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Friday Flakes: Ndamukong Suh Continues to Make This Nebraska Fan Proud and a Mini-Book/Movie Review

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Colt McCoy: “That looks familiar”

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If you have paid any attention to the NFL the past several weeks, one of the most talked about topics is the new “roughing the passer” penalty in which defensive players who legally tackle a quarterback but happen to also land on the quarterback with their weight are penalized.

While football has been trying to legislate head injuries out of the sport, for good reason, this new rule is simply because of the almighty dollar. The NFL instituted this new “personal foul” rule after losing Aaron Rodgers last season after Anthony Barr of the Vikings landed on top of Rodgers while tackling. Just typing that sounds absurd.

A defender is penalized if he falls on top of a quarterback while tackling him.

If that happened to C.J. Beathard do you think the new rule would have been passed? Of course not.

Anyways it looks like Ndamukong Suh and the L.A. Rams were spending time in practice trying to tackle the quarterback without “roughing the passer.”

He lets you know what he thinks of the rule.

It is obvious that he knew Lindsey Thiry was recording him, but it still reminds me of what Scott Frost is trying to bring back to Nebraska Football.

I’m not saying he’s trying to bring back punching a quarterback. I’m saying he’s trying to bring back an identity of what Deontai Williams said this week:

“You got to be a dog on the football field. If you don’t want to be here, then you just gotta leave.”

I’ll leave it at that.


Husker News

Nebraska vs. Tennessee: Which team has the less grim future? - SBNation.com
Two of the best 1990s programs have rarely been good ever since.

Thursday practice hits: Final Frost thoughts before Wisconsin
Frost meets the media a final time before his team travels to Wisconsin.

HuskerOnline.com - Thursday notebook: Refocused Lee ready for return to starting lineup
Thursday Notebook: Refocused Lee ready for return to starting lineup.

Wisconsin football: A preview of the Nebraska Cornhuskers - Bucky's 5th Quarter
A preview of Wisconsin’s next opponent.

Huskers power past Hawkeyes | HuskersHQ.com | theindependent.com
LINCOLN — For one set, Iowa gave No. 3 Nebraska more than it wanted.

Nebraska Basketball: In State Star Akol Arop Pledges His Talents to Nebraska - Corn Nation Huskers keep another Nebraska talent home

Huskers Head to Bobby Bayliss Invitational - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Nebraska Tennis: The Nebraska men's tennis team continues its fall season as several Huskers travel to the Bobby Bayliss Invitational, hosted by the University of Notre Dame.

Non-Husker Sports Links

Mike Leach: "There's nothing balanced about 50% run and 50% pass. That's 50% stupid." - FootballScoop
One of the most memorable takeaways I got after reading Mike Leach’s Swing Your Sword a number of years ago was how he defines balance in an offense, and yesterday at his press conference he shared some more on that topic and why the traditional idea of balanced offenses is wrong.

What Is the Best NBA Meme? - The Ringer
These are so good. Memes are what make the internet go 'round right?

How Patrick Mahomes is saving one of the league's most loyal, but jaded, fanbases
Is he going to be one of the best ever? Or is he just surrounded by great talent?

How Sean McVay’s Rams Became a Reflection of Football’s Boy Genius - The Ringer
Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, and Co. have outsmarted opposing defenses at each step of their 4-0 start. The secret to their success? Embracing McVay’s rare brand of collaborative brilliance.

“STICK TO SPORTS!” Nah.

Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think (Taming the Mammoth) - Wait But Why
We all care way too much what other people think of us. Here's why.

That sign telling you how fast you’re driving may be spying on you
The US government is using road signs showing drivers how fast they’re going to capture license plate data. It takes a photograph of your license plate.

Dogs might get depressed when owners overuse smartphones, study says | abc13.com
A new study shows dogs may become more anxious and possibly suffer from depression when their owners overuse their smartphones.

Mini-Movie/Book Review: Ready Player One

I watched the movie with my wife immediately (like five minutes) after I finished the book. And of course the book is better than the movie, that generally goes without saying, but I’l try not to criticize the movie because of the book. In fact, in this situation I think the movie and the book are so different in regards to plot (I mean significantly different) that the trailer should have said “Inspired by the book.” Anyways.

Book: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - 5/5 Stars

This is the most fun I’ve had reading a book since Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. If you love the 80’s and played video games growing up, I think you’ll love this book. I was born in 1985 so I got about 20% of the 80’s references (which by the way there are like 4 on each page). The thought of driving the Delorean from Back to the Future, or flying the X-Wing from Star Wars is just too much fun. Real fun read.

Movie: Ready Player One directed by Steven Spielberg - 3.5/5 Stars

My wife had this to say: “It was entertaining…action packed. Liked how the movie stresses importance of real life- being in the present.”

The movie begins with a race scene in which the protagonist get’s into a DeLorean. I am game from then on out. Then they keep dropping 80’s references throughout the car race scene. The movie seemed to be at a frantic pace until the end and it is hard to develop any connection with the characters. There is a heart felt ending which bumps it up from 3 to 3.5. Fun movie.


Corn Nation Book Club

Last week I tweeted out on the Corn Nation account the following tweet (There are several of us who tweet on that account, so it is not just me):

So I thought I’d share all of the book responses I received:

  • Beartown by Frederik Backman
  • Us Against You by Frederik Backman
  • The Drunkards Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Blodinow (this was suggested by our Corn Nation Stat Guru Paul Dalen)
  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
  • Gulp by Mary Roach
  • Why God Why? What To Do When Life Doesn’t Make Sense by Karen Jensen
  • The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
  • See Something Say Nothing by Philip Haney
  • Toddlers Are A$$holes by Bunmi Laditan

*HEADS UP: If people start getting nasty with each other in the comments over the subjects of a couple of these books then I’m just not going to do this again. I think most people who read enjoy book suggestions regardless.


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