A run-down of sporting stories from yesterday covering Nebraska athletics, the Big Ten and around the world.
A Nebraska recruit talks about time travel Jordan Larson leads Team USA to victory and the Dairy Store is the best restaurant in Lincoln.
But before that, we'll start on a more serious note with a call to action from Kent Pavelka on behalf of the Budge Porter Project.
Budge Porter is a former Nebraska Cornhusker who was paralyzed in 1976 at a practice while attempting a tackle during his redshirt season. You can read about his remarkable journey since here. With the challenges of aging and expensive medical costs stacking up for Budge, friends of the Porters are banding together to update the Porter's home.
From the project's website:
The BUDGE PORTER PROJECT is a grassroots effort started by a small group of Budge's closest friends that have come together to design and build a wheelchair accessible, mobility equipped and therapeutic home for an inspirational man and his deserving family.
Our immediate goal is to raise $150,000 so we can customize this home to accommodate all of Budge's disability needs as he ages.
Ultimately, our hope is that this innovative home design will serve as a blueprint for others to learn and benefit from that need accessibilty and mobility solutions for their home. The success of this PROJECT is extremely important to us for helping Budge and for the prospect of assisting other physically challenged people in the future.
Please consider making a gift to support the project and to help a former Cornhusker and his family.
Thank you on behalf of those involved.
Today's stories after the jump.
'N' for 'Nowledge
UNL researchers develop a blood test that may be able to indicate the severity of brain damage. Exciting implications for this technology if it works out.
If you enjoy talking or reading about Nebrasketball, you should give BT Powerhouse - For Big Ten Basketball Coverage a visit.
It's Nebraska Week! Head on over for their insights and discussions about the state of Nebrasketball and whether Miles' energy will be enough to overcome the activation energy of our program. (SCIENCE JOKE.)
(Activation energy is the level of energy required to drive a chemical reaction forward.)
Tim Miles is the most significant change in a complete overhaul of basketball culture for Nebraska.
Can't argue with that.
(When you're done visiting our friends at BTP, come back here to CN to talk about football.)
What do you think? Would you be okay with Kansas 2007's offense?
Two writers for the Hattiesburg American debate the QB position at Southern Mississippi. As brought up in yesterday's commentary from Ellis Johnson, regardless of who gets tapped to start, none of the QBs have any college experience which means the Cornhuskers will be their first start. I do not envy them. (But hey, Brett Favre went there so anything could happen.)
Defensive touchdowns are the best
Hug your loved ones close, grab your security blanket and prepare to relieve a nightmare if you click this link. Mgoblog reviews the Cornhusker's implosion against Michigan last season. (Note, the article has a wonderful homerist's bent - for instance, they believe their special teams played well.)
They're projecting (WAY TOO EARLY) Nebraska versus Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. These are the same people who think we have the best receiving corps in the Big Ten. I don't want to say they're over-stating their predictions; if anything they're low- balling. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OR BUST!
Ladies' Volleyball is turning their loss to K-State into motivation for this season, an introduction to Laura Cook's backup Alexa Strange and a note on the farewell tour for the Coliseum.
Let's hope the hard work pays off.
And Erstad keeps the positive press rolling.
A quick look at where some former Husker baseball players are playing today.
Olympics (If someone could let me know of other sports where former Nebraska athletes are competing, I'll cover those too.)
Former Husker Jordan Larson scored a match-high 26 points in leading the U.S. women's national volleyball team to a 22-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, 15-11 win against Bulgaria on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif.
USA! (Go Jordan!)
Nigeria drew Team USA in their group play and the two teams will play August 2nd. Good luck to Ade and his teammates as they play the role of underdogs!
Team USA may be a tough act to beat.
From the mothership. (No mentions of Ade Dagunduro.)
But no snub here.
Former Husker and 2005-06 NCAA Collegiate Bowler of the Year Lindsay Baker posted a tremendous performance at the 2012 U.S. Bowling Congress Women's Championships.
Former Husker All-American Shannon Pluhowsky added another victory in her already storied professional career on Sunday at the Proprietors Cup.
Good news, everyone! We'll have to hear about how important the Rose Bowl is and how we just don't get traditions and stuff until 2026 now.
NORTHWESTERN HAS ALL THE POWER. (Also, a Big Ten Hall of Fame. Frazier's probably ineligible since he didn't play in the Big Ten. Osborne too, so I guess that's one HoF that Hayden Fry will beat Osborne on the first ballot.)
Other than snubbing Taylor Martinez, an interesting take on the Heisman and the Big Ten.
A quick rundown about the Big Ten Media days from the WWL. I'm glad Taylor isn't making the trip. We've had enough of that ridiculous story line. YES, HE THROWS FUNNY, MOVE ON.
Something to watch this season. Can the Blackshirts outshine the Spartans?
Indiana and Penn State will be flying with the rare 'NO QB' offenses, apparently. And if Dennard Robinson is the best QB in the Big Ten, that might explain our problems against the SEC. (Taylor is #4 and you know I'm not going to debate that. Frankly, that's where I'd put him.)
(I guess Matt McGloin (PSU) and Tre Roberson (Indiana) will have to fight for the right to #11 QB in the Big Ten?)
(Taylor is #3 here!)
I highly encourage y'all to go check out Hoegher's series of statistical predictions for the Big Ten. Very interesting. Not flattering to Nebraska but our schedule is a beast. (If you believe math, at least.)
So you can start scheduling. But really, just don't schedule ANYTHING for Saturdays after August 30th.
"UNL is moving services to the where the students are in terms of devices and network access," said Mark Askren, Chief Information Officer. "Students now have a much more powerful connection to UNL via their mobile device."
Kids these days...
I'm really glad they finally managed to pass that motion. Any longer and the building would've fallen on its own. Anyone here have any unique memories from East Campus Rec? Did anyone ever get to play volleyball there? When I was a student that wasn't allowed because of something to do with the ceiling. Asbestos or fragility or something.
And the deck keeps shuffling following Kugler's departure for a full-time position with BTN.
Lazlo's is much better. I hear Misty's is pretty good as well. Come on, internet. Beer vs Milk? No contest.