Even shoplifting stops for Husker football

For years, I received activity logs from the York Police Department and the York County Sheriff’s Department which lists all the emergency medical responses, crime reports, accidents, dogs running loose, parking violations, etc., from the previous day.

The logs include the nature of the event, location and time.

On a daily basis, there is an ongoing string of the before-mentioned occurrences, also including bats in houses, shoplifters in stores, people talking to themselves, sick opossums in yards, gas leaks, water erupting from a crack in the street, fraudulent phone calls and people being bullied on Facebook.

Hour after hour, day after day, our law enforcement officers, EMTs, firefighters and public works guys deal with a myriad of issues.

Recently, I was typing in the listing for a Saturday. By the first glimpse, I found it odd because the listing was very, very short. Well, short for a Saturday . . . which typically has the longest list of calls and reports of all the days in a week.

As I went through the blotter (which starts at midnight and ends at midnight), I noted that there was a pretty steady stream of the typical. But then, suddenly, at 2:15 p.m., there were no more calls, reports or issues.

Until about 6:30 p.m.

At first, I wondered if I was missing a chunk of the log. So I double checked the fax machine to see if there was another piece of paper I had missed or if it had gotten jammed in the old mechanical fossil.

There was nothing to be found.

Until 2:15 p.m., on that Saturday, there were the normal issues . . . someone fell down and needed lift assistance, a dog would not stop barking, suspicious activity was seen at an apartment complex, a couple was fighting in a parking lot, a door was hanging open on a vacant property, shoplifting, shoplifting, shoplifting . . .

And then 2:15 p.m. hit and there was nothing else.

That is strange, I thought.

Then after about 6:30 p.m., it all picked up again.

Dogs running loose, someone driving too fast downtown, more people fighting, a banging noise outside a house, people revving engines, suspicious activity, shoplifting, shoplifting, shoplifting.

Things went back to normal after that four-hour span.

That’s so weird, I thought.

And then I heard conversation in the news room as people shared their thoughts about the last Husker football game.

That’s when I finally understood.

The lull was caused by Husker football.

In Husker Nation, the stores are busy before kick-off . . . but the aisles are pretty much empty once the Big Red is on the field.

In Husker Nation, it is actually possible to hear the wind blow during game time, even along an otherwise busy street because there’s no one wasting their time driving a vehicle.

In Husker Nation, normal neighborhoods are adorned with red accents as flags fly from porches and kids wearing red T-shirts throw footballs in yards while dreaming about their futures in Memorial Stadium.

In Husker Nation, the sound from every radio is the same . . . commentary from the field.

In Husker Nation, everything not associated with college football nearly comes to a complete stop.

And now I realized, by looking at the blotter, that if it is a really good game . . .

In Husker Nation, dogs stop running loose.

In Husker Nation, water mains don’t leak.

In Husker Nation, no one falls down.

In Husker Nation, no one finds a bat or a snake or an opossum. . because even the varmints take a break from making us horrified.

In Husker Nation, no one fights . . . well, at least in public.

In Husker Nation, people park where they are supposed to.

In Husker Nation, no one spots a mountain lion.

In Husker Nation, no one blows grass clippings into their neighbor’s yard.

And in Husker Nation, heck, even shoplifters take a break . . . until the last second of the fourth quarter.





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