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Flakes: Soccer, Eclipse, and What Is Happiness

ESPN says Husker fans are unhappy. They can keep thinking that while we wallow in all this eclipse tourism money. Volleyball may be without their setter opening weekend and soccer is off to a great start.

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2012 Arkansas State game

Good Wednesday everyone! We had a little event in Nebraska earlier this week. I can’t quite remember....oh yeah, the eclipse.

We took the boys out of school and drove down to Dannebrog so we could be in the path of totality. It did not disappoint as the experience was much different than anywhere outside of that path.

We headed west as well as south so that we could avoid the crowded roads expected in the southeast part of the state. For the most part, we succeeded in avoiding bumper-to-bumper traffic.

I was a little concerned that we’d end up with more crowds once the clouds moved into the southeast part of the state, but it didn’t seem to make a difference. We saw license plates from all over and talked to people from a few different places. The boys even got to try their hand at throwing tomahawks and shooting muzzle-loading rifles.

It was also a really fun experience for this wanna-be photographer. Once we got near totality, the boys and I took turns at the tripod for three minutes. The shutter only stopped clicking long enough to change a few settings here and there. We normally have a system for keeping track of who takes a photo - we take a picture of the person we are handing the camera off to and then they do the same before they give it to the next person. We didn’t have the time or enough light to do that, so we’ll make our best guess who took which pictures when it comes time to divide them up for 4-H exhibits next year.

The boys were also fascinated with a person who was nearby and was watching the partial phase by projecting the light through a colander onto a white piece of paper. Every hole in the colander projected the event, so there were hundreds of mini-eclipses showing on the paper.

What was the most fascinating part of the day for you? (whether you were in the path of the eclipse or not)

Corn Flakes

The women’s soccer team is off to a good start.

Huber Claims National Weekly Honor - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Sophomore forward Elyse Huber earned the first United Soccer Coaches Player-of-the-Week award for the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer season, the association announced on Tuesday.

Husker women’s soccer takes charge with a strong season start | Sports |
The Nebraska women’s soccer team barely started its fall campaign but already gave a promising first impression for the regular season. Ranked 22nd in the United Soccer Coaches’ ranking, the

The volleyball team may be without their floor leader when they open the season against two ranked teams this weekend.

Senior setter Hunter may not play when Huskers open season | Volleyball |
The Nebraska volleyball team will go into the first week of the season with some uncertainty in its starting lineup due to the injury of senior setter Kelly Hunter.

Progress of several Husker true freshmen leave some in position to play this year | Beatrice News Channel
Ready or not, a handful of Nebraska’s true freshmen will play this season.

Slideshow -- 12 players to watch during 2017 NCAA volleyball season
Setting up the season

Jordan Burroughs says fellow former Husker James Green is on track for success at worlds | Wrestling |
The way Jordan Burroughs figures it, James Green is on track to win his first world championship. And this comes from a guy who knows a thing or two about

Three ex-Huskers celebrate a pro softball championship | Softball |
A trio of former Nebraska softball players celebrated a professional championship Sunday.

Redskins center Spencer Long sidelined following arthroscopic knee surgery - The Washington Post
The starter could return by the start of the regular season, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Huskers to implement new pilot captioning program
Beginning this season, the University of Nebraska will be introducing a new pilot captioning program to improve fan experience in Memorial Stadium.

Our Big Ten site, Off Tackle Empire, sees an 8-4 season for the Huskers.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will be Big Ten Champions because the Total Solar Eclipse said so - Off Tackle Empire
The OTE 2017 Previews and Predictions continue with a prayer to the eclipse gods, some reality, and a very tough schedule

Dumb article is dumb. On the flip side, I can’t really argue that Nebraska fans are fairly unhappy...

Ranking the happiness of every college football fan base in 2017
Introducing the Fan Happiness Index, which uses data to gauge the fan sentiment at 128 FBS programs.

Maybe we should be more like Northwestern...

Northwestern football fan base ranked No. 9 in happiness by ESPN - Inside NU
Happiness=job security for everybody!

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Jim McElwain poked the bear and that’s probably a bad idea - Maize n Brew
Guaranteeing victory over Jim Harbaugh is a bold strategy. Let’s see how it works out.

Then There’s This

Machines Learn a Biased View of Women | WIRED
Image recognition software showed a tendency to associate women with shopping and men with shooting.