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NCAA Basketball: South Dakota at Nebraska Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

I do have to admit that these jerseys look awesome.

Look good, play good?

Creighton is favored by 14. It could be bad. Or it could be good.

That is what you call analysis.

Thought I Had This Week

Lately as I have pulled up to gas stations or other businesses in my car I turn the car off and grab my mask. Then I look at the door as I put the mask on over my face. Then I think “this must be what somebody who is going to rob the place feels like.”

Anybody else ever have that thought or is it just me?

Alright, here is the flakes.


SPORTS! SPORTS! SPORTS!

Why traps, long traps and whams are effective in the NFL – The Athletic
To trap something you need to have bait to put the target in a compromising position before attacking. A trap block in football is exactly that. On a trap play, the offensive line leaves a defensive lineman unblocked in hopes that he’ll fly upfield, so a pulling offensive lineman can earhole to open up a hole for the ball carrier inside. It’s an old-school play that is still run sparingly in the NFL. When called at the right time, a trap usually leads to an explosive run.

One theory as to why coaches keep messing up QB decisions
It’s the most important thing in football, making the right moves at quarterback. And yet coaches keep getting it wrong. Why? It has happened in a few high-profile situations of late and we may be witnessing a correction in a few current instances this season. But some coaches aren’t fortunate enough to know what they lost until it’s gone.

Parkour group urges IOC to reject its sport for 2024 Paris Olympics
Organizers of the sport of parkour urged the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday to reject adding the obstacle-course-style street-running event to the 2024 Paris Olympics because of a dispute with the governing body of gymnastics.

How a cone bracket can effectively double a receiver – The Athletic
You hear analysts or commentators say that a team’s No. 1 receiver was doubled or talk about how a defense has to double Player X on every snap, but the truth is getting a true double on a receiver is not as easy as it sounds, especially on early downs.

LeBron James says Kyrie Irving's comments implying lack of faith in late-game abilities 'hurt me a little bit'
Months ago, LeBron James bit his tongue when Kyrie Irving's comments on Kevin Durant's podcast seemed to disparage the Los Angeles Lakers star's late-game abilities. Now, James has opened up about his former teammate's take on a podcast appearance of his own.

A support team, Taco Bell and trust - How Washington's Ron Rivera faced cancer without missing a game
Before he received his dosage of radiation and underwent chemotherapy, Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera received a simple but meaningful greeting at the front desk of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia.

It was an everyday gesture in a situation that wasn't ordinary.

Quick Hits from Frost: Return of a back, false positives, more
We'll see how it translates when Saturday's action arrives, but Scott Frost believes the prep work of his team is far improved after a win this time compared to last – in which a clunker followed.

Know Thy Husker Foe: A breakdown of the Minnesota Golden Gophers
The best news is it appears there's going to be a football game against Nebraska and Minnesota on Saturday. But what is the Gophers' roster situation at the moment? What are the strengths and weaknesses of P.J. Fleck's 2020 team that has been out of action the last couple weeks.

Nebraska, Creighton Both Looking to Bounce Back in Friday's Battle | Hail Varsity - Nebraska Football, Recruiting, News
Wednesday’s loss to Georgia Tech hit hard in the Nebraska locker room. They don’t have any time to dwell on it, however, with a quick turnaround for Friday’s trip to Omaha.

“They were bothered by it,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said after the game. “That was a dejected locker room in there. Kobe [Webster] was doing a really good job of talking and trying to keep the guys’ spirits and talking about how we need to put it behind us and bounce back with a good, solid day tomorrow and get ready for one of the top teams in the country on Friday, our first road test.”

Frost Talks False-Positives, Responding to a Win, and More Ahead of Minnesota Clash | Hail Varsity - Nebraska Football, Recruiting, News
When Nebraska beat Penn State 30-23 for its first win of the season, then followed that up with a sleepwalk performance against Illinois—a 41-23 loss—the preparation was a major talking point. Nebraska, it was said then, didn’t handle success well. Husker coach Scott Frost said after the game it felt like the team won once and thought things were going to roll from there.

Why has Nebraska football avoided a COVID shutdown? A little luck and a lot of discipline | Football | omaha.com
As COVID cases continue to pause practices and cancel games around college football, Nebraska has stayed relatively COVID-free during the season. No starters have been held out due a positive test, and that would be obvious due to the Big Ten’s 21-day sit-out policy.

Nebraska A.D. Bill Moos shares details of new football complex that will 'impress anybody' | Football | omaha.com
It won’t be, as Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said Thursday, “gaudy,” but the $155 million football facility— now slated to open in 2023, will be impressive.

And the entryway to the complex, Moos shared in a wide-ranging interview with The World-Herald, will be “an eye-opener.”

“STICK TO SPORTS!” Nah.

Should Americans Get Half Their Calories From Carbs? Two Camps Battle It Out - WSJ
A food fight over carbohydrates is shaping up for control of Americans’ plates.

Years after low-carb eating gained attention with the Atkins diet, the low-carb movement is trying to gain wider mainstream acceptance and a nod of government endorsement. The latest battleground is the U.S. government’s dietary guidelines, which are being revised for the first time in five years.

How to see Jupiter and Saturn align in rare double-planet conjunction - Business Insider
Jupiter and Saturn are about to line up perfectly in the night sky, getting so close on December 21 that they'll seem to touch.

The last time they looked this close from Earth's vantage point was nearly 800 years ago, on March 4, 1226.

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