Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sport Shorts

How is that Harlan County Lake doing? Well, it is presently at 1946.12. This compares to 1942.37 on March 4th, 2008 and 1929.33 on February 28,2007. The lake is up almost 17 feet in two years. WOW!! This fishing should be really good in 2009. Reproduction should be very good.

Nebraska plays K-State tonight in what should be a K-State win. I think the must-wins are over. We just need to play hard and hope for an NIT bid!

Nascar goes to Vegas this week. Here is this writer's expected finish.

1. Jimmy Johnson
2. Carl Edwards
3. Kevin Harvick
4. Matt Kenseth
5. Danny Hamlin
6. Greg Biffle
7. Jeff Burton
8. Jeff Gordon
9. Mark Martin
10. Kyle Busch

Why is the Shelby 427 now 427 rather than 400? Do you remember the wreck Jeff Gordon had last year? See the answers here.

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  • Wednesday, February 25, 2009

    IcyHot Huskers fall to the Aggies

    The Huskers lost last night 57-55 on a last second shot. The first half the Huskers were on fire and dominating the Aggies but it was a different story the second half. The Huskers were cooler than cool (ice cold) in the second half which cost them the game. The Huskers shot 48% from the field with 45% from behind the arc in the first half while A&M shot 39% from the field and 40% from behind the arc. Turnovers were the story of the first half. A&M had 9 turnovers to the Huskers zero. In the second half, the Huskers shot only 25% from the field and 16% from behind the arc. With no threat inside for the Huskers, they struggled when they couldn't hit from the outside. One of A&M's best players, Josh Carter, finally turned it on in the second half and hit the game winning shot as time expired. It was a heart breaker because the Huskers had the lead since 4 minutes into the game. They suffered an eleven minute drought in the second half where they didn't score a field goal. This is the reason the Husker aren't great yet. They can be a good team and most of the time are a good team but if you have no inside threat, you cannot be great. The Huskers have some great shooters but when you are struggling from outside, you have to get some easy buckets inside and when that is not an option, that's when the Huskers collapsed. The Huskers really need to win at least two games if not more in the Big 12 Tournament in order to even be considered for March Madness. I enjoy watch the Huskers play, but it was a hard loss to take last night, especially for the players.

    Sunday, February 22, 2009

    Patrick Witt is leaving the Nebraska football program!

    Patrick Witt was the QB most thought would be leading the NU football team next year! His father has confirmed he is leaving the program according to the Big Red Network. It's a shocker and it will be interesting to see why he is leaving.

    Saturday, February 21, 2009

    Sports Shorts

    The NFL combine in Indianapolis has begun. Lydon Murtha had a great day. He was the only lineman to break five seconds in the 40 with a 4.89. It was the second fastest 40 since the inception of the combine by a lineman. WOW! He was also first in the 3 cone drill and the 20 yard shuttle. He was second in the vertical jump with a jump of 35 inches. He was 3rd in the standing broad jump.

    Matt Slauson just did a couple of events and finished 3rd in the vertical jump with 34 inches and 3rd in the standing broad jump. Slauson will do his running at the PRO day in Lincoln at a later date.

    Marlon Lucky and Nate Swift will perform tomorrow. Zach Potter and Cody Glenn will go Monday.

    NU baseball lost today 2-1 to Louisiana/Lafayette. They are 1-1 now after winning in 15 innings Friday night. The Husker pitchers look real good but the hitting has a long way to go. Nebraska doesn't look like a team with much power. In fact it may be a few games before they hit a home run. They won't have many this year.

    Jason Whitlock says with the problems in California that maybe its time to bring the Sacramento Kings back to KC. Not a bad idea. The economy is definitely better there and will be for a long time. Why not? Maybe we can see Kansas City/Omaha like it used to be. Remember Nate Archibald and Sam Lacey. It would be fun to see the NBA again. I don't really watch it much but if they were playing closer the interest would increase, for sure.

    Nascar goes to California tomorrow. California is having financial trouble. I wonder if the crowds are down. I wonder if there will be a full house for the race tomorrow. Here's how I see the top ten finishers:
    1. Jimmie Johnson
    2. Carl Edwards
    3. Matt Kenseth
    4. Jeff Burton
    5. Kyle Busch
    6. Kevin Harvick
    7. Tony Stewart
    8. Jeff Gordon
    9. Mark Martin
    10. Kasey Kahne

    Who do you put your odds on in California??

    Because I am so cute, I like to tell cute jokes.
    Why did the chicken cross the road? To prove to the squirrels it could be done.

    A man accidentally cut off all of his fingers with a saw. The doctor said, "Thank goodness for microsurgery. Give me the fingers, and I'll sew them back on!" The man said, "I couldn't pick them up!"

