Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Could you ever see NU fans doing this? :) I agree with LSU fans today. :30 sec mark for chanting to begin:
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Well, that's what Dr. Kirk Hutton of OrthoWest did to me on Friday morning. I had my labrium repaired in my left shoulder and so far so good. Doc was awesome. Yet, typing is not easy so I wanted to say that this blog might be a little light in the writing department in the coming weeks.
I wanted to thank first and foremost my mother and sister for coming to Omaha and putting up with my drugged up ass for the past 3 days. 2nd - I want to thank everyone at The Nebraska Orthopedic Hospital including Dr. Hutton who did an outstanding job and took great care of me.
Now, it's time to go back to work with Becky, my great Physical Therapist from Excel Physical Therapy in order to be able to play golf this spring. Thanks to everyone who emailed me about my surgery and for all the great support my friends here in Omaha have shown during this process. I will be back on the pre/post game show for CU tomorrow and back fully on Wednesday for the Big Show.
To quote my mom "Matt, you are very lucky to have these wonderful people who care about you here in Omaha". I agree completely.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Just what the doctor ordered tonight Creighton. A team that was undefeated and nearly ranked came into the Qwest Center tonight and got their ass handed to them by a fired up Bluejay squad that did all the little things. Sure, you can look at Booker Woodfox's 4 for 5 from behind the arc in the first half or Kaleb Korver's 4 for 5 from 3 for the game but with all the shooting (Jays again hit 13 3's), it was the work on the glass that was the difference. The Jays out boarded UD by 11 and capitalized on their 2nd chance opportunities. It was all hustle. All heart. Just wanting more than the other guy basketball.
It was never closer than 12 points after halftime but it didn't feel like that big of a lead. Dayton just pressured the Jays just enough to make them push hard throughout the 2nd half. It was the first 40 minute game for CU on the year and a win over the best team they have played so far. UD defense was SIU-like but the Jays handled it well.
Yes, they did have 17 turnovers and Dana Altman will be upset about that but in terms of toughness and energy - tonight was the best game by far for this young team.
The line was Jays -6. It ended up being 18. Really surprising but really good to see. The team is gelling, buying in and turning a corner. You might be able to look back on this win as the start of something really fun for 2008-09 Bluejays.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Their debut album "Swan Song" has exploded amongst rock/rap fans to the point where they are selling out shows in just hours (Omaha was supposedly just a few hours after they booked Sokol Underground full in just 2 hours - causing 89.7 The River to book them for an upstairs holiday show). They simply don't have enough material to fill a full set.
Hollywood Undead played for around 70 minutes....plenty long for $13 admission charge but shorter than what you would like to see out of band that has formed a nice following. In fact, after listening to their 15 song album this morning, I think they played the entire thing. (That would be a first for my concert experience) I'm not a huge fan of bands who open with their number 1 hit but I get why they do it as they opened with "Undead". Jays fans will recognize the song as their tip off music this year. The album opens up with "Undead" - why not their shows. It sets a pace for the evening and gets everyone in the right mood.
I was very impressed with their sound quality and their seamless transitions from mic to mic. The pits were some of the most violent I've seen in Omaha - Don't worry, I learned my lesson at Dropkick Murphy's and stayed away from them. Surgery on Friday has caused me to be a watcher, not a participant. Sometimes, it can be confusing for a audience with 6 guys on mics but that didn't happen tonight. Hollywood Undead has done their homework - they know how to put on a show and get fans into their act.
If you were at the show and want more....here's a video of them opening up in Bakersfield. Hopefully next time they hit Omaha, they will play for longer but a nice introduction on Tour 1 for the band. It was fun - careful, some adult lyrics on this one:
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
First let's talk about the Jays. Booker Woodfox is really all you need to mention after this game. He was ridiculous. Career high 29 points thanks to 7 of 9 from 3! The Jays did not shoot well as a team but they did hit 13 3's (Korver hit 3 of 4). Rebounding wise, CU beat the Hawks glass 37-31 and had a lead as big as 21 points in the 2nd half. Yet, it was the same ole Bluejay team when it came to having the lead in ball games as SJU got the lead down to as low as 8. But unlike Little Rock and Nebraska, Creighton was able to get the big rebounds and hit enough free throws to claim the 69-58 win.
