The Jump

Aside from a reliable supplier of detachable collars, Nucky Thompson’s got nothing on me when it comes to swaying the vote. How else to explain the fact my three choices for the new Omaha Royals team name are among the nine finalists still in the running? Simple luck? Probably. Judging by some of the online comments, people are really pulling for the Royals after seeing the list of alternatives. I’ll admit there are some bad ones in there. Anything that’s not plural (Force, Hail Storm) should be avoided at all costs, but I still maintain that history and regional specificity are our best guides. Initially my vote went like this: Cattlemen, Sodbusters, Omahogs. Sodbusters is my new top choice. A…

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Fire Alarm

Chronic inflammation is linked to serious disease and can be avoided Satchel Paige spent decades pitching in the American Negro Leagues. His blazing fastball, quirky pitches and overall unmatched skill on the mound took him to the baseball Hall of Fame. It wasn’t until Major League Baseball broke the color barrier and Paige was signed to the Cleveland Indians by legendary baseball innovator Bill Veeck that Satchel Paige became a household name. Though considered one of the greatest pitchers ever, Paige’s status as a social icon grew after a 1953 interview in Collier’s Magazine. Paige surrendered several quotes in that article that became nuggets of homespun wisdom. Perhaps his most famous uttering was, “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining…

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Nighthawks Night

Even the moon was perfect. It began as a curious orange sliver peaking from behind the bluffs in Iowa. It rose until it was full-on silver against the black sky over Rosenblatt Stadium as Jeff Garcia threw a game winning touchdown pass in the waning seconds of the Omaha Nighthawks’ first game. If it had been a movie any person with an ounce of cynicism would’ve hated it. Here’s the scene: Set in football-mad Omaha, a United Football League team comes to town. The league, falling somewhere between the NFL and the Canadian Football League on the scale of national importance, lost a reported $30 million in its first season and could use a big draw. They get it when…

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The Jump

We’ve got a Veeckie dynasty going in Omaha. What’s a Veeckie? Only the most lusted after award a minor league baseball franchise can win. This week the Royals earned one for the third consecutive year. Most baseball fans know the name Bill Veeck but if you don’t here’s the abridged version: Between 1946 and 1979 Veeck owned three major league teams and brought the notion of the wacky promotion to the game. Famous stunts include sending 3’7” Eddie Gaedel and his impossibly small strike zone to the plate in 1951 (he walked), allowing fans to manage the St. Louis Browns for a game from the stands via placards (they won), and the doomed “Disco Demolition Night” where fans were…

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Humbling Homecoming

Huskers struggle to defeat Jackrabbits Bo Pelini addressed the possibility beforehand. “Human nature is part of it, but we ask our guys to overcome human nature and push them along,” he said on the Tuesday before Nebraska’s final non-conference game. “It’s always going to be a factor. But as a coaching staff and a coach you have to work and do something to help them overcome that, constantly talk to them about it.” Despite those efforts, however, human nature almost certainly was a factor in the Huskers’ 17-3 victory against South Dakota State. “We expected a blowout,” junior linebacker Lavonte David said, admitting an opinion shared by most in the Memorial Stadium crowd of 85,573. No disrespect toward South Dakota…

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Preserving the Harvest

Autumn is finale for storing local goodness Napoleon conquered Europe. But he couldn’t have done it without Nicolas Appert. Appert was a candyman, a confectioner. He dabbled with methods for preserving foods. Napoleon, source of the famous quote, “An army marches on its stomach,” offered a 12,000 franc reward to any inventor who could perfect a method of preserving food so that the French army could travel easily, carrying food as they marched through the Continent. Appert received the money as reward for inventing what we now call “canning.” Appert found that placing food inside a container — in his case, glass jars sealed with cork, wax and wire — and then cooking in boiling water kept the food from…

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The Worm Has Turned

Change of season marked by festivals and indoor events It’s a challenge to accept that the long days of summer are past and that the season has changed. In legend, the mythical dragon of the Zodiac is called the Worm and it circles through the seasons’ markers in the Heavens. Once the summer solstice is reached, the Worm begins a journey in another direction, toward the beckoning marker of the autumnal equinox, turning once again toward the winter solstice. The Worm turns. As we reach that milestone Wednesday, September 22, the change in season is noticeable. We celebrate in fresh air fests marking the end of clement weather and become drawn to indoor events that invoke coziness in the coming…

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

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