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Mama…there goes that girl again.

January 13, 2010 at 5:11pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The amazing Kelsey Griffin had another outstanding game last night as she paced the Cornhuskers with 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the #9 and #11 ranked (yep, you’re reading that right) Nebraska Cornhuskers to a 91-79 victory over Texas.  Texas, no slouch at #19 and #22 were neck and neck with the Cornhuskers throughout the first half but Nebraska went on a 13-2 run to start the 2nd half and never looked back. 

Griffin earned some high praise from Vermont head coach Sharon Dawley about Griffin.  “She’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen,” “Maya Moore‘s probably the only person better we’ve seen live.”  (I encourage all of you who don’t know Maya Moore is to click that link to see her accomplishments and what kind of company Coach Dawley is putting Griffin is)

Apparently, Husker Nation is taking notice to.  Just over seven thousand people set foot in the Bob Devaney Sports Center to watch Nebraska.  That’s an amazing turnout for the girls and if they keep winning, you can only expect that number to rise on a weekly basis.

Nebraska’s next game proves to be again another challenge, maybe the biggest one of the season.  The Huskers go on the road to #9 Baylor on Sunday.  It will be a tall task for the Husker women but if they come out of this one as victors…there’s no telling where this team is going to stop.

Folks, I really encourage you to head over to the Devaney and support the women.  Seven thousand is an awesome number but this team is playing out of this world basketball right now and we have a once in a lifetime player on our hands in Griffin.  Nebraska’s next home game will be January 23rd against Kansas State, and you can find the rest of Nebraska’s schedule here.  There are going to be a couple TV appearances down the stretch if you can’t make it to the Bob.  I also encourage you to listen to Matt Coatney on the Husker Sports Network.  Matt is a good friend and the best announcer in the Husker Sports Network stable, IMO.  In Lincoln you can hear the games on Froggy 98 and 93.3 in Omaha.

Edit: I should also throw in a plug for the mens basketball team tonight as they take on #3 Kansas at home tonight.  Its an 8pm tip time and the game will be televised on ESPN2.  It will be a packed house at the BDSC tonight as is every Kansas game, but there are still some tickets left.  This will be a tough one for the men who will have to play the perfect game to beat Kansas.  If they can keep it within the 14 point margin of victory the women beat Texas with…that should be a victory in itself.

I’m All Ears

January 13, 2010 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

What over-the-air channels should a guy be able to get in Lincoln? I hooked up an antenna to the television last night just to see what I could get. I ended up with 8 (including 8.2), 10 (sometimes), 51, and a couple odd religious channels. I had assumed I’d be able to get NET and perhaps an Omaha station or two. No?

Texas-Style Justice in Nebraska?

January 12, 2010 at 2:05pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Senator Mark Christensen wants you to be able to kill somebody if they break into your home, workplace, or occupied vehicle, even if you face no physical harm or you can escape. It might be fun to watch the debate on this one. Expect hysteria on both sides.

The bill itself can be found here.

Two Steps Forward…

January 12, 2010 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The City Council has said yes to the plan for the half-block bounded by 13th, 14th, and Q Streets.

The developers have purchased the building that currently houses Valentino’s, Quizno’s, and Chipotle, which they plan to demolish.

Could this thing actually happen?

Common Answers - Winter Wonderland

January 11, 2010 at 3:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

It’s time for another Common Answers contest! Go play now!

It’ll Freeze That Way

January 11, 2010 at 2:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

It’s great having a police chief with a sense of humor.

Where in Lincoln is this?

January 11, 2010 at 2:09pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

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The correct answer was identified!

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And you thought the football team had a good year…

January 9, 2010 at 9:05pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Folks hold onto your butts cause we are starting to see a potential historic season in Nebraska.  The Nebraska women’s basketball team is off to a Nebraska women’s basketball best, 13-0 start.  The first undefeated non-conference season in school history has been highlighted by one game decided by less than 10 points.  It has also featured probably the biggest win in school history with a 14 point win over the #5 team in the nation at the time, the LSU Tigers.

The women are led by Kelsey Griffin.  Griffin has so far put together a 1st team All-American season and is in the discussion for national player of the year.  She is the real deal.  The senior from Alaska battled an injury last year and did not play.  She has had injury concerns throughout her Husker career but has been one of the best players for Connie Yori.  Griffin is averaging almost 20 points/game and 10 rebounds/game.

To show you how big a season this has been so far, Nebraska started the year unranked and didn’t see the rankings until they played Creighton on Dec. 9th and that was #24.  After their LSU win they vaulted up to 13.  And then they climbed another spot in the polls to #12 and promptly crushed Vermont 94-50 (Vermont was a fringe Top 25 team before the Nebraska game as well).  The buzz word around college basketball is Bracketology and the study of if the tournament started now, where would they be in the tournament.  Again before the LSU game on December 10th ESPN.com had a 10-0 Nebraska as the #4 seed.  Now with conference play starting up, Nebraska is the #3 seed right now.