Joe Lundardi - Mr. Bracketology- is the color guy for St. Joe's and called the Jays a tournament team on their broadcast. We'll have to see about that but it's good to get East Coast eyes on the Jays when they play well. Next up is RED HOT Dayton who is undefeated on the year on Wednesday at Qwest Center Omaha. HUGE game for CU and a game they really, really need to win. Should be a ball and CU needs a big crowd so get out! We'll have tickets to giveaway on Monday and Tuesday on the Big Show.
As far as NU goes, I didn't see the game as I had things to do today but by the numbers, it wasn't pretty. The Huskers shot 29% for the game against No. 19 Arizona St. They did hit 8 3's but they killed on the boards 37-25. When you hit only 5 2 point field goals and give up 50% shooting in the 2nd half to a nationally ranked team on the road - the result is a 20 point loss.
NU only had 1 player in double figures and it took Steve Harley 11 shots to get 11 points. The team only had 18 points at half time (30-18 at the break). Scoring and hitting shots is again a major issue for the Huskers. They don't have enough offensive fire power to beat good teams on the road. Their defense looked to be ok in the 1st half but not good in the 2nd. The rest of the non-con is a joke - cupcake city - so the Huskers can lick their wounds until Big 12 play starts.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
2nd - be on the look out for a 2 pm press conference tomorrow as the Omaha Royals have agreed in principle to move to Sarpy County and stay in the Metro. Allan Stein will be on the Big Show tomorrow to talk about the agreement in principle to build a new stadium for the O Royals.
Finally, the Jays beat Miss. Valley St. tonight at Qwest Center 82-58. The story wasn't the play of the team because it wasn't all that pretty. The play of P'Allen Stinnet was huge however. 18 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 TURNOVERS! He played great D all night and didn't say a word to anyone all night especially after a few impressive drives to the basket. He looked like a whipped puppy who understood that he needed to get out of the doghouse by busting his tail all game. Well, I think he did that tonight. Next up - AT St. Joe's. TOUGH place to play in Philly....should be a really fun game. Remember no TV - Only on Big Sports 590.
Monday, December 1, 2008
1. The Devaney Center, when full, is a tough place to play. Too bad that's it's only full for Creighton and Kansas. Thus, Husker fans don't really like basketball. They like to root against teams that come into their building. They appear to get more satisfaction out of seeing the opponent lose then to see their own team win. Again, the crowd was loudest in the 1st half for the football team and attendance is weak on most nights in Lincoln.
2. Playing on the road at a rival's is good for CU to develop their young players. It was good to play at Little Rock and good to play at Nebraska. They played like crap and lost by a total of 4 points. That shows the ceiling of where the team could be in February. They are 3-2 but very easily could be 5-0. They have learn to play 40 minutes before that can happen however. I never said the Devaney Center is an easy place to play when full. I simply stated the facts that the fans don't show up consistently and aren't really into basketball.
3. The Creighton-Nebraska game is great for the state and should be played twice a year. It doesn't stand for anything EXCEPT pride and unofficial title of who was better on that given day. Is Western Kentucky better than Louisville? Not over the whole year but yesterday they were. It's for bragging rights. Dana Altman understands this. Doc Sadler does too but he chooses to lie about his true feelings publicly in order to make Nebraska appear to be looking down on little Jesuit school in Omaha. It's insulting and just not true. See the half court dance he did while leading the band on Saturday night.
4. P'Allen would have made a difference for sure. After watching the game again, NU did a great job of rolling to the side that Booker Woodfox was on and getting out to put a hand in his face. Book is a pick and pop kinda guy. Rarely can he create his own shot. What P does is break down defenses. Thus, he forces teams to get out of position on D, opening up shots for Booker. Without P, Book can be shut down - which is what happened on Saturday. 2 point game - P'Allen Stinnet would have added a lot to attack in the 2nd half when CU was really struggling to find shots.
Just wanted clarify a few points. Thanks.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Basketball isn't football. 1 loss doesn't destroy the season but negativity could if you guys aren't careful. This where your fandom gets tested. I love the fact that Bluejay fans are passionate - Nebraska fans, for the most part, don't really care about their basketball team. You want to feel better - go read the message board posts about waiting in traffic! Yes, that happens when lots of people actually go to a game...first time for many of them to see a full house at the Bob thanks to Jays fans.
