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What’s in a nickname?

February 23, 2008 at 5:58pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

I like to think of myself as someone who is pretty easy going guy.  Someone who can run with the punches, someone who takes things as he sees them.  I don’t really cause a ripple in the grand scheme things, I just stay in the background.

I do have one pet peeve though, wait no, its not a pet peeve, its down right irritation.  School nicknames.  Particularly ones that change the mascot to a different gender and change the name for the girls.  In other words, its a different “mascot” for a the girls than the guys.  Take for instance the argument that I had just this morning.  The Perkins County girls are the #1 team in Class C2, undefeated and barring a major upset, they will will the C2 title.  Their school nickname is the “Plainsmen.”  Someone told me that they are called the Plainswomen.  First off they’re wrong, because the school is registered with the NSAA as Plainsmen for both genders.  But second, why are the girls not good enough to get the Plainsmen nickname?  Why do they have to get a different nickname than the boys?

Other examples throughout the state:

Axtell Wildcats call their girls the Lady Cats.
Beatrice Orangemen call their girls the Lady Orange.
Hastings St. Cecilia Bluehawks call their girls the Hawkettes
Sidney Red Raiders call their girls the Lady Raiders
Sutton Mustangs call their girls the Fillies
Lexington Minutemen call their girls the Minutemaids

And the worst nickname change of all:

The Columbus Lakeview Vikings call their girls…yes this is actually registered with the NSAA… the ViQueens.

And I’m almost positive that Waverly did this at one point while I was in high school.

I have a little bit less irritation, but still a irritation, for those schools that put “lady” in front of the nickname but don’t change the original name.  (Lady Irish, Lady Bulldogs, Lady Warriors)

This changing of the nicknames irritates the hell out of me and it really needs to stop.  Its very sexist, and, to me at least, it sends the message that the girls aren’t good enough for the nickname of the high school they go to.

Sorry, soapbox rant over.

Will we ever get there?

February 22, 2008 at 4:12am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The most consistent inconsistent team in the nation, the Nebraska Cornhusker mens basketball team, took another turn Wednesday after they upset the #24 ranked Kansas State Wildcats.  This team has had its ups, the win over Oregon and now Kansas State, its downs, the Missouri, Iowa state, and Colorado losses.  All games should have been Husker wins, they’re better than those teams.

But now I go back to the Kansas State win.  The Purple Kitties were ranked.  The students rushed the floor.  Brian Rosenthal wasn’t happy with it as evidence as his post in his Life in the Red Blog.  “For cryin out loud, they stormed the court.  It’s only K-State.”

I kinda agree with Brian.  It was only KSU.  I understand the rushing the court against Oregon.  They were rated #16, it went to OT and it was at the Qwest in a wild atmosphere.  I kinda understand it when we beat Creighton, but even that’s boarder line. 

Pate Forde, columnist for ESPN.com, published a guideline for rushing the court.  Nebraska’s defeat of KSU, doesn’t apply.  Neither does the Oregon or Creighton for that matter.

So my question is, will Nebraska ever get to the point where they will ever NOT rush the court for a win over a ranked team?

CWS: Going, going, gone?

February 14, 2008 at 11:54pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

I know its not a Lincoln issue, but its a Nebraska issue.

This fight over the future home of the College World Series is getting a bit out of hand.  If you don’t know, Omaha’s Rosenblatt stadium has been the home of the College World Series for well over 50 years.  Omaha is synonymous with the College World Series.  It has a huge economic impact on not only the city of Omaha but the state of Nebraska.  Omaha has bent over backwards to keep the CWS in town.  Improvements upon improvements have been made to Rosenblatt to appease the NCAA.  Omaha gets it, they like the CWS, they want to keep it here and will do anything to keep it.  Only so many improvements can be made to the old girl on 12th and Burt Murphy.  Its an old stadium and it has gotten to the point where if they are going to make more improvements, major reconstruction needs to take place.

