Husker ‘Closer’

Late in the fourth quarter of Nebraska’s 51-38 victory over Washington, as the Huskers tried to run out the clock by running the ball, Rex Burkhead signaled for a replacement.

Freshman Braylon Heard told running backs coach Ron Brown that, anyway.

“He said, ‘Coach, Rex is tapping out,’ ” Brown said.

Brown asked Burkhead if he had been tapping out. Burkhead said no, he was just trying to get a signal from the sideline. “So I looked over at Braylon,” said Brown. “He was laughing at me. He wanted to get in. He’s eager to play. But Rex, he’s not going to tap.”

Not that Burkhead should never tap out. “I’ve told him this: ‘If…

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Songs in the Key of Healing

First, a Stevie Wonder story. In the mid-1970s, Stevie was pretty much a fixture at the historic Record Plant recording studios at 8456 West Third Street in Hollywood. That's where he recorded the albums Innervision, Talking Book and Fulfillingness’ First Finale. Wonder swept Grammies for years but one of his most remarkable performances was on the air hockey table in the Record Plant’s Studio C hallway at his 1975 birthday party.

Stevie would challenge newly arrived partiers to a game of air hockey. Since they had just got there, they had not yet witnessed his skill … or his unique strategy. To “level the playing field,” Stevie asked his opponent to don a blindfold. Of course, it was…

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Cosmic Forecast, Sept. 15-Sept. 21

Last week in the sign of Mother Nature; Virgo. Get the work done first (Virgo) and see what kind of harmony (Libra) you can be. This be the truth from Michael P. Next week/month/sign, let’s talk about music and how the lessons of music can relate to and improve your life. Are we in harmony yet? Dress pretty, girls, and see what happens… There are no mistakes. Peace and love shall conquer all!
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f VIRGO (8.23-9.22)  Welcome into the last week of Virgo. It’s a short trip… See you next fall? One more week to get/let your trip together before autumn concerns consume us all — whether we’re ready or not for fall. Pack up…

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<p>  Ameer Abdullah</p>Electrifying Abdullah

Jamal Turner had a feeling Ameer Abdullah would get in the end zone before the night was done.

And that feeling was reinforced by Abdullah.

Or so Turner says.

Prior to Nebraska’s 42-29 victory against Fresno State, Adbullah “actually told me, ‘I’m going to score one today,’” Turner said Monday. “I was like, ‘All right, man, go out and do it.’ I kind of slapped him on the butt, and he actually scored. I mean, he’s a good player.”

Both are good players. And both are true freshmen, among five who have played for Nebraska in the first two games. All five are on offense. Plus, Abdullah has returned kicks.

That’s how he scored,…

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Stormchasers’ storybook season coming to a close

This Stormchasers season has officially ventured into the once-in-a-lifetime class. Having a new-look team in a new - look ballpark was enough to keep interest high at Werner Park throughout the summer. But then Omaha put out their best team in more than a decade. VP/GM Martie Cordaro was named the Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year. The Stormchasers won the American Division championship series on an extra innings, walk-off home run. Did you expect anything else? By the time you read this, Omaha will be in Sacramento taking on the River Cats with a PCL championship on the line. You can watch the series on MiLB.com. The way this season has gone, it’s must-see streaming.

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Farmageddon is Upon Us — the Film, Anyway

It scans like a scene from an Al Pacino cop flick: A SWAT team in vests with automatic weapons drawn is seen on security camera footage busting into what looks to be a small warehouse. One after another they train their guns around the room, ready to fire at any perceived threat, obviously in pursuit of something or someone. What could it be? Is it a hostage scenario? Is a terrorist plot afoot? Cocaine, meth, counterfeit money, stolen jewels? No. They seek to apprehend store employees and confiscate the organic raw food on the shelves of a small, private grocery store.

The raid was real. The location was the Venice, Calif. food co-op known as Rawesome Foods. (View…

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Cosmic Forecast, Sept 8-Sept 14

Happy Full Moon in Pisces! Hell yes! Let’s party all weekend! Tell the judge your astrologer told you to. Things will not be as they seem; it will be more like a dream. Hey, that just makes for a REAL party (Pisces)! Do the work first, with the Sun (brilliantly), Mercury (intelligently) and Venus (beautifully) all in Virgo! This be the truth, from Michael P.
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f VIRGO (8.23-9.22)  By the time you read this, your ruler Mercury will be in Virgo ’til the 25th. Time to redo everything that misfired during the first week of August, when Mercury tried to initiate this same transit and/but went retrograde. Fix the details and re-communicate with the principles/principals…

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