However, this team is 3-2. They are at a crossroads just 5 games into the season but let's look at the season as a whole right now. Game 1 - they needed a huge comeback at New Mexico in the 2nd half to win. Game 2 - bad first 10 min. vs. Pine Bluff. Game 3 - Good start, bad last 10 min of 1st half before a huge 2nd half against ORU. - All at home but all inconsistent performances. Game 4 - outrebounded, up by 16 but then outplayed in the 2nd half but still lost by on a last second layup at Little Rock. Game 5 -up by 13 on the road in Lincoln, 24 awful turnovers and yet lose on a last second layup. People - IT'S ABOUT CONSISTENCY! Once they find it - the Jays will be a good basketball team. They are showing in every game that they have been the better team but they aren't strong enough to play 40 minutes. As I said yesterday on air - they are soft in every aspect and that's why I picked them to lose to NU. It was obvious.
The Jays will play 31 games this year in the regular season. They are 5 games in! A long way to go and I believe they have the right coach to get them to 20 wins, the postseason, and a top 3 finish in the MVC.
As for the decision not the play P'Allen - it was the right thing to do to show his star and his team that no one is above the team. I just hope that P'Allen realizes that if he would have played, the result very well could have been different for CU last night. To play that poorly and lose on last second layup - from a guy that P would have been guarding all night, should break his heart. I hope this is the turning point in the season because it's defiantly a low point in the career of the sophomore star.
So in closing, I know it sucks to lose to Nebraska. Their fans don't know basketball for the most part - hell they were the loudest in the 1st half when the football team came out on the court last night - and their coach is just plain annoying with his public comments about CU. He is disrespectful, as are his players and that's why last night hurts to lose to a bunch like that. But this program isn't defined by games against NU, in winning or losing - it's defined for the years of success that has been put together by Dana Altman. Until the home team loses, the Doc vs. Dana rivalry won't really get heated anyways. It's 1-2 based on the schedule, not because NU is the better program. It will be fun in 2 years when the current freshmen and sophomores go back to Lincoln as Juniors and Seniors. I predict that will be the first time the road teams wins in the Doc vs. Dana series.
It's time to regroup as a fanbase and get behind the team. That was the 1st game for nearly EVERY Jay in Lincoln! They know what its like to play in an environment like that now and it will help in games against teams like SIU and Bradley. Everyone needs to take a step back and just breathe....big games are coming against Dayton and St. Joe's. The non-conference is not all lost because of 2 losses on the road by 4 points when the team plays like crap. You need to look at the ceiling for this team and where they could be in February.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
All of these rivalries have one thing in common - 1 team believes that they are the big brother to other. Alabama, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia all believe they are always better than their little brothers....but in this rivalry - the big brother is the team with only 7,000 students (Sorry Ryan Anderson, see below). One team plays football and that provides a larger conference to play in.....but over the past 20 years - Creighton Basketball is the better of the 2 programs.
Huskers try to pretend that they don't messure themselves against the Bluejays - but just look at the interest level for this game compared the game vs. St. Louis on Tuesday....not even close.
This is the biggest non-conference game of the year by far. No matter what Slingblade tries to say in the media - this game matters to both sides....A LOT! Too bad that Slingblade's own player's are talking the same way as Ryan Anderson did yesterday: "I'm not trying to be rude or anything, but we're in the Big 12," Anderson said. "You know what I mean? We're in the Big 12. How much more can we prove? What more do we need to prove to people? They're Creighton. They're like the little brother to Nebraska. You know what I mean? They're in Omaha, we're in Lincoln, and we're in the Big 12. You get what I'm saying? You guys have big brothers? So you know what it's like to have a little brother. He wants to out-do you in everything. "It's not like I'm trying to make it seem like they're down to us or anything. You know, a basketball team's a basketball team. But like I said, we're in the Big 12. What more can I say". Too bad he couldn't play for Dana Altman or in front a crowd bigger than 6,000 per home game.
