Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cindy Lange-Kubick: Catching up with him and her and them : The Lincoln Journal Star Online

Cindy Lange-Kubick: Catching up with him and her and them : The Lincoln Journal Star Online

Steven M. Sipple: Crouch has 'new hunger' to succeed as broadcaster : Latest Husker News

Steven M. Sipple: Crouch has 'new hunger' to succeed as broadcaster : Latest Husker News

Sport Shorts!

Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald rates the UCLA at Nebraska game on Spetember 14th as the second best Big 10 non-conference game this year.  No 1 is Notre Dame at Michigan on Spetember 7th.  The third best non-conference game is Ohio State at California. Interesting.

His No. 20 game is Woming at Nebraska and No. 23 is Southern Miss at Nebraska.

AJ Allmendinger won the Nationwide race yesterday. He was suspended last season for violating the substance abuse policy. Good job!

Kansas City has optioned Chris Getz to Omaha and has reactivated Jarrod Dyson. Kansas City is 6 1/2 games back and has lost the lst four games.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sport Shorts!

HBO featured Omahan Terence Crawford Saturday night.

The bout was between Alejandro Sanabria (34-1) and Terence Crawford (20-0) in the lightweight division. Crawford is considered by many to be one of the top lightweights in the world since Adrien Broner appears to be staying in either the welterweight or junior welterweight division.

Crawford won in the 6th round when he knocked down Sanabria. Sanabria was unable to recover.

Terence Crawford is headed to a Championship fight. He is great and he reminds me of a small Muhammed Ali.

Justin Rose won the US OPEN today in golf.

I hope the Indiana Hooosiers win tomorrow vs. Miss. St. What a great victory that would be for the Big 10!!  I just think they might.

The Cornhuskers have added new recruits this last week to get to nine in football. They have four offensive and four defensive players along with a kicker. No big names but my guess is we have a bunch of great players. We have some Nebraska boys in this group too.

Trey Beckman becomes the NU baseball team's first recruit. He is a hitter out of Iowa.

The greatest dad ever!!

My dad was the greatest dad that ever lived. If I could change anything about my
dad, what would I have changed? Nothing. I have thought about this may times and
I honestly can't think of anything.



Dad had many passions. He had a
passion for his wife, my mom. He had a passion for his kids and grandkids. He
had a passion for his family. He had a passion for fishing and hunting. He had a
passion for visiting with people. He had a passion for his garden. He had a
passion for his faith.



Dad loved life but we lost him on October 4, 2006.
Now when I say we lost him, but he is still here living in us. Many businesses
have a mission statement and core values that drive their decisions. For myself,
since dad's death and even before that, my decisions are made by asking myself
"What would dad do?". By using this for my driving force in life, decisions have
been better and easier because I end up making decisions that are right, even if
everybody does not agree. I always know that if I do what dad would have done,
God would be very happy because he was a great example of how we are to do
things.



On this Father's Day, I think about all the great memories I have
of my dad! I think of stacking hay as dad brought in the bales with the
farmhand. Irrigation was a big part of our summer and when we had a break in the
ditch, dad and I would pitch the dirt towards the break where my sister was
laying in the ditch trying to keep the water from running so fast. A big part of
my life was all the fishing and hunting experiences I had the pleasure to be a
part of with my dad. They were events. There are so many memories. My dad was
the best hunter and fisherman I have ever seen but he was always more happy when
us kids were successful. He was proud of his family.



Even though it is
Father's Day, I feel very grateful that I have a mom that although she is
different in some ways, she is just as great. Thanks mom!



I miss my dad.
I miss him calling me and wondering when I was coming to Orleans again even
though I had been there three times in the last week. I miss driving up to mom's
house and not seeing him sitting at the patio table. I miss working with him in
his garden. I miss the hunting and fishing experiences and talking about
previous hunting and fishing experiences. I missed dad at my three daughter's
weddings. He was ALWAYS so proud of his grandkids. He loved them very much. I know he would be so happy to see all them. He would have been proud of all the greatgrandkids also. He would have been so happy of Sam and Nolan and the twins, Addison, Reese, and Harper. They are my grandkids.



I loved his stories. He was a great story teller. I could listen to them for hoursI loved him because he was the greatest dad ever!!!

Huskers' spring haul continues with trio of commits - Omaha.com

Huskers' spring haul continues with trio of commits - Omaha.com

Rolfzen Named to 2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team

Rolfzen Named to 2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Recruiting: Big weekend produces big results for NU football : Husker recruiting

Recruiting: Big weekend produces big results for NU football : Husker recruiting

For a day, at least, Indiana a baseball state : Latest Husker News

For a day, at least, Indiana a baseball state : Latest Husker News

Getting skilled: Viglianco looks to improve Nebraska prep hoops talent : Preps

Getting skilled: Viglianco looks to improve Nebraska prep hoops talent : Preps

Darlington goes with Nebraska

Darlington goes with Nebraska: Florida quarterback Zack Darlington has picked Nebraska over a handful of offers.

