Sunday, April 29, 2007

Free Agents!

Zac Taylor and Matt Herian are both headed to Tampa Bay to play football. Shortly after the draft was finished, they signed as free agents. Jon Gruden called Zac Taylor. Taylor should be a good fit as Gruden and Callahan coached together with the Oakland Raiders. Tampa Bay has Chris Simms and Jeff Garcia. Taylor may end up on the practice squad but this writer thinks he can be the 3rd team quarterback. Herian also hopes to make the team and we wish him well.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Harlan County Reservoir

As of last Tuesday, April 16th, the Harlan County Lake has raised six feet. Elevation was 1926.44 on 1/2/07 and Tuesday it was 1932.43. This is a very positive sign and this is the highest the lake has been for a good five years.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


The Kansas City Royals are struggling at the bat. Here are some batting averages as of today.
Alex Gordon...........................133
Ryan Shealy...........................098
Mark Teahen.........................200
Emil Brown............................184
Mark Sweeney......................162
Jason LaRue..........................154

These are all starters. When they start to hit, they will pull off a series of wins. Pitching has been adequate.

In other news, soon to be drafted, Zac Taylor got engaged to Sarah Sherman on Sunday. Sarah is the daughter of Mike Sherman, the former head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He now is an Assistant for the Houston Texans. Sarah has been getting her masters at UNL. Well, you already know who Zac is so.......Congrats to them!!!!!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Red-White Game a blast!

The Red-White festivities were a lot of fun on Saturday. The luncheon ahead of the game featured Coaches Bill Callahan, Doc Sadler, and John Cook. The video presentations were great and the food was furnished by Skeeter Barnes. Introducing Coach Callahan was Brandon Rigoni, the special teams leader from the past few years. We will miss his spunk. Charles Richardson Jr., this writers favorite player of this year's team, introduced Doc Sadler. The Coach talked about how, right before his father died seven years ago, that his father's wish was to come to a NU football game. Coach Sadler and his father made the trip from Texas and he then realized what a special place NU was. He is committed to making NU Big 12 champs. You believe that he can do it! Jordon Larson introduced Coach Cook, who coached the National Volleyball champs of 2006. Traci Stalls introduced Athletic Director Steve Pedersen who said "We dream of championships" and we "Don't Wait" to accomplish them. Injured football players Kenny Wilson and Zach Bowman were given standing ovations.

The game featured the Sam Keller-Joe Ganz battle for QB. Both played like they can make NU winners this fall. It was pretty even but Sam Keller maybe edged his way to the No. 1 caller. Joe Ganz is a leader however and we will have the bestbackup in years with either player. I hope both get lots of playing time this fall.

Marlon Lucky and Cody Glenn both looked very good. Marlon Lucky suffered some type of knee injury. If Cody Glenn is healthy, this writer likes him because of his tackle breaking ability. Lucky is best at speed, quickness, and making the tackler miss the hit.

The offensive line looked pretty solid. Matt Clauson, Carl Nicks, and Brett Byford looked impressive. DJ Jones received lots of playing time and did well when Lydon Murtha went down with a sprained ankle. Todd Peterson, Nate Swift, and Maurice Purify had great days. Keller likes to throw to Peterson and Purify. Ganz appears to favor Peterson and Swift.

The defense looks solid. N. Suh is dominant. The linebackers all played well. It was good to see Philip Dillard back in action. Our defensive secondary looke good against the second team. Can they be dominant against USC etc.

Nebraska heads into the toughest non-conference schedule in the nation this fall. It will be fun!! This writer is glad we are playing tougher opponents.

