SIOUX CITY | The center on any football team receives scant attention.
It’s the guy who takes the snaps, the quarterback, who usually commands the limelight.
That said, Roger Kriebs was reliving his collegiate football past a bit during the weekend.
“My good friend is a master griller and we travel around to these cook-offs and barbecuing contests, but I’m more the guy who cleans up,’’ jokes Kriebs, who was in Council Bluffs for a competition. “I’m the dishwasher, so to speak.
“At Morningside, Greg Mieras was the quarterback who everybody knew. It wasn’t that way for the center and that’s the case with my buddy. He’s the star.’’
Kriebs is a star, though, in his own right.
The 1979 Morningside graduate, the chief marshal of the Drake Relays for several years, has attained a personal and professional best in many regards by being selected to work as a marshall at the United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, next month.
“The job of a marshall at a track and field meet involves safety and logistics, primarily,’’ said the 58-year-old Kriebs, who lives in Urbandale. “You’re responsible for athletes getting to the starting line, for instance, and then making sure venues are organized and finish lines orchestrated according to rules and guidelines.
“It has been an ultimate goal of mine to work the Trials. It is a humbling and exciting situation.’’
Kriebs will chair the Drake Relays Executive Committee the next couple of years, too, charged with the organization and administration of “America’s Track Classic.’’
The three-year football starter for the then-Chiefs has also worked as a marshall at several USA Track & Field national indoor and outdoor national championships in places like Boston, Des Moines and Boise and the NCAA national outdoor championships.
“I’ve never been to Eugene so you can imagine the thrill of that responsibility,’’ said Kriebs. “Hayward Field is internationally famous and Eugene is known world wide as ‘TrackTown USA.’’’
Kriebs, who lists a win over North Dakota as an M’side grid highlight, was recruited to The Hill by the late John Dornon.
He played at 265 pounds and maintains at about 255 in retirement from a successful career in sales.
“The Morningside days are treasured,’’ said Kriebs. “Fraternity life was influential and important. I remember during the 1977 season, 21 of the 22 starters were Delta Sigma Phi brothers.’’
The graduate of Urbandale High School hopes to be assigned to one event in particular at the Olympic Trials, the men’s and women’s hammer throw where fellow Morningside grad A.G. Kruger will be gunning for his fourth Olympic berth in the men’s event.
Next year now (subhead)
Tim Gallagher, the award-winning Journal columnist, tried his level best in print last week to remind legions of frustrated Cubs fans, including two other award-winning Journal scribes, Terry Hersom and Barry Poe, that World Series tickets haven’t been printed yet.
Well, maybe on the south side of Chicago where the swells who back the White Sox dwell.
At different times in their past, one of them somewhat glorious the other not so much, the Cubs and White Sox assumed an identical nickname, White Stockings.
And, over a century ago (translated that’s more than 100 years for those of you whom Rush Limbaugh chastises as mindless) the two Major League clubs met in the one and only Windy City World Series.
As a refresher, the Cubs of 1906 won 116 games to rule the National League, but the American League’s “Hitless Wonders’’ reigned supreme in the World Series, winning four of six meetings.
There’s forever been the Windy City Series (the Sox, according to one source lead 55-49), although if you’re a ChiTown native you might be prone to refer to the rivalry as the Halsted Street Series since the respective ball yards are at each end of that strasse, approximately five miles apart.
The White Sox, the old St. Paul Saints franchise, also won World Series titles in 1917 and as recently as 2005 and had the best teams in baseball in 1959 and 1919, but the dumb luck of the Los Angeles Dodgers bled through in ’59 and there was that little detraction called the “Black Sox scandal’’ in ’19.
The Cubs won back-to-back in 1907-08 and lost in seven games to Detroit in 1945.
Warren Brown, who has authored a history of the Cubs, referred to the ’45 confrontation as the “World’s Worst Series’’ and another noted sportswriter of the day, Frank Graham, jokingly called the Series “the fat men versus the tall men at the office picnic.’’
Keep in mind many of baseball’s premier players were still serving World World II service hitches in 1945.
So, the question begs, Yogi.
Will there be some déjà vu all over again here?
Coming into Saturday’s games, the Cubbies had the best record in the National League (26-8) and the Pale Hose were the best in American League at 24-12.
The two clubs are featuring the winningest pitchers in the bigs, too. Jake Arrieta of Cubs risked a 6-0 mark against the Pirates Saturday and Chris Sale of White Sox is a flashy 8-0. The Condor has been preying on American League hitters all season long.