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way of life
As he sat atop the 2,000-pound beast
in the chute, Robbie remembered that he
wasn’t supposed to be thinking.
Not about which way the bull,
Copen Lucifer, was supposed to turn.
Not about when and how hard the ani
mal might kick. Not about an eight
second ride or a six-hour drive home.
And definitely not about what would
happen to his 150-pound frame if he
was stepped on after falling to the dirt.
So he tried not to think. He just sat.
Copen Lucifer was also a bit anxious
to get this dance underway. He jerked
from side to side in the box, trying to wig
gle the buck strap from his groin.
Then the gate flew open.
A week of mental preparation
would come to an end in a matter of
seconds. The bull kicked once, and
Robbie leaned back toward the
bull’s rear and grasped the animal
between his legs to keep from being
tossed over the top of the mighty beast.
He gripped the rope strapped around
the bull’s back with his right hand
leaving his left hand to flail about.
Two quick kicks and a 6-foot fall
later, Robbie found himself in the dirt.
Without time to regain his bearings, he
raced to get out of the way of the now
Not quite an eight-second ride -
maybe half that.
What’s that mean for 19-year-old
Robbie Newkirk? No prize money
and a long trip home.
But that’s the life of a professional
“It’s very disappointing,” Robbie
said after his ride Saturday night dur
ing the World’s Toughest Rodeo at
Pershing Auditorium. “Especially
when I know what I can do on a bull
like that. I was sitting instead of react
ing. I was thinking about what he was
going to be like. Those first two or
three jumps are always the key.”
But don’t think Robbie didn’t
know what was coming. He called
ahead and did a background check on
For Robbie, this isn’t just a crazy
attempt to get a rush. This is a way of
life. As a senior at Dixon (Mo.) High
School, he earned over $21,000 in
rodeos last year.
From the first time his dad forced
him to ride a bull eight years ago, he’s
only broken one bone. In his two-year
career in the Pro Rodeo Cowboys
Association, he’s dislocated some ribs
and been “knocked silly” a couple of
times. But “you can’t let anything like
that get in your way.” Not if you’re
going to be a professional cowboy.
You could see it in the dirt on his
black hat, the shine of his buckle, the
smile on his face and the crap on his
boots: He loves this game.
“This is fun. This is all I do.
There’s nothing else.”
David Wilson is a junior news
editorial major and the Daily
Nebraskan sports editor.
Huskers trample Buffaloes
By Shannon Heffelfinger
Paul Sanderford and the Nebraska
women’s basketball team had little to
say about a 78-53 win over Colorado
Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports
The game was over before it started,
and thoughts of the challenging final
week that lies ahead filled the Huskers’
minds even before their 15th home vic
tory of the season ended.
The Huskers - who end conference
play with games against Big 12 first
and second-place teams Texas Tech and
Iowa State this week - used the 11,465
fans who filled the Devaney Center to
their advantage early in the game.
“We got the opening tip, they stole
it and that’s how it went for the rest of
the game,” said CU Coach Ceal Barry,
who credited the Buffaloes’ poor play
to their inability to keep a slow tempo.
But after the first three minutes of
the game, NU (21-7 overall and 10-4 in
the Big 12 Conference) hardly needed
the support supplied by the largest
crowd in the history of the program.
Colorado missed its first three
shots of the game and committed three
turnovers in the first two minutes.
And things went downhill from
there. The Buffaloes trailed by 20 at the
half and were never closer than 18 the
rest or the contest.
“Five minutes before the game, I
looked at the crowd and what a great
atmosphere it was,” Sanderford said,
“and I told my assistants, ‘Welcome to
the big time.’”
The “big time” is exactly where
Sanderford wants the Huskers to be.
The dominating win over Colorado
(10-14 and 4-10) means much more in
the greater scheme of things than
another mark in the win column,
The victory, along with Kansas’
and Baylor’s league losses Saturday,
strengthens NU’s hold on the third
place spot in the conference.
It nearly solidifies the Huskers’
hope for a first-round bye in the Big 12
tournament March 3-7 and their hope
for an NCAA Tournament bid.
It was also only the second time in
the last 12 meetings that the Huskers
have come out on top against the
Those factors make the win all the
more sweet for NU’s seniors, All
American Anna DeForge said.
