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Corn Flakes: Joy Stealing Pundits Think You’re A Loser

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Nebraska had a good recruiting day yesterday, but national pundits want you to feel bad about yourself. And I congratulate myself on my parenting skills.

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National Signing Day: Analyzing top winners and losers | SI.com

There’s little doubt, for example, that Bishop Gorman (Nev.) High four-star wideout Tyjon Lindsey will give opposing defensive coordinators nightmares throughout his stint in Lincoln. Still, the bitter taste of a somewhat dispiriting signing day will linger into the spring.

The 5 biggest losers on college football’s National Signing Day | FOX Sports

These teams flopped. Bad.

Nebraska is included in both these articles, and in both cases, our beloved Huskers are seen as losers. Don't you hate it when you're feeling good about something and somebody else has to come along and tell you, “No, you're not doing it right, you should feel bad about where and who you are”, if for no other reason than to steal your joy.

The fact that Nebraska was in the mix for four and five-star recruits like Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson is lost on these national pundits, which, should give you the idea that them writing articles about the subject would be comparable to me writing an article about recruiting, and I can honestly tell you that I would be winging it.

I know about recruiting because I read our web site, not because I actually follow it. I do know that our previous staff was not so great at recruiting high profile players; apparently the higher ranked players require more work, more attention, many wait for signing day, and then, of course, there’s all that drama that our previous coach hated in his players but didn’t mind displaying himself. Funny how that works.

'Course, the Fox Sports guy also put Ohio State in the loser category, which makes his article more of a HOT TAKE article than anything noteworthy. Read them if you wish.

Nebraska must build. We have to get classes in the Top 20, then win more big games, then get classes in the Top 15 and win more big games. This won’t happen overnight despite your prayers and most wanton desires.

You can kid yourselves or make comparisons if you like, or you can disagree, but that’s how I see it. Nebraska just doesn’t have the population base to spit out high-level recruits.

Maybe something could be done to improve the high school programs in the state and their ability to build better football players. I would love to know more about that, as I am ignorant of whether or not they are doing as well as they possibly can.

NEWS

Carriker Chronicles Interview with Tyjon Lindsey

I ask him who his favorite Husker is, who does he emulate playing wise, what his recruiting and national signing day experience was like, making the choice of Nebraska over Ohio State, when he will report, how the coaches plan on using him, what he's looking forward to the most, his favorite Husker moment and more.

Devaney shares interesting Tanner Lee story

“That battle between Tanner (Lee) and Patrick (O’Brien) is going to be fun to watch,” Devaney said. “People ask me all the time who’s going to be the No. 1 guy going out there with the starters. I said ‘that’s easy. It’s going to be Tanner O’Brien or Patrick Lee.’

Morrill Hall offers free Thursday night admission in February | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Pose with the plesiosaur and mingle with the mammoths in Morrill Hall for free on Thursday nights throughout February. The University of Nebraska State Museum in Morrill Hall will offer visitors free admission from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Volunteers sought for 'Dinner in a Nebraska Home' | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Through "Dinner in a Nebraska Home," faculty and staff volunteers host international students for dinner as a means of cultural exchange.

Project aims to shape kids’ attitudes toward engineering | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Teacher. Firefighter. Doctor. Astronaut. Many of these careers land on children’s lists of what they want to be when they grow up. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Lorey Wheeler would like to see another profession added: engineer.

“Engineer” is so... broad a term. There are so many different kinds, so many different disciplines. Chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, aerospace, software... I mean, how you going to teach a kid that they should aspire to one of these categories. How are you going to expose them to such ideas?

The cheap and easy way to do it is to be a parent and do what I did. You just look at your kids and say, “Maybe you should be an engineer. There’s all sorts of engineering jobs. They pay well. They pay well enough that you can pay off your student debt because I’M SURE AS HELL NOT PAYING FOR IT. AND YOU CAN GET A JOB THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO BUY YOUR OWN HOUSE BECAUSE YOU’RE SURE AS HELL NOT LIVING HERE.”

Start this when they’re young so they get the idea. According to Mrs. CN, age five is a little young, because the kids started to think they had to move out soon, and well, what the hell is wrong with that? LIGHT A FIRE UNDER THEIR ASSES I SAY.

Was I wrong? The daughter will graduate next December with a degree in biochemistry. The youngest will start next fall somewhere targeting chemical engineering.

Who’s the good parent? THIS GUY.

Discovery could bolster traits of soybeans, other crops | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

A team of Nebraska biologists has discovered an important component plants need to make microRNAs, tiny molecules critical in regulating gene expression.

Read this sentence, and then honestly tell me in the comments section if you have any clue as to what any of it means.

Photo series inspired by Pickering's love for marching bands | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Walker Pickering is focused on the behind-the-scenes moments and camaraderie that power the on-the-field precision of marching bands.

My youngest is a big marching band freak. He’s still in process of making his college choice, and it will be interesting to see if he’s on the field next year in a Big Ten university marching band. (He wasn’t going to get any athletic genes from me, but maybe he got... well, no, he got that from his mother.)

No joke: Onion founder to speak Feb. 8 | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Scott Dikkers, founder of The Onion, will present "The Funny Story Behind the Funny Stories" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Nebraska Union Centennial Room.

Someone should go to this and come back and do a report on it.

Higher Learning Commission reaccredits university | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The Higher Learning Commission has notified the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that the university has successfully achieved reaccreditation -- a process of external quality review that scrutinizes colleges, universities and education programs for quality assurance and quality improvement.

2017 National Signing Day winners and losers: USC, Alabama continue to reload - CBSSports.com

Because if somebody wins, somebody else has to lose

Riley Discusses 2017 Signing Class - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Head Coach Mike Riley discusses NU's 2017 signing class

Eight Soccer Players Join Huskers for 2017 - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

The Nebraska soccer team announced the addition of eight student-athletes for the 2017 season on Wednesday.

Then There’s This

Masaya Nakamura—the ‘Father of Pac-Man’—Dies at 91

Nakamura founded Namco as Nakamura Manufacturing in 1955. Originally a provider of mechanical kids’ rides for department stores, the enterprise expanded to arcade games in the 1970s. In 1980, Namco released designer Toru Iwatani’s Pac-Man—the colorful ghost-chase classic that has been a pop culture mainstay ever since.

The More You Swear, the More Honest You Are

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you’re really going to express yourself in moments of surprise, frustration, or other injective emotions, you might need to throw in a fuck, shit, or goddamnit to get the point across. Profanity and transparency co-occur; to tell it like it is can require coarse language.

I’ve done a study on this with one subject, me, and I know that you’re supposed to have more data points than that, but nobody would give me funding (assholes). I concluded from my study that I am both the most swearingest person I know, but also the most honest, ergo, this article is correct.