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Saturn’s Rings, A League of Their Own, and Cave Beer!

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First, a shoutout to Uglydog56. He’s doing a great job with the recruiting stuff. His sense of humor and insights make it a fun read for me.

Hopefully you also checked out Paul and Jon’s recent Christmas gift idea articles. You better hurry if you want to get all that awesome Husker stuff for your loved ones!

I survived my semester as both a student and teacher. I had an awesome class of students (local community college) and got to return to my animal science roots. I only got to cover about half the material I wanted (I knew I was overly ambitious for a 2-credit class) and was pretty awkward at times (as a new teacher) in how I structured things, but the students handled everything really well. I only had one student fall off a chair because he fell asleep in class.

I also took a class in education, to learn how to be a better teacher. I loved it. Being an informal educator for so many years (Cooperative Extension) I had intuitively gravitated toward certain approaches or did a lot by trial and error. Now, I know a lot more about educational approaches and why some of my bumbling worked (or didn’t).

Never stop learning. You don’t have to take (or teach) classes. Read something. Try something, but never, never stop learning.

Frosted Flakes

The Husker women’s basketball team lost to Arkansas last night. Look for a recap later today.

Huskers seniors complete illustrious careers | HuskersHQ.com | theindependent.com
John Cook couldn’t have known exactly what he had when he signed Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney in his 2015 recruiting class.

Inside Scott Frost’s roller-coaster first year at Nebraska
The Cornhuskers and Scott Frost believe they turned the corner with four wins after an 0-6 start in 2018.

Knapton, Warak Head to Winter Trials - Nebraska Diving
All-American Abigail Knapton and freshman Jessica Warak represent the Huskers at the 2018 USA Winter Diving Trials held in Atlanta, Ga.

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

“There’s no crying in baseball!” is still one of my favorite movie lines. A League of Their Own is one movie that I’ll stop and watch when I’m perusing channels. It is also one of the few movies that caused me to do some research on the subject. I didn’t write any papers or anything, but I spent time reading more about the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

One of the things that stuck with me was how proud most of those women were about that chapter of their lives. Even though that history was largely discarded until Penny Marshall brought it to life, those women didn’t need the outside validation to hang on to that pride. They just needed the right person to tell the story so that the rest of the world figured it out.

Penny Marshall, director of ‘A League of Their Own,’ dies at 75
Marshall, one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, died in her Hollywood Hills, California, home on Monday thanks to complications from diabetes, her publicist said.

How Penny Marshall’s ‘A League Of Their Own’ changed women’s sports - SBNation.com
The late legendary director Penny Marshall brought the AAGPBL to life in her fourth feature film.

The Ohio State vs. Washington Rose Bowl will show football’s future - SBNation.com
Ohio State’s offense forces defenses to prioritize athleticism in different ways. Washington’s defense is built to deal with just that approach. In a spread era, the Rose Bowl could be a roadmap.

Inside one of sports’ most abhorrent trends: The unearthing of old tweets
When he swung open the door to Villanova’s banquet the night of last April’s national title game, Jay Wright assumed he had fulfilled the last of his postgame obligations.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany wants to talk CFB playoff expansion | SI.com
Jim Delany joined the growing group of voices calling for an examination–and possible expansion–of the current four-team College Football Playoff format.

The Big Ten hasn’t been part of the playoff for the past two years. Does that have something to do with the conference’s interest in expanding it?

The 4-point line is just the beginning of the NBA’s latest trend
In an effort to maximize the unique skills of players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and Trae Young, teams have begun reimagining the court itself.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

Cave Beer - In Ireland, a taste of the underworld
For millennia, warrior Queen Medb was the most intoxicating thing to come out of Oweynagat cave. However, things have changed, thanks to a new beer brewed from its wild yeast.

Woodman Point memorial remembers the nightmare of Spanish flu after World War I - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-15/woodman-point-memorial-remembers-the-nightmare-of-spanish-flu/10617604?pfmredir=sm

Saturn is losing its rings at 'worst-case-scenario' rate -- ScienceDaily
New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 and 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn's magnetic field.

SE - Brainwaves suppress obvious ideas to help us think more creatively - Queen Mary University of London
Creativity requires us to break away from more common and easily reached ideas but we know little about how this happens in our brain.

So, that’s why the obvious answer isn’t always the easy one?!?

How cattle can help save the birds of the Great Plains
Ranchers and environmentalists are partnering to curb the decline of prairies and songbirds.

Then There’s This

Susan Potter gave her body to science. Her cadaver became immortal.
Susan Potter’s remains were frozen, sliced, and photographed. The result: a virtual cadaver that speaks to medical students from the grave.