However, tonight at 7 pm in Lincoln - history won't help the Bluejays and Dana Altman. Coming off of a loss to Arkansas Little Rock, the Jays have will to battle a Husker team that is 4-0 on the year and have looked very good at the Devaney Center including a nice win over St. Louis last game.
Last year, the Jays blew the doors off Nebraska - payback for the upset loss the year before in Lincoln. Tonight, the Jays are 3.5 point underdogs and rightfully so. They are soft in everyway you don't want to be. Soft mentally. Soft physically. Soft period. They have been outrebounded in 3 of their 4 games. CU got dominated by Arkansas Little Rock in the 2nd half on Tuesday night godsakes. Eventhough it was just a 2 point loss - P'Allen Stinnet didn't start and then didn't show up and now, has a supposive wrist injury to deal with. There are problems everywhere with injuries to Justin Carter, chemistry with the post players, and offensive flow with guys like P'Allen.
This game to me has nothing to do with Nebraska. It comes down to the lack of consistency for the Jays and a team that is just lost right now. I wouldn't pick them to beat anyone tonight, let alone Nebraska. The Huskers will guard like SIU - in your face, physical, and hack you down. The Jays aren't tough enough to win tonight in Lincoln. The Jays have more talent but it won't matter right now....long season but the Jays will dominate at home this year and again struggle on the road. I still think the Jays have a very good chance of playing in NCAA tournament - remember it's only November. Long way to go to March.
Sorry Jays fans - I just don't see it tonight: NU 68 CU 62
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Yes, it is a bad loss on the road but it's just one loss in the non-conference. Last year's loss to Evansville was more embarrassing in my opinion since LR is a tough little team and the Jays were at their place. Shoe in on the other foot for scheduling and it will interesting to see if Dana ever goes back there. It was a lose-lose situation....they lost lost.
The team might have overlooked them but that happens in college basketball. Hell, the LR fans rushed the floor!? The Jays aren't even close to being ranked. They were 22-11 last year and beat 2 teams on the road including Pepperdine this year. Hopefully for CU's RPI, they will go the NCAA's out of their 1 bid league. But getting outboarded by 20 and 25-9 in the 2nd half! Damn, now that is the problem - not the loss.
It won't matter much against Nebraska on Saturday because both teams lack size but the fight you must have to win on the road at places like Lincoln, Southern, Wichita, Drake etc was not shown last night. Dana in his history is only 9-6 at CU in his first true road game. This is not A-Typical for the Jays.
Saturday night- the team better bring their heart with their sneakers this time.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
NSFW - http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/features/2008_swimsuit/models/brooklyn-decker/08_brooklyn-decker_40.html
But how is that not porn! Not that I mind or anything :)
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Nebraska vs. Iowa <--- !!!! )
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
This is Brandon Rigoni - former special teams star for NU vs. Mark Manning aka the Mangler - NU Wrestling Coach. "The Mangler" Had 5 chances to stop Rigoni - "The Gunner" in the Oklahoma drill - Did he do it?
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Proud of the Red Sox for really fighting hard to comeback....just wasn't enough. The hole was too big.
Red Sox: 1st and E6 chased Garza. Single by Coco into the hole that looked so inviting on TV to me to shoot a ball through. Then Dustin pop'd out to left. 1 Out. David Ortiz up.....Wheeler out. JP Howell in. This is the move that everyone talked about in Game 5....and it worked. Papi bounced to 2nd but Coco, if he slid directly into the bag, might have beaten the throw if he had slid into the bag straight. He was out instead....Bradford in. 1st and 3rd - 2 outs. It was now or never - and it was up to Youk.....and he walked. Rookie David Price comes in to face JD Drew....ok FLASHBACK: JD Drew, bases load - Game 6 of the ALCS last year - Grand Slam....Baseball is crazy...but this crazy to repeat like that?.......Price is in a HUGE SPOT - Rookie - Bases Jacked.....Drew strikes out on a check swing that went too far..
Red Sox: Walk to JD. Single by Bay but a flyout by Kotsay and then Tek strikes out swinging badly.
This was their shot. They had a pitcher who was gassed and could have scored the tying run. 6 outs left for the Red Sox and they are not looking good right now. Why wouldn't the Red Sox HIT for TEK!!?? They have Cash on the bench and they have Ellsbury who has hit Garza pretty well?!! He could beat out an infield hit. Terry made his first mistake. The Rays have home field, a better line up, a better bullpen....this is not going to be fun....has the magic simply run out for the Red Sox?
