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Flakes: The $5 Bits 'O Broken Chair Trophy Is Awesome

Wednesday's links takes us on a winding path through many different Husker fall sports and looks at our upcoming game with the Golden Gophers.

Will we see more of this Saturday than normal from the Gophers? Yes. Probably. Sigh.
Will we see more of this Saturday than normal from the Gophers? Yes. Probably. Sigh.
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Good Wednesday morning Corn Nation. We are one day closer to the weekend. One day closer to another 'Quadrangle of Hate' game, this one against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. I do less looking back than usual this Wednesday. We have reached the point where I simply cannot find new words to analyze yet another heartbreaking, last-minute loss.

On the bright side, we are only a few days away from the most awesome trophy in all of college football! The $5 Bits 'O Broken Chair trophy is quite possibly the B1G'est thing Nebraska has been involved in to date. Our friends over at The Daily Gopher broke down the history of the trophy:

Minnesota Football vs Nebraska: The $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy - A Brief History - The Daily Gopher
The trophy game we never knew we wanted until the Internet made it happen.

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Red Review: Offensive struggles beginning at quarterback | Huskers - KETV Home
Red Review is a recurring series that takes an analytical lens to Nebraska sports.

Huskers Concentrate on Minnesota
Defensive Coordinator Mark Banker spoke to the media after practice mentioning some of the things his Husker defense needs to work on, including creating more turnovers.

Minnesota Football vs Nebraska: Preview - Key Matchups - The Daily Gopher
The Gophers will need to take care of business against a Huskers squad desperate for a win.

More Husker Sports

Huskers Journey to Illinois for Two Matches - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The Nebraska soccer team (5-6-2, 1-4-2 Big Ten) heads to Illinois this week for a pair of matches against Big Ten foes.

Huskers Blank Creighton to Close Out Fall - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The Nebraska softball team closed out an unbeaten fall exhibition season with a 13-0 nine-inning win over the Creighton Bluejays on a 93-degree Sunday afternoon at Bowlin Stadium.

Huskers Fall to Badgers, 3-0 - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The Nebraska soccer team (5-6-2, 1-4-2 Big Ten) dropped a 3-0 decision to Wisconsin at Barbara Hibner Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Huskers Fall to Top-Ranked West Virginia - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
For the second day in a row, the Nebraska rifle team produced strong air rifle performances, including a 594 by freshman Hannah Virga. However, the Huskers were defeated on Sunday by No. 1 West Virginia by a score of 4,714-4,654.

Women's basketball notebook: Yori excited about young players in program : Latest Husker News
Nebraska coach Connie Yori knows there will be growing pains this season. But she also thinks the Huskers will have a chance to be better in some areas.

Ben Miller set to contribute for Huskers at plate, on mound - Big Red Today - Husker Football News, Schedules And Videos
Until someone makes him choose, Ben Miller is just fine with his dual role as a pitcher and hitter. He’s felt pretty comfortable using the offseason to refine his skills at everything — throwing strikes more consistently, fielding at first base with more confidence and preparing himself for a heavy dose of off-speed pitches while at the plate.

Huskers' Rolfzen earns Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week - Sports
(Lincoln) -- Nebraska junior Amber Rolfzen was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Elsewhere in college football

Here are 8 candidates for the USC coaching vacancy. But which USC? Either! -
Steve Spurrier is retiring at South Carolina, and Steve Sarkisian is fired at Southern California. The fans of those schools sometimes argue on the Internet about which is the real USC.

Meme People: The Meaning of College Football Viral Fan Shots "
Once upon a time, a fan glimpsed in the stands would vanish into cathode ray tubes, like the Houston Oilers diehard who flipped the bird on Monday Night Football. No longer.

Steve Spurrier explains why he knew it was time to step aside as South Carolina Gamecocks coach
The Hall of Fame coach felt he did not have it in him to turn around the Gamecocks' slide. But don't call his departure a retirement. He'll be involved with football again in some capacity.

Steve Spurrier retires: The legendary, transformative career of the Head Ball Coach
Looking back at Steve Spurrier's legendary career, and impact, at Florida and South Carolina

Random bits

Sometimes, there are worse things than losing a football game...

NY Giants: Daniel Fells won’t need foot amputation, doctors hope - NFL -
Doctors are increasingly optimistic that they will not have to amputate New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells’s foot.

The stat gurus at fivethirtyeight released a tool that predicts the career of all NBA players. Just for fun I plugged in Terran Petteway...(spoiler alert - the stats do not see a hall of fame career)

FiveThirtyEight's CARMELO NBA Projections | FiveThirtyEight
The FiveThirtyEight Career-Arc Regression Model Estimator with Local Optimization (CARMELO) is a system that forecasts a player's future performance.