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Frosted Flakes: What Do You Want for Christmas?

Voyager 2 has left the solar system, shipwrecked beer finds new life, and it is finals week at Nebraska.

Jon Johnston

It is a quiet week on the Husker athletic front. Finals week is when student athletes need to focus on the student side of that equation.

Both basketball teams are always in this situation - where they have some down town for finals. We’ve gotten used to the volleyball team still playing when finals week rolls around.

I don’t know about you, but I still haven’t gotten used to Husker football not practicing and prepping for a bowl during finals. I hope this is the last time I have to write that for many years.

So, what do you want for Christmas this year Husker fans?

Frosted Flakes

Two reasons new-look Nebraska is back in the same old place
Seniors Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney provided stability and leadership to help put the young Huskers in the NCAA volleyball final four for the fourth consecutive year.

Freshman stepping up for Husker women's basketball
Amy Williams on Husker women's basketball freshman success. - Freshman Harris remains out with unknown illness

Husker basketball shows resiliency after losses
How Husker basketball mentally responded with a big win after a tough loss.

Ferguson positioned to be key figure on Husker D in 2019
Injuries have hurt Ferguson in the past. But if health stays on his side, he figures to be one of the more important Huskers in the year ahead.

Heady: Why Creighton's failed game plan is good news for Nebraska's basketball future | Mens Basketball |
LINCOLN — Nebraska didn’t even need James Palmer on Saturday night.

Miramontez Claims Scholar All-Region Honors - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Huskers Participate in Day of Outreach Throughout Lincoln - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

Brexit Could Drastically Change English Soccer | FiveThirtyEight
The Premier League could see fewer and fewer players from outside the U.K.

Punting has become an NFL art form -
NFL punters have never been better or more dangerous, evolving one of football’s necessary evils into a true art form.

Villanova basketball falls to Penn for first time since ‘02 |
Penn topped local rival Villanova for the first time in 16 years on Tuesday night.

Dallas Cowboys’ Randy Gregory talks about being ‘in a real bad place’
Dallas Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory bottomed out a year ago and sought help for depression, drugs and other issues. Today, he is playing football again, fighting to stay clean and help his team to the playoffs. It’s December, and there’s hope.

Herm Edwards’s Arizona State debut answered doubters, left questions |
Some (O.K., many) people thought Herm Edwards’s return to college football would be a disaster, and it certainly hasn’t been that. Yet.

Bad news for the 1,000mph car as Bloodhound SSC is shut down | Ars Technica
After six weeks, the administrators are selling off the assets.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

BBC - Travel - A beer brewed from an old Tasmanian shipwreck
After centuries at the bottom of the sea off Tasmania’s treacherous north coast, bottled beer found on the sunken Sydney Cove merchant ship is being renewed and re-brewed.

New models sense human trust in smart machines - News - Purdue University
New 'classification models' sense how well humans trust intelligent machines they collaborate with, a step toward improving the quality of interactions and teamwork.

What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes | Ars Technica
Microbes are everywhere, even between layers of paint on classic works of art.

Factory mishap paves street with chocolate in Germany - ABC News
A street in a western German town got a repaving worthy of fictional candy maker Willy Wonka

Fugitive Sees ‘Wanted’ Post Of Himself, Makes Date To Turn Himself In : NPR
”Usually we put up the post and wait for some member of the public to call in with information or something useful,” Sgt. Michael Harrison told NPR.

But this time was different.

Then There’s This

NASA’s Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space | NASA
For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA’s Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun.