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A classic ending

November 29, 2008 at 6:33am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

What a game to end the 2008 regular season.  Nebraska beats Colorado 40-31 highlighted by a 57 yard FG from Alex Henry and then Suh (no, I’m not going to attempt to spell his first name and I’m too lazy to copy and paste) gets a INT return for a TD and in the process he runs over Colorado QB Cody Hawkins.

I’ve seen 60+ games in Memorial Stadium since my first in 1997.  And there have not been many moments that tops that 10 minutes between the Henry’s FG and Suh’s TD.

Here are some of the one’s I remember, in no particular order:

1) Crouch’s TD catch against OU in 2001. (my all time favorite Husker moment)
2) Notre Dame game in 2001 (only about the 1st Q…the rest of the game was a snooze)
3) Pregame Rice after September 11th. (my all time favorite tunnel walk)
4) Colorado 2000 and the final drive.
5) Pittsburgh blocked FG in 2005 (only because I was in the locker room area right after it happened and it was pretty cool to see)
6) The USC game in 2007.  It had been so long since the stadium was that amped up for a game.  It was truly electric for the early part of the game.
7) Swift’s punt return for a TD in the Virgina Tech game this year.

Those are some of the few that I remember.  Like I said, I only started going to games in 1997 and then I was in marching band starting in 1998.  Then being part of the Husker Radio group for a couple years I have seen my fair share.

So I ask you, what is one of your fondest memories of a game attended at Memorial Stadium?

Last Game of the Season

November 26, 2008 at 2:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Most of you know that I am a soccer referee. Last night marked—I think—the last game of my fall soccer season. The season ended on a good note.

Overall it was a great season, and the latter part of the year brought three firsts. I had the opportunity to center the U17B Nebraska State Cup championship game. I was part of a crew on my first televised match, a Missouri Valley Conference womens match shown on Fox Sports Midwest. And just last night I was on the crew of my first NCAA tournament match. In addition, I completed the requirements to upgrade to a Grade 6 USSF referee. I should have finished that upgrade years ago; oh well, I won’t allow the same thing to happen with my next upgrade.

If any of you folks have ever thought about becoming a soccer referee at any level, please let me know. I would be happy to help you get started. There is a new referee clinic coming up in December.

Catalyst Done?

November 26, 2008 at 2:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Exactly one year ago I commented on the fact that little had been said about the Catalyst One highrise project. I posted a few other times on the same topic. So it was with very little surprise that I read this morning that the project is gasping for air.

In all fairness, the project sounded ridiculously huge and expensive from the get-go. I was never optimistic that the end result would be nearly as grand as the proposal. But I did figure we would end up with something. And by “something” I don’t mean two bugly blacktop parking lots.

At this point I say we cut our losses and go with Karin Dalziel’s original idea:

The cynical side of me believes these will stay parking lots for years. grin

I say we build a big, adult friendly park - with grown up sized swings and slides, and a place to play 4 square. That’d be fun! (I admit I’m a bit weird, though)

SPAM from the Mayor

November 25, 2008 at 10:08pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

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Give the gift of mystery meat this year. The Mayor’s office has issued a SPAM challenge in which they are matching donated cans of SPAM to the Food Bank. Sounds like a cool idea to me.

Hat Tip Nikkidemas.

Lincoln’s Next Lively Debate?

November 25, 2008 at 2:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lincolnites love a good local debate. Could Mayor Beutler’s proposal to legalize automated traffic cameras be the next fiery topic?

Nationwide, traffic cameras are loved and reviled. Municipalities love ‘em. Traffic cameras increase revenue for relatively little cost. Revenue increases even more when municipalities shorten yellow light times to increase red light violations. A few communities have been caught doing that. Motorists hate them. Nobody likes being caught in the act of doing something you’ve always gotten away with in the past. Plus, all those new brake lights lead to substantial increases in rear-end collisions in communities that install traffic cameras. Moreover, plenty of folks think it’s a little creepy to be watched by cameras wherever they go.

Before Lincoln installs traffic enforcement cameras, Mayor Beutler and other local officials are going to have to prove two things: first, that there is a problem; and second, that traffic cameras are the best solution. Maybe both are true, maybe they aren’t. Presumably we will learn more if the topic makes it onto the Unicameral’s agenda, and again if the City Council takes up the issue.

What is your gut reaction to the idea of using traffic enforcement cameras in Lincoln, whether for speeding, red light running, or other offenses?

Mr. T’s World Collapses

November 25, 2008 at 2:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I have some bad news for Mr. T and you other Catty Girls fans out there: the ladies are calling it quits. Today’s was their last newspaper column.

To whom will Lincolnites now turn for their fashion and etiquette advice? I’ll start off the nominations with the power duo of Jack Mitchell and Matt Olberding. Will you gents step up and guide Lincolnites from the fashion abyss?

Nominate your favorites here.

Need a Job? Come to Lincoln

November 25, 2008 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lincoln is listed as the 15th best city for finding a job, with our 3.3% unemployment rate and 1.4% job growth. I haven’t exactly followed the employment classifieds lately. Which industries or businesses in Lincoln are the best places for non-Lincolnites to look if they were to consider coming here to find a job?

Where Outside of Lincoln Is This?

November 24, 2008 at 2:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

While flipping through Flickr this morning I came across this photo:

Signpost among dead vegetation

Do you know where it was taken?

Christmas in Uni Place

November 24, 2008 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lincolnite Angie Parde dropped me a note and asked me to let everybody know about an upcoming event in Uni Place:

Historic University Place Holiday Event will take place on November 29th from 1:00 to 3:00.  Santa and his LIVE reindeer will be in the area for the little ones to see.  Come shop the unique and fun shops in the UNI place area and Tiaras—the new children’s boutique will have Christmas cookies, prizes, drawings, and gift with purchase.

Phone:  402-466-2100 for more information.

We may have to take Robbie to see the reindeer. He has been fascinated with reindeer ever since seeing the reindeer at the zoo trying to rid themselves of their antlers. Robbie likes to re-enact the event by banging his head on furniture and saying “Reindeer bang! Ouch!”

Where in Lincoln is this?

November 24, 2008 at 1:58pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

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Edit: Thou dost know thine realm of Lincoln well Sir Gene. Long live Sir Gene!

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Football Final Firsts

November 23, 2008 at 9:58pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The fall sports season came to a close with 6 classes crowing champions on the Memorial Stadium turf.  I had made my picks here and I got one champion right, Class D1 Howells.

Class A:

Millard West def Millard South 21-8 (Millard West’s 2nd Class A championship, 2001)
Dubbed the Battle for “Q” St. after the street they both are on in Omaha.

Class B:

Aurora def. Beatrice 20-14 (Aurora’s first HS football championship)
Aurora shocked the whole state in the semifinals with a 37-33 victory over McCook

Class C1:

Pierce def. Boys Town 20-10 (Back to back state titles and the schools 3rd overall)

Class C2:

Blue Hill def. (Fremont) Archbishop Bergan 14-0 (After 2 consecutive runner up finishes, Blue Hill finally gets their first state title in football)
This is Blue Hill’s first state title in any sport since 1928 when they won the Class H boys basketball title.

Class D1:

Howells def. Axtell 46-21 (Howells’ 7th state title and first since their 6 straight from 00-05)

Class D2:

Ewing def. Humphrey St. Francis 49-24 (Ewing’s first state football championship)

3 schools won their first state title in football and 3 other schools (Axtell, Boys Town, Beatrice) would have won their first had they won.

70th and Pioneers is the Place to Eat

November 21, 2008 at 2:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Matt Olberding says a new Sam & Louie’s is coming soon to Pioneer Woods at 70th and Pioneers. That shopping center is becoming quite the dining hub. Sam & Louie’s will join Venue, The Oven, Carmela’s, NuVibe, and Culver’s. With an ice cream shop just to the south and Holmes Park just to the north, you bachelors out there could do a lot worse than dinner, dessert, and a romantic lakeside walk on your next date.

Well, maybe when temps warm up in the spring.

Congratulations, Professor

November 21, 2008 at 2:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I want to give a quick shout out to UNL Professor (and local youth soccer referee) David Rosenbaum, recipient of one of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s “U.S. Professors of the Year.” Congratulations, Dave!

An Establishment By Any Other Name

November 21, 2008 at 2:10pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

So is it still called Grateful Bread, or is it now officially called Freakbeat Vegetarian?

Will and Robert Get a Lecture

November 20, 2008 at 2:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I can’t say I follow Robin Eschliman’s recent rant in which she condemned WRK LLC—the (in)famous Scott brothers—for selling land in Waverly to a business that was leaving Lincoln. Here’s the skinny, as far as I understand it: Watts Electric currently rents space in Air Park. Watts bought land on North 70th Street, intending to build out there. After the land purchase, flood plain maps were updated and now the land sits in a flood plain. Watts didn’t receive the help (read: handouts) it wanted from Lincoln, so it looked down the road at Waverly. WRK had some available land in Waverly. Alacazam, Watts moves to Waverly.

Apparently Ms. Eschliman thinks the Scotts have some sort of patriotic duty to only do business in Lincoln. Baloney. If they don’t do what’s good for themselves, then they don’t have the resources to assist in the projects that are good for Lincoln. As for Watts Electric, who can blame them for doing what they need to do to stay competitive in their field?

Rather than raving about companies’ business decisions, perhaps Ms. Eschliman (and the City Council as a whole) should continue to look at the reasons why the businesses made those decisions. What made locating outside of Lincoln more attractive than locating inside Lincoln? Could we and should we have done something differently to change the outcome? I’m not presupposing any answers here; I don’t know the details of this situation beyond what the media have told me. Maybe we did all we could. If so, better luck next time. If not, let’s fix it.

If somebody were really playing dirty I wouldn’t have a problem with a City Council member calling them out. That didn’t happen here. Instead, a couple businesses did what businesses do, and as a result a prominent member of local government needlessly called them out in a manner not befitting her position. What message does that send about the local climate?

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