What a beautiful weekend.
After spending part of last weekend complaining about our beloved Husker baseball team and their inability to win more games, they turned around this weekend and pull a sweep. It’s nice to see that all my bitching paid off. Ha!
Not only did they get the sweep but Nebraska pitchers only gave up a total of four runs over three games, the defense committed only one error, and the previously stale offense pounded out 22 runs and 29 hits.
I made the mistake of confusing baseball with football, again. We have this attitude as Husker fans that comes from football where a team needs to win every game. This isn’t true for other sports especially for the two other Nebraska sports I would consider “flagship” sports – men’s basketball and baseball. I’m using the term “flagship” here in terms of popularity, not in terms of success because that doesn’t apply to men’s basketball.
The baseball team should be in fine shape if they continued to improve throughout the season. They have not yet hit the conference season and unlike football they have a tournament to play at the end of the season to determine whether they can make the College World Series and then whether they can become champions. This is not the case in football and we need to always keep this in mind otherwise we become too crotchety and negative – that grouchy old guy that nobody wants to be around.
We’ll see if the baseball team can keep it up and I reserve the right to become all screechy again should they lose more than I want them to, obviously forgetting the short sermon I just preached on why all sports are not football.
Villanova is gone. Duke is gone. It would have been nice had Gonzaga loss to Northwestern as well but that was not to be, partially thanks to bad officiating. Still, there are a lot of brackets busted and I’m sure a lot of you not weeping over Duke busting out of the tournament.
Sweet 16 teams by conference: Big Ten 3, Big 12 3, SEC 3, Big East 2, Pac-12 3, West Coast 1, ACC 1
There is a lot of talk this season about the Big Ten being down as a conference while the ACC was the greatest conference in the history of all time. Look where we are now – of nine ACC teams to make the attorney, only one, North Carolina, has made the Sweet 16. Does this negate the earlier talk about conferences?
I don’t think so. It certainly leaves the ACC open to ridicule, but there’s that thing I mentioned earlier about sports that have tournaments in the beautiful thing about tournaments is it isn’t about the conference, but about the teams that are getting hot and playing better at the end of the season.
Still, Duke lost. Notre Dame went 4 – 8. All seems right with the world.
In case you missed it, Dave Feit made this salient point about (OWH) writing on twitter this weekend.
Question: which old school OWH writer gets to do the "UNO hoops needs to get tougher" piece? https://t.co/zKL3mDc5s4— Dave Feit (@FeitCanWrite) March 18, 2017
Dave is right about toughness being a vague concept that’s a pretty easy target to write about. I think it’s especially easier when you get older because you get this attitude that everything is easier for the younger generation, which it is – I had to walk to school uphill both ways when I was a kid. It’s a true story. Kids these days…
It’s rather funny that we get pieces about football needing to get tougher from an old guy. We get a basketball piece about toughness and how the football team can learn from it. Creighton wasn’t mentally tough and lost in the NCAA tourney because of it.
I need to put a revolving ToDo/Reminder on my calendar to pop up with “Write About Toughness”, say, every three months. I’ll be sure to write a more detailed explanation about why I’m not lying when I walked to school uphill both ways, and, no, I wasn’t taking the wrong route.
I have plenty of material. I can talk about how nobody ever wore seat belts, how we had guns before we had organized sports, Hell, all I have to do is to pick up one of those “share if you remember this” posts on Facebook and make a column about that. That sounds pretty easy, and I can be pretty lazy, and it’s a long off-season.
The Nebraska beach volleyball team swept Utah, 5-0, in its lone match at Queen's Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday.
The Nebraska softball team completed a three-game sweep of two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champion New Mexico State with a 4-1 victory on Sunday at Bowlin Stadium.
Underwood’s resume includes a 109-27 overall record and four NCAA Tournaments
This is.. well, shocking, honestly. I’m guessing most Oklahoma State fans were taken completely unaware.
That’s six of the last seven years now
Ohhh, how sweet it is to be moving on.
According to Drew, he was asked to no longer tweet about Lynn because it was “it made her upset.”
Enjoy this, America.
The Heels got massive breaks at the end, and they shot so poorly that it almost didn’t matter.
Duke was supposed to be a superteam. Instead, the Blue Devils are out in round two against South Carolina.
The Nittany Lions continue to be the standard bearer on the college scene
Five wrestlers at five consecutive weights take home five national titles
It seems odd Indiana would move this quickly, but Jordan Schultz of Huffington Post is reporting Indiana has extended an offer to Alford. Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com is directly refuting the story.
We have some unfortunate news from the San Francisco 49ers family. Former wide receiver Dwight Clark announced on Sunday that he has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Mark Wasikowski has Purdue baseball off to its best start in five years.
The Buckeyes lost both games of a doubleheader in walk-off fashion as the Musketeers swept the series.
Coach has nabbed himself a rascal!
Rattlesnake hunt in Okeene, OK with Todd and Wild Bill. pic.twitter.com/0SqWb9LxFk— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) March 17, 2017
Does it get any more Oklahoma than this?
You realize how timeless this photo is? This could have been taken between, oh, 1935 and this past weekend, and given the right tint, you’d probably never know the difference.
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