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Saying goodbye to Rosenblatt

June 30, 2010 at 4:14pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The College World Series is now over and South Carolina won their first baseball championship in school history (and only their 2nd NCAA title in school history, the other being womens outdoor track).  But the over riding story throughout the week was the final CWS at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. Looking back on the games, this was a very boring series in term of the action on the field. Weather delayed and put a damper on a good portion of the middle of the tournament. But South Carolina and UCLA provided Rosenblatt with a proper send off.

But my question is, we all know that this is Omaha’s event. But how is this event viewed in Lincoln?  Do people get as wrapped up in Lincoln as they do in Omaha? Or is it just another event?

6/23/2010

June 24, 2010 at 4:39am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Wednesday will go down as one of the biggest sports days we have seen in quite some time.

In what some people are calling a defining day in US Soccer history, the United States defeated Algeria 1-0 to move onto the Round of 16 in the World Cup. The US, before the game, knew that a win and they were in. A tie and they needed some help in the England/Slovakia match. When England went up 1-0 in their match, and the US still tied at 0-0 with Algeria it looked as if the United States would be sent home neither winning or losing. Time and time again the US attacked and were turned away by either the woodwork, the goalkeeper or just plain missing the net. With only minutes to spare in the match, Landon Donovan, the anointed poster boy of US soccer, cemented his legacy as one of the greatest US players ever as he kicked in a rebound to put the US ahead 1-0 to win the match.

It will be rare to see a tennis write up in this blog (dare I say the last) but 6/23/2010 did not see an ordinary tennis match. In fact, this tennis match was so great it is going to take at least 3 days from beginning to end.  John Isner and Nicolas Mahut are playing in the longest tennis match in recorded history. No, its not for charity, no they’re not trying to break a world record…they just can’t finish the damn thing.  On Tuesday Isner and Mahut played, what can only be described as, a good 4 sets of tennis that nobody cared about and was postponed until Wednesday because of rain. It was their 5th set, on Wednesday which made headlines around the world. Currently the score sits at 59-59. That’s right. 59 games to 59 games. The two men played 118 games in one day. The 5th set has spanned over 7 hours, which by itself breaks the longest tennis match ever played by 3 1/2 hours. Add on the 3 hours of Tuesday night play and the two have played 10 hours of tennis and have yet to decide on a winner.

The fun may have stopped for the rest of the country but the College World Series provided a night cap for Nebraskans in this amazing sports day. Adopted fan favorite TCU was down 7-3 going into the top of the 8th inning against Florida State, both fighting to stay in the College World Series. Two runs started the rally for the Horned Frogs but a mammoth grand slam that had to have traveled 450 feet over the center field fence, put TCU ahead 9-7. Another 2 run home run in the inning gave the Horned Frogs 8 runs in the 8th inning that gave them the 11-7 winning score. TCU moves on to face UCLA in the bracket championship. TCU must win twice to go to the national championship series, while UCLA needs only one win.  In the other bracket, Oklahoma and South Carolina will play Thursday for the right to play Clemson in the other bracket championship.

As a new day dawns, its good to look back at one heck of a sporting day.

Nebraska to the Big 10: Conference Alignment

June 13, 2010 at 7:09pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

So now that Nebraska is in, its time to take a look at how they will fit in. First up, conference alignment. Most likely, the Big 10 will be split into two divisions much like the Big 12 was.

They could do a pretty clear East/West division:

West: Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois, Minnesota
East: Michigan, Michigan St. Penn St., Indiana, Ohio St., Purdue

They could also go North/South:

North: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan St., Northwestern, Michigan, Penn St.
South: Ohio St., Nebraska, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa

(looking at the map, you could switch Iowa and Penn St. but for the sake of Nebraska and Iowa playing in the same division, I put them in the South)

Obviously the North/South scenario, that splits up Ohio State and Michigan. I just don’t know if the Big 10 wants to dispense with that tradition.

Group C: USA 1 - England 1

June 12, 2010 at 8:40pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The US tied England 1-1 in their World Cup opener in Group C to take 1 point. US got VERY lucky in their goal after they gave up a goal in the 4th minute. Clint Dempsey sent an easy ball towards the England goalkeeper that skipped away at the last minute and found the net in the 40th minute. Going into the World Cup, the US absolutely would have taken a draw in their opening match against a tough England team.

The other two teams in Group C (Slovenia & Algeria) play their first match tomorrow morning. It will be very interesting to see the outcome of that match. Slovenia is the favorite but if either team comes away with a victory, they would take control of group C.

The US plays next against Slovenia on June 18th at 10am

Nebraska to the Big 10

June 11, 2010 at 9:58pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Nebraska is officially a member of the Big 10. Nebraska will join the Big 10 athletically on July 1st, 2011 and academically (I believe) with immediate effect. This is the final year for Nebraska in the Big 12 conference.

Your thoughts?

Over the coming days I’ll go over what this means for Nebraska athletically and how they fit and will compete in the Big 10.

More Big 12 Expansion News: The next 48 hours

June 11, 2010 at 1:11am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Nebraska will become a member of the Big 10 conference sometime in the next 48 hours…if we’re to believe multiple reports from several different media outlets.  The timetable is this: The NU Board of Regents have a scheduled meeting Friday at 1pm and they added to their agenda a vote on whether or not to support a move to the Big 10. After that, it will either be the Big 10 announcing that they have invited Nebraska to the Big 10 or Nebraska will announce they have accepted a bid to join the Big 10. There have been some thoughts that a Nebraska press conference might not happen until Saturday. After Tom Osborne and Harvey Pearlman address the Board of Regents Friday, we’ll probably know a lot more.

Colorado drew first blood when it comes to conference realignment when they accepted an offer to go to the Pac10/11.  This does serious damage to Baylor’s hope to join Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in their rumored invite to the Pac 10/11. There have been numerous other rumors about where other teams are going. I’ve heard Texas and Notre Dame to the Big 10. I’ve heard Texas A&M to the SEC. I’ve heard Oklahoma to the SEC. I’ve also read that Missouri does not have an invite to the Big 10 as of yet and is in serious jeopardy of being left behind just like Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Baylor.

Nebraska’s fate should be decided by this time Saturday night.

New Big 10 expansion news

June 9, 2010 at 4:16am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Well, no inside info right now, but from what we’re seeing it looks like this long drawn out process could come to an end very soon.

Late last week the Big 12 fired the last bullet in their gun giving Nebraska and Missouri until this Friday to declare their allegiance to the Big 12 or not.

Here’s what you need to know about that: The Big 12 can’t do ANYTHING to force Nebraska to say anything. It was a desperate attempt to find out where Nebraska and Missouri is at, and that’s all. 

Well, it now seems that we will get an answer on Nebraska to the Big 10 as the Omaha World Herald is reporting that Nebraska could receive an invite to the Big 10 as early as Friday.

Hopefully this will all be over soon.

Big 10 expansion news

June 5, 2010 at 9:26pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

So, its a subject that has been talked about adnauseam, but what do we REALLY know? Big 10 wants to expand. That’s about it. We’ve heard a lot of rumors on who they want (Notre Dame, Nebraska, Missouri, Rutgers, Texas, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, etc…I could go on forever) We’ve heard timetables (12-18 months) But its been all just that, rumors.  The Big 12 recently held their Athletic Directors meeting in Kansas City and A LOT happened down there from what I understand.

Inside I’ll let you know what I’ve heard.

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