Former Husker Anderson still chasing hoops dream : Latest Husker News

Former Husker Anderson still chasing hoops dream : Latest Husker News

1 Carl Pettersson's ball hit by another ball


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Huskers Finish Eighth in Final Polls

Huskers Finish Eighth in Final Polls

Steven M. Sipple: Melton helped Devaney lay foundation : Latest Husker News

Steven M. Sipple: Melton helped Devaney lay foundation : Latest Husker News

Nebraska gets offensive line commit!

Love the name!  Tanner Farmer has commited to Nebraska. He is an offensive lineman from Highland High School in Illinois. The kid is 6'4" and 300 pounds and he can squat 650 lbs. He has worked on his grandpa's farm and he seems like a pretty good fit for NU with his strong work ethic. Farmer has a three star but was recently named the offensive line MVP at a regional Rivals camp near St. Louis.

Coach John Garrison had a lot to do with getting famer to NU.

Pittsburgh Athletic Director Stee Pedersen just got a five year extension.

New England signed Tim Tebow.

This week is the PGA US Open. Always fun to watch. Graem McDowell, Adam Scott, Tiger Woods?? Who will be the winner?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Steven M. Sipple: Pelini eyes key recruiting weekend for Huskers : Latest Husker News

Steven M. Sipple: Pelini eyes key recruiting weekend for Huskers : Latest Husker News

New assistant coach Hunter sold on Nebraska after visit : Latest Husker News

New assistant coach Hunter sold on Nebraska after visit : Latest Husker News

Kenya Hunter Named Assistant Coach at Nebraska

Kenya Hunter Named Assistant Coach at Nebraska

Kenya Hunter is new Assistant coach at NU!

Kenya Hunter will be Nebraska's top assistant coach in men's basketball. He comes to us via Georgetown. He has coached at Xavier and North Carolina St. He has been to the NCAA tournament a lot of times. He is great at recruiting and has a great resume of recruiting and coaching great players.

Why Lincoln?

He wants to be a head coach. He wants to learn a different offense. He wants to recruit and have a presence in the Midwest. He wants to coach a team that hopefully is on the rise. He wants to work in the great practice facility. He wants to see the sellout crowds in the new Pinnacle Arena.

That being said, I don't think Hunter will be at Nebraska long term but he will be a great hire for a year or two. Hopefully longer.

This isn't so much a negataive thing about Georgetown but a hugely positive sign for Nebraska. It's exciting. Let's hope he can recruit that next level of player.

Indiana to the CWS. Pretty exciting. They will compete. They probably won't win but they will complete. They are a much more talented team than Nebraska. Yes Nebraska almost beat them in the Big Ten tournament but if you look at the overall season they just plain have better hitting across the board. The question is can NU make up the difference by next season. Its possible, for sure. Relief and closing pitching will be the difference.

Who do you think will win the CWS? North Carolina, LSU, South Carolina, UCLA???

Monday, June 10, 2013

Miles hires Georgetown assistant : Latest Husker News

Miles hires Georgetown assistant : Latest Husker News

Kenya Hunter Named Assistant Coach at Nebraska

Kenya Hunter Named Assistant Coach at Nebraska

Three Huskers Picked on Final Day of 2013 MLB Draft

Three Huskers Picked on Final Day of 2013 MLB Draft

Jeff Korbelik: TNT's 'King & Maxwell' a cool summer treat : Ground Zero

Jeff Korbelik: TNT's 'King & Maxwell' a cool summer treat : Ground Zero

Cindy Lange-Kubick: Dear Up and Coming Porn Star : The Lincoln Journal Star Online

Cindy Lange-Kubick: Dear Up and Coming Porn Star : The Lincoln Journal Star Online

Steven M. Sipple: Pelini eyes key recruiting weekend for Huskers : Latest Husker News

Steven M. Sipple: Pelini eyes key recruiting weekend for Huskers : Latest Husker News

Huskers Announce 2013 Schedule

Huskers Announce 2013 Schedule

Three Huskers Picked on Final Day of 2013 MLB Draft

Three Huskers Picked on Final Day of 2013 MLB Draft

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Remembering John Melton!

John Melton passed away last night. He was 86. John was a former assistant coach under Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne. John was one of the Wyoming coaches that stayed with Bob Devaney when he left the same school to come to Nebraska.

John Melton was seriously the funniest guy I have ever met. Except for my dad.

