By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN
Saturday’s Grizzly intra-squad game simulation scrimmage with players split up on maroon and white teams brought to mind the days under Don Read when the Griz did something similar. Instead an intra-squad scrimmage to end spring drills the Griz faced a team of former UM players. The series was a bit of a reality check for the Griz as they lost 3 straight years to the alums before winning a decision in 1989 at which point the series was ended. Former Griz stars Rocky Harris, Kelly Richardson and Eby Dobson came up big for the alums in those games. Buoyed by that win in the spring the UM team became the first to win more than 10 games in a season and also the first to reach the 1-AA semi-finals.
Chris Walterskirchen has been an observer of Montana sports for nearly half a century. A Kalispell native, Chris has worked in various capacities for professional and college sports organization of at various times: ranging from announcing and statistical work to the concessions and even a stint as a costumed mascot.
Chris has academic degrees in communications and elementary education. His style of sports trivia involves more than just who won and who lost, but also focuses on the obscure or human side of sports. In this blog you will learn things like the Grizzly football team has won 210 games over the 19 seasons since they have had Monte as their mascot or that UNLV is the only school that both the Griz and Lady Griz have both faced in the NCAA basketball tournament
When not following sports Chris enjoys taking care of animals of all kinds (a peacock rescue?) and reading to pre-schoolers.