Wynonna ready to stay cool with mom

They’ve reunited for the first time in five years, but Wynonna Judd is realistic about the fragile relationship with her mother, Naomi.

“It’s just about forgiveness,” Wynonna Judd said on the eve of the Judds’ nine-date engagement at The Venetian.

The differences are still there, but, she said, “let’s just sing and enjoy ourselves.”

She added that in the car on the way to their media event, her mother said, “‘Stop talking. I’m enjoying myself.’ I’m like ‘OK.’ That was a reminder to not get caught up in the crap that mother and daughters can, over nothing.

“You have to realize life is short, and you just have to pick your battles.”

The daughter did most of the talking, and it was edgy, even uncomfortable at times.

Getting back together, she said, was “either going to make or break us. Just show up and be professional. She’s my mom. I don’t agree with half the stuff she does or says.

“That’s just a mom and daughter thing. Anybody know that the mom and daughter thing is the most complex thing in the universe?”

I asked Naomi Judd about their introduction to Las Vegas, in 1987.

Wynonna “was about 14 years old, and we (including daughter Ashley) were living in Marin County in a one-bedroom apartment. It was much, much, much smaller than this stage.”

Wynonna saved up $30, “which at that time was like $500 to us. She saved up the money because she heard on the radio that Merle Haggard was going to be at the Oakland Colosseum, and she asked if I would take her.”

Off they went “in my ’57 red Chevy,” she said.

The Judds arrived at Tuesday’s media event in front of The Venetian in a ’57 red Chevy, a nod to Naomi Judd’s love affair with that model.

Naomi Judd continued the story: “That night something changed within her.” She said she knew Wynonna had been playing the guitar and singing country music.

Fast-forward to their arrival in Las Vegas a few years later.

When their limo stopped outside Caesars, Wynonna “wouldn’t get out of the car because our (promotional) pictures were as big as these signs right here (in the theater).

“I said, ‘It’s OK, I’ll take care of you.’ We get down to the dressing room on opening night, and our doors are across from (the headliner) and his door is open and she wants to go in and tell him a story. We go in, and he’s so coked out of his mind he can’t understand what she’s trying to tell him.”

They ended up being headliners for a couple days.

“Talk about battlefield promotions,” Wynonna Judd said. That’s what it felt like.”

Pritchard revisits ‘fifth down’

ESPN 1100 talk show host Mike Pritchard will be featured on ESPN’s upcoming “30 for 30” documentary series about the University of Colorado’s 1990 NCAA football co-championship team.

Tuesday was the 25th anniversary of the infamous “fifth down” game against Missouri, which Colorado won 33-31 in Columbia. Colorado was ranked 12th at the time and went on to an 11-1-1 record. They shared the mythical national title with Georgia Tech.

The documentary is titled “The Gospel According to Mac,” a reference to CU head coach Bill McCartney. It will air Nov. 3.

Pritchard, a 1987 graduate from Rancho High School, was named Most Valuable Player on Colorado’s team.

He wasn’t on the field at the time of the controversial play because the goal-line offense was in.

“I just remember chaos on the sidelines,” said Pritchard, who joined ESPN 1100 earlier this year as a co-host with Mitch Moss on “The Mitch and Pritch Show.”

“We had called our final timeout,” Pritchard said. “Coach Mac wanted the clock stopped. He was seeking the ability for our players to unpile. Bringing that to the attention of the refs. We needed a touchdown to win.”

The scene and heard

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio will be assisting in cutting the ribbon at the grand opening Friday of the Pawn Plaza, as a favor to owner Rick Harrison of “Pawn Stars.”


Rapper Drake, dining at Tao (Venetian) on Sunday night. He visited the UNLV campus, according to Twitter.

The punch line

“Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie said this weekend that he would rather jump off the Brooklyn Bridge than be in Congress. And just to be safe, Mayor (Bill) de Blasio issued a tsunami warning for Lower Manhattan.” — Seth Meyers

Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. On Twitter: @Norm_Clarke

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