Still recovering from the Big Ten Baseball tournament at which I ran around a lot and didn't get a lot of sleep. Also drank too much alcohol Saturday night, which hurts a lot more as you get older.
I did get to meet and talk with a lot of people, though. I talked to other Big Ten fans, and that's still interesting because there's still plenty of changes happening. Everyone I talked to said that Big Ten baseball is getting better. During my (too short) conversation with Eric Sorenson, he mentioned Minnesota's John Anderson stating that baseball in the conference had never been better.
Another Big Ten fan from Illinois talked about how the Big Ten had "always been a basketball conference". I was surprised to hear him state it so emphatically because while I knew some fans are simply basketball fans, I still have that "NEBRASKA FOOTBALL" neon sign blinking on and off in my head that says football means everything.
Mike and I both attended the session with Jim Delany. I asked him about lacrosse and whether or not he would bring some lacrosse to Omaha to introduce the game to Nebraskans, because he talked about trying to bridge the conference across two regions. As far as I know (and I asked people), there is zero lacrosse in Nebraska. Lacrosse is becoming a pretty big sport. I wonder if someday Nebraska might pick it up and start out so far behind, or if there simply isn't enough of a population base to support it.
Overall, it was a good trip.
And I have to be honest. While I had hopes, I never expected Nebraska to beat Indiana. I expected them to both get to the championship game, but the Hoosiers are just too much.
Remember, it's about keeping the program moving forward and you can't deny that Darin Erstad is doing that.
Nebraska Over 7.5 (-210): Eight wins seems more than feasible for a team loaded with weapons on both sides of the ball. There’s a very real chance the Cornhuskers will be 5-0 entering a matchup at Michigan State on Oct. 4. If that’s the case, with the likes of Northwestern, Rutgers and Purdue still on tap, Bo Pelini’s squad should at least hit the eight-win mark.
The lines above are about odds. Well, of course we'll hit the eight-win mark. If we don't, the world ends, and I still have things I want to accomplish.
The ACC, Pac-12 and the Big 12 all have arguments of their own as to why they’re currently a better football conference than the Big Ten. While I’m not making any claims here in that regard, for the sake of realistic debate, there are certain facts that Big Ten football fans must accept.
Were it not the offseason, I would not have linked this, honestly. Maybe I'm in denial?
The Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten on Big Five Conference Autonomy - Viva The Matadors
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany discuss Big Five Conference autonomy.
Friday, May 30 – 12:05 p.m. (CT) Probable Starters: RHP Sinclair (9-1) vs. RHP Eshelman (8-3) TV: ESPNU
Chance Sinclair will get the start Friday.
Nebraska's 2014-15 season could represent another step in the right direction - BT Powerhouse
After an historic season in Lincoln, Nebraska looks to build off its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998.
Matt Slauson out after shoulder surgery | ProFootballTalk
The Bears are likely going to be without one of their starting guards until training camp. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that left guard Matt Slauson had surgery on his right shoulder to repair a partial labrum tear.
Mentally and physically exhausted from the 66 or so hours spent at TD Ameritrade Park from Wednesday at 10 a.m. to whatever time it was Sunday evening I left, it’s hard to remember specifics of a whirlwind of a week. But there is one.
Chris Webb does a better job of covering Big Ten baseball than anyone, and then you get this.
Former USC QB takes down UCLA fans after they compare him to 50 Cent’s first pitch | For The Win
A UCLA fan Twitter account decided to take the Vine of 50's first pitch and compare it to old rival quarterback Matt Barkley.
A competitive eater from Nebraska has set a record by devouring a 72-ounce steak at an Amarillo steakhouse, and then decided to chase it down with another 72 ounces.