Bye Bye Big 12

It had to end this way didn’t it? The last stop on the Huskers farewell tour of the Big 12 — a trip that’s gotten uglier and more contentious with each passing week — is Arlington, Texas where they’ll face old Big 8 foe Oklahoma with a conference title on the line. No one in Nebraska would have asked for any other ending. Injuries, rumors, conspiracy theories, apologies, emails and PR black eyes haven’t made for a fun few weeks for Nebraska fans, but a little nostalgia seems like just the remedy. Even at its most lopsided, the OU-NU rivalry was always about respect and that’s something most Nebraska fans haven’t been doling out or receiving much of lately. This…

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Henery the Ace

Consider the opening stanza of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; At the risk of being a bit too philosophical, Alex Henery once contemplated divergent roads, though unlike Frost’s narrator, he didn’t take the road less traveled. Nevertheless, the one he chose has certainly made all the difference in his athletic career. It has not made a difference in his personality, however. He’s still the same Alex who chose walking on to the Nebraska football team over accepting a soccer scholarship from Creighton.…

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Less regal, more rainy

What’s in a name? In Omaha — at the moment — a lot of angst. At least that seemed to be the tenor of the Internet alarms that started ringing Nov. 15 as the Omaha Royals announced that the team was now the Omaha Storm Chasers. It started locally on Twitter but ballooned to include a mocking post on Deadspin and a suggestion from ESPN’s Rob Neyer that perhaps the team could’ve been better served by combining all of our regional influences into one super-name: the BenevolentRailBombingHuskerStorms. Did Omaha embarrass itself with the change? I don’t think so and none of the 300 or so people in attendance at the big unveiling seemed to,…

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School Ties

The longest play Kansas managed came with about six minutes remaining in the third quarter of its 20-3 loss against Nebraska, when running back James Sims gained 23 yards over left end. The gain was nullified by a holding penalty on the Jayhawks. Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini referred to the play afterward. Kansas had lined up in the Wildcat formation, in a way “very different than anything we’d seen,” he said. “But we adjusted and hit it for a 2-yard gain the next time.” That wasn’t the only instance of the Huskers’ defense adjusting, just the most dramatic. The Jayhawks ran from different formations and different personnel groupings. They did all sorts of offensive things they hadn’t done previously,…

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Win Some, Lose Some

* You win some, you lose some and let’s just say Omaha’s had better weekends than the one just past. First there was the Creighton women’s soccer team, rallying Friday from a goal down to take a 2-1 lead on Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Gophers out-shot the Bluejays 15-2 in the second half on their way to a 4-2 victory. Still a nice year for Coach Bruce Erickson, whose team set a school record with 15 wins. Then the top-seeded Creighton men lost to host team Bradley in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, the Jays second loss to the Braves in less than a week. Creighton took a 2-1…

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The Quarterback Question

First of all, we knew Cody Green wouldn’t bring to the offense what Taylor Martinez does, right? That’s why Martinez is Nebraska’s starting quarterback and Green is a backup. So the Cornhuskers weren’t going to be as productive with Green starting, even against an Iowa State defense that ranked 102nd nationally, allowing well over 400 yards per game. Also, though Green was technically No. 2 on the depth chart, just ahead of Zac Lee, he had played briefly in only five games, most recently in the Big 12 opener at Kansas State. Green had thrown only 12 passes this season, completing seven for 79 yards. Against Iowa State, he completed, well, 7-of-12 passes for 79 yards (and one touchdown). How…

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Omaha Vipers vs. World Cup ’94 ...

* Alexi Lalas is coming to Omaha. Sure, the goateed, grunge hero of the 1994 U.S. World Cup squad is perhaps better known today as a goatee-free, goading soccer commentator on ESPN, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t want to see him lace up the boots one more time, right? You’ll get that chance Jan. 21, when the Omaha Vipers take on members of that ’94 squad indoors at the Civic Auditorium. Reportedly Marcelo Balboa’s flowing locks will be there as will Tony Meola of World Cup — and to a lesser extent for the general sporting public I suppose — off-Broadway, New York Jets and Super Nintendo fame. Considering that the Vipers’ team colors are red, I hope this…

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

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