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The ranch is paying homage to Clark Griswold, We have lots of basketball news and look ahead to the volleyball Sweet 16.

Jill Heemstra

This fine Wednesday finds me leaving the ranch and heading to the Motor City (Detroit). I get to spend the rest of this work week learning how to train people in concept mapping. It is a really interesting educational tool and I'm looking forward to learning more.

The biggest event on the ranch is not my work trip. It involves the Christmas tree that Ranchdude and the ranch sons picked out. I had grown tired of crooked Christmas trees from big box stores and requested that they go to a real Christmas tree farm.

Apparently the part about not wanting a crooked tree got lost in translation.

They came home with a monstrosity (right out of a Lampoon's movie) that is 12 feet high and 10 feet wide. It is also more crooked than any tree we ever brought home from those discount stores.

"It didn't look that big outside."

After some chainsaw time, Ranchdude got the monstrosity to fit into our tree stand...only to discover that our little tree stand wasn't nearly big enough to keep that giant tree upright. Sons #1 and #2 held onto it while Ranchdude devised more plans.

As of this moment, the tree has a board bolted to it, keeping it from falling backwards into the window. It also has ropes tied to various pieces of furniture to keep it upright.

I have ordered all decorating stopped and the monster tree removed. It can be decorated out on the front lawn.

I'm buying an artificial tree.

Corn Flakes

Six Huskers make All-North Region team - Omaha Sports Insider
Six members of the Nebraska volleyball team earned selections to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-North Region team. Head Coach John Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the...

Huskers sweep way into Sweet 16 | College | columbustelegram.com
LINCOLN — The Nebraska volleyball team won 11 consecutive rallies in the second set against TCU on Saturday. Pretty standard stuff in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, right?

Husker hoops set for rare pair of back-to-back games against Top 10 foes - starherald.com: Mens Basketball
Regardless of the results, Nebraska men’s basketball will make history this week. Facing two Top 10 opponents back-to-back — No. 10 Creighton at home Wednesday and No. 3 Kansas on the road Saturday — is a rarity for NU whether…

Huskers open as slight underdog to Vols - CBSSports.com
Nebraska opened as a slight underdog to Tennessee in the bowl game.

Iowa's Outback Bowl invitation escalates sizzle between the Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers
IOWA CITY, Iowa — For the first time in what feels like forever, Iowa's football program rationally could examine its postseason options and make a decisio

'Nashville seems like a pretty easy drive': Many Husker fans to make trek to Music City Bowl | Nebraska | omaha.com
A bowl game within driving distance is music to the ears of some Husker fans. Weary of bowl games in Florida and California, fans said they are looking forward to

Nebraska women’s basketball gets chance to end losing streak against Drake | Sports | dailynebraskan.com
The Nebraska women’s basketball team (3-5) looks to snap its four-game losing streak when it plays the Drake Bulldogs (3-3) Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Eliely scores career-high 19 points but Huskers fall to Cal
Nicea Eliely pumped in a career-high 19 points, but it was not enough to prevent unbeaten California from running to an 86-65 win over the Nebraska women's basketball team at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

ESPN: 1995 Huskers still the gold standard - CBSSports.com
Despite Alabama's dominance, ESPN says the 1995 Huskers are still the all-time best.

Huskers in the NFL Week 13 - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Huskers in the NFL Week 13

Three Takes: Jess Settles on Vic Law, Rutgers’ rebounding & Tim Miles " Big Ten Network
What's on Jess Settles' mind. A lot, including Northwestern's Vic Law, Rutgers' improved rebounding and Nebraska coach Tim Miles' big challenge this week. Read all about it inside.

UNL junior makes Husker football team, but has to wait for a spot | Sports | dailynebraskan.com
Flag football is part of University of Nebraska-Lincoln junior Matt Sestak’s life.

Former Husker Sheils Earns LPGA Playing Status - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Former Nebraska women's golfer Madeleine Sheils earned partial LPGA playing status in the final stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Sunday.

Elsewhere In Sports

2016 NCAA volleyball -- Creighton Bluejays and sophomore Jaali Winters take aim at Michigan Wolverines in Sweet 16
On one hand, Creighton sophomore Jaali Winters understands why this is a big deal. The Bluejays, who had never been to volleyball's NCAA Sweet 16 before last year, now have advanced that far two seasons in a row.

Rashaan Salaam, former Heisman Trophy winner and Bears RB, dies at age 42 - SBNation.com
The former Heisman Trophy winner was found in a Boulder park Monday night.

Why Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers shouldn’t be a Heisman finalist - SBNation.com
Don’t blame Peppers. He didn’t do anything other than play great football. Blame everyone who just wanted to be reminded of Charles Woodson.

This and That

Facebook and Google make lies as pretty as truth - The Verge
If you asked Google who won the popular vote just after the election, there’s a chance you would have been sent to a conspiracy blog with bogus results. And the site is likely to have looked as...

Reddit overhauls upvote algorithm to thwart cheaters and show the site’s true scale | TechCrunch
Reddit has just completed a major redo of its scoring algorithm aimed at cracking down on bots and vote brigades while also showing just how big the site has..

Have a great Wednesday everyone!