Monday, December 31, 2007
1 World Series Ring that I was there to witness
1 16-0 Football team who broke every record in the books
1 26-3 basketball team that is killing everyone
1 Jays win over Nebraska in basketball
2 Fantasy Football Championships
and well, 1 embarrassing moment on TnT that I'm trying to forget.... :)
Screw 2008! I don't want this year to end!!!!! Happy New Year....but I doubt '08 will be as happy since I'm taking the Celtics and Patriots rings for 2007! :) 3 in 1 year? We'll see.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
The starting 5 (Dotzler, Watts, Millard, Hibma, Bahe) that I have been complaining about for the first 10 games finally bit the team in the butt. Illinois St. showed how slow and nonathletic the Jays can look if they don't come ready to play with their best players right out of the gate. It was 11-2 at the first media timeout and the Jays wouldn't ever get back within 7 points of the RedBirds. They were playing catch up all night and for the first time EVER at the Qwest Center - the Jays never led at any point in the game. CU was down by 19 at one point. That's the largest deficit ever for the Jays at the Qwest Center.
As noted below - a nation-leading 181 straight games without getting beat by double digits went down the drain.
Creighton can not continue to start games with one hand tied behind their backs any longer. I am not trying to disrespect the senior leaders but this year is about the youngsters. P'Allen Stinnet has to start.....period. He has to play big minutes every night and has to be the No. 1 option from the guard spot. Dane Watts No. 1 option. P'allen No. 2 in the offense. Everyone else can fill in their roles. Pierce Hibma and Nick Bahe are KEY members of this year's team, however they were totally outclassed on Saturday night at the Qwest Center and hurt their team with poor defense and costly turnovers.
PG Josh Dotzler is a awesome defender with quick hands and a knack for the ball. But on Offense - he's a liability. His shot hasn't returned after his finger injury and his spring off the floor hasn't either after the knee injury. Dana Altman loves him and I understand why but Cavel Witter has more upside for this team when they need offense. It showed on Saturday night big time.
Chad Millard......well, I don't know what to say about him. He was suppose to be a match up problem for teams as he's 6'8 who can shoot from the the outside. We have yet to see him hit shots consistently and seems to force it alot inside the offense. He's been a big disappointment to this point.
Without seeing Oregon in person, The Redbirds were the best team I've seen play at the Qwest Center this year. They have a 6'10 forward who hit 5 3's. Their best player didn't score in the first half and then went off for 16 in the second half. They crashed the boards with authority and made the Jays look slow and sloppy. They were deep and extremely quick. Their guards were really impressive all night with the penetration and kick outs. The Redbirds weren't phased at all with 16,000+ at the game.
The 80-67 was the final and it wasn't really that close. The Redbirds were simply better - all the way around better. The worst loss at the Qwest Center ever for the Jays. Worst loss for Dana Altman at home since 1996! We knew this was going to be an up and down year for the Jays....the roller coaster just plunged.
Welcome to the Missouri Valley Conference Baby Jays. You better wake up and be ready to play from the word go from now on since 4 of the next 5 are on the road. The 3 cream puffs the Jays played before the Redbirds did nothing to prepare CU for the speed, quickness, and skill of the guards of Ill. St. It was stunning to watch but it was a reality check that I'm sure Dana Altman will use to whip his team into what he expects of his guys.
If anyone can get this team to grow after a loss like that - it's Dana Altman. Long way to go but the Jays need to get some wins on the road now to make up for that loss on Saturday.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Bad loss for a young team.
The 2007 Biggie Awards are wrapping up which includes the Hottest Local TV Personality Contest nominations. To vote and nominate - all you have to do is click the icon off www.Bigsports590.com. Yes, you'll have to register for the 590 Fan Club but that takes 2 secs. We're doing that to prevent multiple voters since we can see who voted for what once you're a member....plus, you'll get cool emails from us and a chances to win cool stuff.
Anyways, voting will close tomorrow so get your votes in ASAP if you haven't voted already. On Monday's Big Show - we're gonna Recap the year of the Big Show from 2 to 4. At 4, we're gonna announce the 2007 Biggie Awards and at 5 - the one hour live vote for the hottest female personality on local TV contest with the top 5 vote nominees.
