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CASPER, Wyo. — There is plenty of basketball skill in the Robertson family.

Kate Robertson is a senior member of the Natrona County High School Fillies basketball team. She has decided to play for the Casper College Lady Thunderbirds next year.

Her two older sisters and parents were at the Swede Erickson Gymnasium on Wednesday, Dec. 11 as Kate signed her commitment to play in front of a Casper crowd when she goes to college.

Kelly Walsh came so close last season that the stinging quarterfinal loss to Cheyenne East has followed the Trojans from Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym all the way to their home court. That 44-42 loss ended hope of clearing the hurdle and advancing to the semifinals.
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Instead, that hope has been passed along to this season with even more urgency.

The Trojans return three of their top five scorers from last season, including Danilynn Schell (12.0 per game) and Corin Carruth (8.8). They also have seniors Sarah Strube and Isabel Lyons, who played significant roles on the three-time state championship volleyball team in the fall. Add the big-minute potential of Rachel Schmucker, Jayla Johnson and Barrett Lloyd, and the stars may be aligning for the Trojans this season.

On paper, Kelly Walsh checks a lot of boxes. There’s strength in the paint between Carruth, Johnson and Schmucker, as well as athleticism on the outside with Schell, Strube, Lyons and Lloyd. Their offense struggled for consistency at times — shooting just 34.2 percent and averaging a middle-of-the-road 43.7 points — but their defense always came through.

Kelly Walsh led 4A last season by allowing just 36.0 points per game and holding opponents to under 30 percent (29.5) from the floor.

One of the Trojans’ glaring weaknesses last year came on the boards, finishing the year in the negative rebounding margins. Another bulletin board item this year is likely possession after the Trojans averaged 17.5 turnovers last season.

More than statistics, however, there’s that souring feeling from the quarterfinal loss. That final-moment loss kept Kelly Walsh from its first semifinal berth since 2009. A full decade later and the Trojans take the court with a full, talented senior class and the ambition of a first-round win.

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In spite of the damage he’s caused, Nate Robinson (Jurrell Carter) is determined to get to know his family in Emmerdale — a fact which has caused plenty of conflict among the Dingle clan — but, as he receives a last minute invite to celebrate the festive season with the family he never knew he had, will Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) lose control? Nate has caused plenty of chaos since showing up in the village earlier this year.

Of course, his biggest sin remains the steamy affair he had with Moira (Natalie J Robb), and it later came to light that his motives in sleeping with the farmer was to antagonise Cain — who was revealed to be none other than Nate’s biological dad. After realising all of the anger he had for Cain was built on lies, Nate tried to make amends but the damage had been done — and Cain has made his stance incredibly clear: he wants nothing to do with him. ADVERTISEMENT In spite of this, Belle (Eden-Taylor Draper) and Sam (James Hooton) have shown Nate their support — as has Charity (Emma Atkins) — which has resulted in Cain voicing his feelings, berating his family for siding with the enemy. In the coming episodes, the festive season arrives, and Nate’s upset at the thought of being excluded from the celebrations as the Dingle clan discuss their plans for the big day.
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However, Nate later receives a last-minute invite to join them for the festivities. The big question is, of course, how will Cain react? Nate single-handedly destroyed his life, which is why he can’t stand to be in the same room as him, so he’ll no doubt be angry to discover that his own family have invited him to Christmas dinner.

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It’s an easy thing to say you’re moving on past a tough football loss, but it’s another thing to actually succeed in doing it.

That’s especially so when the loss is 54-0 to an intense neighborhood rival, as Warren Hills’ opening setback to Phillipsburg was.

It was the kind of defeat that could have ruined a whole season, or at least a few weeks — but the Blue Streaks didn’t let it happen.

Senior captain Jake Smith and his teammates wouldn’t let it.

“What we did was like what we did after the Summit game last season (when the Streaks fell to 0-3 after a thumping by Summit),” Smith said. “We had to focus on what was next. We knew (the Phillipsburg loss) happened, and we had to take that game off our shoulders and move on to Governor Livingston. We did, and we won.”