So a new stadium was proposed.  But where to put it.  Downtown Omaha?  Great idea but where to put it.  If you’re going to build a downtown stadium, it seems right next to the Qwest would make the most sense.  How about demolishing the Civic and putting it there?  There are several different camps.  1 camp wants to keep it right where its at and renovate.  Another camp wants to move it to a brand new stadium.  And that camp is split into several factions that suggest different places.  No one can seem to agree on anything.

But wait…what about the original tenants and the people who use the stadium the most, the Royals?

Every Royals game is played in a near empty Rosenblatt.  Don’t get the Royals wrong though, they love playing in the biggest, nicest ballpark in Triple A.  But the Royals envision a smaller intimate ballpark they can call their own or at least share with Creighton.

The city of Omaha is at a real crossroads in my mind.  Move the CWS to another location and you’re losing a lot of the “magic” you have.  You now become like EVERY other place that wants the CWS and give the NCAA an excuse to move it.  Keep it at Rosenblatt, yeah you keep the “magic” but you run the risk of running out of things/room to improve and eventually lose it cause its not up to NCAA standards.  You also risk alienating the Royals to the point where they don’t feel wanted any up and move.  Does the city of Omaha want a multi-million dollar stadium that is used only 2 1/2 weeks out of the year?

In my opinion, Omaha will lose the CWS eventually.  Its inevitable.  They’re foolish to think that in 2050 that they’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the CWS in Omaha.  Its not going to happen.

So where do you put it?

This is the voice of the huskers…

February 5, 2008 at 11:16pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Greg Sharpe is the new voice of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Great choice, IMO.

Press release from the HSN:

LINCOLN - Greg Sharpe has been named the play-by-play announcer for the University of Nebraska football and baseball broadcasts, IMG College and the Husker Sports Network announced Tuesday.

Sharpe will begin his duties on Thursday, Feb. 7 as the emcee for the University of Nebraska Football Recruiting Dinner in Lincoln and will begin his baseball play-by-play duties with the first game of the season on February 22 at Stanford.

In addition to his duties as the play-by-play voice of Husker football and baseball, Sharpe will continue to serve as the play-by-play announcer for men’s and women’s basketball on Fox Sports Net. He will also host the football and baseball coaches TV shows, appear on Sports Nightly, and host various functions throughout the year.

Sharpe has been active with University of Nebraska athletics since 2003, serving as the play-by-play voice of the Husker Pay-Per-View football games, Husker men’s and women’s basketball games on Fox Sports Net, and Husker baseball on Cox Cable.

He was the play-by-play radio announcer for the final three football games of the 2007 season and has hosted the Bo Pelini Television Show since November, 2007. He was also the play-by-play announcer for the Nebraska Spring Game on the NFL Network in April, 2007.

“It is an incredible honor to be joining the Husker Sports Network,” said Sharpe.

The announcement was a little delayed.  HSN said that one would be announced sometime in January (its February now in case you didn’t know).

Then there was this funny little back and forth between the former voice (Jim Rose) and Matt Perrault (co-chief Big Sports 590 blow hard).  And then the co-chief Big Sports 590 blow hard response.

A super Super Bowl

February 5, 2008 at 12:06am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

How about that game?

I was gonna blog about it last night but the internets went out in North Platte right after the game (probably a disgruntled Pats fan or an over exuberant Giants fan) so I couldn’t.

Who honestly thought that the Giants could win?  And if you say you did…what drugs were you taking cause I need some of that.

I kept waiting for the Giants mistake/Patriots capitalize moment in the game and it never really came.  And probably everybody thought the game was over when Randy Moss caught the Pats last TD.

But here’s the most amazing thing about the whole game to me…not the fact that the Pats lost, but that ELI freakin’ MANNING can call himself a super bowl winning and MVP QB.  Eli has been average at best through his now 4 year career.  And of course he’s got the older brother thing going against him too.  But Eli came up huge in that final drive including that amazing escape/heave/amazing catch play. 

Great game, I haven’t cheered that loud for a non Nebraska/Minnesota Vikings football game in a long time.

Commercials I thought, overall, were pretty subpar.  My favorite was Will Ferrell’s Jackie Moon Bud Light commercial.

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