Larry Scott misses his first MSUM football game since 1967
MOORHEAD—For Larry Scott, the streak is over.
The former longtime Minnesota State Moorhead sports information director hadn't missed a Dragons football game since 1967. That string ended Saturday when MSUM lost at Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe Minnesota-Duluth.
Scott had attended the previous 528 games.
"It didn't feel as uncomfortable as I thought. I thought it would bother me more," said the 73-year-old Scott, who is affectionately called Scotty. "The traveling and coming back late was beginning to be a little more daunting. ... I've gotten so much attention from the school. It's gratifying, but it's almost a little embarrassing."
For most of the streak, Scott was the sports information director for the Dragons. He retired as the school's SID in 2009 after 40 years on the job. In recent years, Scott was the color analyst on radio broadcasts. He stepped aside from that role this season.
"I'm not giving up on the Dragons. It has nothing to do with that," Scott said.
MSUM (1-1) hosts Northern State next Saturday at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium. Scott plans to be at that game.
"I'm a little old to start a brand new streak, at least not a long one," Scott said with a laugh. "I will be there (Saturday) and hope the Dragons will bounce back."
Even though he wasn't at the Dragons game Saturday, he a had a full day. He went to a baseball card show in Fargo before heading to Alexandria, Minn., his hometown. He had dinner at A&W Root Beer and drove through small towns in the Alexandria area, listening to Ronnie Milsap and the Statler Brothers.
"They are a couple of my favorites," Scott said.
Scott said he listened to part of the Dragons game and also watched some of the Minnesota Gophers football game against Fresno State. When he returned home to Moorhead late Saturday night, he watched the Iowa Hawkeyes game, which he had recorded from earlier in the day. Scott has been a longtime fan of the Hawkeyes.
"I got kind of a full day of football, but a little different venue for me," he said. "It was a little different look at football."
While Scott plans to make most of the Dragons football games this fall, he would also try to get to other college football games. He said he will likely go to the Gophers-Iowa game, which is scheduled Oct. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium. Marc Ryan, a senior associate athletic director for the Gophers, is a MSUM graduate.
Scott would also like to go to a Concordia football game against rival St. John's.
"That is really great, old college football," Scott said. "That would be a fun game to see."
Scott said he's thankful with how the coaches and school administration, including current athletic director Doug Peters, have treated him during his consecutive games streak.
Scott added MSUM helped make sure he could attend football games when there were conflicts in his schedule.
"To be honest, I didn't consider it anything particularly heroic," Scott said. "I looked back at it with a little more gratitude. It's been a real joy. I was always available on Saturdays in the fall. It just kept going on. ... There has been a pretty good measure of luck in there."
Minnesota-Duluth recognized Scott on its official athletics Twitter account Saturday. UMD showed a photo of a press pass it had made up for Scott, congratulating him on his "unreal" streak.
"I haven't seen that yet. I'm not really Twitter-savvy," Scott said with a chuckle.
Scott said the Dragons football success of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s were among his highlights during the streak. He marveled at the success of former legendary Dragons head coach Ross Fortier. He also noted that current MSUM head coach Steve Laqua has treated him with nothing but class.
"I always told people I worked in the toy shop of life at the university," Scott said. "I've gotten more than my share or recognition and appreciation. It's time for someone else to get that."