I have this colleague that has jumped out a perfectly good airplane around fifteen hundred times. He has been talking about, from much of my prodding, his skydiving experiences almost everyday to the point where I felt like I needed to go do this thing myself. He told stories of jumping out of helicopters, cargo planes, and doing low altitude jumps. I was completely sold on it.
I live in small town Southeast Kansas and the closest place to skydive is another small town south of me called Skiatook in Oklahoma. Six hours of training later only really prepares you for if you need to cut the main and use the reserve. It does not prepare you for the sound of the side door of the plane opening up. Or the feeling of standing on the step outside the airplane waiting for both instructors to get ready to jump. Talk about adrenaline!
I decided to jump as a student of the AFF program instead of tandem. Tandem I view is for the one time jumpers who will never jump again. AFF is where you have an instructor on each side of you, but you are the one pulling the chute.
The second after you have left the wing of the airplane you reach terminal velocity. The free fall feeling was there, briefly, but once you are at terminal velocity, it feels like nothing is happening. I’ve never felt so secure falling one hundred and twenty miles an hour through the sky. The danger only is felt again when it is time to pull the chute and hope it comes out correctly.
Pull cord. One Nebraska. Two Nebraska. Look over shoulder. Full canopy. Good to go!
Landing is also difficult. I ate sh*t, so don’t be like me. Be safe and watch the scrimmage versus South Alabama instead.
Nebraska handed out its Blackshirts on Monday morning in Lincoln, but this year the annual tradition had a little twist. Former Husker defenders, including Jay Foreman, Jason Peter, Steve Warren and others came to Memorial Stadium and presented the jerseys to current Huskers.
It is preseason awards time and Nebraska Football was the recipient of a group of awards earlier this week. Six Nebraska Football players were named to the 2020 Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List.
The Huskers were unbeatable for nearly three decades in season-opening games, going 29 straight years with a 1-0 start before a BYU Hail Mary sent Mike Riley and Co. off to a rocky beginning in 2015.
And the truth is, Barry kind of gets a kick out of running back Dedrick Mills seeking him out for contact in practice. Barry is built the same way. If you think you’re a big dog, meet the other big dog in the sandbox and settle it.
I think all of us realize we don’t want the start that we had last year...No one wants to go back to that and in my mind we won’t, Quarterback Adrian Martinez said. I know a lot of guys on this team won’t let that happen. That’s why we’re so excited for the start of this season. We get another chance to do things the right way.
Coach Scott Frost, returning home after a huge run at UCF, has had two offseasons to build his roster. Adrian Martinez quickly emerged as a star last year, and they hope players like Wandale Robinson can do the same as true freshmen in 2019. Is it good enough to climb into College Football Playoff conversations?
There’s a first for everything. And on Monday, it was Alex Gordon pitching in an MLB game.With the Oakland Athletics sporting a 15-3 lead over the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning, left fielder Alex Gordon made his way to the mound.
It may be a record because Hodges is 103 years old. She flew past the Guinness World Record holder for oldest woman tandem skydiving. That woman was 100 years old. Hodges said it’s fun, so why not have some fun?
But before you enter the wonderful world of skydiving, understand that jumping out of a perfectly good airplane doesn’t have to be a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. “People think that with skydiving, you just go do one jump,” says Nancy Koreen, director of sport promotion at the United States Parachute Association. “They don’t realize that it’s a whole sport that people do every week as a hobby and a lifestyle.”
Depending on how much time you have, how much cash you’ve got to spend, and how strong your nerves are, you have three options for what method of skydiving you’ll use for your first jump: tandem, static line, and accelerated freefall (AFF).
It was 2001, and the Puerto Rican transplant living in North Miami Beach had recently completed a three-year, 100-country backpacking expedition, earning headlines for “drinking life straight from the hydrant” as a Miami Herald reporter described it at the time.
Guess what? There’s been an all-female demo team kicking ass and taking names since the 1980s. Maybe you’re as surprised to learn about them as I was--or maybe you’re squinting at your screen and wondering what rock I’ve been hiding under--but y’know what? I think we can both agree that that’s pretty damn great.