The Zephyr’s Top 10 in the NFL

(We cherish the rise of Boise because hopefully, it will force the powers at large to at last create a football playoff)

1. Boise State

2. Oregon

3. Oklahoma

4. Texas Christian University

5. Louisiana State University

6. Michigan State

7. Auburn

8. Wisconsin

9. Alabama

10.The Ohio State


The Zephyr’s Top 10 College Football Rivalry Trophies

(We have the Bronze Turkey Trophy for the old rivalry between Knox and Monmouth. Here are some others you may have heard about or not. Interesting how most of these trophies are from the Great Midwest.)

1.  Floyd of Rosedale, Iowa-Minnesota: This is a bronze replica trophy of a real pig in 1935 that resulted from a bet between the governors of the two states. The bet was a prize hog from either Iowa or Minnesota on the result of the game. After Minnesota won, Iowa Governor Clyde Herring personally escorted “Floyd, from Rosedale, Iowa” into the Minnesota Governors office.

2. Little Brown Jug, Minnesota-Michigan: In 1903, Coach Fielding Yost of Michigan left his drinking jug at Iowa’s football field. A letter was sent to him stating that “we have your little brown jug. If you want it back, you will have to win the next game between our schools.”

3. The Old Oaken Bucket, Indiana-Purdue: This one started in 1925. The bucket was supposed to be an authentic one used from a well. A chain is attached signifying who wins the game.

4. Paul Bunyan axe, Minnesota-Wisconsin: The old axe from 1948 was retired in 2002 and a new one created. It’s 6’ long.

5. The Telephone Trophy, Iowa State-Missouri: This old, rotary phone was removed from the Ames press box in 1959 when it was discovered it could be linked to both sidelines and conversations from either team. AT & T donated it as a trophy.

6. The Keg of Nails, Cincinnati-Louisville: This trophy dates back to 1929 and indicates that the winning teams is “as tough as nails.”

7. Okefenokee Oar, Florida-Georgia: This is a new trophy (2009) but created from a thousand year old Cyprus tree that straddles the border of Florida and Georgia in a swamp.

8. Illy Illibuck, Ohio State-Illinois: Modeled after a real turtle in 1925, signifies the long standing rivalry between the two teams. The living turtle donated in 1925 died just two years later so a trophy was made.

9. The Golden Boot, Arkansas-LSU: A trophy modeled on the two state shapes, which looks a boot, started in 1996. It weighs 175 pounds and is 4’ tall.

10.The Platypus Trophy, Oregon State-Oregon: Not sure how this resulted from a pair of teams named Beavers and Ducks but it exists never the less.


What’s hot in GHS Fall Sports

Waiting for (1) GHS swimmers to heat up and (2) Closing rush by the volleyball Streaks


Who’s hot for GHS Fall Sports

Logan Scott and Kat Mangieri, top finishers for the Streak golf teams


Silver Streak Football (4-4)


Moline   23     Galesburg  6

The Streaks slim playoff hopes got slimmer after the Maroons used a strong second half to beat Galesburg for the 18th straight time. To even qualify for a chance at the playoffs, Galesburg has to go on the road next Friday and defeat state ranked and undefeated Peoria Richwoods.


Up Next: at Peoria Richwoods


Silver Streak Boys Golf Update: Galesburg finished 5th at the State Tournament, just six strokes away from a 3rd place finish and a trophy. Mahomet-Seymour won it all with a team score of 637 and the Streaks finished at 662. Logan Scott finished 27th overall with a two day score of 79-85 and he was followed by Kyle Osborn (35th, 80-87), Joey Juergens (35th, 84-83), Kelby Rescinito (42nd, 86-83) and Jake Schwieter (42nd, 81-88). Galesburg, which finished 9th a year ago, moved up four places to improve to 5th.


Silver Streak Girls Golf Update:  Galesburg finished 7th at the State Tournament, an improvement from 10th place a year ago. The first day put the Streaks in a deep hole. Winnetka New Trier won it all with a score of 627, the Streaks total was 692. Leading the way for Galesburg was Katarina Mangieri, who finished 29th with scores of 81 and 83. Behind her were Jess Lieber (32nd,  83-82), Marissa Vinson (52nd, 85-87), Natalie Heck (97th, 106-87) and freshman Natalie Johnson (108th, 104-108).


Silver Streak Volleyball Update: The Streaks (11-15) fought long and hard before beating Peoria Notre Dame in a 25-22, 15-25, 26-24 match. Jorden Thomas and Amy Blucker combined for 12 kills in the victory. Galesburg then lost 3 of 5 games at a tournament at Limestone, losing to the Irish in a rematch, defeating Peoria High, losing to the host Rockets, knocking off Spirngfield Lanphier and then losing to Springfield Sacred-Heart Griffen.


Silver Streak Tennis Update: The Silver Streaks finished in 5th place at the Sectionals and finished their season. #1 singles Rachel Sensabaugh made it to the third round before bowing out as did the Galesburg doubles team of Colleen and Kendra Wiechmann.


Silver Streak Soccer Update: Galesburg (10-6-4) survived an 80 minute double overtime match against Moline with a 2-1 win after Jacob Polay scored a goal to finish the game. The Streaks then suffered back to back shutouts to powerhouse Quincy (4-0) and Orion (1-0).


Silver Streak Swimming Update: At their host Invitational, the Silver Streaks finished 2nd in a 6-team field. Pleasant Valley won the event. The Streaks had one first place finish in the 200 yard medley relay and several second place finishes.


Silver Streaks Cross Country Update: At the Western Big 6 meet, the Galesburg boys finished 3rd and the girl finished 4th. Top finishers were Will Remmes, Dorothy Mangieri and Stephanie Saey. Mangieri and Saey made All-Conference for the Streaks.


Midwest Conference Football

Monmouth (4-3) defeated Lake Forest 27-10 and climbed above the .500 mark while Knox (1-6) took an early 10-0 lead against Illinois College, then fell behind 31-16 before a furious rally just fell short. With less than a minute left in the game and the ball at the IC 28 yard line, Knox suffered an interception and the game was lost.


Our Two Cents

Quote of the week comes from University of Minnesota AD Joel Maturi, after he fired football coach Jim Brewster. Aside from posting a dismal record, Brewster was notorious for firing assistants and being difficult, at best, to work with. After stating that the next coach would have a high profile, Maturi said about the new coach, “He won’t exactly be following Vince Lombardi.”


Both Silver Streak golf teams returned home without a trophy. But both Silver Streak golf teams improved on their finish at State last year. Don’t get caught up in the “trophy less” debate. It’s amazing that both golf programs are as solid as they are, that is if you believe the stereotypes about golfers anyway. We’re not only in the Rust Belt but in an area that is more typical of blue-collar workers; hardly the types you expect good golfers to come from. Good for both teams, good for their coaches and it was good for Galesburg.