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Putting the fun in fundraising

May 13, 2008 at 10:32pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

I thought this blog by Brian Christopherson in the Life in the Red LJS blog was an interesting one.  He asked Paul Meyers how fundraising was going in a “lean” economy.  Paul said it was going good, I don’t know if I exactly believe him.  What is he supposed to say?  “Its going awful, we can’t afford to pay the light bill”

Anyway, thats not the point of my blog.  In the blog, there is a list of things that TO wants:

-New academic center
-Hall of fame building
-Practice facility that would accompany the new downtown basketball arena.

IMO, the priority needs to be the new practice facility.  If Nebraska ever wants to prove that they take basketball seriously, they need a practice facility.  Nebraska is the only Big 12 school that does not have plans, building or currently have practice facilities for their basketball teams.  While the academic center is all well and good, I’m guessing that could be put on the back burner.  And while a Hall of fame building would be cool, its a tad frivolous at this point when there are more pressing needs.

What should the donation dollars go to first?

What a weekend

May 12, 2008 at 10:18pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

It is a rare occasion that a sporting event lives up to the pregame hype.  USC/Nebraska, is usually the norm.

But this weekend, 3 fantastic games occurred at Haymarket Park over the weekend.  Texas A&M and Nebraska took to the field in a 1 vs. 2 matchup in the Big 12 standings and both were top 10 teams in the rankings.  If there has been a team with more magic than Nebraska this year it has been the Aggies of A&M.  I can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard scores from the nation and Texas A&M’s scores always start with “Texas A&M comes from behind to defeat ____”

Friday nights matchup was almost good enough for two complete games because it went 16 innings.  The Aggies were the victor 6-3.  And were a virtual lock for the Big 12 regular season crown.
Saturday’s matchup was washed out by rain which set up a fantastic Mothers Day.
Game 1 on Sunday was mostly all Texas A&M but Nebraska scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to collect the victory 9-8.
Game 2 on Sunday was a slugfest but Nebraska had to come from behind again, this time 5 runs down going into the bottom of the 6th inning.  Nebraska scored 3 runs in the 6th, 7th AND 8th inning and came out on top 13-10.

It is rare in a 3 game series where the outcome of any of the 3 games could have gone either way.  Nebraska could have very easily gone 3-0 but so could have Texas A&M. 

Before this weekend Nebraska was pretty much assured hosting a regional.  Nebraska was also in contention with about 12 teams for a coveted top 8 national seed and a home road to the College World Series.  This weekends series win probably gave Nebraska one of those top 8 national seeds save a collapse at Missouri and the Big 12 tournament. 

Did anybody take in either of the 3 games?

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