A 24-6 defeat of the Highlanders proved an excellent reversal of form for Warren Hills, which now has some momentum heading into Friday’s Mid-State 38 crossover game against another local rival, North Hunterdon, in the renewal of the “Route 31 rivalry” at North’s Singley Field.

Blue Streaks coach George DiGrande knew he could count on Smith, one of the very few returning starters on his green-as-a-forest-in-June team, to deliver the kind of mental turnaround the squad needed.

“Jake is a passionate leader and vocal supporter (of his teammates),” DiGrande said. “An an old-school, throwback player, tough and physical.”

That last trait came in very handy against Governor Livingston.

“The difference between the Phillipsburg and Governor Livingston games was our physicality,” Smith said. “It was a lot better than it was against Phillipsburg. Not just on defense, but up front on offense, too. We felt much better, much more physical, for the entire game.”

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Smith was a large part of the extra-physical play in the win.

“Jake sets the edge well on defense and can get upfield to rush the quarterback,” DiGrande said. “He is a stalwart at defensive end. Against Governor Livingston he had a crunching sack and fumble that (we) recovered.”

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Warren Hills’ Jake Smith sacks Governor Livingston quarterback Victor Chait, forcing a fumble, in Saturday’s 24-6 Blue Streak win.

Smith plays defensive end and tight end, after a short stay at offensive tackle earlier this season. He’s the sole returning Blue Streaks starter on offense and just one of two on defense.

While DiGrande liked Smith at tackle, he likes what Smith does at tight end even more.

“His skills allow us to use him in different ways at tight end, inside, in motion, and out wide,” DiGrande said. “Jake has good hands and blocking ability.”

The Blue Streaks had 254 total yards on offense against the Highlanders, 213 on the ground (177 by sophomore running back Jon Lainez), a considerable improvement from the sub-50 yardage against Phillipsburg. But Smith thinks there is even more in the tank.

“We did a good job on offense Saturday,” Smith said. “But I think we can play even better. I think I can play even better.”

Where the Blue Streaks may have improved the most is on defense, where they held Governor Livingston to one touchdown and had five takeaways.

“We were able to get a lot of pressure against the quarterback,” said Smith, who had 10 tackles against the Highlanders. “We were definitely stronger than their offensive line. We stopped their running game. (Defensive coordinator) Tony Frey put in a really good play against their single wing.”

Single wing? That old classic of an offense is rarely seen these days, but it can drive defenses crazy with misdirection and confusion. To be able to contain a single wing speaks wonders about the mental discipline and physical adaptability of the Warren Hills defense.

Now, Smith and the Blue Streaks must try and contain a North Hunterdon team that, like them, suffered a tough opening loss and bounced back strongly with a 20-0 defeat of Immaculata. The Lions piled up 309 yards rushing in the win.

“Defensively, we need to contain the run game within the tackles and stop the short pass game,” DiGrande said. “Reducing self-inflicted errors and turnovers will give us an opportunity to win in a hostile, loud environment.”
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That’s fine with Smith, who well remembers a thrilling last-minute 36-33 win over the Lions in 2018 in front of a rocking house at Warren Hills.

“That was a good time, and it will be another full atmosphere at North Hunterdon,” Smith said. “We just have to keep working hard and getting better.”

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A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to toss out a lawsuit over missing notes documenting President Donald Trump’s face-to-face meetings with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

American Oversight and Democracy Forward, a pair of left-leaning watchdog groups, sued Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the State Department, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the archivist of the United States in June over the missing notes. The groups charge that Pompeo violated the Federal Records Act by allowing Trump to reportedly confiscate meeting notes prepared by State Department employees and for failing to preserve them.

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In a ruling from the bench on Wednesday, Judge Trevor McFadden of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the government’s motion to dismiss the case.

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The order by McFadden, a Trump appointee, means that the lawsuit will be allowed to move forward and gives the government until Jan. 10 to say whether Pompeo complied with federal records law or show why he was not obligated to do so. Pompeo will then have until the middle of March to produce the State Department’s record of evidence.

The Washington Post first reported in January that Trump had gone to “extraordinary” lengths to conceal the details of his meetings with Putin, seizing the notes of his interpreter after the leaders’ first meeting in 2017 and ordering the translator not to disclose details of the discussion. Furthermore, The Post reported that no detailed record of Trump’s communications with Putin existed, prompting a flurry of document requests from Congress and outside groups.

