Any time something affects more than 20 million people, it’s time to take notice. And not that I’m proud, but I’ve taken notice. How could I not? It all started with son-in-law Brandon, but truth be told, I still don’t get it. I don’t understand what a Pokemon actually is, and I don’t understand the game. I don’t understand why people play it, and I don’t understand why some people are walking miles a day in order to play it. One thing I do understand is that the mobile game phenomenon has swept the state, the country, and yes, the world like no other. The sudden impact it’s had seems a little crazy, a little unnerving to be honest. People walking through cemeteries. People ending up on private property. People just walking. People playing. I guess I understand the basic concept, but throwing balls at an imaginary figure on a cell phone in real space seems pretty far out there. You say the ultimate goal is what?
Early-inning deficits were too much for the Aurora Seniors this week as they went 1-4 during the final stretch of the regular season. Aurora started the week strong with a 9-3 win over DCB July 13, then lost in double headers Saturday with a 6-4 setback to Holdrege and a 9-1 defeat at the hands of PWG. The Seniors finished the regular season with another double-header Sunday, falling 10-9 to Pleasant Dale and 5-4 to Crete. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
My fingers trembled as they rested on the phone dial, trying to make a phone call. Why was I so nervous? I talk to people I haven’t met all the time in my line of work. Why was this so different? It’s not that I didn’t want to talk to him; I was highly looking forward to it. It was even my suggestion to do this months beforehand. Despite very few people knowing about the story, I could feel the pressure. I can feel the eyeballs scanning over these words. This man, this story was going to be larger than life, and I had to deliver. That’s pressure. The phone rang several times, only heightening my nervousness. This is one of the largest figures Aurora has ever known. Out of nowhere a commanding “Hello” rattles through the phone speakers. Showtime.
For years, I thought I had finally crossed the path from my years of youth into adulthood. However, it wasn’t until Monday that the transformation actually took place and was finalized. Tim Duncan announced his retirement Monday, spelling the end of an incredible 18-year NBA career that I had the honor and privilege of growing up with. But it took until now to actually appreciate it. Growing up, basketball was all about Kobe Bryant. For us during our developing basketball minds, Michael Jordan was out the door and Kobe smashed the door in. Shooting hoops with your friends, everyone tried to be like Kobe, emulating his famous fadeaway. Every time you shot a wad of paper into the trash can, it was an expectation to shout, “Kobe!” before the attempt.
After a long-awaited and much-needed break away from the diamond, the Aurora Seniors team was welcomed back with an impressive 9-3 victory over Broken Bow July 6. The win broke a four-game losing streak that spanned nearly a week and a half. Their previous win came June 25 over Lexington. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
I struggle this time of year. I really do. It’s not from a lack of sleep, or a lack of things to do. It’s not from a lack of sunshine, the vitamin D getting into my system, or whatever. No, I struggle because right now there’s not a lot of sports out there that I pay attention to. I barely watched the College World Series for the first time ever. Coastal who? I’m not into NASCAR. I can’t stand to watch golf or tennis. And don’t get me started on soccer. A bunch of guys or gals running back and forth on my TV screen I can do without. There are the occasional K.C. Royals innings that I watch, but again, I won’t sit through an entire ball game. Where’s Johnny Queto when you need him? I know it’s only early July, but I’m ready for NFL training camps to open. I’m ready to leave work a little early and head to Husker volleyball matches, and I’m ready to go watch year two of Riley’s Huskers.
It’s been a roller coaster-style week for the Aurora Juniors squad, including a dominating win, a blown victory and much more. After playing in four consecutive days, the Juniors came away 1-3 in that stretch and now stand with a 5-17 mark. See a complete report in this week's print or e-editions.
It was a tough week on the scoreboard for the Aurora Seniors team this week. Aurora started the week with a 8-3 loss to Shelton/Gibbon June 27, a 7-4 defeat at the hands of Central City June 28 and a 12-2 setback at home against Pleasant Dale June 29, then finished the stretch of contests with a 9-1 loss on the road at Seward.
See game details and stats in this week's print or e-editions.
I couldn’t tell if it was 2016 or 1996 on Saturday during the A’ROR’N Days Street Vault in the courthouse parking lot. For those who were in attendnce, they received a blast from the past that was surely one of the highlights of the weekend, at least it was for me. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The Aurora Seniors Legion either win by a run, or lose by a run. Either way, you’ll never be bored at a Seniors game. “We have had seven one-run games, including the last four leading into this week’s schedule,” Seniors coach Rick Kissack commented.