No, this is not a sad story.
I am a high school basketball coach and two nights ago before one of our games I was reading the book “The Two Towers” by J.R.R. Tolkien. A couple of my freshmen basketball players came up to me and the following conversation happened.
Freshman A: “Hey coach, what are you reading?”
Me: (Turning the book so he could see the front cover)
Freshman A: “Oh, is that about 9/11?”
Me: “What? No. That’s the twin towers.”
Freshman B: “Oh so is it a Osama Bin Laden book?”
Then we had a discussion about reading, 9/11 and Lord of the Rings.
So that’s my story about how LOTR and 9/11 met on a cold Tuesday night in southeast Nebraska.
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Lincoln Riley has USC Trojans starting to believe in themselves again
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The kind of deal that might have some recruits looking over with the "Did you see that?" glances between series. You may have just noticed I made yet another play. You may have noticed I do a slice of everything.
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The Huskers (12-0) remain one of the nation’s six undefeated teams.
Padding the Stats: Volleyball Viewership, Super Senior Decisions and Bryce McGowens - Nebraska Volleyball - Hail Varsity
Jacob Padilla hit on volleyball's growing popularity, the decision awaiting John Cook's seniors and Bryce McGowens in this week's column.
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The problem is he’s lit everything on fire on his way out the door. The Giants have a stupid amount of money committed to a lot of middling players, boasting one of the most bloated salary figures in the NFL. As it stands the team only has $4M in space for 2022, less than the Los Angeles Rams, and they don’t have a QB of note.
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It’s a whole new world in college football. In years past the bowl game gift bag was the only opportunity players could get rewarded for risking their bodies all season long. Now, with NIL rules, athletes can finally get additional compensation for playing one of the most dangerous sports in the world.
“STICK TO SPORTS!” Nah.
State Patrol apologizes after it mistakenly sends emergency alert test to Nebraska cellphones | Omaha State and Regional News | omaha.com
A test of the Emergency Alert System jolted many Nebraskans awake late Tuesday night when their cellphones sounded loud alarms.
The Nebraska State Patrol issued the alert, which was inadvertently sent to cellphones across the state at about 11 p.m., said Cody Thomas, spokesman for the Nebraska State Patrol.
Think Santa Is Busy? Ham Sniffers Are Pushing Their Noses to the Limit - WSJ
Christmas is the busy season for scent experts at Cinco Jotas, a 142-year-old company in Jabugo, Spain, who take whiffs of pork to determine whether the meat passes muster. ‘I will find a way to sniff 801.’
The Best Things I Saw On The Internet This Week
We STRONGLY approve of this “Tipping in the Boro” series… more stuff like this, y’all! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/B75JLdmq6j— Murfreesboro Holler (@TheBoroHoller) December 20, 2021
No big deal; just a deer scoring a goal then celebrating... pic.twitter.com/AKhGIKSDF7— Steve Stewart-Williams (@SteveStuWill) December 16, 2021