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Olson said he’s looking forward to the prospect of having Frost coach the team back to respectability. “I’m excited about him being in there,” he said. “He’s either going to be a hero or he’s going to be a zero. If he can’t do it, nobody can.” The Green Bay Packers The Huskers Hailing from Norfolk, Nebraska, another of Olson’s passions is the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He acknowledged that the situation of late has been less-than-ideal for some elements of Nebraska’s sports culture. “That’s kind of a labor of love right now,” he said. “But the volleyball team is doing well!” He recalls much more dominant days for the Husker football team. “We’d always make about a game per year,” he said. “My grandparents and/or my mom and I would go down to a game. That was back in the ‘80s when it seemed like most of the games they were just rolling over everybody. We didn’t do a lot of tailgating at that point, but we’d go to the games.” Olson said he couldn’t recall any one game or memory that really stood out to him — but the atmosphere has. “Just being there and seeing the sea of red with the balloons going off is kind of cool,” he said. Olson said he occasionally tailgates down in Lincoln. At the end of the 2017 season, the Cornhuskers singled out former player Scott Frost to be their next head coach. P.R. Olson is also the partial owner of a professional football team. Olson and his wife are among the 360,760 stockholders that own shares in the Green Bay Packers. Thanks to his wife’s influence, Olson has found himself becoming a Packers fan over the last few years. “It fits in with me well because it’s a small market,” he said. “They’re not owned by any one person. … We bought some of the common stock for the Packers, so we’re actually owners.” He added that it does come with some perks. “You don’t get a dividend off of it,” he said. “You can go and get a free tour every year, but that’s about it.” Olson said they still have yet to take the free tour, but have attended at least one game each year for the past few years with the exception of 2017. He added that he still has yet to see Lambeau Field at maximum “Frozen Tundra.” “A lot of people say to get the true experience of Lambeau Field, you need to go in the winter time,” he said. “We’ve kind of shied away from that so far.” While he hasn’t experienced the Frozen Tundra, Olson said the experience of a Packers game at home is akin to another venue. “It’s just like being in Lincoln, Nebraska, on a Saturday afternoon in the fall,” he said. NASCAR Some of Olson’s favorite tailgating memories come from a little farther south. For the last 15 years, Olson has been taking his tailgating talents to the Kansas Motor Speedway’s NASCAR events. “Me and four other buddies go and just have a good time,” he said. For races, Olson says there’s one result he always wants to avoid. “The worst one is when Jimmie Johnson won,” he said. “We’ve vULTIMATE FAN/OLSON continued on page 13 Call Us For Your Next Warm Adventure! Venting • Gas Piping • Cultural or Natural Stone HEATING & COOLING 2401 Broadway, Yankton 605-665-9461 www.larrysheatingandcooling.com HISVOICEvJANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018v7

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