But it will not be easy for Nebraska in the Big 12.  There are two teams ranked ahead of Nebraska as Baylor is #5 and Texas A&M is #10, Oklahoma and Texas is right behind Nebraska at #14 and #15.  Kansas and Oklahoma St. are ranked as well in the top 25.  This will not be easy for Nebraska.  They start conference play tonight versus Iowa State and have a big game next Tuesday at home versus Texas.

Food, Etc.: Bangkok to Burma 2010

January 8, 2010 at 2:33am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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Lunch at Cheesesteak Grille

January 7, 2010 at 7:13pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I had lunch with my father at the brand-spankin’-new Cheesesteak Grille at 16th and Old Cheney, in the former Mi Guadalajara location. We both had a steak philly with peppers, onions, mushrooms, jalapenos, and cheese, plus fries. The sandwich and fries were both good. I grabbed a couple photos:

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They’re obviously just getting up and running—walls are a bare, freshly-painted white, for example—but I admire that they’ve chosen to offer basically one item. Too many start-ups try to please everyone. One piece of advice I will offer them: don’t be so stingy with the fries. Oh, and I would really love it if they could offer something other than a bulky styrofoam container for diners who aren’t taking the food to go. I know reusable plates will increase their dishwashing budget, but I’m pretty sure I actually heard Mother Nature whimper when they handed me my food.

What Next?

January 7, 2010 at 5:10pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I always enjoy running games here on The Lincolnite. I’m considering running another Common Answers contest next week. Does that sound like a winner of an idea? If I do it, what topic should I do? Do you have any question suggestions?

And Then There Were None

January 7, 2010 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

That’s it. LPS’s snow day budget has been spent. You all know what I think about that so I won’t bother saying it.

However, a question came to mind this morning. And this is a serious inquiry, even though given my earlier comments about snow days it could be interpreted as snarky. It’s 100% snark-free. Here it goes:

How many kids in Lincoln have suffered frostbite, hypothermia, or other cold-related calamities as a result of walking to or from school? I doubt such data are kept, but it sure would be nice if they were. Those data, if they exist, could help improve discussions about LPS’s weather-related closings policy. Broader data about injuries, traffic incidents, and so forth would also be useful, both for “bad weather” days and good weather days. But again, I’d be surprised if such data exist in any useful form. A guy can hope, though.

20 Questions: Snow Day Edition

January 6, 2010 at 2:10pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

It’s a snow day! Let’s play another round of Twenty Questions. Here are the rules:

  1. The answer is related to Lincoln.
  2. The questions should be worded so they generate a yes/no answer.
  3. Each person may ask one question at a time. After your question has been answered, you may ask another one.
  4. Ask your question as a comment to this blog post. Do not ask your question as a reply to another comment (i.e. a “nested comment”)

Ask away!

Check inside for a list of the questions asked so far.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Fletch for asking the winning question!

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Weenie Inflation

January 6, 2010 at 2:05pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Schools have long been accused of “grade inflation”, the process by which it takes less and less effort to receive the same grade. I think we’re going to now have to use the term “weenie inflation” to describe how LPS administrators are becoming bigger and bigger weenies in the face of inclement weather.

Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of unpleasant components to today’s forecast. But calling off classes? Let’s review:

  • The forecast high is 18 degrees;
  • Two to four inches of snow are expected throughout the day;
  • The wind is forecast to be light this morning, 5-10 mph by midday, 15-25 by late afternoon, and 25-35 tonight.

I totally agree with preemptively canceling after school activities. That makes perfect sense. But wasting a whole day of instruction because it’s going to get chilly late this afternoon and tonight? It seems so wasteful. This is a perfect example of an occasion where a half day would make sense. Or at least a teacher and administrator work day. Say what you will about the kids, but there’s absolutely no reason why the adults shouldn’t report to work.

After I saw that classes were canceled for the day I began to reminisce. I can think of only one day that classes were canceled due to (forecast) cold when I was a kid. The forecast called for windchill values of -60 to -70. That’s cold! But as I remember it, the wind hardly blew that day and the sun shone throughout. The forecast was a bust. Though it was still plenty cold—below zero, I’m sure—I played outside with my friends. It’s hard to play basketball when the ball won’t bounce and you’re so bundled up you can’t even raise your arms to shoot.

I should really stop ranting so much about LPS’s cancellation policies…

Have you Been Bugged?

January 6, 2010 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I’ve been curious about local delivery services for a while. When somebody from Errand Bug left a comment recently, I took that as a sign that I should ask about your experiences with these services.

I’ve seen the services advertised for years: Some company will deliver food from any restaurant in town to your door for some fee. In Errand Bug’s case they will also go to, say, Target for you, and according to their comment they’ll even drive you home from the bars if you’re drunk and you don’t want to wait for a cab.

I don’t see myself using a service like this because I’m pretty mobile. I get around just fine, and if I’m feeling too lazy to leave the house I’m probably also feeling too stingy to pay for delivery. If I’m really in a fix, well that’s what’s great about having so many family members in town. On the other hand, I have on more than one occasion wished that Blue Orchid delivered…

Have any of you used Errand Bug or a similar service? What did you think?

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