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Husker Heartbreak

October 11, 2008 at 11:38pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Well…what is there to say?  That was a tough one to swallow.  Huskers lose 37-31 in OT down in Lubbock.  I don’t think we can lay the blame on Joe on this one.  Huskers had several opportunities and couldn’t capitalize.  Penalties (8 for 55 isn’t terrible but they came at really bad times), ineffectiveness in the red zone on two drives, blown coverages, 4th and 1, etc.

I know moral victories aren’t the Nebraska way but you have to be encouraged the way that 1) Nebraska bounced back in the 4th quarter and 2) improved from the Mizzou game.

I didn’t get to watch this one on TV but heard the whole thing on the radio (which by the way has VASTLY improved since Rose left and Sharpe was given the job) and everybody that I’ve heard and talked to said there was improvement.

Nebraska NEEDS to hold court against ISU and Baylor.  The huskers took a step forward today and losing to ISU and Baylor would just be a terrible setback.  Nebraska has a CHANCE to win every game except the Oklahoma game.  If we played like we did today, we have that chance.

55-28…

October 1, 2008 at 8:38pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

...Missouri.

That’s what an AP writer says the final score will be this week.  The line right now is Missouri a 10 1/2 point favorite.

Can anybody remember when an opponent was this heavily favored coming into Memorial Stadium?

I don’t have a good feeling about this one folks.  What do you think?

The Hokie Hussle

September 29, 2008 at 5:14am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Now that we’ve reached the quarter pole of the NU season we have a very good idea where NU is at going into Big 12 play…

HELP!!!!!

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Hurricanes coming to Nebraska

September 12, 2008 at 2:53am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Nope.  Gustav is gone.  Ike will turn east after it makes landfall (or at least that’s what they’re projecting)

Nope, this is of the Miami variety.

http://www.huskerextra.com/articles/2008/09/11/football/doc48c9d0c91b8f4308280916.txt

Hardly unfamiliar with playing big games against one another, Nebraska and Miami have agreed to meet in 2014 and 2015.

The agreement has the Hurricanes coming to Lincoln on Sept. 20, 2014, and the Huskers going to Miami on Sept. 12, 2015.

This comes a day after it was revealed that Nebraska and Fresno State have reached a deal to play in 2011, 2014 and 2016.

A formal announcement of these games — likely along with another series — is expected soon, Husker officials say.

At this point, Nebraska’s nonconference schedule for 2014 has Miami at home and a road trip to Fresno State. The trip to Miami in 2015 is joined by a home game against Southern Miss.

Miami and Nebraska have four times met in bowl games that have determined the national champion, most recently in the Rose Bowl after the 2001 season that was won by the Hurricanes 37-14.

It was Miami that denied Tom Osborne a national title in the 1984 Orange Bowl, a 31-30 game decided by a failed Husker two-point conversion in the final minute.

And it was Miami that Osborne triumphed over 10 years later in a 24-17 comeback that gave the former Husker head coach his first national championship.

The all-time series between the programs is knotted at 5. The programs met four times in the Orange Bowl, once in the Rose Bowl and once in the Gotham Bowl.

The four regular-season contests between the schools came in 1951, 1953, 1975 and 1976. The Huskers are 3-0 against Miami in Lincoln, winning 20-16 in 1953, 31-16 in 1975 and 17-9 in 1976.

I find it funny that people are cheering this scheduling.  Its always been Nebraska’s policy to schedule one big name opponent a year.  The Fresno State games are an interesting one.  Fresno State is a team that is always willing to play anyone anywhere.  They’re a real feisty team, it won’t be an easy one.  Hopefully Miami gets itself off the mat in time for the game.

The dawn of a NU era.

August 27, 2008 at 5:09pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Bo knows Nebraska.  Bo knows defense.  Bo knows motivation…

but does Bo know head coaching?

We’re going to find out here soon enough as Nebraska kicks off their 08 season against Western Michigan on Saturday.

People want this season to start, people need this season to start.  I’ve heard people say “I can’t remember being so excited about a season!”  Well…I can.  I can remember a couple Bill Callahan seasons that there was fever pitch excitement.  Remember all those recruits that we had coming in?  Remember this fancy new offense that was being implemented?  Remember this excitement that we had for the eminent return to glory that was Nebraska football?  Yeah…not so much.

I have found a couple things interesting though.  There have been a couple moves by Bo that don’t seem like a big deal…but we all know that anything and everything that has to do with Nebraska football is a big deal.

