Thumbs up to the Fresno State football team for its show of sportsmanship during last Saturday’s game in Lincoln, Neb. The Bee’s Robert Kuwada reported that this was an emotional time for Nebraska, coming after Cornhuskers punter Sam Foltz was killed in a car crash in July. The Bulldogs declined a penalty and put commemorative stickers on their helmets, and Nebraska fans reached out to The Bee to express their thanks.
“We in Husker nation are so grateful for the classy way your Fresno State football team behaved in Lincoln, “ wrote Judi Korte. “When our team was honoring our fallen punter, Sam Foltz, by only putting 10 men on the field for our first punt and were flagged for delay of game, Fresno State declined the penalty. That was so touching to us and we will forever think of them as a first class bunch of people. The SF sticker on their helmets were also a nice touch. Thank you for putting sportsmanship ahead of field position. We salute you!”
And Mark Slevin wrote, “To Fresno State Fans: Thank you, and your team for honoring Sam Foltz yesterday. I’ve been a Cornhusker fan for nearly 52 years and I’ll always remember Fresno State’s courtesy and sportsmanship on such an emotional day in Lincoln. We want our student-athletes to grow into outstanding citizens and it’s obvious Coach DeRuyter is a leader with character.
“Best wishes to the Bulldogs.”
Thumbs down to the burglars who chose this important weekend of remembrance for the Foltz family. Sporting News reports that Jordan Foltz, Sam’s brother, posted on Facebook that his home and vehicle were burglarized while he and his family were away.
“These past few weeks have been some of the most hard, tiring, emotional and trying times I’ve ever ran up against in my thirty years on this earth as I lost a friend a role model and most importantly a brother. And tonight as we celebrated and mourned my brother for all he accomplished in his career as a Person a Nebraskan and a Husker in Lincoln some (s— bag) was back here in our home town breaking into my house and my vehicles probably seeing our family as a easy target as we were all in Lincoln.”
Thumbs up to the family, friends, colleagues and even inmates at the Fresno County jail who donated money and sent get-well cards to wounded correctional officers Toamalama Scanlan and Juanita Davila.
Thong Vang, 37, is accused of shooting Officer Davila in the face and Officer Scanlan in the head last Saturday morning in the lobby of the downtown Fresno main jail at M and Fresno streets. The two officers remain in critical condition at Community Regional Medical Center.
Odd though it sounds, the jail also is a community, says Sgt. Daniel Her, so the inmates feel pain for the injured officers and their families. When the inmates need help, he explained, they call the intercom box and officers answer. Her said that while the inmates are incarcerated, they and the deputies are all part of a community and they wanted to express their encouragement for both officers to get well.
A gofundme.com account has been established to assist the families with expenses. As of Thursday, more than $17,000 has been raised toward the $50,000 goal.
Thumbs up to Robin and Nancy Wainwright for choosing to sell Ackerson Meadow to a nonprofit conservation group so it could be donated to Yosemite National Park. The land will expand the park by 400 acres, the largest in nearly 70 years.
Robin Wainwright told The Associated Press that they lost a few hundred thousand dollars in the $2.3 million deal and passed up a lucrative offer from a developer. But he often saw bears strolling through the meadow and owls soaring over fields of vibrant wildflowers blooming in spring. He didn’t want that experience available only to those who could afford a resort.