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Mike Gundy gone mad

September 24, 2007 at 5:56am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

After one of the most thrilling games in Oklahoma State history, head OSU coach Mike Gundy decided not to talk about the 49-45 final score of the game but to react to an article written in the Daily Oklahoman by Jenni Carlson.  The article questions former starting quarterback Bobby Ried’s poor attitude.

I think it might be important to read both the article and watch the video.  In the article, Carlson pretty much calls Reid lazy.  Coach Gundy didn’t take to kindly to it.

Coach Gundy has a point in this tirade, college athletes should not be put under the same scrutiny that pro athletes do.  If an athlete is not performing on the field, that’s one thing, but if to call him lazy, that seems like a real low blow to me.  But, on the same token, Barry Tramel of the Daily Oklahoman has an excellent point in an article a day later…

You can’t on one hand treat football players like princes, with everything from opulent training tables to enrollment favors, then claim they’re just regular students.

I’m having mixed emotions about all of this.  Gundy has a great point.  But at the same time, college athletics (football especially) is creeping closer and closer to deserving pro attention.  But with the pro attention, you get pro scrutiny.

Today’s Debate

September 22, 2007 at 7:54pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Agree or disagree: The Blackshirts couldn’t stop Stephen Hawking—without his wheelchair—in a game of red rover. Discuss.

Another Bite at King Taco

September 22, 2007 at 7:26pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Living a stone’s throw from El Chaparro on 13th and F (the only place in Lincoln I have found that has a California burrito on its menu), I am pretty well set-up to eat great Mexican 7 days of the week if I wanted to. But I am also happy to say that the King Taco near Robber’s Cave is a nice addition to the near, near south area. As Mr. Wilson pointed out in a description of his earlier visit, King Taco will be appealing to some Lincolnites and unappealing to others. This is, in my opinion, a good thing: An indication that the number of Mexican eateries in town have increased to the point where we can pick and choose from a wide variety to fit our tastes and wallet sizes.

As King Taco is right on the way to my gym, I stop there frequently. Its cheap, fast food, and the staff there are usually pretty friendly (to make up for the bare atmosphere). I won’t dwell into the hits and misses, and like all restaurants there are both at King Taco, but instead I want to encourage you all to give their hard, crunchy tacos a try if you haven’t already. In my opinion, hard shell tacos are the staple of any Americanized Mexican joint nowadays. As ubiquitous as they are basic, making a hard shell taco good can be very difficult since - like a burger, slice of pizza, or eggroll - everyone has their own opinion and expectation of what a good one is. I think that the hard shell tacos at King Taco may be the best this city has to offer.

Unlike the overly salted and seasoned taco meat you get at Taco Hell or Taco John’s, at King Taco the meat there is relatively unseasoned, but this is made up for the fact that their salsa is pretty good. They also use a fair bit of white queso as opposed to only the yellow/cheddar cheese you usually find at other places. Plus, they come with a dab of cool sour cream too, which is a nice touch. The corn shells are really great too, a bit thicker, fresher, and crunchier than in a number of other places. Finally, these suckers are only .79 each, or .59 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I recently rolled through a bunch of these delicious treats, leaving a heap of greasy wrappers, lettuce strands, and crumpled napkins in my wake.

Give this place a try people - it could use some business!

In other hard shell taco related news, the Downtown Taco Bueno opened late this week, adding more variety to the city’s Industrialized/Americanized Mexican food chains. Their hard shells are OK, not a whole lot different from those at Amigos, and like Amigos it also has a little salsa bar. However, their salsa tasted a bit on the sweet side to me. I know some people like sweet salsa, but I am not one of them, so I don’t know how often I will be patronizing Taco Bueno. Otherwise, its a fine place for Industrialized/Americanized Mexican. However, on those days when I am in the mood for some Industrialized/Americanized Mexican food, I’ll probably hit the Taco John’s on south street.

LIBA Doesn’t Always Complain

September 21, 2007 at 2:58pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Sometimes it seems like LIBA—the Lincoln Independent Business Association—complains a lot. “We don’t like this tax,” “Scrap this program,” and so on. Whether or not it’s true that they respectfully disagree more than the average bear, today LIBA executive directory Coby Mach is in a good mood and has some good words for Mayor Beutler.

He even ends his piece with an exclamation point!

