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Flakes: B1G Returner of the Year, Thanksgiving, Iowa Week, and Grumpy Cat

Flakes lists our thanks, lets you know about a new B1G award, checks in on what the scribes are saying about the upcoming Nebraska-Iowa game, and finishes with grumpy cat.

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Tomorrow is turkey day, Thanksgiving. A day to spend with family and eat way too much. It sounds like there may be an all-day open thread here tomorrow for people to check in and say hi from time to time. So, if you need a reason to stop arguing with Iowa relatives, stop by!

I suppose this is the part where I mention the things I am thankful for. Obviously, I am thankful for my family, especially tall sons that can get things down from high shelves. I am thankful for a freezer (3 actually) full of food so that my biggest worry is what I will make for a meal and not "if" I can make a meal. Friends, good health, and craft beer also make my list. What is on yours?

Big Ten Announces Creation of Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year

The Big Ten announced  the creation of the Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year. Named after former standouts Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska and Tim Dwight of Iowa, the annual trophy will honor the conference’s top performer on kickoff and/or punt returns.

Rodgers and Dwight are scheduled to be recognized during Friday’s Hawkeyes-Cornhuskers game. In addition, all Big Ten trophy namesakes are invited to attend the Big Ten Football Championship Game and 2015 honorees that are present will be recognized at the game on Dec. 5.

A two-time All-American during his career at Nebraska from 1970-72, Rodgers claimed both the Heisman Trophy and Walter Camp Award in 1972 after leading Nebraska to back-to-back national titles in 1970 and 1971. Rodgers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and earlier this year was named the first-team return specialist on the Football Writers Association of America’s 75th Anniversary All-America Team.

Also of note in the Big Ten's press release is that they are adding a All Big Ten third team to their postseason honors and adding a return specialist to the first, second, third, and honorable mention teams.

Conference-appointed, corporate-sponsored rivalry week

Are Iowa Hawkeyes boring? Depends on your perspective on perfection - Big Ten Blog- ESPN
Safe to say TMZ won't be staking out the Iowa campus. But while the Hawkeyes might not be the most exciting team, there's nothing boring about 11-0.

Greg McMullen Q&A: ‘It gets the blood pumping and the body going’ " Big Ten Network senior writer Tom Dienhart caught up with Nebraska’s 6-3, 280-pound junior defensive end Greg McMullen to get his thoughts on this wild-and-crazy season as the Huskers prep to cross the finish line and play Iowa.

Instant Analysis: Iowa cracks CFP top four, but will need Big Ten title to stay |
Find NCAA football breaking news, scores, stats, rankings, polls, truth and rumors and college football analysis from Sports Illustrated at

'Spoiler role' among Huskers' motivations vs No. 3 Hawkeyes (Nov 23, 2015) | FOX Sports
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) The stakes for Friday's Iowa-Nebraska game are sure to punch up this young border rivalry.

Hawkeyes or Huskers, who has the better fan base? - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings
With Thanksgiving weekend coming up, we are just days away from the annual showdown between Iowa and Nebraska on the football field.

Really Iowa?!? Your insecurity shows if you think you need to compare fanbases too? Well, I guess the overall assessment of football programs didn't tilt in your favor. (Spoiler: this one won't either). Hey, at least you have the AAU, amirite?

More Husker sports...

Volleyball tonight!

Huskers Host No. 18 Illinois on Wednesday - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team enters the final week of the regular season with an eight-match win streak and will look to continue it against No. 18 Illinois on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

College Volleyball: Huskers up to five, Hunter is Co-Setter of the Week - Sports
(KMAland) -- Nebraska has moved up another spot in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 rankings.

Highlights from Husker women's hoops most recent game (Check out Patrick's recap articles for men's highlights)


Elsewhere in sports...

NCAA still uncertain how to fill bowl games with 5-7 teams
With a looming possibility that there will not be enough eligible teams to fill the record 80 bowl slots, the NCAA is still unsure how it will place teams with 5-7 records, sources told ESPN.

The most unstoppable play in football is this trick punt return. Here's how to run it -
The Bears, Rams, Seahawks and Utah Utes have run a special teams play that leads to touchdowns while baffling opponents, fans and even cameramen. How do they do it?

Bill Snyder to coach Kansas State at age 77 in 2016, according to report -
One of the greatest coaches in the game's history will reportedly return.

One of the greatest coaches in the game's history will reportedly return.

TCU Horned Frogs' Aaron Green ended up in right place at right time - Big 12 Blog- ESPN
Senior running back Aaron Green's career didn't follow the path he envisioned, but it brought exactly where he needed to be.

Update 9 a.m. (If forgot to include this clipping when I originally published). Frank Solich's Ohio team was involved in a rare play where a blocked field goal actually worked to the benefit of the kicking team.

Northern Illinois stumbles at home against Ohio | Chicago Sun-Times
On a game that forced both teams to use their third string quarterback, the Huskies fell at home to Ohio, falling out of the MAC title game

Just because...

Sony Says It Has Now Sold More Than 30 Million PlayStation 4s | TechCrunch
With the U.S. holidays incoming, Sony has picked today to reveal that it has now sold more than 30 million PlayStation 4 consoles to date -- over 30.2 million..

It will be 30.2 million plus one if my kids get their way.

This seemed appropriate to post on Corn Nation (if you have been on game threads you understand the cat thing) during Iowa week.

Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!