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Happy Independence Day!

I hope you are enjoying the most American of all holidays. On this day, back in 1776, a group of colonists flashed their collective middle finger at the king of England by signing the Declaration of Independence.

So, how do we celebrate? Many people cook things over open flames or in boiling oil. Almost everyone takes advantage of their impulse to blow things up, sometimes while simultaneously drinking heavily. Americans are multi-taskers if nothing else.

I am celebrating by studying for a big test I need to take for my graduate courses starting this fall. I am also pulling together curriculum for a class I will be teaching.

Explosive devices may be involved, but since we’ll be driving to observe said explosions, there probably won’t be any beer.

How are you celebrating today? Let us know in the comments!

Frosted Flakes

Nebraska football: Former Husker Ron Brown moves on from Liberty
While Turner Gill and several other former Nebraska football players and coaches have made the jump to FBS with Liberty, Ron Brown is moving on.

Three former Huskers help Team USA win gold medal at Nations League volleyball tournament | Volleyball |
Three former Huskers — Jordan Larson, Kelsey Robinson and Justine Wong-Orantes, helped Team USA claim a gold medal at the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Nanjing, China, on Sunday.

Schnell Talks British Open on the Golf Channel - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Nebraska football: Hall of Famer cautions on counting wins and losses
Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner recently talked about how Nebraska football should measure success in 2018 and talked about growth rather than wins.

Kuhlkin Wins 2018 U.S. Women's Open - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402

Rick Porcello, Michael Lorenzen hitting reminds us the DH is stupid -
Michael Lorenzen isn’t the only reason the DH is stupid, you know.

Young Thai soccer team trapped in cave sends positive video message
The young Thai soccer team stranded in a flooded cave released a video message on Wednesday that said the players and coach are healthy and safe.

2018 USA Games - The water is Special Olympics swimmer JoJo Harris' happy place
Jolina Harris, affectionately called JoJo by her family, was drawn to the water as a young child. The ocean was her playground -- and her solace. Now a 12-year-old, she finds that peace in the pool as a Special Olympics swimmer.

English quarterfinalists actually look different
England looked competent and composed in its penalty-kicks victory over Colombia. And, well, rather un-English.

The Warriors Are Making A Mockery Of The NBA Salary Cap | FiveThirtyEight
Just when you thought competitive balance in the NBA couldn’t be worse, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors swooped in Monday night, stole the…

Joey Chestnut: The amazing faces of the hot dog eating champ
Joey Chestnut devours some hot dogs with aplomb.

You Didn’t Come Here for Just Sports, Did You?

Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer. Decaf May Do The Trick, Too : The Salt : NPR
The latest study to link coffee and longevity adds to a growing body of evidence that, far from a vice, the brew can be protective of good health.

Sony tries to upload movie trailer to YouTube, posts entire movie instead | Ars Technica
The video has since been taken down, though it stayed up for hours.

Margarita-Swilling Bear Commandeers California Hot Tub : NPR
Soak up some holiday vibes with this video of a bear having an afternoon in Altadena, Calif.

Why You Can’t Write Messages With Fireworks—Yet
Smiley faces and hearts burst into the sky on the Fourth of July, but here's why you probably can't write your name in the stars.

Then There’s This

Tornadoes: Five-ton tractor 'missing' in South Dakota following tornado
Tornadoes have been known to toss around everything from cars and trucks to cows and people, but usually the objects don't vanish completely. But last Thursday, a tornado near the Montana/South Dakota border lofted and destroyed some farm machinery including a 5-ton tractor that has yet to be found.

South Dakota tractor taken by tornado found in Montana | Local News Stories |
Doug Davis finally found his tractor that had been swooped up by a tornado from his ranch in northwest South Dakota. Sort of.

Woman, declared dead, found alive in South Africa morgue freezer
Officials in South Africa are investigating an incident where a woman was declared dead at the scene of a crash, taken to a morgue, placed in a freezer and then discovered to be alive.