red and join the party, and we’re hoping Big Red fans from all over are coming to San Antonio!”
Mad Dog Fans Can Motivate Junkyard Dogs
Mad dog has many positive connotations that can relate to enthusiasm, desire, excitement and even madness in a good sort of way. My conclusion: Mad dogs can spur on and help motivate Junkyard Dogs, and Freeman agrees. “It’s March Madness, and Big Red fans are meeting at MadDogs,” she said without adding, perhaps, the two most important words that will dominate most Thursday night conversations before Friday’s scheduled 11:40 a.m. tipoff…Beat Baylor!
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