Last show of the Year is always fun! Talk to you tonight at 5:30 for Bluejay hoops vs. Ill. St. and then on Monday at 2 pm for the Big Show end of the year show!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Sipple was sent a link to Bo Pelini talking about how he coaches D at LSU from 2005. It's SO interesting to hear him talk about how he coaches to other coaches....it's an AMAZING listen. Check it out
It's long but if you have the time to listen to it - Husker football fans need to hear it as it gives you a great insight into what you will see next year. I'll play some of the audio when I get back next week.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
9-1.....and here comes the Valley.
P'Allen's alley-oop from Kaleb Korver was the highlight on the game. 80-61. Jays are now off for a week as they break for Christmas. Next up - Illinois St.
The blog will be quiet for a few days....I'll write more after Christmas but Happy Holidays to all....be good....
One of the Best Programs Around
Every five years since 1997, Basketball Times has evaluated the best of the best NCAA programs -- those that have won two-thirds of their games over the previous 10 season span. The 2007 edition of the report had 29 teams that met that qualification, including Creighton.Those 29 schools were then ranked from 1-29 on categories like 10-year winning percentage, number of active NBA players, freshman graduation rate and US News & World Report’s academic peer assessment score, as well as a subjective vote of 10 panelists who judged teams based on “program cleanliness” and “head coach ranking”.Creighton finished an impressive seventh, trailing only Duke, North Carolina, Florida, Stanford, Gonzaga and Michigan State.
Basketball Times Overall Rankings:
1. Duke 3.7
2. North Carolina 7.5
3. Florida 8.0
4. Stanford 8.8
5. Gonzaga 10.0
6.Michigan State 10.0
7. Creighton 10.2
8. Kansas 10.8
9. Xavier 11.5
10. Illinois 12.0
11. Arizona 13.5
12. Connecticut 13.7
13. Syracuse 14.5
14. Butler 14.8
15. College of Charleston 15.2
Southern Illinois 15.2
18. Kentucky 16.0
20. Maryland 17.3
21. Pittsburgh 17.5
22. Utah State 18.3
23. Kent State 18.8
24. Utah 20.2
25. Cincinnati 20.5
26. Murray State 20.7
28. Oklahoma State 21.0
29. Memphis 23.0
Creighton’s recent wins over Houston Baptist and North Carolina Central continued five impressive streaks.
Creighton has won 29 straight home games when scoring 68 points or more since Feb. 5, 2005.
Creighton has won 33 straight games when scoring 72 points or more dating to Jan. 29, 2005.
The Bluejays have won 54 consecutive games when scoring 80 points or more, dating to Feb. 19, 2000.
Creighton has also won 43 straight games when scoring 90 points or more, dating to Jan. 11, 1988.
Creighton has won 14 straight games when scoring 100 points or more, dating to Feb. 26, 1977.
Haverill is the town where that took place which is next to my home town of Andover.
And another thing....can you blame Tony Romo for being distracted?!!:)
Thursday, December 20, 2007
- Lee Sterling of Paramount Sports returns tomorrow at 5:30 for the final time of the football season for his bowl pick spectacular
- Great first bowl game of the year Utah vs. Navy. Hope the rest are as just as good....sucks that there isn't a Husker game this year to watch but I guess all of Husker nation is say Geaux Tigers! Brian and I are both 1-0 on our pick contest.
- Steelers lose Willie Parker tonight for the year. It's looking more and more like we'll see Satan Manning in New England for the right to go to AZ.
-Check this out http://www.ruinromo.com/ Guy getting ripped for gettin' ____ :)
-Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Example of one guy: Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com....check it out. That was done AFTER the NU win over Oregon. Do you see NU on that bracket? Anywhere? Nope. How about the Jays? an 8 seed. Do Jays fan like that? Sure, it's fun but it's not FACT! But that guy gets paid to speculate on the dance. That was my problem with the article. Talking about resume's right now in a paper that covers both teams is just ridiculous because we don't know what teams are going to do over the next 3 months. Even Joe would tell you that he has no clue....that bracket is no where near his final, actual one.
What if Oregon has a losing record in the Pac-10? Could it happen - sure. An injury here, an injury there....things happen in 3 months of basketball. What if St. Joe's dominates the A-10? Runs the table....has an RPI in the Top 30? What if Xavier blows up too? The non-conference resume for both NU and CU will look different for both teams come Selection Sunday - trust me. Might be better or worse for both....