Bored? Help Me Test a New ExpressionEngine Module

September 21, 2007 at 5:25am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

If you are feeling bored, go try out Weever, my new nested comments module for ExpressionEngine. The demo is nothing fancy, but let me know what you think. Do you think I should enable nested comments on Lincolnite, or should I stick with the flat, date-ordered comments?

Where the Money Goes

September 20, 2007 at 1:05pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Developers have been saying for years that Lincoln doesn’t put enough money into roads in new areas of the city. According to UNL’s Bureau of Business Research, they are largely correct. Mayor Beutler supports the report’s conclusions and says he is investigating new funding mechanisms.

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if one of Beutler’s suggestions is some sort of tax increase. Depending on this community’s long-term plans and goals for itself, I’m not sure he has much choice. Of course, trying to determine the plans and goals of the community as a whole isn’t exactly easy.

One of Nebraska’s Most Notorious Murders Gets a Twist

September 20, 2007 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Tom Nissen, the man who put John Lotter on death row for the murder of Teena Brandon and two witnesses, has recanted his testimony and admitted to the slayings. Death penalty supporters face a difficult decision: Call Nissen a liar today and stand behind Nissen’s original trial testimony; or admit that Nissen may have lied during Lotter’s trial, demonstrating that death penalty cases that rely primarily on testimony rather than hard evidence are fragile.

Of course, die hard death penalty supporters won’t necessarily be swayed by this new twist. State law allows accessories to murder to be put to death, so Lotter could remain on death row. That the actual murderer wouldn’t be killed is unfortunate, but at least one of the men will be toast.

This case may very well turn out to be a perfect example of one of the major flaws of the death penalty. It seems that prosecutors wanted to put at least one of the men in the chair, but they lacked the evidence to do so. So what did they do? They secured a generous plea deal with one man in exchange for his testimony against the other. Despite no hard evidence and only a couple pieces of circumstantial evidence, that testimony was enough to secure the punishment prosecutors sought. Apparently the wrong man was given a deal.

In any event, this is a chapter in Nebraska’s history none of us wanted to relive. Yet here we are.

No Slouches

September 20, 2007 at 2:58am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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After yesterday’s win against Nigeria, Team USA is headed on to fight England this weekend in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. They will miss a match against Germany, who are also top ranked. But England are no slouches either.

Still, I predict US goes on to face Brazil in the semis.

I am sure international football fans in Nebraska (both of you) will be up at 7 in the morning this Saturday to root on our team.

Mayor Mike’s Next Job

September 20, 2007 at 1:16am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Now we know that Mike Johanns is officially running for Chuck Hagel’s Senate seat. In order to run, he quit his gig as Ag Secretary. When you think about it, the guy must get a kick out of quitting jobs. Has he ever seen a job through to completion? Mayor Mike left early to be Governor. Governor Mike left early to run the Department of Agriculture. Secretary Mike quit to run for Senator.

Let’s say Johanns becomes Senator Mike. How long until he gets bored of that job? And what then?

Miscellaneous Observations

September 20, 2007 at 1:01am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

A few miscellaneous observations after Date Night with The Missus:

Blue Orchid is still awesome. I have never walked away from there unhappy with my food. I have ordered or sampled all of the curries, most of the stir fries, the pad thai, and a couple other dishes. Yum. (For the record, my favorite is the Panang curry with salmon.)

Ivanna Cone? Yeah, it’s still awesome, too.

I noticed a new store in the building on the southwest corner of 10th and O. My Modern Somethingerother. (Life? Way?) It appeared to be a store specializing in “modern” furnishings. That’s not my cup of tea, but if it’s yours, go check it out.

Paul Daniels Interiors isn’t the only business to leave its building and neighboring buildings. Pretty much every space looked empty or had a For Lease sign posted.

I’ve been hearing some bad buzz about the service at Fireworks. In fact, some family members from out of town went there recently and described it as one of the worst service experiences they’ve ever encountered. Ouch! That’s unusual coming from a member of the Lazlo’s family which, not long ago, was frequently praised for its excellent service. I have not yet been to the new location. Have you? Is the service poor, or am I just talking to the wrong people?

