The Reads: Good News for Jack

This is sort of football related, so you'll click, right? - Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Let's take a moment to check in with young Jack Hoffman, Rex Burkhead's friend.

First and foremost, the Hoffmans received news from Jack’s Boston neurologist that his tumor was stable to slightly smaller compared to his last MRI in October. That was especially encouraging when Wednesday’s MRI was compared to Jack’s April 2012 MRI that showed his tumor had grown. The significant shrinkage of the tumor made the doctor’s words "very heartening," said Andy Hoffman, Jack’s dad. "She said the MRI looks fantastic."

Fantastic news for little Jack Hoffman.

Weekend Event Scedule

Husker Athletics (from Huskers.com)

Fri, Jan 18 T&F NWU Invitational Devaney Center Indoor Track 11:30 a.m. Live Stats
Fri, Jan 18 WR Aurora HS vs. Grand Island HS at NU Coliseum 5:00 p.m.
Fri, Jan 18 WR Illinois * NU Coliseum 7:00 p.m. BTN.com
Sat, Jan 19 RFL West Virginia at Morgantown, W.Va. 7:00 a.m.
Sat, Jan 19 SWIM San Diego State Devaney Natatorium 12:00 p.m.
Sat, Jan 19 MBB Penn State * at University Park, Pa. 12:00 p.m. ESPNU/WatchESPN.com
Sat, Jan 19 T&F adidas Classic Devaney Center Indoor Track 12:00 p.m. Meet Schedule
Live Stats
Sat, Jan 19 WGYM Michigan State * Devaney Center 6:00 p.m. Live Stats
Sat, Jan 19 MGYM Stanford Open at Stanford, Calif. 7:00 p.m.
Sun, Jan 20 WBB Minnesota * at Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Arena) 5:00 p.m. BTN/BTN2Go.com
Huskers.com

NFL

01/20
49ers
vs
Falcons
01/20
Ravens
vs
Patriots

Be sure to stop by Corn Nation, we'll have open threads for the Nebraska basketball and NFL games!

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Football

Shawn Eichorst, who took over as athletic director Jan. 1, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he admires how Pelini runs the Cornhuskers' program and he believes Pelini is on track to win a championship.

So that cleans that up.

Somewhere in the ranks of walk-ons awaits our next great Lou Groza snub.

Next year's defense will be...interesting.

I think Ubben misses writing about Nebraska.

Have fun, Compton! (Was he not around in 2009 or 2010 when Nebraska played Virginia Tech...?)

The scheduling allows Dennard to finish the season.

Nebrasketball

Instead of having an off day tomorrow as scheduled, Miles said the Huskers will get back to work."We’re going to go so hard tomorrow that it’s going to be amazing," he said. "They’re young so they’ll bounce back. We have these cold tubs and these hot tubs they can soak in. We’re not going down that path."

Tim Miles is not pulling punches at all. And it's pretty refreshing.

Big Ten Conference

Thoughts? Personally, any alignment with creates the QUADRANGLE OF HATE between Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin works for me.

National News

Confirmation bias? You mean like what sports media has for most of the SEC? (And I think Te'o's "great" season is also a function of confirmation bias. I'm sure he's a fantastic football player and wonderful leader - but without building him up as a paragon, no one gives a damn about Te'o and instead celebrates Notre Dame and Brian Kelly.)

One more point, though: The near-universal reaction to this magically insane story is to say that today's world is a full of false idols, and stories like this are a good example of why we should all be cynical. But that's too easy, and not the point here. With sports or anything else, there's room between "heartless asshole" and "hopeless believer." Yeah, it's stupid to take every deifying Sports Illustrated cover story as gospel, but it's also miserable to look for the lie and assume the worst with any inspirational story. We don't have to deal in extremes, though. The cynics are usually right, sure, but the believers are happier, and the trick is landing somewhere in the middle. You can roll your eyes at the sensational bullshit and still love someone like Kevin Durant. Just like you can be skeptical of Notre Dame's explanation without swearing Manti Te'o's a sociopath who did it all for the Heisman. People aren't as great or awful as they sometimes seem, they are generally just a lot more complicated than we realize. If we can see that in the Te'o story, then maybe the craziest sports story in my lifetime leaves us walking away with something like sanity.

This is a good way to put things.

This was a long con, no matter how you slice it. The question becomes, who executed the hoax?

Something happened in college football off the field? OH, Malcolm's on the case!

We are paying far too much attention to the lifestyles of teenagers.

/facepalm

A primer on performance enhancing drugs, the biochemical research and the spin that makes cheating in sports possible.

Find a BCS coordinator or lower division HC job and we'll talk when Pelini leaves. Not before then, unless the new head coach wants Scott on staff.

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That's all for today and for the week. This. Is. Your. Weekend. Open. Thread. Have at it!

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- Salt Creek and Stadium

PS: I may or may not be in trouble for calling the rest of the staff old. In my defense, they were talking about dial-up internet.

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