    I tried to build a dog house, but I only had enough dogs to build 3 walls.

    How do they get the "Keep off the grass" sign on the grass?

    Can you find buck teeth at the dollar store?

    Wednesday, February 18, 2009

    NU goes to 6-5 in Big 12

    NU won tonight 46-41. That is Nebraska style. That is a Moe Iba style win! Remember Moe and how NU fans got tired of him because they wanted more scoring. I just like wins!! I appreciate the great hustle and if we can slowly improve the overall talent each year, which will be a challenge, I am all for it.

    Ade Dagunduro had 18 points. Almost half the points tonight. I have been thinking lately about the possibility of Ade playing in the NBA. Don't laugh. He has talent. But in the NBA he would need to be a guard and I am just not sure he can do that. But for his size, he is very good. He is the MVP for NU this year.

    Nebraska is one of the nation's leaders in steals and turnover ratio. They hustle more than any team I have seen this year, they play controlled ball, and they are very focused on offense. This leads to very few turnovers and low scoring and a 6-5 record. Moe Iba is back at Nebraska.

    Now if we can get Ryan Anderson, Steve Harley, and Paul Velander hitting threes again like they can around tournament time, we could go a long ways in Oklahoma City. If Brandon Richardson and Toney McCray can continue to improve, then who knows how far we can go............I'll bet Moe Iba is watching this team.

    Monday, February 16, 2009

    NU falters against Missouri

    Nebraska just fell apart on Saturday vs. Missouri. They couldn't make a shot, they had 20 turnovers, and Missouri made a lot of transition baskets. The result MU 71-NU 47. Bad deal.

    Nebraska dropped from 59th to 63rd in the Pomeroy Basketball ratings. Nebraska is improved this year even without Alex Maric. Last year they ended up 95th in the same ratings.

    Nebraska plays Colorado this Wednesday. Colorado is dangerous, scary, and improving. Nebraska will need to slow down the game and play defense like they can. NU 57-54.

    NU baseball starts this weekend. They go to Louisiana-Lafayette, who is a very good team. Who are the starters going to be for Nebraska this year? Looks like Mike Nesseth 4-1 3.58, Erik Bird 5-1 4.05, and Jordan Roualdes who is a new member of the team this year. After that you have Matt Freeman 0-0 4.66, Casey Hauptman 1-0 4.34, and Michael Mariot 2-0 6.95. NU offensively will be led by Nick Sullivan and D.J. Belfonte.

    The NFL combine starts this week. Former Nebraska players Matt Slauson, Nate Swift, Lydon Murtha, Marlon Lucky, Cody Glenn, and Zach Potter have all been invited.

    Saturday, February 14, 2009

    Nebraska has a tough task today but..

    Could NU upset the Tigers in Columbia today? Yes, they can. No I am not in a dream world today. Nebraska seems to match up well with the Tigers and they are playing great ball so.... it can happen. We'll go out on the limb today and call it a 51-50 victory for the Huskers. This game could take them a long way to the NCAA tournament. Ade Dagunduro has to have a great game AGAIN and Velander, Harvey, and Anderson have to hit some 3's. Toney McCray could also be out next star and he needs to have a good game today.

    Now on to the DAYTONA 500 and predictions for this week. It is hard to predict this race because you never know who is going to be knocked out by the BIG ONE. But Mark Martin is part of the Hendrick's team this year and has Gordon, Earnhardt Jr and Johnson as teammates. Put Stewart and Newman (They are using Hendricks's engines) with them and Martin has a lot of drafting partners. Martin is well liked and so he is this writer's favorite to win. Look to Jeff Gordon to push him to victory and finish second. Kyle Busch will be third and Tony Stewart fourth.

    Here is our projected finish:
    1. Mark Martin
    2. Jeff Gordon
    3. Kyle Busch
    4. Tony Syewart
    5. Brian Vickers
    6. Jamie McMurray
    7. Scott Riggs
    8. Elliott Sadler
    9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    10. Reed Sorenson

    Sunday, February 08, 2009

    NU beats Texas for a big win!

    Nebraska beat Texas 58-55 on Saturday. Nebraska slowed down the game by waiting to take a shot or go the the basket with ten seconds left on the time clock. The defense created turnovers by their swarming defense. Ade Dagunduro played perhaps his best game as a Cornhusker. He had seventeen points and nine rebounds. He showed he could drive and score against much taller players and he can also hit the three point shot. Cookie Miller played his usual smooth game of running the team. Toney McCray was very impressive and as he gets better, he will be a key to Nebraska's future.

