Can Alex Gordon and Joba Chamberlain save baseball? It's probably a stretch since baseball seems to be doing fine, but as hometown heroes they can give hope to some fans.
The Green Bay Packers are paying a lot of attention to Maurice Purify:
When asked about which teams he interviewed with at the college all-star game in Hawaii at the Hula Bowl, Purify replied, "The Green Bay Packers, I talked to one of their scouts almost everyday. First it was just about football and running routes and stuff. But as the week went on we talked about life and my goals and just little stuff like that. So the Packers definitely showed the most interest in me, I think we really hit it off."
I wouldn't mind seeing Purify in the Green and Gold. I've been a Packers fan for years, and with former Husker Brandon Jackson there, he might be a good fit. There's plenty of beer in Wisconsin, but they could use a big wide receiver.
The SB Nation NFL guys are running a mock draft that's being hosted over at Mocking the Draft. Carl Nicks was the first Husker drafted, taken by the Kansas City Chiefs early in the second round. You might find the scouting report on Nicks worth while reading as it's pretty extensive.
Mark my words. After the spring game, Roy Helu will become one of the most popular players on the team. He's quick, explosive, should be fun to watch over the next couple years. Husker fans have always had a thing for the 'next I-back' in line.
So Bo Pelini has the program checking on whether or not the players are going to class.
The 40-year-old Pelini — a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection as a safety at Ohio State (1988-90) — says players going to class is "part of who they are. If we can’t count on them to do the right things off the field, we can’t count on them on the field, either."
I understand Pelini's point of checking on the players, it doesn't do much good to assign rules without some follow up, but isn't it the players responsibility to get their asses to class and make sure their grades are in order? Maybe I'm making too much of it, but there seems to be so much monitoring going on nowadays that I wonder if it does more harm than good. University professors and housing departments refer to this generation of parents as the "hover" generation because they continually hover over their kids.
I have three kids to raise and this is a constant issue at home. My position is that if they don't have enough self-motivation to get their own butts in gear and do well, then they can fail.
The other side of that is we monitor every aspect of their behavior and then wonder why when they grow up to become young adults that they're incapable of making their own decisions.
Yea, I know, I sound old. Now get off my lawn.