1) Bo wore a blue shirt to the press conference on Tuesday.  *GASP* I know…it was BLUE!  No Nebraska insignia ANYWHERE!  But wait…where is the anger?  Where is the call to arms to get our head coach to wear red/white?  WHY IS HIS SHIRT BLUE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!  Of course, I’m over reacting but Nebraska football fans should be used to that…they do it all the time.  But I seem to remember one certain coach of a previous era doing the same exact thing and the whole god damn state was up in arms.  I seem to remember Bill Callahan being asked questions…DURING HIS WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE, about his attire.  Where is the uproar now?  I can hear it now: “Oh its Bo, it doesn’t matter.”  or: “He can wear whatever he wants, just as long as he wins games.”  Why the free pass for Bo and not for BC?  I don’t get the double standard.

2) Bo hasn’t handed out the blackshirts yet.  The iconic symbol of the starting defense that is a big piece of Nebraska tradition and source of pride is missing.  Now wait just a tick…I thought Bo was being brought in because he understands the tradition?  I thought that we were supposed to be getting back to our roots.  How can we get back to our roots if we don’t have the blackshirts?  Where is the outcry?  Instead of mobs forming outside of Memorial Stadium, people are letting it be…in fact, they’re actually embracing the idea.  “They should earn them!”  “Its a privilege, not a right!”  Heck, even Steve Sipple is on board.  He wrote a whole damn column on it.  Can you IMAGINE the outcry of the fans if Billy C had held the blackshirts back at the beginning of a season?  Talk shows would be flooded with calls, the athletic department would have been flooded with emails, columnists would have roasted him till he was burnt to a crisp.  But because its Bo…its ok.  Is that what I’m hearing?

No, this isn’t an anti-Bo blog.  Nor is it a pro-Callahan blog.  I’m glad BC and SP are gone.  I’m glad Bo and TO are here.  But how quick we are to forget everything that we were so mad at when BC was here, when Bo seems to be doing the same exact thing…well…because its Bo.  I guess my point is when things go wrong, and they’re more likely to go wrong than not, it doesn’t matter what your coach wears during the press conference, it doesn’t matter what color jersey they have on during practice, it doesn’t matter what the uniforms look like…its just a game.  If we win, great.  If we lose, so what.  Its just a game. 

“Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.”

Nebraska to Beijing, China

July 1, 2008 at 3:56am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The distance between Elkhorn, NE and Beijing, China is 6470.5556 miles but all it took Alice Schmidt was 800 meters in 2:00.46.  Alice qualified tonight for the Olympics in the 800m after placing 2nd in the Olympic Trials.  Alice is a graduate of Elkhorn High School in western Omaha and holds the girls all class state record in the 800m with a time of 2:12.  She had an outstanding career at Elkhorn (part of 3 state track championships and 4x 800 meter winner) and North Carolina and now will run on the worlds biggest stage.

As a Elkhorn Antler alum and someone who has a younger brother who graduated and ran with Alice in high school, I am absolutely ecstatic about this.  Alice is an absolutely outstanding athlete, student and person.  Congrats Alice and go for the gold!

The CWS has gone to the dawgs

June 26, 2008 at 4:25am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Fresno State that is.  In one of the most amazing runs in NCAA sports history, Fresno State the #4 seed in the Long Beach State regional, defied all odds and won the College World Series.

This could quite possibly be one of the most amazing runs in college sports history.

The first #4 seeded team to ever reach the CWS.
The first team ever rated lower than #48 (in a 64 team field) to make it to an NCAA final.
Only the second national title in school history (softball in 1998)
Tied the record for most runs in a CWS (61)
Most losses by a CWS winner (31)

To put this in perspective, there are 16 #4 seeds in a regional. So technically these are the 16 lowest rated teams in the tournament. If you want to compare this to the Big Dance…its like 13 seed OR LOWER winning the NCAA tournament. George Mason was an 11 seed in the 2006 tournament. And they only made it to the national semifinals.

In my opinion I thought there would be no winner more unlikely than Oregon State the past two years but this trumps it ten fold.

Simply amazing

June 16, 2008 at 2:59am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

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There are no more words folks.  We are watching the greatest player in the sport of golf…ever.  And we could be watching one of if not the greatest athlete of all time.

What this guy has done this weekend is absolutely amazing. 

The 18 hole playoff is tomorrow.

The Big Red blues

June 3, 2008 at 11:54pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

A year to forget.

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Baseball live bloggin

June 1, 2008 at 12:05am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

So I think I’m gonna live blog the rest of Nebraska’s games in the regional.

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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?

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.

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