As for who's path is easier to the Dance? Are you kidding me? Would you rather have your first 4 games in conference against? CU - Illinois st., At Indiana St., At Missouri St. and Evansville OR NU - No. 3 KU, At Colorado, Baylor, then AT No. 3 Kansas? I like the Jays to go 4-0 and the Huskers could be 0-4! The Big 12 is just WAY better than the MVC this year...there is no debating it. They have 3 Top 15 teams! The MVC doesn't have a single team ranked. Their so-called best team is 4-4 (SIU).
The "speculation" was slanted...that was my point for bringing up the fact that Dirk is a Husker grad. I think it was fair to bring that up. I love how people are writing emails saying he "owned me". Really? Listen to it objectively and not pro-husker - I think for every point he tried to make - I countered with a point he couldn't explain. He didn't even use the RPI in the article (Jays are 38 according to Realtimerpi.com. Huskers are 83) ...why not? I think because it made he's argument weaker for Nebraska. He's a reporter, a feature writer - not a columnist and that was my problem.
It was a fun exchange but in the end....we basically agreed that it was a piece with opinion. I disagreed with that opinion. He's not a columnist - that's Tom Shatel gig (who also came on the show and was upset that I preferred the LJS Husker coverage - which by the way never writes about NU vs. CU basketball against each other. Tom defended and agreed with Dirk by the way).
We'll see what happens at the end of the year but I hope we don't see anymore "speculation" articles coming out from Husker grads of the OWH anytime soon. Way too early to say who's non-conference will look better to the Selection Committee in March.
Monday, December 17, 2007
How about this - the Jays leading scorer was Kenny Lawson who had 15! 110 points and no one score more than 15....now that's balance. The entire team scored except walk-on Dustin Sitzmann.
Jays had 25 assists on 38 made baskets. They were 14 of 29 from behind the arc. The Jays had 8 steals and forced 17 turnovers that amounted to 28 points.
Record for scoring in the Qwest Center and 4th best scoring output in school history. Fun stat of the night - 77 bench points!! Jays are 6-0 at home...7-1 overall.....see you Thursday night and let's get a bigger crowd for NCC.....still not a great game but could be another fun night for the stat sheet.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The Patriots didn't kill the Jets like most thought - thank Mother Nature for that. But a win is a win. The Celtics are playing without Ray Allen...hasn't matter much. Next up - Don Shula's mouth and the Dolphins to shut up. Then New York for History.....won't matter at all though without a ring. And the Pats know that.
This will be the last full week of the Big Show for 2007. We'll be back on the 31st for the Biggie Awards which start tomorrow but we're off for the week of Christmas. 3 Jays games this week....none of them all that interesting. But tomorrow comes Houston Baptist with a 5:30 pregame show Live from Farrell's.....see you there.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
"I’ve never been there (to watch a game), I’ve just heard ... I don’t necessarily think there are 17,000 people who go just to watch Creighton basketball" - LJS
"I’m not sure that 17,000 fans — and I hope they would be — are basketball fans. I would think 6,000 to 7,000 are basketball fans and the other 10,000 go for the social event" - OWH
You've never been there....but you've heard about the crowds? I've heard that Doc can't run a mile without help...does that make it fact? From whom did you hear this? Steve Pederson? This guy is a piece of work....ask anyone in sports marketing and they'll tell you that up to 30% of the ANY crowd couldn't tell you the final score of the game on the way out the door. That means 30% of Husker fans don't go to the game FOR THE GAME! Just a stupid statement. How the hell does he know numbers without ever being to a GAME THERE!
Yup....mmmhhhhmmm.....I be statin' Slingblade facts....
So this year alone, Slingblade has said publicly:
1. He didn't know where CU was on the schedule
2. Then called the CU game the 17th biggest game on the schedule
3. Then says that Oregon will be the best opponent in the Qwest this year
4. Then says that Jays fans don't go for basketball and he can put a NUMBER on it.
Do you get it yet? Do you see inferiority complex he has about Creighton? Do you get that Nebraska basketball is trying SO hard to be relevant in this state. The program is an afterthought for everyone and that is not going to change for a long time. No matter how many insults Slingblade throws at CU.
Friday, December 14, 2007
100% of the $21,505 will be given to the fund.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
"I don’t know that there will be an opponent that comes into the Qwest Center this year that’s as good as Oregon,” Sadler said
Well, since the NCAA TOURNAMENT will be played at the QWEST CENTER WITH A NO.1 SEED! are you calling Oregon a number one seed in the dance?? Really? Plus, it's an underhanded slam of the MVC. He'd be better off not opening his mouth to talk about quality of competition and worry about his own team.