I met John Melton by way of my Holdrege friend, Rich Rehnberg. Coach Melton called him Dobber after a character in the show "Coach".

John Melton reminded me of Bob Devaney with his humor except he was even funnier in my opinion. He always told the joke that after NU went 6-4 two years in a row there was a petition to fire all the coaches. He said we were so bad he signed it. I heard that joke probably ten times but I laughed so hard because John Melton made it funnier each time he told it.

Coach Melton thought that only linebackers should be on the field. I think he meant it. He said the linebackers were the best athletes on the team. When he watched the game he watched the linebackers. He said that tells you all about what going on anyway. Your team was no better than your linebackers he said. Jerry Murtaugh was his favorite but he had a special feeling for all linebackers.

I once asked Coach Melton how they could let Johnny Rodgers play after he was charged with armed robbery at a gas station. He replied, "Oh, hell, the gun wasn't even loaded."  End of that discussion. I just laughed.

Melton and the coaches of that time were "old school" and did things differently. He would probably be frustrated with all the rules today. He enjoyed coaching a lot. It was always evident when you would talk to him. He loved the players and he loved to talk to friends. He loved Bob Devaney and all his fellow assistants.

John Melton was a storyteller about Nebraska football which is the favorite subject for most Nebraskans. He was the Master of Ceremonies for hundreds of events and he entertained the crowds with his humor.

John Melton was a New York Yankee fan. Huge fan! John was a very loyal person to those he knew. He would do anything for you even if it was just to make you laugh.

I believe it was in the fall of 2005 when "Dobber", Coach Melton, and Holdregites Jeff Cox and Steve Benjamin left for Green Bay, Wisconsin via Madison in a van. What a pleasure it was to spend time with Coach Melton. He was hilarious! He told story after story.

In Madison, Coach Barry Alvarez got us tickets to the Wisconsin-Northwestern game. It didn't take John long to have people recognizing him from his days of recruiting. After the game we went over to Barry Alvarez's house. Coach Melton coached Barry Alvarez when he was a player at NU and you could tell Barry admired him. There were more stories. More laughter.

In Green Bay, John again was recognized by many especially by some in a bar he used to hang out in when he was recruiting. He said we got Frank Patrick out of this town. John had not been in Green Bay for years but they still knew and admired him when we walked into that bar. I just couldn't believe it. 

The first night in Green Bay we stayed at some friends of John Melton and Rich and that night is the hardest I have ever laughed in my life. The next day we went to the Green Bay-Dallas game.

John Melton was a strong Catholic. It was very important to him.

John Melton was a very good coach but I would guess he was a great recruiter. He just had to be. You loved to be around him. He did recruit at lot of the Husker greats. He recruited David Humm. He recruited Jamie Williams. He was always upbeat and the life of the party.

I would guess John is laughing with Bob Devaney and Jim Ross and many, many friends right now. God Bless You and thank you!



Steven M. Sipple: Callahan's resurgence as coach is fitting Americana : Latest Husker News

Steven M. Sipple: Callahan's resurgence as coach is fitting Americana : Latest Husker News

Ex-Husker assistant Melton dies at age 86 : Latest Husker News

Ex-Husker assistant Melton dies at age 86 : Latest Husker News

Friday, June 07, 2013

McBride Defines the Essence of T.O.’s Success

McBride Defines the Essence of T.O.’s Success

Director of Athletics is in Holdrege Thursday!

Shawn Eichorst, the Director of Athletics at UNL, was the guest speaker at the weekly Rotary Club meeting today in Holdrege. Kyle Anderson reported there were 110 attendees for the event.

Mr. Eichorst, who was previously at the University of Miami for 18 months became the Director on January 2, 2013, taking over for the retiring Tom Osborne.

He also has experience in the Big Ten Conference serving from 2009 to 2011 as Deputy Athletic Director and Chief Operating Officer.

Shawn also worked at the University of South Carolina, serving as the Senior Associate Athletic Director from 2004 to 2006 and Interim Director of Athletics in June 2005.

Eichorst is a native of Lone Rock, Wisconsin and was an all-conference defensive back at UW-Whitewater.

He graduated magna cum laude in business in 1990 and earned a law degree from Marquette University in 1995.

Shawn praticed law in Milwaukee until 1999, when he was hired by UW-Whitewater as Director of Athletics, which he led until 2003.

Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman said it was Shawn's commitment to putting student-athletes first that made Shawn Eichorst stand out.

Shawn's emphasis on academics is well known.

Eichorst discussed the fact that three sports will have record crowds this year. They include football with the East Stadium expansion; basketball with the new Pinnacle Arena; and volleyball with the remodeled Devaney Center.

Nebraska is in good hands with Shawn Eichorst.