The Nebraska athletic department recently hired a stat guru. CornNation is way ahead of the curve as multiple smart-math-guys are CN writers, and have been for a while. One of the most recent additions was Keith Yaple. Keith has quickly worked his way up to "head baseball fan" here at CN, allowing Jon enough free time to get a puppy. (Ask Jon how that is going. I dare you). Personally, I have really appreciated Keith's knack for sorting through the noise and quickly pinpointing useful tidbits in various articles we share in the staff chats. You can follow Keith on Twitter at @keithyaple .
Ladies and gentlemen.....I present the Keith Yaple profile:
How did you become a Husker fan?
Keith: I actually was born in Bellevue but moved away at an early age. I got interested because of Suh, and actually got more interested because I thought Nebraska was just different, kinda like a loveable loser. Watching Pelini blow up on the sideline was always fun. I actually broke up with a high school girlfriend because I was busy watching Roy Helu, Jr. run all over Missouri.
If you traveled forward in time and learned that the Huskers never win a Big Ten title or a national title ever again - would you still cheer for them? Why or why not?
Keith: Ask a realistic question, Nebraska probably wins a BIG title in the next thirty years and unless I die early, I will be around to see it.
What is your favorite Husker-related memory?
Keith: My father had come out for a weekend during the 2013 season, the Northwestern weekend. It was his first game ever in Memorial Stadium, and we ended up seeing the Westercatch (hail mary). Sharing that moment with my father was probably the single best college memory.
Update (video added) - Ranchbabe's note: This play never gets old. Never.
What is your most prized piece of Husker gear or memorabilia?
Keith: I have a Pat Kelly home run baseball. I think my father has it at his house.
ICYMI Here are a couple of Keith's articles on Husker baseball.