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By Randy York
Circle Sunday on your home calendar and grab your smart phone right now. Find March 4 and reserve 2 p.m. under this quick description: Best deal of 2012. The No. 1 Florida Women's Gymnastics team, coached by former Nebraska Associate Head Coach Rhonda Faehn, visits No. 6 Nebraska, coached by Dan Kendig, her former boss and a two-time National Coach of the Year. At the same time, Chuck Chmelka's No. 10-ranked Nebraska men's gymnastics team will host Arizona State.
But wait, there's more. Nebraska's Marketing staff has made this double dual meet a Pepsi Pack the House event at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. So make plans now to see a No. 1 team for only $1. A 24-ounce Pepsi product also costs only $1 Sunday, so spread the word, make some plans, invite some friends and share on facebook. This is about as good as it gets in terms of a best buy.
The Nebraska women's gymnasts have been road warriors this season, beating current No. 2-ranked Oklahoma in Norman and No. 8 Arkansas in Fayetteville. The Huskers also have beaten four other Top 25-ranked teams this season: No. 18 Minnesota (twice), No. 19 Denver, No. 23 Michigan and No. 25 Washington.
Florida, however, represents the ultimate challenge. The Gators have claimed six top-five finishes under coach Faehn. The Gators are on the top-tier of women's gymnastics, and Kendig would like to think Nebraska is close to that same tier.
The Gators are 20-10 all-time against Nebraska in women's gymnastics. "They're very talented and loaded with national team members," Kendig said. "They have tremendous depth, but they still have to come to Lincoln." Nebraska's head coach didn't say the Huskers could use a big crowd Sunday to help fuel an upset. But I know the thought has to be rolling around in his mind.
So click the calendar button on your computer. Use it to remind yourself that this is one time when you can get top-tier entertainment at a bargain basement price. Try it. I guarantee you'll like it.
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