Every Olympics we are treated to a barrage of coverage complaining about whatever is happening at that particular Olympics. When the Olympics were in Rio a couple years ago we heard about a green pool, and there was constant complaining right before the Olympics that the venues wouldn’t be ready in time for the games. Most of the complaints ended up being unfounded, but they did set a tone for the games that was rather negative before they even started.
It seems that the Olympics have become, for some, nothing but a reason to have their complaints heard across the globe. Yesterday I read an editorial piece in the Wall Street Journal that the games are too long. The sports are spread across too many days. The poor guys who wrote the piece must be forced at gunpoint to watch endless curling matches without beer.
There are complaints that are constant with every Olympics. The venues aren’t filled with spectators for every sport. It’s too cold, windy, snowy, icy, or too hot because of climate change and it melts the ice in your gin and tonic way too quickly to be enjoyable, even though you’re sitting on your own deck in Omaha watching the games on a Samsung tablet.
You are watching, right? Another constant complaint - not enough people are watching the games, they’re on at the wrong time, why is this sport on that channel, and what the hell is that announcer guy doing with his hair?
One would think that if we were all given $1 million in a bag that we would complain about the bag.
The only complaint you could register about last night’s hockey game between the USA and Canada is that it went on very late into the night, otherwise it was about as entertaining as sport can get.
You could complain that the officials missed an important penalty call on Canada when Brianna Decker was hit with a crosscheck in front of Canada’s goal and what appeared to be a blow to the head that at the time seemed pretty serious. Decker lay on the ice for a few minutes holding her head but later got up and skated the rest of the game.
Checking is illegal but apparently this is cool pic.twitter.com/EsUFgVbzSd— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) February 22, 2018
I saw many, many complaints on Twitter that a shootout is a horrible way to finish an Olympic gold game hockey game. It probably is, but the USA won, so any complaints about shootouts in gold medal matches is null and void until the next time the USA participates and loses in that format.
What made the USA winning even more exciting for me is knowing that the granddaughter of a woman I worked with for many years won a gold medal last night. I can’t imagine the elation you would feel to have your child or grandchild the in the Olympics, let alone win a gold medal in such an incredible and exciting fashion. She may have collapsed last night of a heart attack or stroke given the tension of the match.
The last 1:35 of overtime were excruciating as Canada was on a power play due to a penalty being called on the US. I didn’t want to wake everyone else in my house, so I chewed on a blanket until overtime finished, tied 2-2.
If you missed it, the mothership gives a decent run down here.
It was great fun seeing the USA stop Canada from being the first hockey team to win five straight gold medals. YAY SPORTSIN!
Take that, Canucks!
USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!
Michigan knocked off Penn State last night. That means that Nebraska needs to beat Penn State this weekend to secure the #4 bid in the Big Ten tournament, which will give the Huskers two byes going into the tournament. Obviously, we need to win against Penn State Sunday, to keep our NCAA term in hopes alive.
Minnesota beat Iowa, and Iowa is having about as bad a basketball season is one could imagine. That’s too bad.
I included a screenshot of the standings. That makes it official, although for some reason, the Big Ten official website lists us as behind Michigan, which we are not since we beat them head-to-head and have that tie breaker over them.
Documents reveal payment scheme in hoops corruption case
“There are spreadsheets detailing who got paid, how much they got paid and how much more they were planning to pay,” said a source familiar with the investigation. “The feds got everything they wanted and much more. Don’t think it will only be players who ended up signing with ASM that got paid. Those spreadsheets cast a wide net throughout college basketball. If your school produced a first-round pick in the past three years, be worried.”
This sounds like trouble for A LOT of basketball programs... like maybe Creighton. Justin Patton is mentioned, and his former agent is the main focal point of this story. The biggest question is - what’s the time frame?
Is the FBI going to unleash something right as March Madness heats up? They could use some positive press, and yes, this would be positive because they’re tracking down bad guys and Nebraska is not good enough to be bad guys in this case.
Things that make you go “hmmmmm....”
Mercedes AMG G63 with white accents though pic.twitter.com/Toot62NqQP— Justin Patton (@JustinPatton17) July 13, 2016
Cold-weather days are no recruiting excuse to Frost's staff
Erik Chinander shared a message he would have to any recruit concerned about cold days like today in Nebraska.
Husker Assistants Speak at LFCA Clinic
There was football talk and there was casual conversation. Both were the goal for three Nebraska assistant coaches Wednesday night. Ryan Held, Sean Beckton and Greg Austin all served as keynote speakers at a clinic put on by the Lincoln Football Coaches Association.
More Olympic Fun For USA!!!! WOOOOOOO
This is what history looks and sounds like. @jessdiggs and @kikkanimal win @TeamUSA's first ever gold medal in cross-country skiing.— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 21, 2018
You'll want your sound up for this... pic.twitter.com/86PQ4KQaH3
MINNESOTA 86, IOWA 82: GOPHERED - Black Heart Gold Pants
ANOTHER SLOPPY START DOOMS IOWA
The Lions Fall To Michigan, 72-63 - Black Shoe Diaries
Pat Chambers’ team played well but it wasn’t enough to beat the No. 17 team in the country tonight.
Coach gets fired for... holding a Signing Day ceremony? - FootballScoop
According to Dave Campbell Texas Football’s Matt Stepp, North Crowley High School head coach Eugene Rogers has been fired, at least in part, for holding a Signing Day ceremony for a player who was actually a preferred walk-on.
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China wages war on funeral strippers
China has launched its latest crackdown against a phenomenon which just won't seem to die in rural areas - funeral strippers.
Drinking alcohol key to living past 90? What you need to know - HealthNewsReview.org
Unpublished observational data presented at AASH generates slew of headlines with causal language suggesting that moderate alcohol consumption helps you live past 90