GOOOOOOOD MONDAY MORNING TO YOU EVERYONE.
Salt is normally the man who does the daily AM reads for you, however he has a item that needs his attention early this morning, so they summoned the old righthander with a hanging curveball and biting slider from the bullpen for an inning of work.
Now, I do see the Reads on a daily basis, but I don't know the standard that Salt has other than doing Nebraska sports first, and then going on to other things, so that's what I'll be attempting to do.
AND AWAY WE GOOOOO...
Nebraska loses 2 in the '13 cycle - Corn Nation/SBNation - We did a lot of talking about this yesterday, but there is good news in that Houston OT Dwayne Johnson should be announcing later today on what school he will be attending. Nebraska is in the lead here, but Johnson took a visit to Arkansas this past weekend, and it wouldn't be the first time the Razorbacks snagged someone high on the Huskers radar lately. If you're looking for whom else Nebraska could be taking, Brandon's Big Board will be coming out later on today, so you can take a peek there. I am going to bet that a certain QB's brother will be on there, but I honestly don't know.
Chongo Kondolo visits Utah State - SI.com - Out of sheer name itself, I hope Chongo does select Nebraska. Kondolo just visited Lincoln last week, and the Huskers are in the lead. If the Red lands Chongo and Drake Martinez, I would think the staff would call it good on this class with no scheduled visitors the last weekend before National Signing Day.
Other Nebraska Sports:
Nebrasketball beats Northwestern - CN/SBN - This was a really satisfying win, especially with how Tim Miles' crew have played the last 2 weeks. The Wildcats had some momentum going and are still fighting for their first ever NCAA Tournament berth. This loss doesn't help their cause at all.
Nebraska Track competes in the Razorback Invite - Huskers.com - The men finished third, while the women finished ninth. There were a few individual winners in the meet for the Huskers, and inside you're reminded of the upcoming Frank Sevine Husker Invitational next weekend.
Women's B-Ball takes down Michigan St.- Huskers.com - This makes 2 in a row for Connie Yori's gang as Jordan Hooper topped all scorers in the contest with 25 points. The Lady Huskers take on Ohio State in Columbus Thursday, followed by Minnesota at the Bob on Sunday with their annual "Pepsi Pack The House" promotion.
Wrestling - Huskers fall 33-9 to #1 Penn State on the road - Huskers.com - OOOF. Sounds as bad as the score indicates. There were a few surprises as Sophomores Jake Sueflohn and Robert Koesch scored victories, but other than that, it wasn't the best outcome one would hope. That being said, Penn St. is no joke this year.
Women's Bowling: Husker Women to compete in Prairie View A&M Invite - Huskers.com - YOU KNEW IT WAS COMING. The Nebraska women face their toughest field so far this year when they travel to the USBC Training Center in Arlington, Tx for the next two weekends. First up, the Prairie View A&M Invite, which will host several of the top programs in NCAA Women's Bowling (Maryland Eastern-Shore, Central Missouri, Arkansas State to name a few). This is a tourney that Nebraska absolutely crushed it in basic team play last year, but was upset early in Baker match play on Sunday. I will be there covering it for CN and snapping some pictures here and there.
Other College Sports:
Michigan runs train on Illinois, eyes #1 - ESPN.com - John Beilein has this team playing like champs right now. No reason to think they aren't the top in the polls come Monday. And as for Illinois, they have fallen pretty hard lately. (Hindsight: anyone remember when I wanted John Groce as Nebrasketball HC instead of Tim Miles? No one? Good, carry on...)
Indiana takes down Michigan St. on Sunday - Crimson and Quarry/SBN - This was a fun game to watch and interesting to see how good both teams are in a Big 10 Tourney/NCAA Tourney preview.
NFC scores more and tries harder than AFC in the Pro Bowl - SBNation - They tried harder this year, which is good I guess. Don't know if it will save the game though.
NBA: Celtics beat the Heat, but lose Rajon Rondo to the season - CelticsBlog/SBN - I'm not gonna say this is fatal for Boston's chances in the East, but it sure got a whole lot harder.
NHL: Chicago tops Detroit to make it 6-0 to start the year - NHL.com - The Blackhawks are solid right now, and they proved it yesterday versus the Red Wings.
NFL: Super Bowl 47 week has arrived. - NFL.com - THE TIME IS HERE and the week has arrived. I remember working SB45 in Arlington, and it was one of the best and worst experiences of my life. I should write something about this for the mothership. I'll get to work on that and let you know if it happens.
MLB: Baseball Nation - SBN - PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT IN 3 WEEKS!!
That's it for today's Reads guys. This is your daily open thread, and talk about what you want in this one. And, for those that need it, your morning music to get you going. Don't forget, Greg and I will be asking for your questions for "Detasseling The Huskers" tonight and tomorrow. Remember, we need your questions to make it all happen, so watch both our Facebook pages and Twitter names and such for the call for questions for the podcast.
Happy Monday everyone.