Injuries have become a factor. We will have to see how that plays out.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Top Ten TV Shows (Non-Sports)

This writer's Top TV shows:
This show is in its final season which started Sunday, April 8th. Grea Show!
New show. Unpredictable! Sometimes funny and entertaining.
Also in its last season. Very funny and one I can relate to.
The writers of this show have to have fun dreaming up this show!
This writer's all-time best show especially the black and white shows with Barney.
So very funny and Dwight and Michael are unbelieveable. Pam and Jim are fun to watch.
Simple show but it is hard to switch the channel.
Interesting and funny medical show with a very different kind of doctor.
Funny new show.
Enjoy them all.

SCRUBS AND ENTOURAGE (HBO) are two shows close to entering the Top 10.

AMERICAN IDOL could be on this list but until Simon and crew pick who is taken off the show vs people calling in, some of the best singers don't make the cut. Upsets me to watch it!

THE SHIELD AND THE CSI SHOWS are close to the Top 10 but they just aren't good enough to set up a time to watch on a regular basis.

Tiger loses first major after taking lead!

Tiger Woods lost his first major in golf after he has led in the final round. Three times he has lost the lead but the two previous matches he came back and won!! Yesterday Zach Johnson won the Masters. He stayed to his plan of playing short on the par 5's and he made it work. Zach Johnson played in the Ryder Cup last year and is a fine golfer but yesterday he made history. Tiger was beaten like Bobby whipping Tony Sopriano Sunday night. It wouldn't happen again in ten more matches. But yesterday was Zach Johnson's day.

The NU pitching staff has two great pitchers in Watson and Dorn but needs to find a third. Shirek may be the answer as he pitched ok on Sunday but nobody has stepped up to the level of Watson and Dorn.

Steve Octavian is playing some rush end. Wouldn't it be nice to somehow get Barry Turner and Octavian both playing the D-Line at times this fall. Suh looks great in the interior. The linebackers look excellent. Now if we could get the CB's and safeties to jell.

Brad Hartzog, the Cubs expert, suggests that to put the Cubs at the next level they should try to trade Soriano for Carlos Beltran. What would this add to the Cubs? Sorian is known as one of the best in baseball. Is Beltran any better? It looks to this writer that they need relief pitching.

Alex Gordon is struggling. Is he pressing. Should he be sent to Omaha to get things going and will this hurt his mental aspect to the game. What would Gordon do for the attendance of the Omaha Royals? What is your opinion? Let us know.

102-Year-Old Oldest to Make Hole-in-One

Elsie McLean, at the ripe young age of 102 years old, just became the oldest known person to make a hole-in-one on a regulation golf course.

McLean aced the par-3, 100-yard fourth hole at Bidwell Park in Chico, Calif., using a driver. "For an old lady, I still hit the ball pretty good," she said. Alas, because of the pitch of the green, McLean wasn't able to actually watch her ball drop into the cup:

"Where's my ball?" McLean asked.

Her friends, Elizabeth Rake and Kathy Crowder, found it in the cup.

"I said, 'Oh, my Lord. It can't be true. It can't be true.' I was so excited. And the girls were absolutely overcome," McLean said.

McLean will appear on the April 24 episode of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" to celebrate the feat.

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Florida Gators will win tonight!

The Florida Gators will repeat as national champions in NCAA basketball. They are a great team and Ohio State will be defeated by ten points or more.

Baseball has started!!!

The 2007 season has started and it should be a fun year. Barry Bonds should break the all-time home run record presently held by Henry Aaron. This should be a breakout year for the Royals. The Royals beat the powerful Red Sox today 7-1. Alex Gordon was 0-3 with two strikeouts. Watch for the Royals to challenge for a playoff bid in 2007.

The Cubs lost today which is no surprise. However they do have big news as the "Tribune" plans to sell at year-end. Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Phoenix sports executive Jerry Colangelo and actor Bill Murray are among those reported or rumored to have interest, along with numerous Chicago business figures.This could be the break that will make them winners. The Red Sox sold in 2002 and after many years of not winning a World Series, they now have won.

The Royals will win more games than the Cubs in 2007 but watch for the Cubs to win the World Series by 2011. What's the big deal to wait four more years when it has been so long anyway.