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Flakes: Listening, Volleyball is Undefeated, Self-Driving Cars

Let's talk about listening. Husker volleyball plays its 1500th match tonight, the Big 12 might not expand, and remembering Milt Tenopir.

I was originally going to write about our ranch chicken massacres being unsolved, but it seems rather unimportant right now (the poultry body count has risen by 2 since last week).

Last weekend’s protest, during the national anthem, by three Huskers is a much bigger topic. Not so much for the protest itself; there are football players (and other athletes) all over the country doing the same thing. This story is gaining more traction because of the statement made by senior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey.

His words were eloquent and his emotions palpable. He gave a very compelling perspective on an issue that illustrates deep, polarizing divides. He put himself out there and did so in a way that is inviting, almost begging, to engage in a conversation.

Too often humanity seems bent on "responding", rather than listening.

Listening is not surrender. Asking a question does not mean you lose. In a world where the Fox News’s and MSNBCs have taken the listening out journalism and replaced it with "look at me, I’M SHOUTING", it was especially refreshing to see a young man whispering to be heard.

This is also where I commend you, the CN community, for your comments this past week. We all signed up here to talk about life-and-death stuff like football. We didn’t ask (and were forbidden by community guidelines) to venture into less-serious stuff like politics. I can see a wide range of viewpoints in your comments and a deep disagreement in some areas. Yet, you all [mostly] respected "the line" and decided that your love of Husker football/athletics in this forum superseded a need to "win" a particular comment.

You chose to be civil. I have no idea if you chose to listen. But I like to think that you did. I am proud to be part of this group.

On a lighter note, the Husker volleyball team will play the 1500th match in program history tonight. Play will start at 7:30 and you can listen at

Husker volleyball 1500th match against Illinois | Sports |
After a successful first weekend of conference play on the road, the No. 1 Nebraska volleyball team will travel to Champaign, Illinois, and take on the Illini Wednesday evening.

The story below is from a little town about 30 miles from me.

After Tragic Ending On Friday, Winside Football Gets an Uplifting Surprise | US92
"As he slipped out of the backfield he was caught there and wrapped up," Lawson said. "In kind of a swinging motion, contact to the front part of his hat and the ground was shortly thereafter."

Corn Flakes

Nebraska's Mike Riley on criticism from Gov. Pete Ricketts and Hal Daub: 'I'm certain of how we're handling it' | Big Red Today blog |
Nebraska football coach Mike Riley said Tuesday night that Gov. Pete Rickets and University of Nebraska regent Hal Daub — elected officials who have been vocal critics of three Husker

Neb governor agrees to meet with Huskers' anthem protester | News & Observer
Gov. Pete Ricketts has agreed to meet with one of the Nebraska football players he criticized for kneeling during the national anthem at the Cornhuskers' most recent game.

THE CURIOUS INDEX, 9/27/16 - Every Day Should Be Saturday

2016 NCAA volleyball -- Nebraska Cornhuskers remain unbeaten, Washington State and Florida Gators make noise
One week into conference play and only one Division I team remains unbeaten.

Longtime Huskers O-line coach dies - Kearney Hub: Huskers
LINCOLN (AP) — Milt Tenopir, who coached some of college football’s most dominant offensive lines with Nebraska in the 1980s and ‘90s, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 76.

Remembering Former Offensive Line Coach Milt Tenopir - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Former offensive line coach Milt Tenpoir passed away at the age of 76 Monday night after his battle with luekemia. Tenopir was Nebraska's offensive line coach from 1974 - 2002 and the founder of the historic Pipeline.

Jaycie Johnson scores four goals, Husker soccer splits weekend games | Sports |
With another weekend of Big Ten play came another split for the Nebraska Cornhuskers soccer team. Nebraska started with a 3-0 win against Ohio State but dropped its next game

Schedule Rundown

An article about each team on the Husker football schedule.

Lovie Smith, Illinois Football excited for upcoming matchup against undefeated Nebraska - The Champaign Room
Lovie Smith, Illinois Football excited for upcoming matchup against undefeated Nebraska

Freaking out about Indiana and Richard Lagow now is astronomically stupid - The Crimson Quarry
The advanced stats say Indiana’s loss shouldn’t have happened 9 out of 10 times. It did, but MOST THINGS ARE FINE says it’s time to relax.

H&R Podcast #16: Purdue defeats Nevada; Les Miles to Purdue? And more! - Hammer and Rails
We’re back with our latest podcast! (Jill's note: the podcast autoplays when you open the page)

Wisconsin football: QB Alex Hornibrook named Big Ten Freshman of the Week - Bucky's 5th Quarter
Quite the successful first start for the redshirt freshman.

The biggest surprise in the Big Ten so far this season might be Ohio State’s secondary - Land-Grant Holy Land
The Buckeye defensive backs have been lights-out in 2016.

Minnesota Football: The Monday Perspective Checks in After Season's 1st Quarter - The Daily Gopher
Editor's Note: Sometimes life happens and Monday's perspective comes to you on Tuesday. Such is life. It is was a sunny Monday and the Golden Gophers are sitting at 3-0 through the first quarter...

Here’s what Maryland football has to do to make a bowl game - Testudo Times
Tracing the Terps’ potential path to the postseason.

Next man in and all that jazz

New poll offers insight into what fans think of the job Fresno State's head football coach has done |
Fresno State football looks to bounce back this Saturday in Las Vegas. An exclusive Action News poll -- conducted by Survey USA-- offers insight into what fans think of the job head coach Tim Deruyter has done.

Longer week gives Wyoming more opportunity to prepare for Colorado State | Football |
LARAMIE — The Wyoming Cowboys had to forgo their off day last week in order to prepare for their game Friday at Eastern Michigan, which resulted in a devastating 27-24

Royce Watch: Freeman Expected Back - Addicted To Quack
The Ducks running game certainly hasn’t slowed down without their Heisman hopeful, but it won’t hurt to have No. 21 back on the field either

Austin Carr: The Big Ten’s most interesting, and best, wide receiver - Inside NU
The journey to the top of the conference has required hard work, but it hasn’t taken away the opportunity to do the other activities he loves.

Elsewhere in Sports

It took me a lifetime to be as confident as Laurie Hernandez
For National Hispanic Heritage Month, Erika Sanchez writes an essay on Olympian Laurie Hernandez, and the importance of seeing confident brown girls in the media.

Tuscaloosa realtor uses Les Miles' firing for ingenious billboard
A realtor in Tuscaloosa, the home of the University of Alabama, is already having fun with LSU’s firing of Les Miles.

The Big 12 might not expand after all, but it technically didn’t promise it would -
The conference’s July expansion announcement was carefully worded.

This and That

Self-driving cars will have to pry the steering wheel from our cold, dead hands, poll says - The Verge
Americans like the idea of self-driving cars, but are less willing to cede control of the steering wheel to a computer program, according to a new poll released today. An overwhelming majority, 80...

Have a great Wednesday everyone!