ERIC AND JOHNNY AND ROZIER, OH MY!
I know we haven’t seen Scott Frost’s “Duck” offense at Nebraska just yet, but if his offense becomes close to what he ran when he was the OC at Oregon and what UCF ran last year, you have to wonder how the likes of Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers, Eric Crouch, Tommie Frazier, Turner Gill, Mike Rozier, Ameer Abdullah, Irving Fryar and even Scott Frost himself would have fared running that offense. Makes me shiver just thinking about it.
Captain Obvious knew that with a new coaching staff and a new offense, some attrition would be a certainty in the off season. Tanner Lee and Nick Gates opted to forego their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. Lee did get drafted by the Jaguars and Gates signed a free agency deal with the New York Giants. Good moves for both players.
And there was a good chance that both Patrick O’Brien and Ben Miles might leave. (They did.) But what was unfortunate was Micheal Decker’s decision to retire from football. The former North High Viking (we Vikes stick together) called it quits after a series of injuries marred his career. Decker’s departure leaves a gap on an O-line that could use some experience this fall.
And Keyan Williams departure is not too surprising considering he probably wasn’t going to see much playing time. And Andrew Ward’s apparent departure (he refers to himself as an ex-Husker) leaves the Huskers below their limit of 85 scholarships. It wouldn’t be surprising if a few more players were to leave before all is said and done.
NO MORE MO?
Will Husker commit, Mo Washington actually make it to Lincoln? He’s had some recent snags in the process. Hopefully, he can get his grades and his life in order so he can play football for the Huskers in the not too distant future.
TUNNEL WALK MUSIC
I want to thank all you readers who took time to send me your music suggestions as possible replacements to the long standing “Sirius” Husker Tunnel Walk song. As I mentioned, about four years ago, I conducted another similar poll. Back then, my mail ran 10-1 against making any changes. And this year, it was more like 55-45 for the status quo. I have no idea if this is a trend, but it does seem to indicated some movement by those wanting a change.
It’s a sad day for Nebraska baseball. For the first time in a long time, the Husker baseball team is not eligible for any post season play. What makes matters worse is that the B1G tournament is being held right here in Omaha this week. What a shame the Huskers can’t even play in its “own” tournament. Attendance will suffer and Omaha fans obviously won’t get a chance to cheer for the Scarlet and Cream. It’s been that kind of year for Nebraska. Key injuries to the pitching staff and bullpen took a huge toll on this year’s won-loss record. This season head coach Darin Erstad went through more pitchers than a Saturday night bowling league. We’ll get ’em next year, right, coach?
MUST SEE SPORTS MOVIE
I just watched one of the best sports movies of all time. “The Heart of the Game” is a documentary about a girl’s high school basketball team in Seattle. It’s a real movie about real players and the passion their coach had for the game and for his players.
There’s also a book written by the team’s head coach, Bill Resler called, “The Heart of the Team.”
I highly recommend both.
Another two movies I saw are about how lies, power, entitlement, cover up and arrogance can ruin people’s lives.
This is a film based on the true story of the late Teddy Kennedy and how his actions, or rather inaction, led to the death of one of his political campaign specialists, Mary Jo Kopechne.
“Paterno” (HBO) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scI7dYdlzuY)
Al Pacino plays the part of long time Penn State head coach, Joe Paterno, just before, during and after the revelation of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. It’s another movie based on the same type of arrogance, power and corruption that “Chappaquiddick” was based on.
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