It's summer time, and time for vacations. (Unless yours gets cancelled when Mother Nature takes a bite out of your house... but I digress...) In the meantime, thought I'd check in, water the plants, and the like.
If you've got kids in elementary school or junior high, you might want to sign them up for the new Nebraska "JV Football Team". For $25, kids get a t-shirt, a season highlight DVD, a poster, and free admission to the spring game. They'll also get monthly electronic newsletters and a birthday e-mail from Bo Pelini. Doesn't sound like a bad investment for $25.
Marlon Lucky was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List for outstanding college football player in 2008, and Joe Ganz was named one of 26 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Yeah, it's ridiculously early to start mentioning names for these awards... heck, Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy also got named. So the list probably entails every senior returning starter. But hey, it's also the start of July....whaddya expect at this point in the year.
The "High Plains Drifter" has teamed up with the Big Red Network, and he's uncovered some new Husker underwear over at Victoria's Secret. Only some (overpriced) sweats are available online, but more apparently is available in the stores. Guess that means you can wear nothing but Husker stuff on game days this fall, should you so choose.
The TV networks are skipping the Huskers first three games against Western Michigan, San Jose State, and New Mexico State. This really shouldn't surprise anybody; that schedule was horrific when it was announced, and it's only going to get worse next season when Nebraska tries to win the Sun Belt championship in 2009. At least it's likely Virginia Tech will be televised in the next two years. 2010 could be even worse unless Washington finds a way to return to respectability. Thanks for the great non-conference schedules, Steve. It looks likely that the Western Michigan game will end up as a pay-per-view ($29.95) game, but the San Jose State and New Mexico State games might not.