Trump and Putin have met in person multiple times, including a handful of occasions where few, if any, other U.S. officials were present. The disclosure of a lack of records came in the midst of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

“The administration has done everything it can to hide what Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed in Hamburg,” Austin Evers, executive director at American Oversight, said in a statement in response to Wednesday’s ruling. “Today’s ruling is an important step to ensuring the government complied with its legal obligations.”

Democracy Forward’s senior counsel also cheered the order. “President Trump clearly wishes to shield his interactions with foreign leaders even from those within his administration. But the law doesn’t allow Secretary Pompeo to turn a blind eye to those efforts,” Nitin Shah said in a statement, calling the ruling “a win for government transparency and accountability.”

The State Department declined to comment on pending litigation.

In its motion to dismiss earlier this fall, the State Department rejected the watchdog groups’ characterization of the interpreter notes subject to the Federal Records Act and argued that Pompeo, who was not yet secretary at the time of several of the Trump-Putin meetings, was not obligated to recover and preserve the interpreter notes Trump took possession of.
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Trump’s efforts to keep under wraps the details of his conversations with other world leaders have taken on a new light in the wake of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

As outlined in an August whistleblower complaint, the White House took the unusual step of placing a rough transcript of the July phone call between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, which is at the heart of the probe, in a secure server meant only for highly classified documents.

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The Bruins’ hopes at a men’s championship died in the final week of the regular season, and only one woman in blue and gold qualified for nationals.

But assistant coach Devin Elizondo said there were still some positive takeaways.

“Not everything went as we hoped,” Elizondo said. “But there were some amazing bright spots for the program.”

UCLA cross country saw an All-American finish from junior Christina Rice, and two top-125 placements from senior Garrett Reynolds and redshirt senior Colin Burke at the NCAA championship Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana. However, it was the second consecutive year that neither the men’s or women’s squad qualified for the championship as a team.

The last time there were no Bruin team qualifiers in consecutive years was in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

The UCLA men held a top-10 ranking for two weeks this season and had its sights set on the possibility of an automatic bid to the NCAA championship, but a late-season injury to redshirt senior Robert Brandt derailed the team’s qualifying chances.

Brandt was the Bruins’ top runner and was a top-10 finisher in every race he participated in this season.

While Elizondo said he was concerned with the gap between the front and back runners for the Bruins, new faces were able to tighten the pack in the latter half of the season. Elizondo said the performances of redshirt junior Andy Ehrenberg, redshirt freshman Darius Riley and junior DJ Lawson at the Pac-12 championship Nov. 1 stood out most.

“On the men’s side, we got a lot from some of our role players,” Elizondo said. “We came in believing our depth was one of our greatest strengths. We went further down the lineup than we thought we were going to have to. Those young guys stepped up – (Ehrenberg, Riley and Lawson).”

UCLA will lose its top three men’s runners – in addition to three other seniors – to graduation. Reynolds – who finished 84th at nationals – said the future of the men’s team will be in good hands if they buy into the legacy they’ve left behind.

“I think it’s definitely a big transition point for the team going into the next school year,” Reynolds said. “If the freshmen and the young guys that are here right now, as well as the incoming guys, if they can carry out, act, train, perform and have the same mentality, they’ll be in a good place.”

Rice said she saw a lot of growth within herself over the course of the season, rising into scoring positions and garnering an All-American title in the first championship race of her collegiate career.

As for the women’s team as a whole, Rice said it took a step back from last year and need to get back on the right track.

“I think we just need to learn how to work together as a group and get everyone on the same page,” Rice said. “I think that we definitely had a lot more focus last year. I think this year was just a learning and growing year.”
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Many of the cross country athletes will suit up again in the spring once the track and field season begins. Reynolds said his training program will have to shift in his 13-week offseason to prepare for the shorter distances of the indoor track season.

“This season, the training was fantastic,” Reynolds said. “(Elizondo, assistant coach Austin O’Neil and I) will come up with a plan to make a clean transition from how we trained in cross country and move that toward 5K and 10K training in the spring.”

