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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope enjoys their time eating turkey, watching football and spending time with their family (whether it’s virtually or in-person). I will be celebrating Thanksgiving at my parents house up in Canada (where I’ve been since late June). We will putting together a little Thanksgiving dinner for the three of us (complete with pumpkin pie). If you’re taking a break from the Thanksgiving festivities to scroll through Flakes, feel free to share your plans for this Thanksgiving and tell everyone what you look forward to eating the most on Thanksgiving (for me it’s sweet potatoes and pecan pie).

Big news broke in the football (soccer) world yesterday when it was announced that Diego Maradona died of a heart attack at aged 60. A tragic end for a talented legend who experienced the highest and highs on the pitch and lowest of lows off the pitch. His dribbling and techniques made his seem untouchable but his rampant drug use exposed his weaknesses. I don’t think we’ll see any player in sports carry teams to glory the way he did. His entertaining presence will be dearly missed.

I encourage you to scroll down and read some of his obituaries and articles about him. Anyways onto Flakes..

Thanksgiving Flakes

Nebraska 102 McNeese State 55 | Basketball | Corn Nation

It took maybe two to three possessions to make it obvious that this Nebraska Cornhuskers basketball team’s ceiling is above and beyond anything the 2019-2020 Nebraska basketball team ever would have dreamed of. For me it started with a rebound by the 6’9” point guard Delano Banton.

Reviewing the 2020 Iowa Hawkeyes | Football | Corn Nation

The biggest key to Iowa’s five game winning streak against the Huskers has been domination on the ground; the Hawkeyes have had at least one 100 yard rusher in each game in the post-Pelini era. And in the last three years, it’s been Iowa running backs having their biggest game of the season against Nebraska.

Frost Provides Updates on QB, Mills, Jurgens and More Ahead of Black Friday | Football | Hail Varsity

Nebraska (1-3) coach Scott Frost met with the media Wednesday during halftime of the Husker hoops game (shoutout Frost for that) for the last time before his team takes on Iowa (3-2) during its annual Black Friday clash. He touched on what the quarterbacks have done in practice this week, but he stopped short of saying who would be the guy come kickoff.

Mailbag: Red Zone Offense, Second-Half Offense, Creating on Offense | Sports | Hail Varsity

Hail Varsity staff members Mike Babcock, Jacob Padilla, Greg Smith, Erin Sorensen and Brandon Vogel tackle your questions about the latest news in Husker Nation.

Padding the Stats: ‘Nature of the Beast ‘ With College Basketball This Season | Football | Hail Varsity

After several iterations, Nebraska finally has its schedule for this week — a nonconference game against McNeese State to get things started and then games against Nevada and North Dakota State in the Golden Window Classic. Fred Hoiberg said his staff prepared game plans for three different teams the Huskers won’t face. Coaches are really going to earn their paychecks this season.

’That’s What It’s All About’: Huskers Have Fun and Score Points in Season-Opening Win | Basketball | Omaha World-Herald

This year’s Huskers have already improved on last year in one way: They won their season opener. They had more points by halftime (50) than they scored in 40 minutes against UC Riverside last year. They scored 100 points for the first time since 2018. They had fun.

Run Stuffing is Not in Nebraska’s Recipe Book — and That’s Not Good When Facing Iowa | Football | Omaha World-Herald

It’s been a challenge for NU’s run defense to stay resilient. That’s been true from the Huskers’ first Big Ten game in 2011, when they allowed 231 rushing yards to Wisconsin in a 48-17 loss, to their most recent one against Illinois, when they allowed 285 in a 41-23 loss. Stuffing the run has been Nebraska’s most consistent struggle over 10 years. It was. It is. The Husker fortunes are likely tied, in part, to Nebraska somehow changing it.

Husker Offense Tries to Fix Little Things in Face of Big Challenge at Iowa | Basketball | Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska’s offense may have their work cut out for them this week against the Iowa defense, Lubick said. The Hawkeyes allow just 16 points per game, ranking third in the Big Ten. But among the inconsistencies for the Husker offense lies a bigger question: Who will start at quarterback? That ultimately comes down to Scott Frost, Lubick said, and the decision hasn’t been made yet.

Why Money-Down Woes — Offensively and Defensively — Start Before Third Down for Huskers | Football | Lincoln Journal Star

Truth be told, the Huskers’ woes in such situations have begun before third down, the money down. Opposing offenses are picking up small chunks on first and second downs, avoiding third-and-long and working with third-and-manageable, which opens the playbook and puts a lot of stress on a defense.

Sipple: Recruiting Guru Says NU’s Expectations Should Be Akin to Boston College’s | Football | Lincoln Journal Star

Look at Miami, Tennessee and Michigan, Farrell says. Like Nebraska, those programs also have fan bases that have unrealistic expectations. The difference, of course, is those schools do have strong recruiting bases. Then there’s this: There exists an ongoing national recruiting conversation that also applies (loosely) to Nebraska.

Travel

Which Thanksgiving Foods Can You Carry Onboard Flights? | Travel | Travel Pulse

he standard ban on carrying on any sort of liquid or gelatinous substances in sizeable quantities also applies when it comes to edibles. So, the TSA writes, “if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it, and it’s larger than 3.4 ounces, then it should go in a checked bag.” Most solid food items are eligible for carry-on.

Airline Launches ‘Speed Dating’ on Flights to Nowhere | Travel | Lonely Planet

Eva Air, Taiwan’s second-largest airline, has partnered with dating company Mobius to help those on board the “Love is in the Air” flights to to meet someone. The flights will last for three hours, departing from Taoyuan International Airport on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

A Road Trip Through Taiwan’s Hot Springs and Tea Plantations | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Taiwan was variously held by the Dutch, Spanish, and mainland Chinese until it was invaded by the Japanese in 1895. The new rulers went about building railroads, tunnels, and factories, turning Taiwan into a supplier for Japan’s booming industry until they were ousted after World War II.

Here’s How Long It Takes to Renew a Passport | Travel | Travel and Leisure

If your passport’s time is almost up, don’t wait — start the process now. Passport processing times vary — currently, you can expect to wait between 10 to 12 weeks for routine processing and four to six weeks if you go the expedited route, according to the State Department website. You’ll have to pay a $60 expedite fee, if you don’t want to wait for routine processing.

How Coffee Forever Changed Britain | Travel | BBC

According to Morris, the coffee initially consumed in England in the 17th Century was likely akin to modern-day Turkish coffee, albeit using stale coffee grounds given the long journey from the plant’s production hubs in Mocha, modern-day Yemen. Despite the bitter taste, early British drinkers widely praised coffee’s reviving effect.

The Untranslatable Word for Eating | Travel | BBC

There was not enough space for the copious amounts of food on the long, rectangular table, so the women of the house started stacking food-loaded dishes on top of each other, sometimes four plates high. It’s not unusual that during these feasts tables will buckle over thanks to the weight set upon them; a hit-you-over-the-head metaphor if there ever was one.

Diego Maradona

BBC: Diego Maradona - Argentina’s Flawed Football Icon

Sports Illustrated: Diego Maradona Was A Timeless Icon

Sky Sports: Diego Maradona - The Genius and Controversy of Argentina’s Hero

The Guardian: Diego Maradona Obituary

The Guardian: Diego Maradona, One of the Greatest Footballers of All-Time, Dies Aged 60

ESPN: Diego Maradona Will Be Remembered As One of Soccer’s Greatest, The Sport’s Ultimate Flawed Genius

RIP to one of the greatest