A Podcast is Coming; I Need Your Music

September 18, 2007 at 8:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Hey there, Lincolnites. I’m prepping a brand new Lincoln-themed podcast, but I need your help. I would love to be able to feature music from local bands on the show, but I have virtually zero contacts in the local music world. If you know any musicians who would like to have their music featured on a podcast, please have them contact me at mrwilson at lincolnite dot com, or by phone at 402-432-7215. (And if you happen to know how I can track down Jason Davis of Baby Jason and the Spankers, I would like to ask his permission to use parts of a track or two off of “Rattle” and/or “dreamgirl”.) I am open to any musical genre, though I don’t promise to play anything and everything.

Oh, and the sooner, the better. I would like to get the first episode out this week.

Other than music, what else will find its way into the first episode? I’ll just say that Husker fans should get a kick out of catching up with one of the greatest college football running backs of all time. (To the three of you who already know: Shh!)

The LJS Goes Edgy

September 18, 2007 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I’m going to take a guess and say this is the first time the Lincoln Journal Star has ever used the word “bitch” in a headline. (The word has been printed in at least 43 articles since January 1, 2003.) Anybody care to guess the number of outraged letters to the editor on this one?

U-S-C-ya

September 18, 2007 at 4:05am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Its a chant that the USC volleyball fans will chant in place of Bump-Set-Spike.  U. S. C-ya.  And the men of Troy said c-ya to Nebraska in the biggest game to hit Memorial Stadium in a long time.  I have to admit that I was more amped for that game than I had been a long time.  4 hours before kickoff downtown it seemed like it was an hour before kickoff.  The overpass was packed.  I couldn’t believe it.  I never got to experience pregame activities like most people do when I went to Nebraska games.  The electricity in the air was awesome.  It was all set up, the crowd was loud, I couldn’t hear the band during pregame and then….

*thud*

Yeah we were in the game for a while.  And even at halftime, getting the ball to start the 2nd half even the most optimistic fan had to feel there was a chance.  But in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be.  Nebraska doesn’t belong on the national stage is what this game showed us.  In 4 B.C., we see that we are no better off than where we were when F.S. left.  Is that too high of expectations?  Ah….program expectations.  Remember when no less than a national title would do in Nebraska?  Now we have postgame celebrations a week after we win a Big 12 NORTH championship.  Hell, even when T.O was coach it was, win the Big 8 and everything else will take care of itself. 

Fireworks, flyovers, music blasting through the speakers before EVERY SINGLE GOD DAMN PLAY…what is this…the NBA on turf?

Sorry Husker Nation, take off the rose colored glasses and see who the Big Red really is.

Ernie Chambers is Officially My Hero

September 18, 2007 at 1:08am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Nebraska Democratic State Senator Ernie Chambers has decided to go straight to the top in an effort to stop natural disasters from befalling the world.

Chambers filed a lawsuit against God in Douglas County Court Friday afternoon, KPTM Fox 42 reported.

Read it for yourself. And believe it or not, there is a purpose behind Ernie’s actions. There always is.

Erbert and Gerberts—A Quick Review

September 17, 2007 at 3:31pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Foxspit was kind enough to drop me this quick review of Erbert and Gerbert’s:

Erbert & Gerbert’s was good. The sandwiches are HUGE, almost too much to eat. I had the “Narmer,” a turkey sandwich with provolone, tomato (which was fresh!) lettuce, mayo (a little too heavy), avacado and sprouts. The sandwich was good. I liked that it filling but not a real mess to eat. The turkey is sliced pretty thin but there seemed to be enough meat. The flavor was good. Side choices of chips or soup were good.

If I had a do-over I’d add some mustard. A nice touch would be a condiment stand where you can add seasonings, if you so desire, to your sandwich. The lobby is congested enough, however, that a condiment stand would only make things worse.

There is also a Java Zone coffee shop in the restaurant. It wasn’t getting a lot of business over the lunch hour but maybe it will draw business when the restaurant is slow.

I was underwhelmed when I heard another sandwich shop was opening up downtown. I actually liked Erbert and Gerbert’s. The sandwich combo was around $7.50. Not bad. Planet Sub offers a much cheaper lunch option when you order the day’s special, but I suspect people will keep E&G’s busy.

If today was any indication, the restaurant seemed to attract Lincoln’s most attractive women for lunch ... reason enough for me to go back and try it again.

I’m a simple man.

[Note: Oops, I just realized this is already posted over at beerorkid’s site. There are some comments over there you may be interested in.]

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