Creighton and the Curse of the Missing Midcourt Line

After some quick calculation I would estimate that I’ve watched, officiated or played in approximately 10,000 basketball games in my lifetime. I can’t remember ever seeing one that was decided on a backcourt violation. But then again 9,999 of those games weren’t played on a court made to resemble the leaf-strewn floor of an Oregon forest. Most courts have a clear dividing line at half court. The slave-to-fashion University of Oregon has more of a suggestion of one, and it ultimately decided the CBI championship game for Creighton. With under 20 seconds to go in a tie game the Jays’ Antoine Young was burning clock near half court to set up what was likely Creighton’s final…

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Rx for Sleep: Do nothing and rest afterwards

Liz Taylor couldn’t sleep. She had become dependent on substances that eroded the natural sleep process. Soothing slumber eluded her. Detox was the next step and her personal assistant, Roger Wall, was on the phone asking me for help. A couple years earlier, Wall was Barry Manilow’s PA during the recording of Paradise Café. I was engineer and the role of controlling the recording process, acting as the conduit responsible for assuring the technical and often the musical integrity of an artist’s work, which can be daunting if not downright stressful. Typically, some engineers resort to nicotine or alcohol or pot in response to the stress of a 30-piece orchestra and world-class musicians relying on your competence in committing their…

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After tourney loss, the state of UNO hockey

A few inches of padding, one blurry puck and 10 agonizing minutes kept UNO from advancing to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament last week. Was it or wasn’t it a goal? Doesn’t matter. The officials in last Friday’s UNO-Michigan game eventually, after 10 minutes of review that seemed to define the word inconclusive, ruled that it was and that was it. As is often the case in sports, the end betrayed the journey. UNO had a disproportionately rough end to the season. First there was the first round exit in the WCHA finals. Then there was the controversial end to the Michigan game. In between there was the controversy over the end of the football…

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Weekly Horoscopes

Happy New Moon stellium in Aries Sunday, April 3 at 9:32 a.m. The Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, the planet Uranus and Mercury retrograde are all forming a "stellium" in Aries. Thus my/the mythic macho pose. Thanks Chelsea (not soon to be for) Long. It would seem a good time to start or initiate — but not really? Mercury retrograde! Yeah, I know it's confusing. Now you know how I feel all the time. Start projects now in your mind; manifesting after three weeks (April 20) which you/we shall/will find to be a better time — according to Michael P. and the wisdom of Astrology. MojoPlanetPower.com * ARIES (3.21-4.20) Well, we're off and running! Here comes/starts Spring! Your ruler…

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UNO Hockey makes NCAA Tourney

In a process that l'll never completely understand the UNO hockey team made the NCAA Tournament due to some combination of the Tolkien-sounding PairWise Rankings, the first “supermoon” in 18 years, and the fact that Michigan beat Notre Dame and a bunch of other games fell into place. Or something like that. If you want the dirty details MavMania.com can probably help you out. The site's Twitter feed (@unomavmania) was a lifeline for those of us clumsily trying to make sense of college hockey’s tournament selection process. The important thing is that the Mavs season continues just down the road a piece in St. Louis on Friday. UNO received the third-seed in the West Regional and will face its old…

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Weekly Horoscopes

One week to prepare. For what? For next week and all the April Fool’s guaranteed to take over the pre-apocalyptical media circus. Remember, there are no mistakes. Peace & Love Shall Conquer All as soon as the oil runs out! Hey, could we be/are we the dinosaurs of the future? “Fill ‘er up!” — MOJOPOPlanetPower.com *ARIES (3.21-4.20) Wham! Bam! Thank you, Mam. You are kickin’! You’re two short weeks away. Dream your scheme, your ruler Mars is still in Pisces until the New Moon in Aries (the sign of new starts) April 3; part of a “stellium,” or four or more planets in one sign. This is the first significant astral event of 2011. Six Astrological planets in…

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Your Cosmic Forecast, March 10-16

One week until the Full Moon in Virgo. Take care of the details now and Winter will be over before you can think about it. One more week to dream... Glub glub..... MojoPlanetPower.com PISCES (2.20-3.20) Almost done/Never done? Both sides now/somehow? Your reality has merged into fantasy/imagination and is ready to return back once again, Yin to Yang/Yang to Yin, as the Sun shall burn away Winter’s lingering snow/fog with the fire within. What psychological maladies do you still allow to exist within your Self? Cleanse within the depths of your personal subconscious; your entire retained memory of this lifetime. Fire within the forge of this new Spring (April 3rd) so’s you can satisfy your subconscious need for…

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Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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Chakras: Wheels on Fire

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Our Deadliest Addiction: Convenience

You know you’re addicted to something when you forsake logic and quality of life in order to acquire what you think you can’t live without. A crack,...

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News You Can Use: June 2014

Time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In case you missed it, here’s the important stuff. See extended links at...

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Don’t Be Dumb

It’s a convincing argument that humans are the dumbest species on the planet. Much of that can be based on observing our apparent willingness to...

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