They’re Back

As it usually does in soccer, Creighton’s 2011 men’s soccer season came down to inches. The Jays were one game away, a few penalty kicks actually, from playing for a national title in coach Elmar Bolowich’s first season when Charlotte crashed the party. The 49ers outlasted Creighton, robbing college soccer fans of the match-up everybody waned to see. Bolowich didn’t get to face North Carolina, the powerhouse program he somewhat surprisingly left behind to come to Omaha. The Tarheels went on to win the national title. Creighton went home.

The Jays lost seven starters off that 21-2-1 team, including perhaps the most potent combo in the country in midfielder Ethan Finlay and goalkeeper Brian Holt. With so many…

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The Return of Baseball

Pauli’s isn’t Pauli’s anymore. The old bar on an old stretch of Leavenworth Street used to be a hub of activity during the College World Series. Sometime in the early-1980s the ESPN talking heads made it their home base following telecasts and with that the crowds came. It never made much sense. The bar wasn’t anywhere near Rosenblatt Stadium but people kept coming, swayed by the chance to rub shoulders and bend elbows with the likes of Harold Reynolds or Dan Patrick.

Like Omaha itself, Pauli’s was a little rough around the edges and far from conventionally beautiful but it was friendly. It was the CWS distilled down to what could be the tournament’s log line: Big-time baseball,…

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Let’s Get Physical

Check a few things off your bucket-list this summer and join The Nebraska Adventure Group. Skydiving, snowshoeing, kayaking, horseback riding and archery/shooting are some of the many activities NAG does. This group formed in 2009 and is all about exploring the meaning of adventure. Any age group can get involved – it’s a great way to explore Omaha in a different light and challenge your will power. If you’ve never kayaked or skied before, that’s even better. NAG wants you to expand your horizons and try new things. Don’t worry though – they have plenty of experienced members to guide you along the way. Annual membership fee is $12. To join or learn about their upcoming adventures, visit

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Always Something

Bo Pelini was on the offensive following the Nebraska football team’s final bowl practice in Lincoln. “All right, guys,” he said as he approached reporters, “first of all, there’s some . . .”

Clearly, he had anticipated the first question.

“The irresponsible reports out there aren’t true,” he said. “I have not interviewed for Penn State. And I’m not saying anything anymore on that.”

The Nittany Lions are looking for a head coach to replace Joe Paterno, of course. And according to a newspaper report in Harrisburg, Pa., Pelini had talked to Penn State officials.

The report quickly spread through social media and provided the short-lived post-practice topic, as well as a back-drop of sorts…

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Such Great Heights

Something special has happened at Morrison Stadium this fall. Back when summer was ending the Creighton men’s soccer team was expected to be very good.

Now with winter beginning – and the Jays one win away from the program’s fourth appearance in the College Cup – Creighton might be considerably better than “very good.” Creighton might be great.

That’s what we’ll find out Saturday afternoon at Morrison Stadium when the second-seeded Jays host No. 7 South Florida with a trip to college soccer’s version of the Final Four on the line. It is likely the biggest home game in program history.

Creighton has reached these heights before, making the College Cup in 1996 and 2000…

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Language No Barrier Now

The most difficult adjustment was being away from family, of course. Seung Hoon Choi left home in Seoul, South Korea when he was 14-years-old.

The next most difficult adjustment for Choi was communication, the English language. That required the better part of two years. “I didn’t know what was going on, so I just sat in the class every day, just stare at teacher, try (to) figure out what she’s saying, what he’s saying,” said Nebraska’s junior offensive guard.

The classes in which he sat were at Lincoln Christian High School. Because he couldn’t speak the language, he avoided classmates. “I didn’t want them to ask me questions,” Choi said.

Once he made some friends, however,…

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Standing Tall

When the history of Bo Pelini’s tenure as head football coach at Nebraska is written, the 2011 Penn State game will figure prominently. It will say Pelini never stood taller.

Yes, the Huskers won the game, 17-14, on the road, against a Penn State team that had lost only once. But Pelini has coached many victories during his four seasons. And he’ll coach many more.

What distinguished this game above the others, and those to come, were his words afterward. “Going in, I didn’t think the game should have been played,” he said.

And because of that he was conflicted. During the week leading up to it, “there were times when I felt like, ‘Here, I’m…

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