Omaha dad and daughter bond over Huskers

Lindsey and Randy Yank

Lindsey and Randy Yank of Papillion, Nebraska, at their Sept. 23 tailgate.

The thick heat from Saturday’s September sun couldn’t discourage Husker superfans Randy and Lindsey Yank, whose enthusiasm for the Nebraska football team matched the intensity of the day’s heat.

“I was born into loving the Huskers,” Lindsey, 20, said.

Nearly every week during football season, she and her dad, Randy Yank, join the throngs of tailgating fans who fill downtown Lincoln’s parking lots for game day. The Yanks, originally from Papillion, started tailgating two years ago, when Randy, 52, reconnected with a friend from high school.

“It’s great to have my kids hang out with me and some of my old friends from high school,” he said. “They get to hear some of the old stories and I get to show off my awesome family.”

Their tailgate pulses with Cornhusker pride. A black trailer and Husker-themed ambulance sandwich two American flag canopies. Inside is a pair of white folding tables decked with a spread of chips, dips, beer and plastic football helmets. The red tents illuminate the space with a scarlet glow befitting of a Husker celebration.

Because the senior global studies major plans to graduate in May, Lindsey isn’t sure where she’ll be come next year’s football season. She hopes to make it to a tailgate or two anyway, if only to spend more time with her dad.

“Football has always been a bonding experience for me and my dad,” she said. “(Tailgating) has brought us even closer.”

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