Behind the Boundary: Cricket at a Crossroads by Graeme Wright

By Graeme Wright

A decent and demanding research of the country of English cricket in the course of essentially the most chaotic and moving classes within the heritage of the game.Longlisted for the William Hill activities ebook of the yr Award 2011.

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5. The guest of honor gets some action. On home Saturdays there’s always a sign tacked up somewhere in Memorial Stadium from a place like Hershey, Brainard, or Imperial, lauding a homespun walkon. This guy is usually buried deep on the depth chart and doesn’t play much. Watching him trot onto the field, with NU up 49-0 and the Huskers’ huddle getting more foot traffic than Grand Central Station, puts a sublime punctuation mark on the victory. Usually you can hear a faint buzz of approval coming from one corner of the stadium or another, which means a few people from his hometown have noticed his entry into the lineup.

There’s the famous story of Bob Devaney declaring “even the Pope would vote us No. 1” following NU’s Orange Bowl win over LSU on January 1, 1971. When he coached, Osborne regularly quoted scripture, like the time he summoned 2 Timothy 1:7 before the Huskers’ emasculation of Florida in the ’96 Fiesta Bowl. For years a regular game-ending sight was receivers’ coach Ron Brown on one knee, leading players in prayer. Also, countless athletes over the years have celebrated big plays with quick salutations to the Guy Upstairs.

But by the time the Iowa State game arrived in November, winter had too. This game was memorable on several different fronts – first, I got to go because the two banks in Bancroft forked out for forty Husker tickets for the Bancroft-Rosalie High School football team; I’d given up placekicking long before my fresh- 32 In All Kinds of Weather man year but I helped with the team enough to merit a trip to Lincoln. Second, we sat in ground-level metal bleachers along the southwest tunnel, and the Huskers strode right past us as they took the field; I popped Jim Skow’s shoulder pads encouragingly as he passed by.

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