Larry Leeds

Oh, what a game it was when Nebraska went to Madison, Wis., to take on the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday night.

Nebraska had a chance to get a stranglehold on the West division with a win, while the Badgers needed a win to stay alive in the West division.

Nebraska entered the game with a 7-0 record while the Badgers had two setbacks in Big 10 play.

Entering the game, I was not sure how tough the schedule was for the Cornhuskers up to Saturday. The Cornhuskers' schedule was a little soft, and being the Cornhuskers fan I am, I was worried about the visit to Madison, Wis.

However, after the game, I now know that Nebraska belonged in the elite of the Big 10 and also in the Top 25 national. Even though Nebraska suffered its first setback of the season at the hands of Wisconsin, 23-17 in overtime, I thought Nebraska played a great game.

The defense looked like former Nebraska defenses, and the offense showed they could move the ball against a top defense.

Nebraska just didn't make enough good plays to pull out the win. But I am glad to say Big Red is back, and the Big 10 and the nation should be on a wake-up call.


Larry Leeds was born and raised in South Dakota, graduating from Colman High School in 1974. He continued his education at USD/Springfield and Dakota State University and received a bachelor's degree in physical education and history in 1979. He later obtained a journalism degree from South Dakota State University.

Before coming to Madison, Leeds worked at weekly papers in Flandreau, St. James, Minn., Redfield and Hayti (Hamlin County Publishing with Castlewood and Estelline).

He has a passion for all sports, especially high school sports and amateur baseball, because these teams are filled with players who want to be playing the game.

His favorite teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves, and New York Yankees.

Leeds is also a NASCAR fan whose favorite drivers are Dave Blaney and his son Ryan.