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WeWork took the boring, shared-office-space concept, added kombucha on tap and the allure of working in a cool, hip, aesthetically pleasing environment and became one of the most highly valued unicorn companies, reaching a reported peak valuation of $47 billion.

The company has had a great run of success, quickly opening new locations all over the world. Investment bankers vigorously competed to bring the company public. This thrust WeWork into the limelight, consequently revealing large cracks in its facade. The issues—once disclosed—crushed the sky-high $47 billion valuation to about $20 billion today.

Larry Ellison, the multibillionaire CEO of Oracle, lambasted the entire crop of unicorns—those similar to WeWork that have gone public, like Uber. According to Barron’s, Ellison is not a fan of their business models. “They have nothing,” Ellison said. “No technology. And no loyalty.”

He derides WeWork self-positioning itself as a sophisticated technology company. He points out that the emperor has no clothes and sees WeWork as a basic, boring business. “WeWork rents a building from me, and breaks it up, and then rents it,” Ellison said. “They say, ‘We’re a technology company, and we want a tech multiple.’ It’s bizarre.”

WeWork was eager to go public and reap billions of dollars. Once the IPO documents went public, it revealed a scary pattern of financial self-dealing. The IPO was put on hold due to the negative backlash. It was reported that WeWork cofounder and CEO Adam Neumann changed the company’s official name to the We Company. Conveniently, he previously trademarked the name and charged his own company about $9 million for using it. The company burned through $1.6 billion in 2018 and analysts believe it will lose over $1 billion this year. Neumann “cashed out more than $700 million from the company ahead of its initial public offering through a mix of stock sales and debt,” according to a July Wall Street Journal report. Meanwhile, rank and file employees were not afforded the opportunity to sell their shares to lock in profits.

Neumann is reported to have engaged in over-the-top, questionable behavior. He reportedly left a cereal box filled with weed on a private jet. When crewmembers found it, they called the plane’s owner. Worried about this being some sort of global drug-trafficking ring, the owner demanded that the plane be returned, which left Neumann stranded in another country.

Neumann has told reporters that he’d like to become leader of the world, live forever and amass more than $1 trillion in wealth. His wife and WeWork cofounder, Rebekah Neumann—a cousin of Gwyeneth Paltrow—has her own idiosyncrasies. According to reports, she had a number of employees abruptly fired because “she didn’t like their energy” after briefly meeting them.

A Wall Street Journal profile of Neumann revealed the bizarre way he fired about 7% of the company’s employees in 2016. At an all-hands meeting at WeWork’s home office, Neumann was “telling attendees the move was tough, but necessary to cut costs and the company would be better because of it” and then things took a weird turn. Shot glasses filled with tequila were brought out to the assembled employees. Then, Darryl McDaniels of the old-school rap group, Run-D.M.C, started to perform their 1980s hit, “It’s Tricky.”

There is some good news. On Glassdoor, employees rank Adam Neumann highly as a CEO with a 62% approval rating. The employees also offer positive accolades:
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“VERY cool HQ—beer, fruit water, and other treats on tap, free breakfast, amazing decor, lots of events and cool trendy vendors who bring free stuff—if you like to humblebrag via Insta, you’ll love this place. Some cool people—celebrities come in and out, your colleagues are generally very attractive folks, there’s a sense of excitement and true commitment to the work (borderline evangelism) depending on who you work with and what you do. Name recognition and valuation—company is a rising star and it’s worth having on your résumé. A cool mission on the surface—bringing community together, helping people do what they love (making work a passion rather than a chore) through connection.”
“Great mission. Inspiring leadership. Socially conscious organization. Lots of incredible challenges to solve. You’re working on a product that you use, and talk to customers every single day. Collaborative culture.”
“Beautiful HQ offices, global access, barista coffee bar, lots of events, résumé builder.”

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Haynesville product Demetric Evans hails from Claiborne Parish, but it was all about Webster Parish Thursday, as he hosted a character football camp in partnership with Louisiana state Sen. Ryan Gatti.

The former NFL defensive lineman played from the Cowboys, Redskins and 49ers in his nine year career and with athletes from Minden, Lakeside and North Webster in attendance, Evans said today’s camp at The Pit was about more than football.

