And So It Came to “Pass”

This is an homage to our Cardinal football team.  A terrific season culminating in the first state tournament appearance since 2002.  The 9 – 2 final record will stand tall, with an offensive team as diverse and exciting as any you will see on the high school level. 

First, a plug for the arts . . .

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November 10

[The Super’s final mow – it’s November and the grass is still green, for Pete’s sake!]

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November 11

Basketball Dan and I reprised our glorious days of yesteryear when we were footloose and fancy free, i.e., single guys with disposable income!

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[FB:  Old guys selfies! I mean, seriously, who has more fun? We’re at the inaugural game at NDSU’s Sheels Center last night. Dan, of course, has seen games at every Division I basketball school (347, I believe). Now he returns to check off new facilities.  This year he has two – this one last Friday night and Saturday night he soloed at the University of South Dakota’s new arena.]

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[Because I know there are a lot of Bison fans in this area!]

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[The view from row P.]

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[Some day I’ll be able to tell my grandkids I was there for the first game.  Oh yeah, I already have a grandkid, and he’s 23.]

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[Go, Bison!  They won, we left a bit early to . . . ]

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[Visit the Fargodome, where the lobby was littered with dozens of Christmas trees . . . ]

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[And the field was littered with the remains of the state high school football games.  This was the last one, in Class AAA (the biggest), between two Bismarck schools.  A school from Bismarck won.]

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[The “Great One” checking out seating lest he ever return.  He has seen games at every Division I football school, too.]

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November 12

[And now for Minnesota’s state high school football tournament.  Our Cardinals, unfortunately, drew the team that has been rated No. 1 in Class AAAAA (the 2nd biggest) all year, the undefeated Elk River Elks with a average victory margin of 36 points per game.]

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[Something was amiss, immediately noticed by Barb Flaig as she passed our seating area.  The Cards were shortchanged in program!]

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[Our Cards, in visitor white, led by Micah Christenson (22) take the field at St. Cloud State.]

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[Still tied, 4 1/2 minutes before the game started.]

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[Still no score . . . ]

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[We kicked off.  Elk River, as they have against everybody all year, marched down the field and scored.  They run the old T-formation offense, never pass, rely on deception (hard to tell who has the ball), and a terrific offensive line.  Anyway, here are Spencer Hockert (84) and Cody Faber (33), back after missing the last two games, back to receive the kickoff – neither were listed in the program.]

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[Quintin Kluver-Longfellow (30), a linebacker, made a nice return.  He also was not listed in the program.]

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[Jaran Roste (1), and in the program!, with Micah await the first Cardinal snap.]

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[And a pass to the right flank.  Early on I could tell our receivers could get open – so it was just making the plays.]

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[We had some near misses, some dropped passes early, and some turnovers . . . ]

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[Our inability to continue drives in the 1st half led to a big problem . . . the Elks scored every time they had the ball.]

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[This may have been the play where Cody caught a pass on the left sidelines and took it all the way for a TD . . . ]

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[And we went for the two, an option from Jaran to Micah.]

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[We had our only lead in the game.]

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[The Elks scored again, and again, and had a 23 – 8 lead.  Their ease of running up the middle regularly was likely aided by the absence of our nose tackle, Dan Oberg (75), for the third straight game.  At least Dan made the program!]

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[Here’s a nice kickoff return by Cody . . . ]

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[Our best chance to make it a game occurred right in front of where we were sitting.  Spencer was cutting into the end zone where he was tripped.  The pass appeared to be on target but now the only upright player in the vicinity was an Elk, who intercepted.  It would have made the score 23 – 15 and possibly game on.  The Elks scored again.  We looked like we had a big play going early on our next series, but the pass was bobbled, then dropped for a fumble and the Elks scored again on a short field.  The game was essentially over. We left at the half . . . because it’s dark at night and we don’t like to drive in the dark (OK, it would have been just as dark at the end of the game, but the late start, 8:00, meant a late end.)  We listened to the game on the way home.  The Cards got their big play offense going (we could always move the ball) in the 2nd half making the final score 60 – 36 (at least more points than anyone had scored against the Elks all year).  A Big Congrats to the team again.  A really fun and exciting season.  Now let the winter sports seasons begin!]

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November 13

[Three months are up . . . time for another wine pick up.]

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[It’s a par-tay!  And tastings of 4 wines, with Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres to be featured further down the page.]

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[Ruth Hill and Tom Obert signed in on the winery’s debut, July 31, 1999.]

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[Can you find us?]

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[Professor Miltich was once again the entertainment.  He sang “Suzanne” for the first time as I can recall and, of course, “Hallelujah” as we bid our final farewells to Leonard Cohen.]

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[Our box of three – the every three-month price for membership in the wine club.]

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[And, of course, the well-practiced “Piano Man” choreography.]

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[Mid-November.  Minnesota.  Bright and sunny and 60+ degree.  People were leaving early to go home to fire up the convertible.]

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[Our hors d’oeuvres, mashed potato martinis with fixings and pumpkin dessert.]

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[As we leave, a beautiful day in the neighborhood.]

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[Swans . . . ]

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[And the Super Moon!]

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November 14

[Ta-ta!!]

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Baseball players are smarter than football players.  How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?  ~  Jim Bouton

Up Next:  Amsterdam (I hope).

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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