Oh - My call to ALL Omaha basketball fans to NOT go to this game is has their attention:
“We’re going to need all the fans that want us to play in Omaha to come out and show us that they want us to play,” Sadler said.
So if you agree with me - DON'T GO SATURDAY!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
First Trip to the NCAA's:
CU - 1941
NU - 1986
Tournament Games All Time:
CU - 31
NU - 6
All Time Tournament Record:
CU - 12-19
NU - 0-6
Record in the Tourney since the field went to 64:
CU - 3-9
NU - 0-6
Total NCAA Apperances:
CU - 16
NU - 6
CU - 13 MVC Regular Season Titles (last 2002), 10 MVC Tournament Titles (last 2007)
NU - 1 Big 8 Tournament Title (94) Last Regular Season title - 1950! Big 7 title shared with 2 others (Nebraska was in MVC previously)
- Last outright regular season title - 1916 in the MVC!!!!!!!
CU - No. 13 Nationally last year
NU - Luckly to get 8,000/gm
NU - 110 years of basketball - ZERO tournament wins!!
CU - 1/3 the student body and no Football revenue and they dwarf the team in Lincoln in nearly every category except empty seats for home games.
I hope they now see my point. Jays historically are MUCH better than NU. Look at it this way - The Jays have won 13 regular season conference titles since NU won their last. So, maybe I should say they are 13 times better of a program
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Items include autographs from Kyle Korver, Gale Sayers, George Brett, Alex Gordon, Tommie Frazier, Tom Osborne, Bo Pelini, etc...and some amazing experiences that you have to see to believe!
Thank you to everyone who has bid and donated an item. I'm excited to see how much money we can raise!!
Monday, December 10, 2007
We are still putting everything together for the auction that should start at some point today. We are going to have close to 50 items to auction off when it's all said and done. Thank you to everyone who has donated or made phone calls to get items for us. I hope this article can get everyone to open their wallets beginning today for the auction....this is why we are doing this:
Friday, December 7, 2007
At 11:30 am this morning, while driving INTO work, I thought about what was our station going to do help out our community. Talking sports just seemed.....odd. Yet, I thought we had an unique opportunity to use our connections to help those families who are dealing with what happened on Wednesday.
What we came up with was an auction to raise money. So beginning on Monday, the listeners of Big Sports 590 will be able to bid on a variety of donated items online off BigSports590.com (thanks to Proxibid.com of Omaha for stepping up to run this thing for us). There is talk of a live auction late in the week but that's nothing yet in stone.
I'm truly blown away at how fast this has all come together. At noon, I told my boss of the idea. By 5 pm we had the list below and it's only going to get bigger. Remember 100% of the money will go to the Memorial Fund for the families of this tragedy:
1. Autographed 49er Jay Moore football
2. Autographed Sixer Kyle Korver Jersey AND basketball
3. Autographed Yankee Joba Chamberlain baseball
4. Autographed Roger Craig 49er jersey
5. UNO Hockey Season tickets for 2008
6. UNO tickets to Miami of Ohio and Ohio St
7. Creighton Season tickets for '08 Baseball at Rosenblatt and 2008-2009 Basketball
8. Framed Print of the "White out for Wichita"
9. Autographed Nate Funk Creighton jersey
10. 2 Lower Bowl tickets for Van Halen at the Qwest provided by Ticket Express
11. 2 Lower Bowl tickets to Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban provided by Ticket Express
12. Private Food and Wine Tasting at Urban Wine Company for 10 in their barrell room
13. Autographed Tom Osborne 24x35 Husker print (only 1000 exist)
14. 2 tickets to Nebraska vs. Oregon basketball
15. Hat signed by all 3 Husker Heisman trophy winners
16. 3 tickets to 2 Nebraska volleyball games next year
17. Autographed Danny Woodhead Chadron St. jersey
18. 2 Tickets to see Rock and Raquets at the Qwest
19. Dinner for 2 at Omaha Prime, 2 Tickets to Manheim Steamroller and prize pack
20. Free DJ for a night for your event
21. VIP night at Sarie's Lounge of Omaha
22. EMask will outfit your entire football team
23. Schwin Bike donated by Play it Again Sports and 20 rounds at Scores Bowling
24. Husker and Bluejay Rugs
25. Golf w/Matt Perrault and 3 of your friends at Quarry Oaks
26. Bluejay Day with me which includes: Pregame with me at Farrell's. Sit with me on press row for the game vs. Ill. St. You will then get to be on the air with me for 30 min on the post game
27. TX Motor Speedway- 2 Tickets for June IRL, Truck Race. Start/Finish Line Seats and infield parking
28. 2 Tickets to the Chiefs vs. Titans game provided by Red Zone Tickets w Pregame Sideline Passes with Blimpie Subs for the road down
29. 2 Tickets for Creighton vs. Wichita St. provided Tickets in Time
30. Runza Combo Meal a Week for a Year
31. Golf at Shadow Ridge with Matt Perrault and 3 of your friends
32. (2) Private 1 hour lessons (player must be in the 8th grade or BELOW) with Bluejay basketball Coach Brian Fish
33. You and 3 of your friends will golf at Dismal River in Western NE! Plus stay in one of their cabins, then play golf again the next day
34. 2 lower Bowl tickets to see Celine Dion at the Qwest provided by Red Zone Tickets
And that's just the START!!!! If you have donated something, please drop it off at the station on Monday morning at 72nd and Ames. Thank you to everyone who donated and tune into the Big Show on Monday for full details on how you can bid to give money to the Memorial Fund Auction.