Rays: Lead off Homer by Ayabar and starting wrapping up the locker room for the Rays. Baring a miracle - this game is over.
Red Sox: Walk by Dustin. Papi K's who is obviously hurt and not a factor at all in this game.....Dustin tried to steal - Strike 'em out Throw 'em out. BIG BIG Trouble
Rays: Lester does the Red Sox a HUGE service by getting them 1-2-3 with very quick work.
Red Sox: Did nothing against Garza and they haven't done anything since the HR by Dustin. They are running out of outs.
Rays: Lead off Double. Infield Hit. Single by Rocco. 2-1. Chip Caray then says "How Big are 2 outs hits". There are NO OUTS in the inning. Chip is an alright broadcaster but he's been asleep at the wheel in this series on certain statements and TBS as a whole has been awful. (see Game 6). Lester is struggling and Terry has to think about when to pull him. Strike Out of Barlett. Tap out for 2 outs but then Lester gets out of the inning by getting Upton!
New game now.
Nothing. Nada. Zero
Red Sox: Garza is on fire. He made all 3 hitters look foolish. Jason Bay is having a horrible night at the plate. He k'd again with a half swing. He isn't seeing the ball well out of the hand of Garza.
Rays: Got to Lester with a double by Longoria that scored Pena. The Red Sox nearly threw out Pena but the relay wasn't on target. Lester is still throwing well but the crowd is alive 1-1
Pederioa takes Garza deep with a LASER to left! Game 7 2004 - The Red Sox jumped out to a lead in the 1st inning vs. New York and it took the crowd out of the game...same thing here. 1-0 Sox
Papi walked....close pitch on 3-2 but it was a touch high with the fast ball. Garza is throwing gas but he's not hitting his spots. He looks ridiculous with that ear gauze in there. Is at a concert or a ball game?
Youk on a 2 strike pitch, floats one to the right. Nearly a great piece of hitting but 2 outs. Question here - did you notice just half the crowd standing when there were 2 strikes? I think that is because the bandwagon, ex New Yorkers who are at the game think that the Rays are the Yankees. Sorry. Different team. The other people just looked at them and did nothing
JD Drew strikes out...again the standing but this time it's 3/4 the stadium. Garza through a lot of pitches and Red Sox got the lead. Now Lester needs to step it up.
Lester goes 1-2-3 against Tampa. Big Start of the game for Boston and has shut up the crowd so far after 1
Garza is wearing ear plugs? Weird, very weird.
Craig Sager is wearing a normal outfit....bad sign - don't change things up man! :)
Friday, October 17, 2008
I will admit it - I stopped watching at 5-0 and started to read a book. I even watched Grey's Anatomy instead of innings 3 through 6! That's when the texts starting coming. "Are you watching". "Papi!". "here we come!". "Could we do it?" I said to myself - "Huh?" 7-4 Tampa.
Back in 2004, I started keeping journal of big moments in my life. I write in it every so often about my life and especially about sporting events that I cover or watch. I wrote all about the Yankees in 2004 and how amazing it was to watch Game 7. In fact, I followed it inning by inning.
I switched TV's at 7-4. Changed hats. Put on my Red Sox shirt. Picked up my journal from 2004 and read about the comeback. Then I read about 2007 with the Rockies. Then I started to write about the Red Sox and Rays. 7-5. 7-6. 7-7. It felt like 2004. It felt like 2007 all over again.
Bottom 9 - JD Drew wouldn't let the Red Sox lose with a laser to right. Papi Hr. JD Drew HR. JD Drew scored Youk for the game winner. Unreal game and the 2nd biggest comeback in postseason history. How many times are we gonna say that? Tito Francona is 8-1 in elimination games. 8-1!
Game 6 on Saturday - I can't wait. In 2004, ALCS Game 6 and Game 7 was at Yankee Stadium. Remember Dave Roberts on "the steal"? How about Coco Crisp and "the At-Bat"! Could history repeat itself? Let's find out!
