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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Game On

Has a major college basketball coach ever looked so darn comfortable in his new job? Rarely does a coaching transition go as smoothly and seamlessly as Creighton’s recent switch from longtime leader Dana Altman to new Coach Greg McDermott. And rarely does the old coach leave the cupboards as well stocked with talent as that which McDermott inherited with the Bluejays returning four starters from last season, including preseason Missouri Valley Conference player of the year Kenny Lawson Jr. “Dana left the program in unbelievable shape. Most of the jobs I’ve taken … they’ve needed to be fixed, but that’s not the case with this one,” says McDermott. “We just need to build upon the great tradition that he already…

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For The Record

Roy Helu, Jr. comes up big against Missouri Nebraska took a timeout with 2:17 remaining and the outcome decided. The timeout allowed Cornhusker running back Roy Helu, Jr. to catch his breath before carrying one more time, on fourth-down-and-1 at the Missouri 31-yard line. He gained 3 yards then ran to the sideline as fans chanted his name. Helu was oblivious to the chants. “I wish I’d heard it, though; that would’ve been cool,” he told reporters following the 31-17 victory against the No. 7-ranked Tigers. Near the end of his post-game interview, Helu asked a question of reporters: “So when they chanted the ‘Roy’ thing, how do you chant ‘Roy,’ because my name’s only three letters?” The chants were…

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Huskers Win, Mavs Lose

The saying goes that you rarely get second chances in life. You almost never get them in college football. That’s the beauty of it. One loss and you’re generally relegated to an also-ran. But the Nebraska Cornhuskers got another valuable chance at conference redemption when Missouri beat Oklahoma last Saturday. We knew all along that this was likely a Big 12 North title game, but now it’s more than that. The Tigers are the team with a top 10 ranking and, by record if not point-spread, the front-runner in the division. They’re also the team with their national reputation still intact. If we feel the need to cleverly market this thing, maybe we can call it a re-REDemption. Nebraska gets…

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Big Red Redemption

Huskers battle back against Oklahoma The stands are close to the sideline at Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium. So there was no ignoring the remarks of fans, whose purpose definitely was not to encourage visiting players. Niles Paul took the abuse in stride. He told them: “God bless.” “It just fuels me,” the Nebraska wide receiver says. If so, Oklahoma State fans might have contributed to their team’s 51-41 loss against Nebraska. Paul, fueled by whatever was said, did his part, returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and catching nine passes for 131 yards. Six of the receptions picked up first downs. “I always have a lot of confidence in Niles. He’s a great player and a…

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Always White and Blue

New club brings European-style support to Creighton soccer For Matt Roberts it was Munich. An American in Bavaria, Roberts found the sport of soccer in the stands of German football superpower Bayern Munich. He fell in love with the way people supported the game, as well as the sport itself. The chants and songs, the flags and scarves, the expertise needed to appreciate good passing and tackling as much as scoring. He learned those things in the Bundesliga then brought it to Omaha and the Creighton University soccer program. Last spring, the Creighton Kommandos Supporters Club was born. Am Anfang (In the Beginning) For others it was Amsterdam or Kaiserslautern or Blackburn. The common characteristic among most of the 20…

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