    Nebraska is now ranked 59th in the Pomeroy Rankings. Their best win was probably not against Texas but their win vs. Missouri on January 10th. NU won that game 56-51. Missouri is now ranked 9th in the Pomeroy rankings. They are 20-4. Their other losses are to Xavier(20), Illinois(25), and Kansas State(34). Our next game, which is next Saturday, will be at Missouri. They are a hot team right now.

    Doc Stadler has put his stamp on this team. They are 2nd in the nation in turnover percentage and 4th in steal percentage.

    I watched Jesse Carr and Colorado State play TCU Saturday. Jesse Carr is having a great year. He had 30-40 fans from Ainsworth watching the game. Both teams didn't play defense any where near what Nebraska does. The shortest team(Nebraksa) in Division I is also the scrappiest.

    The Pomeroy Rankings have Duke (1), Connecticut (2), and North Carolina (3).

    Did you know that 48% of the college football All-Americans were ranked three stars or less coming out of high school? Only 33% were listed in the top 100 coming out of high school. That's why a Boise State is always a high ranked team even though they have averaged 75th in recruiting.

    In college basketball, Oklahoma and Kansas have a combined record of 17-0 in league play.

    Martin Truex Jr. and Mark Martin will be in the front row for the Daytona 500.

    There are a lot of car changes this year. Watch for these drivers to be in different cars.
    Tony Stewart #14
    Paul Menard #98
    Joey Lagano #20 It will seem very different not having Tony Stewart in this car.
    Casey Mears #07 Clint Bowyer's old car.
    Mark Martin #5 Casey Mears' old car
    Ryan Newman #39
    Travis Kvapil #28
    Scott Speed #82 First year
    Clint Bowyer #33 Harry Gant made this car famous in his day.
    David Stremme #12 Ryan Newman's old car.

    Friday, February 06, 2009

    Nebraska and Texas play in a huge Big 12 game!

    Texas has lost two in a row at home to Missouri and Kansas State. Not what you would call powers in college basketball. Texas is in a must win situation. Nebraska has won two in a row on the road against the bottom of the Big 12, Colorado and Texas Tech. Tomorrow Nebraska will be home.

    The key players for Texas will be A.J. Abrams, Dexter Pittman, and Damion James. If all three of these players score 15 points or more, NU is in trouble. Gary Johnson could be their wildcard. Texas is loaded with talent.

    Paul Velander, Ryan Anderson, and Ade Dagunduro are keys for Nebraska. They all have to score 15 points or more for NU to win. To NU's disadvantage, the score will be in the low 70's. Something like 72-71. Whichever team has those players score as stated above will pull out the close win.

    Both need to win. Both need the win to advance to a different level in the Big 12. It should be a great game!

    Matt Hill comes back to Lincoln to play to tomorrow. Hopefully he will get some time on the court. He is playing well defensively. He is getting better offensively. He could hurt Nebraska with his size if they let him get some playing time. By the way, Matt Hill is a cousin to Lance Thorell, who is a Nebraska football player.

    See the article on Matt Hill.

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  • Tuesday, February 03, 2009

    Nebraska will even Big 12 record at 4-4!

    Nebraska will go to 4-4 in the Big 12 Wednesday night with a score in the area of 57-52. NU needs a win in the worse way and is a better team than Colorado this year. They should be able to sweep them. It also looks favorable for the Huskers to squeeze out a win over Texas this Saturday. Nebraskans will get a chance to watch Matt Hill in Lincoln for the first time. Oh, if he was only a Husker!!!

    Have you seen the Glenn Beck Show in FOX. Watch it! It will open your eyes.

    How about "THE OFFICE" Sunday night. Best show ever for the best TV today. It is a classic.

    How do you think the Huskers will fair in the next two games?

    Tomorrow is the signing day for recruits. Looks like 21 or 22 high character kids that know how to win!! Needs overall have been met. Great job! Now it is time to go to work.

    Sunday, February 01, 2009

    I've Been Tagged Too

    This is Kim. As you can see below, my dad John got tagged. Then he tagged Brad and me and Brad has already made an entry so I will now tell 7 things about myself:

    1. Finding new music is one of my favorite things to do. I love searching iTunes and youtube to find new songs. I especially like songs that are acoustic, have nice lyrics, and are easy to sing to. Most people don't like the music I love because they say it is boring, depressing, and puts them to sleep. But it's those kind of songs that keep me awake when I am driving because they are so fun to belt out!

    2. I have been very blessed with my family. I have great parents who do anything for me and are always there for me. I talk to both my mom and my dad John at least once a day. I also have two great sisters, Sarah and Jessica, who I share a special bond with. We are very close and I know we always will be.

