SI Vault
Edited by Robert W. Creamer
November 08, 1976
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November 08, 1976


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Even though Nebraska's unbeaten season went down the drain when it was upset by Missouri, thousands of Cornhusker fans are still planning to take part in an extraordinary mass migration later this autumn to see their beloved Big Red team play a game nearly 4,000 miles from home. Nebraska meets the University of Hawaii in Honolulu on Saturday, Dec. 4. In the week or so before the game more than 16,000 Nebraskans—requests for tickets originally topped 20,000—will fly to Oahu for the fun, as well as to take in a few palm trees and a beach or two to remember through the long cold Nebraska winter.

Travel agents in Lincoln, Omaha and elsewhere have been busy for months selling tour packages at prices ranging from $424 to more than $1,000. Flights of 747s and DC-8s will stream in and out of Nebraska to take part in the massive airlift. Travel agents claim the 16,000 fans going to Hawaii will be the greatest number ever to travel so far to see a sporting event, and they add that the total amount of money football-loving Nebraskans expect to spend on the trip will be close to $10 million.


Mike Mosley of Humble High School in Texas gained 320 yards in 12 carries and scored four touchdowns in the first half of Humble's 48-0 rout of New Caney High. Then, although young Mosley had a clear shot at breaking the Texas high school record of 520 yards rushing in one game, his coach kept him on the bench the entire second half. His coach also happens to be his father, Sam Mosley.

"It was the greatest performance I've seen by one player in my 18 years of coaching," Sam said later. "Mike was running that outside veer and just using his speed. But I also knew how that coach sitting on the other bench felt. I had to be merciful."


A bunch of students at Queens College in New York City, discovering they had a common interest in horses, racetracks and betting, decided to pool their beer money and form their own stable. In the spring of 1975 a friend put them in touch with Owner-Trainer E. Barry Ryan, who had a 4-year-old gelding named Mycerinus kicking around his stable. He sold 30% of the horse to the students for $6,000 and raced Mycerinus in the name of the collegians' Que-Cee Stable seven times that summer. The gelding won once, earned $8,890 and provided his student owners with more than enough material for a "What I Did on My Summer Vacation" assignment. However, after his seventh race Mycerinus was claimed, which happens when you run horses in claiming races.

A search was started for another horse, and again Ryan found one: a 3-year-old Graustark colt named Snowy Tiger. There were smiles when the student-owners voted to give 1% of their horse's winnings to their college—Snowy Tiger finished out of the money in his first three races for Que-Cee—but it was not as un-philanthropic a gesture as it appeared to be. Queens College was in a budgetary bind (President Joseph Murphy even considered putting his house up for sale to raise money) and the students' announcement helped call attention to the school's financial plight.

Snowy Tiger must have heard. He finished 2nd, 1st and 4th in his next three races before he, too, was claimed, and earned $6,790. The students' next horse, Lea's King, won only $840 before he was claimed, but their current representative, a 2-year-old gelding named Garden Inspector, also bought in partnership with Ryan, had earned $5,940 as of last week.

All in all, the Que-Cee Stable has made $33,000 in purses and claiming fees and spent nearly that much to buy and maintain its horses (it costs roughly $30 a day to maintain a thoroughbred in the style to which it is accustomed). Queens College has gained a little money and a lot of publicity. And the students have had a chance to weigh the validity of the old Greek proverb that says it is better to have bet and won than to take 5% for your money.

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