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I have been mostly out of touch the past two days, driving to Nebraska and back to attend Brian’s funeral. It obviously wasn’t an entirely pleasant trip, but it was necessary to say goodbye to a guy I’d communicated with nearly daily every day for the past five years.

Watching Brian’s three-year old daughter Emerson trying to wake up her father so she could give him a stuffed animal just before his funeral service was one of most gut-wrenching things I’d ever seen. I am sure that Kelly had brought her over along with their son Brock so she could have one last look.

If that somehow sounds cruel, it is not. I am familiar with that concept. My father died in 1974 of pancreatic cancer. It was a Saturday morning, and I was playing at a close friend’s house. My brother Jerome showed up to get me, and it was clear he had been crying. I didn’t have to ask, I just went with him.

When I arrived at our house, I was told to go into Dad’s bedroom and take “one last look”. I sat in the chair where my sister was sitting when he died. He face was turned towards her, his eyes still open, lifeless, but still so full of love. It is an indelible image. It reminds me yet today of what I told Matt Brown, one of our college league managers, as Brian’s funeral service was ending.

“This is a reminder that we should get busy living”, I said.

This shouldn’t be a time at which we spend a lot of effort questioning our own mortality - it should be a time at which we realize what fate awaits all of us and to resolve ourselves to spending our time with each other in love, showing more mercy and compassion to those around us than we want sometimes because it can be a lot of work.

I don’t admire Kelly’s position of having to teach a three-year old about death. I can only pray for her, and I hope you do to.

The Wisconsin game approaches. The ego of the entire state of Nebraska is as stake this weekend because whether we like it or not, that’s the position in which we’ve placed our beloved football team.

Will Nebraska be up to the task of beating the Badgers?

When we (CN Staff) met at Blue Blood, the question was asked, and only two of us raised our hands. (I’m not telling the two.)

Is Wisconsin a rival?

Of course, if you think they are, they are. Stop being so damned picky.

What’s scary about Wisconsin?

Troy Fumagalli. He might play. I have grown tired of Wisconsin tight ends. I hope someone intercepts passes (multiple) intended for him and we make the Badgers pay for using him rather than the other way around.


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