MARILYN HAGERTY: Five years of football fulfilling, no bed of rosesHe isn’t a math major, but Drew Daggett compiled some statistics after playing football for the UND Fighting Sioux. He told fans at the Sioux fan luncheon last week that he has made friends and he has memories that will last a life time. But he said it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
He isn’t a math major, but Drew Daggett compiled some statistics after playing football for the UND Fighting Sioux.
He told fans at the Sioux fan luncheon last week that he has made friends and he has memories that will last a life time. But he said it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses. Although his math may be off a bit, he compiled a list of what it has meant to be on the team for the last five years.
Roughly, he said there were 460 practices. Along with 771 lifting and conditioning workouts, 9,800 squats… and 1,603 days as a representative of the team and the school and as an ambassador for the great state of North Dakota.
Daggett said as his team moves on to carve a spot in UND Fighting Sioux history, it will be remembered as the final team to be known as “Fighting Sioux.” And, even before last week’s football game, he said his team would be known as the first Division I conference champions.
Festival of trees
The last weekend of November arrives with leftover turkey in refrigerators along with the 2011 Holiday Shopping Hockey Tournament and the Pee Wee A Hockey Tournament.... And the annual Festival of Trees sponsored by the LISTEN Center begins today and continues through Dec. 4 in the Sears Wing of Columbia Mall.
Sioux fans are invited to the Friday lunch that will be held today at the Ralph Engelstad Arena rather than the usual place at the Alerus.... And the Sioux are entertaining Colorado College tonight and Saturday at the Ralph.... The men’s basketball team has a game Saturday afternoon at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center…. Fire Hall Theatre is presenting “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” Saturday evening…. Chester Fritz Auditorium will host Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker this coming Wednesday….
Christmas in the Park begins at 5:30 p.m. today and runs through New Year’s Eve in Lincoln Park…. And there are 48 displays this year…. Money from the event is disbursed by five local Lions Clubs for local charities…. It costs $5 a car, $10 for a limousine and $20 for a bus to go through….
Q. Have you noticed any interesting vanity license plates around the city this week?
A. Yes, as a matter of fact, I saw IMTWEET and then I saw TO LOVE on a yellow car on Friday. A friend got a laugh when he saw YA DEN on a plate. Just goes to show this is still Norwegian country.
Q. What do you know about bananas?
A. I just read that if you take them apart when you get home from the store they will last longer. If they are all stuck together they ripen faster. Maybe too fast! Personally I eat a whole banana or none at all. I never quit with a half.
Q. What do you think about while driving to and from Bismarck for Thanksgiving?
A. Well, I have been wondering if some math class could figure out what is the best buy on toilet paper. The descriptions are endless. The prices on various sizes bewilder a shopper. I wonder if anyone has it figured out.... I also wonder what Ernie the Angler does when he can’t go fishing. I wonder if he does ice fishing.... Sometimes I wonder what ever happened to snow fences people used to put up this time of year….
Carolyn and Ben
Cheerful persons of the week: Carolyn Olson, Ben Pesek.
Reach Marilyn Hagerty at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.