“Being the best you. Display the character each and every day that’s going to make you a better citizen, a better teacher, a better custodian, a better bus driver, a better librarian, whatever it may be.
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“That’s one thing I think we missing in today’s generation. Everybody is so money driven, everybody is so status driven, but they don’t have the character that can take them the distance. Today, a lot of great kids out here today, very impressed and these coaches are doing a good job.”

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To bolster their pivot position, the Denver Broncos on Monday signed veteran center Gino Gradkowski, per Mike Klis of 9News.

He takes the 53-man roster spot left behind by C Matt Paradis, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in last week’s loss to the Houston Texans. Paradis will be moved to injured reserve, likely in a corresponding move.

A 2012 fourth-round, Super Bowl-winning pick of the Baltimore Ravens, and 16-game starter in 2013, well-traveled Gradkowski — some will recall — was traded to the Broncos in April of 2015. His cup of coffee with the organization ended five months later, in September, after he was beat out by … wait for it … Paradis.

Gradkowski spent 2015 with the Atlanta Falcons, appearing in three games and starting one. He landed a free-agent deal from the Carolina Panthers in 2016, and started three games before landing on injured reserve. He again hit IR in September of 2017, prompting his release. Earlier this year, he enjoyed a two-week stint with the New York Jets and had since failed to draw any interest.

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Gradkowski, 30, figures to be active on game days, functioning as the backup to new starter Connor McGovern. The Broncos expressed hope that McGovern will replace Paradis’ production, albeit not his intangibles.

“Matt is like a coach on the field, so you can’t replace that,” head coach Vance Joseph said last week. “He is brilliant in protections and those things. You won’t replace Matt’s football IQ or his play, but we have to adjust to do what’s best for the players that are going to play in his place.”

Paradis suffered a fractured fibula and torn ligaments during Denver’s Week 9 loss to the Houston Texans. It’s a massive blow for a front-five that’s already without starting left guard Ronald Leary (injured reserve, Achilles’) and had been shuffling right tackles. He’s one of, if not the league’s best at his position — and indisputably their most talented lineman.

“Matt, he’s as solid as they come,” quarterback Case Keenum said after the game. “He’s awesome to play with. I don’t ever like comparing guys, but man, he’s incredible. Top notch, first class. It’s a tough deal. I’m hurting for him.”

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With the iron man center no longer in the picture, Keenum will be asked to handle the majority of protection assignments, an underrated storyline worth monitoring over the final seven games.

“Absolutely,” Joseph said Monday. “He has to make the protection calls, identify the MIKE on pass plays and even in the running game, finding the MIKE, finding the double teams and who are we climbing to on the second level. It will fall to Case, but obviously Connor’s a smart guy, so he’ll pick it up as we go along.”

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Just twice in the last half-century has one school had three players finish in the top 10 of the Heisman Trophy voting, and it was Ohio State both times.

It could happen again this year for the Buckeyes, with quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young being invited to New York on Saturday as Heisman finalists, and running back J.K. Dobbins likely to receive votes.

The last time three players from the same school finished in the top 10 was 1973.

John Cappelletti of Penn State was the Heisman winner in 1973. Second was Ohio State offensive lineman John Hicks, fifth was OSU running back Archie Griffin, and sixth was OSU linebacker Randy Gradishar.

Griffin went on to win the Heisman his junior and senior years in 1974 and 1975, and remains the only two-time Heisman winner.

In 1969, three Buckeyes finished in the top 10, though not as high as the 1973 trio.

Oklahoma running back Steve Owen won the 1969 Heisman, followed by three quarterbacks – Mike Phipps of Purdue, Rex Kern of Ohio State and Archie Manning of Ole Miss. Seventh in the 1969 voting was Ohio State running back Jim Otis. Tenth was OSU defensive back Jack Tatum.

Several schools have had two players in the top 10, including last year when quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was second and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was eighth, both from Alabama. Last year’s winner was Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.

When Ohio State’s Eddie George won the Heisman in 1995, OSU quarterback Bobby Hoying was 10th in the voting.