UPDATE: Bill does it again! Simmons story
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Predicted: AL East - Boston
Actual: AL East - Tampa Bay - Wrong barring collapse
Predicted: NL East - New York
Actual: NL East - Philly- BIG MAYBE HERE
Predicted: AL Central - Cleveland
Actual: AL Central - Chicago or Minnesota - Wrong
Predicted: NL Central - Chicago - Right
Predicted: AL West - Seattle
Actual - AL West LA Angels - Wrong
Predicted: NL West - Colorado
Actual: NL West - LA Dodgers - Wrong
Predicted: AL Wild Card - Detroit
Actual: AL Wild Card - Boston - Wrong
Predicted: NL Wild Card - Arizona
Actual: NL Wild Card - NY, Milwaukee or Philly - Wrong
So, let's see...I was right about The Yankees not making it.....and that's about it. YIKES! Only the Cubs pick turned out to be completely right. I might be right with the NL East but I'm wrong right now....that would 2 of the 8 playoff teams predicted that I got right. Not something to be proud of.....
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Yankee Stadium saw it's last game tonight and even me -a true hater of the Pinstrips - got choked up watching the end of the building that has been a house of horrors for Red Sox teams and fans. True class. That is what you say when you talk about the Yankees. They might take advantage of a system weighted towards the rich but they have always been known for great baseball tradition.
This sport can do that to you. Make you laugh, make you cry and make you see ghosts in the outfield. I'm really happy that I was there on July 4th....to say goodbye. Because after tonight - the field that saw Ruth and Jeter play in it's diamond....Ford and Rivera pitch on its mound is no more.
How would you like to be Joba Chamberlain? The kid from Lincoln pitched in the final game. Was on the mound during the Jeter speach. Walked around the stadium with his team to say goodbye....pretty cool.
As Terrance Mann said - "America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again"
PS - Yes, I'm sick about the Patriots looking like a defense being coached by Kevin Cosgrove as they get diced by the SPREAD?! offense of Miami. Sick and sad but it's one loss...in week 3. Long way to go - but there will be no domination of the league this year. First time Pats out of at least a tie of 1st since 2003 in the AFC East.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Story on my hometown
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Captions that Liked:
-Mr. Mortensen, I'm happy to tell you that your colonoscopy results came back clean.
-Former NU wrestling commit strikes a pose for online fans
- "Save your girlfriend, ride a Husker!"
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
It's called the "Kimo Rule". Kimo von Oelhoffen was a player for the Steelers who dove at the leg of Carson Palmer of the Bengals. Palmer's knee was shreaded and so were the hopes of the team for the Playoffs. The NFL stepped in and said a player on Defense must take "every opportunity' to avoid hitting the QB at or below the knees when the QB is in a defenseless position looking to throw with both feet on the ground." That didn't happen with Pollard today. He crawled and dove at Pats star QB's leg. In my opinion...I agree with Randy Moss - "I think it was a dirty play"
But is that the fan in me coming out? Probably. I'm pissed off cause one player took out the star of the league. The entire AFC just became wide out because of one guy's mind cramp. Would Pollard have liked it he was in Tom's position and Tom did that to him? I seriously doubt but it's part of the game...injuries that is. Stars get hurt and you have to go on without them.
Yahoosports.com is reporting that it's a serious knee injury for Tom Brady. Last year they were 16-0 and nearly made history by winning the Super Bowl but he was injured for that big game and now injured in game 1 of the year. I'm sick. I'm stunned. I'm pissed. But it is part of football...a nasty part of the game that shows that one guy's idiot move can wreck so much.
Let's hope the Patriots can rally around Matt Cassell and play well next week at the Jets.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
San Jose State 13-19
at Texas Christian 14-16
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 13-18
St. Louis 16-15
Alabama State 20-11
at Arizona State 21-13
at Oregon State 6-25
Indiana/Purdue-Fort Wayne 13-18
Maryland-Baltimore County 24-9
South Carolina State 13-20
Maryland-Eastern Shore 4-28 (worst rating in DI)
Florida A&M 15-17***
Get ready for it....AVERAGE KEN POM rating of 215. By my count - 1 team that played in the NCAA Tournament. 1. It should be noted that I'm using "RATING" and not "RPI" as the OWH did today. NU Kenpom RPI (95 to Rating of 35) is more than twice worse but since they used that...I thought I'd use the same spin as them to paint the picture. Now CU's isn't that much better at an average of rating 164 (Game 12 rating was averaged between St. Louis and Depaul. (CU's Kenpom RPI is 46) and 3 NCAA teams, however many schools simply won't play CU. The same can not be said for Doc Sadler and Nebraska. They bring a bigger name thanks to football and have the resources to do things that Creighton can not.
