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Sports, Arenas and Stadiums…oh my!

April 30, 2008 at 11:14pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

It was quite a busy day in terms of the location of sporting events in the state of Nebraska.  We’ll hit the local flavor first.

-The first video of the potential Haymarket Arena and surrounding area was released today.  The architecture gig went to DLR Group of Omaha instead of Lincoln Traction Partners, a Kansas City based business.  LTP was in on the ground floor of the initial Haymarket Arena ideas but DLR was in the favor or the Mayor.  The LJS article outlines why the DLR decision is a bit of a puzzling one.  Because besides the Qwest, DLR manly deals in baseball stadiums.  The video, though, looks good.  I think its a nice looking arena.  There’s a large group of windows and it has a bit of a barn feel which I think would go well downtown.  And when I first saw it, it kind of reminded me of Assembly Hall at the University of Indiana.  Of course the arena is all on the premise that voters approve the arena in a vote next year.

-The second piece of news was the securing of the College World Series by Omaha.  The NCAA granted, get this, a 20 year contract to keep the CWS in Omaha.  The current deal expires in 2010 and this new deal will keep the Series in Omaha until 2030.  I am amazed that the city of Omaha was able to secure that long of a contract.  As it says in the article, the NCAA doesn’t grant 5 year contracts, much less a 20 year contract.  I know it was the goal of the Mayor and CWS Inc. but its still amazing.  A preliminary video was released a couple of weeks ago.  This probably is the death blow for Rosenblatt supporters and the stadiums days are numbered.  I suggest if you haven’t been to the World Series at Rosenblatt, please do yourself a favor and go see a game or two.  And with the huskers tearing it up, this year might be the last year to see the Huskers at the blatt. 

90 DOLLARS?!  FOR A SCRIMMAGE!?

April 14, 2008 at 10:41pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

That’s right folks, Nebraska has just went from weird to crazy.  Fans are actually paying 90 dollars to watch this Saturday’s spring game.

Honestly, this is way to far.  Its just a practice game.  I won’t spend 90 bucks to watch ANY Nebraska home game.  What is the interest here?

I just don’t get it.

Rock, Chalk, Championship

April 8, 2008 at 1:48pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Memphis Tigers 75-68 in overtime last night to give them their first national championship since 1988 and Danny and the Miracles.

Nebraska, as a state, has hosted an NCAA tournament game 5 times in the history of the tournament.  4 of the 5 years, the tournament winner has played in Nebraska. 

Great game last night.

Who can listen to that garbage?

April 2, 2008 at 10:25pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Now that the basketball season is over, I need to get something off my chest…

Kent Pavelka needs to go.

Having had to listen to him on the internet was absolutely painful this season.  He’s WAY past his prime.  (He really wasn’t all that good to begin with)  THAT’S RIGHT…I SAID IT!

The Husker Sports Network’s hand was forced to let go Randy and bring in Kent, another Steve Pederson flub.  And it was absolutely the worst decision.

Kent whines, Kent complains, Kent is a homer.  Hey Kent, here’s an idea…listen to Greg Sharpe.  You’ll pick up more in one game from Sharpe than you’ll ever learn in a lifetime of broadcasting.

:rantover

P.S. I realize this might have been more effective DURING basketball season…but, oh well.

Americas Past time

April 1, 2008 at 12:40am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Today is opening day for major league baseball (we’re not counting abomination of a PR stunt that MLB did)

The Red Sox are the new evil empire.
The Royals have Alex Gordon for his 2nd full season (and he hit a home run today in a come from behind win over the Detroit Tigers) but they’ll still be bad.
My Minnesota Twins traded the best pitcher in the game (Johan Santana) and got a bunch of no names (but once again, the Twins will come out on top)  The Twins are in a tough division, so they weren’t going to do that well anyway.  I predict 3rd.
The national league…well…the cubs still haven’t won.  100th anniversary of their last world series win.

But the real story around here is the Nebraska Cornhusker baseball team.
7-1-1 in the Big 12 and 21-4-1 overall.
A series win over Texas this past weekend was the first real test for the huskers and they passed with flying colors.  A drubbing of Texas in the 1st game and a solid solid 2-0 victory in game 2 over shadowed Texas’ win in game 3.

The big red are playing very well right now and it seems that we might have underestimated them.  It wasn’t hard to underestimate them though, with all their off the field problems and their seeming ability to fold down the stretch in seasons past.

The huskers face Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas in their next 3 series.  All 3 are very winnable.

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