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Frosted Flakes: No Football at UConn, Pet Alligators, and Assassin Flies

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The big news today was the Big Ten office releasing the 2020 football schedule.

At least, we hope there will be football.

Regardless, the schedule developed by the league office is pretty ingenious. A lot of work went into scheduling ‘pods’ of games in such a way that teams playing each other share bye weeks. A game that has to be postponed can be moved to a bye week for both teams.

If lots of games start getting postponed,they could get rescheduled to back end of the season. There are two weeks between when the season is scheduled to end and before the conference championship game (December 5). Additional flexibility comes in that the championship game could be moved back to allow for more time for the regular season schedule to finish.

But, if that many games are postponed, I have a hard time believing that they will ever get played. Unless teams extend the season into the spring semester.

I don’t want to be doom and gloom, but I am still somewhat doubtful that we’ll get to see much football.

In that regard, one domino fell today when UConn cancelled its football season.

UConn Becomes 1st FBS Program to Cancel Football Over Virus | Sports News | US News
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn canceled its 2020-2021 football season Wednesday, becoming the first FBS program to suspend football because of the coronavirus pandemic, as other schools had taken the Huskies off their schedules and the governor was reluctant to allow UConn to travel to states with high infection rates.

The schedule release today gives us something football-related to talk about.

Let’s hope we get to see it too.

Frosted Flakes

30 Huskers earn Gilman scholarship for education abroad | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Thirty undergraduates have earned the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to support credit-bearing study abroad, internship abroad or virtual international opportunities in 2021.

Juco transfer DB Joseph is on campus, enrolled at UNL to become official member of team | Huskers |
The final addition to the 2020 recruiting class is officially a member of the team after arriving on campus and enrolling at UNL over the weekend.

Huskers Lead at Nebraska Women’s Amateur - RIVER COUNTRY - NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA
Husker women’s golfers Nicole Hansen and Lindsey Thiele fired the two best rounds on opening day at the 46th Annual Nebraska Women’s Amateur at the Country Club of Lincoln on Monday.

Former Huskers Quincy Enunwa, Spencer Long released by NFL teams | Football |
A pair of former Huskers — Quincy Enunwa and Spencer Long — were released by their respective NFL teams this week.

Which Husker assistant has the biggest job ahead? BC says...
So who has the toughest assignment of any Husker position group coach heading into fall camp?

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

Marlene Stollings’ Texas Tech program a culture of abuse, players say
In two years since Marlene Stollings took over once-storied program, 12 players have left amid allegations of abuse by the coach and two assistants.

Top WR prospect Rashod Bateman opts out of 2020 college season
Minnesota Golden Gophers star Rashod Bateman is opting out of the 2020 college football season due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The vaunted receiver prospect plans to file for early eligibility for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Albert Pujols homers again, needs only one more to tie Willie Mays on all-time home run list -
Pujols hit career home run No. 659 against the Mariners on Tuesday night

Katie Ledecky is swimming with a glass of chocolate milk on her head -

More Noise and Other Disturbances

Parents with children forced to do school at home are drinking more
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Does coronavirus linger in the body? What we know about how viruses in general hang on in the brain and testicles
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The name Karen has somehow become the universal term for the angry, white woman. But when and how did that happen?

Why Success Won’t Make You Happy - The Atlantic
The pursuit of achievement distracts from the deeply ordinary activities and relationships that make life meaningful.

Alligators make terrible pets: ‘You’re basically dealing with a dinosaur.’
A rise in the abandoned reptiles around the United States—including two recently found in a Kansas creek—has raised concern among experts.

Urgency to bear witness grows for last Hiroshima victims
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — For nearly 70 years, until he turned 85, Lee Jong-keun hid his past as an atomic bomb survivor, fearful of the widespread discrimination against blast victims that has long...

New fabric could help keep you cool in the summer, even without A/C (video) - American Chemical Society
Air conditioning and other space cooling methods account for about 10% of all electricity consumption in the U.S., according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Stranded Mariners Rescued From Island In Micronesia, Thanks To ‘SOS’ Etched In Sand : NPR
The three-person crew of a skiff had not been heard from since July 29, and were reported missing on July 31.

Colorado woman ‘terrified’ to discover 4-foot snake slither out of apartment toilet | Fox News
A Colorado woman lived out a childhood fear last week after she leaned over her apartment’s toilet bowl and saw a four-foot corn snake slither out.

Predicting the Next Plague

Ruthless Australian ‘assassin flies’ named for Thor, Loki — and Stan Lee | Live Science
Biologists named 5 newly-described species of Australian "assassin flies" after Thor, Loki and other Marvel heroes.

Deep sea microbes dormant for 100 million years are hungry and ready to multiply – URI Today
For decades, scientists have gathered ancient sediment samples from below the seafloor to better understand past climates, plate tectonics and the deep marine ecosystem.

Another Week - Another Poop Article

After being swallowed alive, water beetle stages ‘backdoor’ escape from frog’s gut | Live Science
Some animals escape predators by hiding, fighting, or running away. Others wait until after they’re eaten before making their escape.

Then There’s This

Online advert for influencer's assistant goes viral
The advert for a job as a personal assistant to a "well known celebrity/influencer with 10+ million followers" has gone viral, thanks to its unusual demands and job expectations.

For Sale: A Cold War Bunker and Missile Silo in North Dakota - Atlas Obscura
It’s a Cold War missile site, and it’s for sale.