So why, year after year, do we see NU play a sad non-conference schedule? It would work for a small mid-major but not a Big 12 school. You can say "Once" Doc Sadler gets it going - then he will schedule....why would anyone play a team that is going to kill your RPI? The Huskers had a Ken Pom rating of 35 to use to their advantage. Oregon St.? Maybe Doc wanted to meet Michelle Obama's brother but that's not a good game other than it's a name. Arizona St. and Creighton. 2 games on the entire schedule! Wow. Way to go after the big boys Doc but I doubt you will hear that from any other media member.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Dana Altman gets a B+ for this schedule. For more info: www.gocreighton.com
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The Big Show with Matt Perrault (and Brian the Producer) will be back in full force tomorrow at 2 pm. We are all recharged and ready to go for the college football season. Remember that we have some awesome things returning to the program next week! like
Fight Song Fridays! live from Farrell's Elite Sports Bar!
Lee Sterling of Paramount Sports Fridays 5:30! - the best football handicapper in the country!
Look Around the Big 12 - Every Thursday at 3:30!
Big Show Big Picks for weekly prizes
Nail the Score Contest on football Saturdays
Huskers Monday live from T.O. Garcia's in Papillion from 2 to 6 pm
more to come as well!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tony thinks long and hard, looks God in the eye, and says, "I believe in hard work, and in staying true to family and friends. I believe in giving. I was lucky, but I always tried to do right by my fans."
God can't help but see the essential goodness of Romo, and offers him a seat to his left.
Then God turns to Tom Brady and says, "What do you believe?"
Tom says, "I believe passion, discipline, courage and honor are the fundamentals of life. I, too, have been lucky, but win or lose, I've always tried to be a true sportsman, both on and off the playing fields."
God is greatly moved by Tom's sincere eloquence, and he offers him a seat to his right.
Finally, God turns to Brett Favre: "And you, Brett, what do you believe?"
Brett replies, "I believe you're in my seat."
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Really fun, fun night.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
That's Matt Hensley from Flogging Molly in between myself and Brian. He's the accordion player who came on the Big Show to promote the show. If you have a chance to see them - do it!
For more pictures of the concert including backstage shots - go to www.myspace.com/thebigshowomaha
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
It was a great time and a late night. If you missed the trip - we'll do it again next year for sure! Pictures are soon to come so check back on the blog later on.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Skip said earlier this year while he battled health problems: "I'm 68," Caray said on April 2. "If I go tonight, I've had a hell of a life."
We will miss you Skip.
Dropkick Murphy show - St. Patrick's Day in Boston 2008 at the Avalon - the first place I ever saw a live concert. I will be there in 2009!
Fun Red Sox site too: http://www.redsoxdiehard.com/features/if/page3.html
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Why did Manny do this? I think it was because he learned that GM Theo Epstein had the blessing of 7 Red Sox leaders to trade him. I think he realized that his actions had made him an enemy of the very players he won 2 Championships with and he thought were his friends. Manny isn't a talker. Yet in the final days of his career in Boston, it was his spoken words that got him finally kicked out of town. In my opinion, it was on purpose.
I believe that Scott Boras knew that he wasn't going to any money from Manny until he signed a new contract and he didn't want to wait another 1 or 2 years to captalize on Manny. Ramirez's contract was orginally done by Jeff Moorad and he was getting the commission off that deal signed 8 years ago. At 36, Manny can sign a 4 year deal and make around $20-25 per. Boras gets his cut off that after not seeing a dime for the past 2 years off Manny. It was a caculated decision to get the Red Sox to not pick up his option years.
