Archive for November, 2015

Three years ago SI Kids Director of Photography Marguerite Schropp Lucarelli asked Laura and me to do a  piece on Erin DiMeglio, a high school quarterback in Ft Lauderdale, FL. She was great to work with, just a wonderful kid and a terrific story. One of her friends and teammates, Alex "The Buddha" Collins, was a running back who was unstoppable on a competitive south Florida high school team. He ran over everyone.  We focused on Erin, but Buddha was always there--being a buddy off the field and a strong support on.

Getting ready to board my flight today to Atlanta I watched Alex on an airport tv still at it as the featured back in Arkansas' attack.  17 carries for 91 yards, in the first half. He's been a star from the time he joined the Razorbacks.  A junior, this year he has carried for 1262 yards for a 5-6 team playing a tough SEC schedule. Nice to see a familiar face with a lot of sun shining on it.

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? The new 2016 Nebraska Project calendar is now on our store. Support The Nebraska Project by checking out the calendar and the new prints for sale. If you don't see what you want just let us know and we will track it down for you. Shop today! Tractor_Meadow_Fade   Calendar_2016_01  

Last summer my daughter Havana and I were driving along Highway 20 -- one of the prettiest stretches of Blue Highway in America -- across the top of Nebraska. Approaching Cody -- A Town Too Tough To Die -- we saw a small football field nestled between hills just outside of town. It pulled me straight in like a visual magnet. As I stepped out of the car, I was mesmerized. The air was so fresh. That giant crystal clear blue sky was littered with puffy white clouds. Gentle prairie sounds hummed all around. I walked across the field and stooped to pick a blade of the sweet long grass. I knew I had to come back in autumn. As it has been my entire life, a good chunk of my focus this fall would be football -- in Nebraska. cody It's about the game, but more about community.  Life in a little Nebraska town. My story and film about the Cody-Kilgore six-man football team is now on ESPN.com.


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