NEBRASKA SENIOR Jami Kubik, bottom right, and sophomore Naciska Gilmore, bottom left, reach for a rebound
during the first half Sunday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
“For so many years they’ve just
beat us down,” said DeForge, who led
both teams with 25 points on 10 of 15
shooting and 15 rebounds. “To cause
that frustration for them feels good.”
Now, the Huskers turn their atten
tion on reaching Sanderford’s “big
A victory over either Texas Tech
Wednesday or Iowa State Sunday
would enhance both NU’s Big 12
Tournament seed and NCAA
“We have two top 25 teams to end
the season, and those are the kind of
teams we’re going to have to beat,”
“We’re a much different team than
we were six weeks ago. We’re more
confident, and people understand their
roles very well.”
NU defeats Colorado
as Lue breaks slump
By Sam McKewon
BOULDER, Colo. - Nebraska
point guard Tyronn Lue couldn’t have
picked a better time to come out of a
shooting slump Saturday against
After making only 41 of 89 shots in
his previous five games, Lue shot 60
percent from the floor against the
Buffaloes, scoring 31 points in a 79-71
It was the fourth time this season
Uue has reached the 30-point plateau
and the second time this season against
And Lue couldn’t have been more
pleased about his performance.
“It was time for me to have a good
game,” Lue said. “I haven’t played well
for a while. I was focused since Friday
When a crowd of 5,802 fans at the
Coors Events Center watched CU cut
Nebraska’s 35-22 halftime lead to 55
50 late in the second half, Lue helped
to deliver the final blow.
Taking a backdoor pass from guard
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OSU pins a loss on Huskers
By Sarah Dose
As a team, the Nebraska
wrestlers didn’t beat Oklahoma
But three wrestlers won where
they needed to, NU Coach Tim
In a 25-19 loss to top-ranked
OSU Sunday afternoon at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center, seniors
Brad Canoyer (134), Temoer Terry
(158) and Ryan Tobin (190) won
their respective matches to ensure
top seeds in the Big 12 Tournament.
“We thought coming in, we had
a chance to win the thing,”
Top-ranked Terry, who went up
against second-ranked Hardell
Moore, won a tie breaker to defeat
Moore. Entering overtime, the
match was tied 1-1 and neither
Terry nor Moore scored in over
Moore won the flip for the tie
breaker and chose down, but Terry
rode him the full 30 seconds for the
win. Terry, who hurt his shoulder in
the third period, said he was confi
dent going into the match.
“The only time I was really ner
vous was when I lost the coin toss at
the end,” Terry said.
OSU Coach John Smith said he
thought Terry deserved to win.
“Temoer Terry is not going to
give you a match,” Smith said. “You
have to go out there and earn it.
“If you can ride someone for 30
seconds after seven minutes of
complete battle, there’s no ques
tion. You deserve to win.”
No. 12 Canoyer pinned sixth
ranked Jamill Kelly in overtime,
but Canoyer said he was just look
ing for a win.
“I wasn’t looking for a pin,”
Canoyer said. “I wanted (the take
down) to get the win, but he ended
up on his back.”
Smith said he was not happy
with Kelly’s performance.
“I was very disappointed at
(Kelly’s) effort at the end of the
match,” Smith said. “You fight, you
scratch, you claw. Whatever it
takes, but you don’t go to your back
and you don’t get pinned.”
Redshirt freshman Brad Vering
(177) lost 3-4 to OSU’s Mark
Munoz, which will make him a sec
ond seed for the Big 12
Vering and Munoz have gone
back and forth in their matches, but
now Munoz has the advantage.
They will be on opposite sides of
the bracket in the tournament.
Neumann said the team would
finish the rest of the week with two
practices a day and then taper off
before the tournament on March 7.
By Andrew Strnad
Bring out the brooms again.
For the second time in two weeks,
the Nebraska baseball team was
involved in a three-game sweep.
This time it was the Comhuskers
on the winning end as they took a
double-header from Wisconsin
Milwaukee Saturday before defeat
ing the Panthers 6-2 Sunday in front
of 309 fans at Buck Beltzer Field.
Nebraska boosted its record to 3
3, behind the right arm of sophomore
pitcher Chad Wiles.
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