This is the same agent that tried to steal the spotlight from the Red Sox during the World Series by announcing that A-Rod would opt out of his contract with the Yankees. This is the same agent that A-Rod stopped talking to and bashed publicly for his behavior. Should we have expected anything else from a slime ball like Boras? This guy rep's J.D. Drew of the Red Sox - great. When does J.D. start his crying and whinning? Boras should be hated in Boston...but so should Manny. He acted like a kid and then knew he screwed up after he was evicted from the team. He went too far and you have to be proud that the Red Sox brass said enough was enough. They were better off without him.
Incomes Jason Bay. 2 games - 2 wins. Bay has scored 4 runs - both in a 2-1 win Friday, hit a 3 run homer, a triple, walked 3 times and made 2 nice plays in left field. It's not called the "Bay State" for nothing. Maybe, just maybe - the Red Sox will do exactly what they did in 2004 and when they got rid of a clubhouse cancer in Nomar.
We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime - Manny is as far from Boston as possible. Good.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Ever since I turned 31, I've been trying to have as much fun as possible. Call in intuition that it won't always be like this - freedom and no responsibilities. April 4th kinda set things in motion for this summer of fun as I had a bunch of friends out to the Urban Wine Company for a really fun night....then I got hurt :(. The first really nice day of the Spring saw me throwing a football at a cookout and I partially tore my right rotator cuff. As you probably know - it wasn't the only injury of the summer. I went to the Masters, South Carolina, New York City for the 4th of July and The Red Sox at the Yankees, and Boston 3 different times. I had a ball but it's time to get work...football is back.
However, the most memorable times will be the music that I experienced over the past 4 months. I thought it would be fun to rank the top 5 shows that I saw this Summer. Many of you were at these shows so feel free to join in the conversation about them:
5. BB King at Stir - The veteran guitar hero came to Council Bluffs and did his thing for 2 hours. While I can't say I love blues music, I really had fun at this show watching the legend work his guitar into a frenzy. You can tell that Father Time is catching up with B.B. as he sat for the entire set but he still rocked it out including an awesome version of "When Love Comes To Town" which he originally did with Bono of U2.
4. Tom Petty at Qwest Center - This was my 4th time seeing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and they did not disappoint. The one thing that you have to love about Petty is that he knows how to entertain. Unlike the Police, putting on a show is important to the band. They played the hits and rocked for 2 hours plus. "Running Down a Dream" will always be a special song to me and it was one of the 2 encores songs that they played.
3. 311 at Westfair - I waited nearly 4 years to see 311 in their hometown but it was well worth the wait. I have been a fan of the band for years and had seem so many times that I've lost track of the exact number but they blew through a 90 minute set with ease. They played lots of newer, slower songs but the old favorites ripped like always and everyone had a blast.
2. The Roots at Stir- Walking into the venue, I really didn't know what to expect out the Philly hip-hop group. It didn't take me long to realize that I was watching something very, very special on stage. From the amazing percussion, strings, guitar and rocking Tuba playing, the musicianship was 2nd to none. If there was a roof on the building - it would have come off. Their rendition of Dylan's "Masters of War" was the song of this summer that I will take with me for a long time.
1. Dropkick Murphys at Sokol - This shouldn't be a surprise....hell, I dislocated my shoulder during "Tessie" :). It was an amazing, unreal performance by the Boston punk/rock/folk band. From opening with my requested "For Boston" to "State of Mass." and the Irish Folk song "Fields of Anthery", DKM sent the sweaty, capacity crowd home very happy. The interview with Ken Casey of the band was a treat but hearing the songs that keep me from being too homesick in Omaha was the highlight of my summer of fun....and the fact that my shoulder will be F'd for years to come will just be a reminder of much fun I had on that July night.
Other shows attended: The Police at Qwest, Snoop Dogg at Westfair,
Red Sox Poem about Manny
Friday, July 25, 2008
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008
If you were planning on seeing Coldplay June 29-July 12, you are totally hosed, as no dates have been announced to replace the cancelled ones, and seem unlikely since the band heads overseas immediately following the North American jaunt. But you are equally hosed if you planned on seeing the band in Sacramento, San Jose, Winnipeg, Omaha, or their second show in Chicago, because those dates have been cancelled to make up dates in Boston and D.C. These dates may be made up when Coldplay return to North America in November.
Too bad for us....Their new album is amazing!