    3. I have also been blessed with amazing friends. From the time I was really little, I have always had a group of friends that share my values and my sense of humor. I still have most of the same friends that I had in high school, and have gained more in college. Being in my sorority Delta Gamma has been an experience like no other and I know I will be lifelong friends with many of them.

    4. I work in the Nebraska football office. If I told you all of what I did, I would have to kill you. Not really, but that's fun to say. I have worked there for a year and a half and there definitely have been good times and bad times, but it will be an experience that I will never forget and be such a unique part of my life. I am currently working back with Coach Pelini's secretary so I get to do a lot of things for him. I also do a lot of work for the summer football camps.

    5. I can't wait to find the guy I will marry. I sometimes fear I never will, because good guys seem to be very few and far between. People tell me that I am too picky, but that's only because I would never settle for less than the best person for me.

    6. I am going to graduate in May and I have no idea what I am going to do when I am done. I am working at the football office until the end of June to help with camps, but after that, I need to find a big kid job. I sometimes search for jobs online and I have never found a single one that appeals to me, so that is probably going to be a problem.

    7. A large portion of my time is spent either on Facebook, checking my email, or watching tv. I can't get enough of Facebook and I don't really know what I did before I had it. Right now the shows that I have to watch every week are: Desperate Housewives, Samantha Who, Kath & Kim, Grey's Anatomy, The Office, & Friday Night Lights.

    And that is seven things you may or may not have known about me, and you may or may not care... :)

    Pat knight Ejected in NU game!

  • Now I've been Tagged

    This is Brad (a rare contributor to the Journal, sorry John). As you may have already read below, John got tagged by the Todd. So now, John has tagged me and I have to tell 7 things about myself. So here it goes:

    1. I am a HUGE Chicago Cubs fan. I have liked them for about 15 but loved them for the last 5. I never really cared to watch baseball or even play baseball but it has become my favorite sport to watch. I can watch a Cubs game everyday, which I usually do during the season (thanks to WGN and I have been to Wrigley 3 times and been to about 10 Cubs games total. I would love for them to win the World Series but I know never to get my hopes up too high.

    2. Like John, I was raised in and around Orleans. I enjoyed growing up there and glad I got to live in a small town. I went to grade school in Orleans but we to high school at Southern Valley. It was nice to consolidate with Oxford and Beaver City because a lot more opportunities arose after becoming a larger school.

    3. I have a wonderful wife, Renelle. She is a teach at the Middle School here in Holdrege. She has been a teacher for 4 years and she likes it somedays. She loves her job but I can't imagine dealing with 8th graders all day. John is my favorite uncle thats name starts with J on my moms side.(John, you didn't mention anything about your favorite nephew in yours. I'm very disappointed).

    4. I work as a Lab Tech in the Holdrege hospital and enjoy doing that. I have to draw the blood as well as run the test too. I have been here for 5 years now. It has gone fast!

    5. While working in a lab is my job, I have many other passions. My passions come and go. I watch TV and see someone do someting on there that I think looks cool and I have to try it. I used to watch (and sometimes still do) The Ace of Cake on the food network. They decorate cakes on there and they are amazing. So I had to try and decorate a cake one time. It turned out pretty well for my first time, I thought anyway. I also enjoy comedy. I have written a small book called Dumb Concepts. It's pretty much like Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy but they are ones I have made up. I am currently working on a stand-up routine. I don't know what I will do with it when it is completed because I am somewhat shy around people and especially talking infront of them so I wouldn't be able to do the act. I also enjoy making videos of funny things but don't usually because I would need other actors and I am embarrassed of asking people do be in them because they might realize that I have the most random thoughts and ideas. I also wish I knew enough about computer software to make a cartoon because I have some ideas for a cartoon (it would be a Simpsons/Family Guy type cartoon) but I'm not smart enough to put it all together.

    6. I very much enjoy watching tv and thanks to DVR I can watch more tv and not feel guily because I just skip through the commercials. Here is my lineup for a week:

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report I watch MON-THUR.
    Sunday: The Simpsons
    Monday: Chuck, Heros, The Big Bang Theory
    Tuesday: Scrubs, now American Idol, Fringe
    Wednesday: Lost, Life, now American Idol
    Thursday: My Name is Earl, The Office, 30 Rock, CSI (the good one)
    Friday: nothing (Flashpoint might be on Fridays, I can't remember. It's been too long since it was on last.)
    Saturday: SNL

    I know, I watch a lot of tv.

    7. My newest love is raquetball. I started playing about a month ago (never played before that) and I love it. I was terrible at first but since have moved up somewhere between bad and okay.

    That's it from me. Thanks John, this was fun.