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Friday Flakes: Grant Wistrom and Jason Peter Give A Speech plus ESPN doing ESPN things

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Hopefully it is not a momentary source of motivation

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I know I’m not the only one who wishes they could have been a fly on the wall to hear this whole speech.

Go ahead and call me jaded but this isn’t the first time a Nebraska coaching staff has brought in former players and coaches to talk to the kids to really let them know what it means to be a Nebraska Football player.

In fact Grant Wistrom was back in Lincoln last year when we played Wisconsin and he even led the pregame prayer. And we know how that turned out.

So is it going to be different this time?

Maybe.

I am sure the speech that Jason and Grant gave is just another part of the continuing message of what needs to change around the Nebraska football program. You hope it actually translates to the football field at practice first. Well maybe it did.

In a Q&A with Hail Varsity Radio, Grant said the following:

Talking to Coach Chinander, the following day there was a fight out at practice and two or three scuffled. Now, we weren’t looking to get the guys to fight each other out there but if you’re playing you’re hardest and you’re playing the hardest you can on every snap and that guy across from you is doing the same thing, then tensions are going to run hot and there are going to be skirmishes and shoving after a play and that’s okay. As soon as you walk off the field you’re brothers again. But when we’re out there on the field we are fighting tooth and nail to make each other better.

Call me old fashioned but I think fights at practice are a good thing.

Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander said the following about the practice after Jason and Grant met with the team:

The next day we probably had our most impressive practice on defense and guys were flying around. I think that was a direct correlation to the talk that they gave to our defense.”

I hope this isn’t a temporary moment but more of a trend the entire season and seasons to come.


BURYING THE FLIPPING LEDE

Just checked ESPN.com to use the article in Flakes in which John Elway said that the Broncos offered Colin Kaepernick a contract but he turned it down. It is notable news because many believe that Kaepernick has been black balled. Maybe he has by 95% of the league, but it is definitely news if he was offered a contract.

So what headline does ESPN use for the article?

John Elway: Broncos won’t consider Colin Kaepernick if a QB is signed.”

So since most people just read the headlines, little would they know, unless they read FOUR PARAGRAPHS down into the article:

“You know what, and I said this a while ago: Colin had his chance to be here. We offered him a contract. He didn’t take it,” Elway said. “As I said in my deposition ... he’s had his chance to be here. He passed it.”

This section of Flakes is not about Kaepernick and kneeling and all of that. This is me complaining that ESPN continues to earn a reputation for pushing a narrative with a strong ideological bent.

The only reason that article was written was because John Elway said they offered Kaepernick the contract. So instead of leading with that, they go with a headline that implies that the Broncos will not be considering Kaepernick. Of course they aren’t going to be considering Kepernick if they have the QB slot filled.

Maybe it gets clicks? I don’t know. Whatever.


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Random Wikipedia Article: Facts You Never Knew You Needed

“Hambye abbey is a Benedictine medieval monastery located in the countryside of Normandy. It lies in the valley of Sienne in a rural preserved environment. Today it is on the territory of the municipality of Hambye.

Located in the Normandy countryside, near from the Mont Saint-Michel, the Abbey of Notre Dame of Hambye was founded around 1145 by William Painel, Lord of Hambye, and Algare, bishop of Coutances (the Diocese of place). The monastery was established by a group of Benedictine monks from Tiron (Perche region in south-east of Basse-Normandie). Fueled by an ideal of rigor and austerity close to that of Cistercians, Benedictine monks built a sober and elegant abbey, typical of early Gothic period. The construction took place in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The religious community reached its apogee in the 13th century and then, after a long decline over the following centuries, disappeared in the 1780s.

Like all French abbeys, it became national property at the beginning of the Revolution. Eventually, the abbey was sold in 1790. The owners transformed or destroyed buildings and scattered the furnishings. Having belonged to the abbey for three centuries (16th-18th centuries), the altarpiece was also sold. The convent buildings became farm buildings. The abbey church was used as a quarry from 1810, and was gradually dismantled.”