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Sunrise at the ranch this morning includes the ‘Christmas star’

It is almost Christmas (yep, stating the obvious here).

I don’t think I have ever been this not-ready. We just finally put lights on the Christmas tree yesterday. I still have Christmas shopping to do. I didn’t even get the presents for Ranchhand 3’s teachers put together before the holiday break.

But, we are all healthy (for now), together and there isn’t too much else this ranch mom could ask for.

I hope all of you are enjoying this holiday season. Early Merry Christmas to all of you!

Frosted Flakes

Huskers rally to beat Rutgers, 28-21 - KLKN-TV
Dedrick Mills and Adrian Martinez combined to run for over 344 yards as Nebraska rallied to beat Rutgers, 28-21, on Friday night to kickoff the Big Ten’s “Champions Week”.

Huskers overcome mistakes, finish strong over Rutgers | KLIN-AM
In a season that looked for a time like it would never happen, and in a game that saw four turnovers and a 3rd quarter deficit, Nebraska (3-5) finally found a way to finish strong in a 28-21 victory over Rutgers

With no McCaffrey spark available, Huskers rely heavily on Martinez, who shakes off mistakes | National | thecentralvirginian.com
Adrian Martinez made some mistakes that surely had fans back home spitting out their Friday night drink of choice.

Scott Frost emotional following Huskers win, talks difficult season both on and off the field
It’s been an incredibly tough year for Nebraska and Scott Frost.

Huskers Fall at No. 15 Indiana - University of Nebraska
Isabelle Bourne scored a team-high 16 points and added a team-high six rebounds, but No. 15 Indiana used a 15-0 run midway through the second quarter to run to an

Huskers decline bowl game
The Huskers announced on Sunday that they will not participate in a bowl game this season.

I teach one class at the local community college. My students were running on fumes emotionally and ready for the semester to be done - and they don’t have the demands of Husker football on top of being a student. I am not surprised the team voted the way they did. I also hope they get a chance to decompress and be with loved ones for the holidays. Things won’t be normal when 2021 begins, but hopefully there will be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Pender family raising unique breed of pigs - NORTHEAST - NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA
A unique breed of pigs with an ice age look is getting attention on the Svoboda farm in northeast Nebraska.

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

Tiger Woods, son Charlie enjoy 'special' weekend, finish seventh at PNC Championship
Charlie Woods was the talk of the PNC Championship, and although he and his dad, Tiger Woods, finished seventh, the elder Woods called the weekend "incredibly special for us."

Northwestern beats Michigan State, pulls off Big Ten upset - Sports Illustrated
Northwestern guard Boo Buie led all scorers on Sunday night with 30 points on 9-15 shooting.

New York Post nails back page after Jets’ first win
The New York Post with a classic headline that got national play during the Browns-Giants game

The Jets may have lost by winning?

Coastal Carolina, Cincinnati headline Bowl Day snubs
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers did everything asked of them and then some. The Chanticleers even added unbeaten BYU late in the season on short notice and pulled out a victory in one of the season’s most exciting games. The Chanticleers were No. 12 in the rankings released on Sunday.

Left out of bowl mix for now, all the Army Black Knights and coach Jeff Monken ‘want is a chance to play’ after memorable 9-2 season
As opt-outs and bowl cancellations swirled across college football Sunday, 9-2 Army was left without a game to participate in, prompting coach Jeff Monken to say, “Somebody’s got to fix that.”

How To Build A Placekicker | FiveThirtyEight
The position can be an afterthought — until a game is on the line.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

Carrot the deer found in Ontario with arrow sticking out of his head | Canada | The Guardian
Wildlife photographer Lee-Anne Carver is trying to share Carrot’s plight in hopes of saving injured deer

Congressman cracks open beer in final US House speech - ABC News
Cheers.

The Highest-Paid YouTube Stars Of 2020
A nine year old is still #1.

Meet Au-Spot, the AI robot dog that's training to explore caves on Mars | Live Science
Robotic "Mars Dogs" could use artificial intelligence and sensors to investigate the Martian surface and map hidden lava tunnels.

Mars Photo Booth - NASA Mars
Put yourself on Mars and strike a pose with the Perseverance rover, or next to the rocket. Just upload your favorite picture, choose a background and download your new image.

I can finally get my Christmas cards done!

The Milky Way is probably full of dead civilizations | Live Science
If there are other intelligent civilizations in the Milky Way, they are probably much closer than we are to the galactic center, and fairly young.

Meet Phelan the rescue pup—now America’s fastest dog
The four-year-old female mixed-breed beat out over a hundred purebreds to win the title of speediest canine today in Orlando.

Kilauea volcano erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island - ABC News
Researchers have been monitoring increased activity around the volcano.

2020 - still on point.

How Ancient DNA Unearths Corn’s A-maize-ing History | Smithsonian Voices | National Museum of Natural History | Smithsonian Magazine
New study shows how extracting whole genomes from ancient material opens the door for new research questions and breathes new life into old samples.

Surely there is something for Brew to “seed” from this story, right?

Human-Made Barrier Around Earth: What Is It? Does It Protect Us?
Earth is surrounded by a radio field caused by very low-frequency waves. This field pushes away the Van Allen radiation belts.

Another Week - Another Poop Article

There's a Pooping Man in the Catalan Nativity Scene | HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks finds out more about the Catalan custom of the caganer, the figure in the Nativity scene taking a poop.

Then There’s This

The rebel photographer who shot life behind the Berlin Wall
During the ’70s and ’80s, Harald Hauswald shot from the hip, secretly documenting life behind the Berlin Wall. This is his story.

And a very cool story it is.

Son wins US lawsuit after parents destroy his porn collection | Michigan | The Guardian
David Werking can seek damages after parents got rid of films and magazines worth $29,000

Divorced and living with his parents after spending $29K on porn? Are these things connected by chance?