Over the last half-century, 27 Ohio State players have finished in the top 10 of Heisman voting – more than any other school. Oklahoma (24) and USC (20) are next closest.

Oklahoma’s six Heisman trophies are the most during this period. USC has five and Ohio State four, the last by Troy Smith in 2006.

Source: Research based annual voting results published at Sports Reference LLC.

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GOSHEN — Andy Roeder was at Game 7 of the World Series Wednesday night in Cleveland, but there was more to it than just a baseball game for the longtime Chicago Cubs fan.

“I was thinking about my grandma Abel, who was a huge Cubs fans,” he said. “She used to sit on her porch, listening to the games on the radio. She would keep a boxscore. She would send letters to the players with index cards or baseball cards for them to autograph and they would send them back in a self-addressed stamp envelope she had sent.”

When the Cubs won the National League pennant and advanced to the World Series, Roeder thought about going to a game.

“I am kind of a practical person and couldn’t really justify the expense,” he said. “I thought about it all weekend. My friend, Scott Tuttle, convinced me that you only live once but the memories and experiences are forever. I finally decided if the Cubs were in Game 7 that grandma would want me to be there. To me it was more about honoring her than anything. I would not trade the experience for anything.”

Tuttle was also at the game.

“It was an amazing roller coaster of emotions,” he said. “The Cubs got out to a big lead, then lost the lead and them came back to win. It was the best sporting event I’ve ever attended. The reality of the whole thing is only starting to set in now.”

A third local man, Ryan Thwaits, was also at the game.

“People have been waiting their entire lifetime for this,” he said. “The tickets were insanely expensive, but seeing Game 7 of the World Series was on my bucket list. It was even better that my favorite team was playing. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

All three of the men got their tickets through brokers.

“Tickets ranged in price from $1,000 to $5,000 per seat,” Tuttle said. “That is expensive, but I saw tickets for games at Wrigley Field (in Chicago) that were $10,000 per seat.

“When the Cubs went up 7-1 in Game 6, I pulled the trigger on the tickets and hoped they held on to win.

“Cleveland is only about 3 1/2 hours away. I thought about my dad and grandpa who were longtime Cubs fans.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I am just blessed to have been able to take advantage of the opportunity.”

“I saw standing-room-only tickets at Wrigley that were $1,200 to $1,500,” Roeder said.

Ticket prices didn’t keep Cubs fans away for the Series.

“It was surreal to see how many Cubs fans were there,” Roeder said. “There were a ton of Cubs fans. I’m a huge sports fans and it is unusual to see a road team have that kind of following in an opponent’s stadium.”

Thwaits was also impressed by the number of Cubs fans in attendance.

“We were sitting in left field so it was kind of hard to tell but I would think the crowd was about 30 percent Cubs fans,” Thwaits said. “It was amazing to me that, as a visiting team’s fans, we could get a chant like ‘Go, Cubs, Go’ started and keep it going all around the stadium. That usually doesn’t happen in an opposing team’s stadium.”

The Cubs, who had not won the Series since 1908, made things interesting and let Cleveland tie the score 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth inning on a two-run home run by Raja Davis.

“The whole game was like a storybook,” Roeder said. “Before the home run, we were counting down the outs. Then the rain delay came. Then the Cubs score two runs and let Cleveland score one in the bottom of the inning. I have been to a lot of sporting events and have been involved in anything like that before.”

“When Davis hit his home run my first thought was what is happening to us now,” Thwaits said. “

Thwaits was also at Game 2 in Cleveland.

“We had great sets,” he said. “We were in the third row behind the Cubs dugout. Tom Ricketts (Cubs owner) was there and we thanked him for building the team. He talked to us and even took a picture with us.”

Tuttle has been a Cubs fan all of his life.
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“I’m 50 years old and my dad took me to my first Cubs game was I was around 10,” he said. “The tickets were expensive, but when it is all said and done, it was worth it. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I kept thinking about how much my dad and my grandpa would have enjoyed this.”

Tuttle became a sideline reporter of sorts for friends back home.

“The storms that rolled through the area knocked out cable TV in some areas,” he said, “so I had friends sending me text messages for updates on the game, because they couldn’t watch the game.”