Whatever you can bid will be very much appreciated!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Von Maur is a store that so many of us have shopped at over the years. I was there just last weekend. From all of us at Big Sports 590 - Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy. And that word - tragedy - has forever changed in meaning for myself. I'll be very careful to use in the future when talking about a loss or a bad call.
Tell those you love that you do today. Such a sad day.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Ok - my problems are as followed:
1. How the hell does KANSAS play in the Orange Bowl?
KU is just not good and they will get beat BADLY by V Tech.. They have the 109th schedule in ALL OF THE F$#KING FOOTBALL!!! They lost to MISSOURI!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! This is the worst, worst the BCS has ever done! I can't wait to see the fat boy get rolled. MISSOURI belongs in this game. They BEAT KU, only have 2 losses both to OU. I can't watch this anymore. GO HOKIES!!
2. West Virginia is going to the Fiesta Bowl?
This is odd and I'll have to do some research on this but I thought the Orange Bowl is where they should have gone since they won the Big East. Isn't the Orange Big East vs. ACC every year? OU vs. WV is going to be a fun game to watch yet I thought they should have been kept WV on the East Coast.
3. Georgia is not playing for the title
More on this in a second but I'm glad Georgia is in the BCS. Tough when you don't play for the conference championship but then again.....Ohio St. is. I'm happy for Hawaii as this sets up another Fiesta Bowl-like game. Is Hawaii any good? Well - then prove it. Too bad the Dawg fans will out number Hawaii 50 to 1 in the Superdome.
4. Missouri is not in the BCS.
Like I said above - Just F'ing wrong. This thing sucks. Missouri beat Illinois!! Yet are playing in the ROSE BOWL and Missou isn't!!
5. Illinois in the Rose Bowl vs. USC
The Rose Bowl folks are just annoying. I get history but they are screwing things up with their "we love tradition" crap. Missouri beat Illinois! And they are in and the Tigers are out! WTF!! So wrong....
6. LSU vs. Ohio St.
LSU - belongs in this game due to their year but who they are playing - that's the problem. Ohio St. didn't play this weekend so they benefit from it. That sucks. Ohio St is going to have the same thing happen to them like last year but this time it's a home game for the SEC team. Speed, speed, speed. Ohio St. is in real trouble with a healthy LSU team.
I HATE THE BCS!!!! It has to go - NOW!
Here is how I would have done it:
Hawaii vs. Georgia in the Sugar
Missouri vs. Arizona St. in the Rose Bowl (I'd rather Ohio st but Mizzou vs OU can't happen)
V Tech vs. West Virginia in the Orange
Oklahoma vs. Ohio St. in the Fiesta Bowl
USC vs. LSU in the BCS Championship
Big Sports 590 - today right after the Chief game for the hiring of Bo Pelini.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Was he really going to Michigan like ESPN reported on Gameday? Or was the report wrong? What does this do to Nebraska and Pelini? Did LSU throw money at everyone or just Miles? AD Skip Bertman has really pulled a rabbit out the hat with this one as just about everyone thought that Miles was going to Michigan.
Now, Miles hasn't signed the deal yet. Could he pull a Saban and lie publicly about not leaving and then bolt? This is getting ridiculous and the media is going to start to lose confidence with sports fans if we continue to report false information.
This isn't over in my mind. You can't tell me that LSU is focused on the Vols though. This game could get ugly.