Husker watch party on Kwajalein
From the beginning of our adventure to Kwajalein, one of my biggest worries has been the access to college football from this small rock in the middle of the Pacific. There is no other way to say it. I am in love with college football. While thankful for the Armed Forces Network, the selection of games they feature here on Kwaj, live or on delay, does not always match my personal preference.
The time difference is another major consideration for game watching in paradise. Currently, we are seven hours behind (but a day ahead) of the 91,000+ inside Memorial Stadium. This places some games close to or during our church services on some Sundays. The season opener thusly necessitated the preacher to sport his formal Husker polo while the preacher’s wife wore her Taylor Martinez jersey complimented by a stylish ‘N’ tattoo on the cheek prior to the noon kickoff. Needless to say, it was a shorter sermon.
The post game press conference
Even though church ended on time, there was no promise that that the game could be viewed easily by the Husker faithful here on Kwaj. Luckily, wifi hot spots have slowly but surely popped up in the last couple of weeks and the unofficial Marshall Island Husker Alumni chapter was able to stream the action from the school library. Because of the tight knit community of Huskers on Kwaj, our watch party also doubled as a vacation planning party for our chapter’s bowl season trip to New Zealand.
The game itself offered more than its fair share of excitement. Our chapter’s founding member, Matt Gerber, grew frustrated with the young defense’s inability to slow down Wyoming. “I’m not sure why I get my hopes up so much each summer.” he said. “We still seem a step slow.” In the end, the Huskers held off the Cowboys for their 28th consecutive season opening win. I remain a bit more optimistic. Our young defense needs time to mature on our way to a B1G Championship – Go Big Red!