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MEGA NEBRASKA SPORTS NIGHT: THE GAME THREAD!

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A game Nebraska should and must win. Plus Volleyball! Join us for witty banter!

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Illinois Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Please consider helping Brian’s family with getting him home to Nebraska and their other expenses after his tragic passing this week. Every little bit helps in times like these.

Thoughts remain, always, with Kelly, Em, Brock, and the rest of his family.


Appetizer:

VOLLEYBALL, #8 Nebraska vs #3 Minnesota

Date/Time: September 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CDT

Location: Bob Devaney Volleyball Palace, Lincoln, NE

Opposition Blog: The Daily Gopher, who recently took up aquatic sports

TV: BTN (Online streaming available at BTN2Go, if you’re brave)

Radio: Huskers.com; Husker Sports Network affiliates (Lincoln: 103.7 FM; Omaha: 105.9 FM); On the call: John Baylor (Play By Play, 24th season), Lauren Cook (color analyst)

Live Stats: Click here

WE GOT THIS. Take down the nasty lawn pests! It’s also Jordan Larson Night! Watch as the Nebraska legend’s jersey is retired.

From Huskers.com:

Huskers to Retire Jordan Larson’s Jersey

Former Husker All-American and two-time Olympian Jordan Larson will have her jersey retired on Friday during intermission. Larson will be the eighth former Husker to have her jersey retired and the first since Nancy (Meendering) Metcalf in 2011. Larson was a three-time All-American from 2006 to 2008 and led the Huskers to the 2006 NCAA title. The Hooper, Nebraska native is one of only five Huskers to record more than 1,000 kills and digs in a career and finished her career with a school-record 186 service aces.

Following her collegiate career, Larson joined the U.S. National Team on a full-time basis and competed in the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics, earning a silver and bronze medal, respectively. She helped Team USA win the gold medal at the 2014 FIVB World Championships, the first-ever major tournament gold medal for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Larson has collected numerous professional accolades, including most valuable player of the CEV Champions League in 2014-15, most valuable player of the 2015 FIVB Club World Championships, and USA Volleyball’s Indoor Female Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016.


Main course:

FOOTBALL

Date/Time: September 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. CDT

Location: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL Capacity: 60,760

Surface: Field Turf

Opposition Blog: Check out The Champaign Room for everything Illinois

Series Record: Nebraska leads the all-time series 10-3-1

TV: The game will be televised on FS1 with Justin Kutcher, Play-by-Play; Mark Helfrich, Analyst; Petros Papadakis, Analyst; Jen Hale, Sidelines

Radio: Huskers sports radio network. The audio can also be streamed live for free at huskers.com The crew will be: Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, and Ben McLaughlin.


Ooooooeeeee, what the hell is this? A game on Friday night? This ought to fuck up everyone’s regular fall schedule, right?

At the time of this writing (8:00 am) , I am sitting in the MSP airport waiting for a ride to Kansas City, at which point an old friend will pick me up for a small reunion amongst other old friends, so I don’t know if I’ll have access to the game thread. A woman sitting close to me is slurping her coffee. I may be in jail for murder, but after I explain my case, it may be determined to be justified.

I damned well better be watching the game though. Otherwise, how will I bitch about it later?

Nebraska needs to win this game on behalf of that gorgeous cheerleader.. it would be a shame to let her down.


Oh, and in Brian’s memory,

WIN. THE. DAMN. GAME.

Go Big Red.