The one problem with the off-season is that we're forced to re-adjust to real life. Sort of.
Important housekeeping update at the end of the Reads today!
This is the intro:
You can now share in my nightmares.
Remember: Nebrasketball takes on the Badgers TONIGHT at 8pm on BTN. The women will take on the Badgers tomorrow evening at 7pm.
Before I get started with the news, a hearty congratulations to junior Emily Wong of the women's gymnastics team who took home this week's Co-Gymnast of the Week award for her performance against Iowa State!
- Jordan Burroughs transcends international politics as he wins over the Iranians, who know a good wrestler when they see one.
- With spring practices starting this weekend, Brandon offers up his thoughts on players to keep an eye on this spring. I'm just glad I'll be able to see the spring game this year so I can fill up on sunshine. Hurray BTN!
- Husker Mike offers up some thoughts about Big Ten expansion. But Ohio State's Gene Smith has informed the media that all the expansion talk is premature and without merit. This seems to support the theory that someone is trying to destabilize the ACC.
- Speaking of the ACC, they released their schedule yesterday. Between Steve Pederson and that schedule, you have to wonder what Pitt ever did to Lady Fortune. EDSBS chimes in with what I felt was a picture perfect response to the ACC's schedule.
- The Big East might be selling their conference name to their breakaway republic. The Mothership offered up some clever names for the soon to be unnamed conference.
- The NCAA is going after a Louisville assistant for his actions while a coach at Miami. Louisville has made it clear that as long as he cooperates, Louisville will stand by him. Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports thinks we should disband the NCAA - it's too damaged to stick around.
- Like I said, Indiana is playing like the no. 1 team in the country and they've earned that distinction for the fourth week in a row. There is no Kentucky on this list, which is weird and unnatural. I guess they ran out of NBA players.
- Right now, offering eighth graders is funny and cute. But if the NCAA's deregulation stands, how long before it's the norm?
- Texas A&M is benefiting from the senility of the head coaches at the three major programs that surround them, writes the A&M SB Nation blog Good Bull Hunting. If Texas A&M being good means LSU, Austin and OU are down, I'm okay with that.
- Florida Atlantic's president is at least listening to the public's opinion that naming your stadium after a private prison firm may not be in the best interests of the university, no matter how much money they're giving you.
- Apparently the United States is a little bit bigger than West Virginia thought. It's nice of them to finally figure out why we thought they were crazy to join the Big 12 in the first place. Well, outside the whole "associating with Texas" thing.
- Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss learned about the internet after Freeze challenged us all to find evidence of cheating.
- Is it your birthday soon? You should ask for a cake like this.
- And courtesy of BigRedTwice, a fascinating article on how we are really terrible at outsmarting ourselves.
Before we close, another Harlem Shake, this time from the women's basketball team:
In comparison, the Husker Harlem Shake with Coach Miles:
I'm sorry, but I'm sticking with Miles here.
And finally, I'll leave you with something to think about today:
Were I shipwrecked on a desert island the 3rd or 4th thing I'd want would be my America's Test Kitchen cookbook. Only slight exaggeration.— Nicholas Jervey (@semicorrect) February 26, 2013
What five things would your unprepared self have with you if you were shipwrecked on an island today?
CLARIFICATION: I'm asking for five items you have within grabbing distance, not what you'd pick up at Walmart on the way to being shipwrecked.
I mean, if we're doing that, I've got a knife, a kettle or pot, a huge box of waterproof matches, a highly reflective tent and a crate of K rations. Too easy.
That's all for today. THIS IS YOUR OPEN THREAD, if you want.
GO NEBRASKETBALL. BEAT THE BADGERS.
- Salt Creek and Stadium
I do want to say y'all have done a fantastic job staying active and having some excellent discussions. Of course, Kate Upton and Kaley Cucuo kind of distracted some of you but hey, whatever keeps y'all coming back.
This leads me to today's housekeeping update. When we started this journey through the off-season, we discussed using the Reads as a place for an open thread. Going forward, I'm not sure that's necessary. There is plenty of discussion happening outside the Reads, which is fantastic.
With this in mind and taking the fact that news is scarce, I am letting you all know about a change in the publishing schedule. Rather than attempting to prepare a piece for Monday through Friday, I am moving to a three day schedule, with Mondays being the heaviest of the three pieces.
- On Mondays, you can expect an overview of the results of Nebraska athletic events from the previous weekend.
- On Wednesday, I will provide a mid-week update.
- On Thursday, look for my cooking post for that week starting next week (recipe submissions are still welcome!)
- On Fridays I will provide a weekend outlook.
I will also provide a schedule for the intervening days as far as Nebraska sporting events are concerned.
I will not be doing a Reads article tomorrow or Thursday, but I will have a poll up on Thursday (or Friday, if I forget) to select the dish for the inaugural "Cooking Along the Ol' Salt Creek" post.
Any questions, ask below!