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Flakes: Waiting, Waiting, Waiting And Insulting Other Fanbases

This is the longest MONTH EVER.

Jon Johnston

I am all over the board this morning.

Are you paying attention to news out of fall camp?

Or are you just waiting?

Look at this quote.

Husker Quick Hits: Wednesday updates include encouraging report at running back

– Lubick highlighted Markese Stepp as looking "100 percent and ready to roll," which is obviously large for the running back position. Sevion Morrison has also been repping with the 1s and 2s, according to Lubick, and done some good things.

"Gabe Ervin has made some steps, which we expected, because you're a freshman and the biggest steps you make is from spring to fall. He's doing really good things. And so is Marvin." For that matter, Rahmir Johnson is having probably his best spring since he's been here, according to the OC.

The dude names just about everyone except Jaquez Yant.

This time of year is hard because this is the same stuff we’ve heard from the Frost camp for a few years now. It’s like me telling my wife I’m going to quit drinking - the same shit over and over and it doesn’t matter until something finally happens.

That’s where I’m at. It’s hard to generate content this way unless you just want to spew words. Hate to be that honest, but... there it is.

Insulting Other Fanbases

On the other hand, I could start insulting other fanbases before the football season even starts.

One thing to know. Just because Iowa has beaten us six straight times does not mean you can’t insult them. For one, what did they actually do with those six seasons? What did they accomplish?

Just because we’ve been bad lately does not mean other programs haven’t been too. It doesn’t mean insult’s don’t stick.

Here’s a story about that.

Years ago, I worked with this young man named Brian. Farm work, laying pipe, imagine that job.

Brian was slow. Granted, we were young. Most teenagers are pretty lacking in ambition. Brian was slow to get to work. Slow to get off the trailer and pick up a pipe. Slow in everything damned thing he did.

At one point, it really pissed me off because I wanted to finish.

“Jesus Christ, Brian, could you be any fucking slower?” - Something along those lines out of my mouth into Brian’s face.

This got his attention. I mean, REALLY got his attention. This is what I wanted, just to see if I could get a rise out of him.

“I’m NOT slow.”

“You are slow in everything. You walk slow, you move slow, you talk slow, on top of that, you’re a fucking idiot.”


Brian DID NOT like being called an idiot. He suddenly became more awake, more alive than I’d ever seen him. He raised his hands.

“You’re an asshole.”

And here’s the money shot.

“You’re right. I’m an asshole. But you’re still slow.”

And at that point, Brian started toward me, fists raised. He was nearly in a rage. I could tell he was even more angry because he tried to insult me and it didn’t work than what I’d said about him.

I raised my hands and told him I didn’t want to fight him, mostly because I’m not a fighter and there’s something about fighting a guy after you’ve hit his sweet anger spot.

Another co-worker stepped in front of him and started calming him down. Brian moved faster after that, but he did not like me much.

Here’s the deal with that exchange. Both statements were accurate.


How does this translate?

Iowa has beaten Nebraska six times in a row. Nebraska sucks.

Iowa did almost nothing during those six seasons. Did they win any championships? In anything? They are an average, mediocre athletic department in every sport with the exception of wrestling. Worse yet, they don’t even DREAM BIG. They are losers.

Both statements are accurate.

Nebraska sucks. Iowa sucks more overall because they don’t even try to be great.

And that’s how you get over being bothered by this idea of “We can’t insult them when they’re always beating us.”

The Olympics

Is this shocking? I’m finding it hard to watch when I already know the results. I enjoy the Olympics. It’s a bunch of sports, nations, and stories about which I only care about every four years.

But if you already know the outcome when you get up in the morning, check your email, check twitter, it’s unavoidable.

Does This Matter?

Yes, it matters. It doesn’t translate directly into wins, but knowing that we’re finally getting players to the point the NFL has more than just a passing interest is key to building a better program, especially on defense.

The other key? Finding and getting more into the pipeline.

Iowa football’s Rose Bowl struggles - Off Tackle Empire
The Hawkeyes want no part of a Pac 12 scheduling alliance

LGHL Asks: What will the change to a 4-2-5 scheme mean for OSU’s pass defense? - Land-Grant Holy Land
Will the Buckeyes be able to stop the pass after an atrocious 2020?

Notre Dame announces home opener against Toledo will be on Peacock - One Foot Down
This should come as no surprise to many out there, but the Notre Dame Fighting Irish announced today that the home opener for the 2021 season against the Toledo Rockets will be shown exclusively on Peacock Premium rather than on NBC.

Fights and Complete Chaos at Allegiant Stadium for US vs Mexico Soccer Game
Over the weekend, Allegiant Stadium hosted a soccer match between the US and Mexico. By all accounts, the stadium has become a complete disaster that invites the worst of Las Vegas in for a night of fist fights and complete chaos.

Olympics 2021 -- Equestrian jumpers say horses might spook at life-size sumo wrestler statue
Olympic riders say their horses might be scared of a statue of a sumo wrestler during competition. "As you come around, you see a big guy's [butt]," said a competitor from Great Britain.

Iowa Football 2021 Position Previews: Quarterback - Black Heart Gold Pants
would expect Petras will continue to progress as a quarterback. Hostile crowds in a big venue setting will be new to him, but athletes of this caliber live for this. I gave Petras a C+ grade last year. If that bumps up to a B/B+ or beyond the Hawks can win the West.

Barry Switzer on Oklahoma move to SEC: 'We'll be a top-tier team'
“We dominate this league and always have had to think we dominated the Big Eight, we dominated the Big 12,” Switzer said on ESPNU Radio. “But, (you won’t be playing) Kansas from here on (out and we'll be playing Texas every weekend….We’ll be a top-tier team and in the big SEC or we’ll be a team that people know that they got to beat because we’ll be talented.

Wisconsin Badgers football: 2021 fall roster released - Bucky's 5th Quarter

2021 Illinois Football: Defensive Line Preview - The Champaign Room
Bret Bielema’s 3-4 scheme is a welcome change for the Illini D-line.

DI board adopts APR change for transfers | - The Official Site of the NCAA
Division I transfer college athletes will earn Academic Progress Rate points for their previous teams if they are meeting Division I progress-toward-degree requirements when they change schools. The Division I Board of Directors on Wednesday ratified a decision made last week by the Division I Committee on Academics.

Previously, students had to earn a 2.6 grade-point average to earn an automatic adjustment for a lost retention point.

Suni Lee's parents, social media expert offer advice after gymnast says social media led to bronze-medal performance |
Lee, who considers the bars her strong point, says social media may have been a distraction.

"One thing I learned from this is that the media, the social, everything is crazy because you know you hear a lot of positive things, but you also get a lot of negatives," said Houa John Lee, Suni's father.

Click on this and follow this thread. It’s amazing.

Then There’s This

He couldn’t get over his fiancee’s death. So he brought her back as an A.I. chatbot

The death of the woman he loved was too much to bear. Could a mysterious artificial intelligence website allow him to speak with her once more?

This is... rather scary, honestly.

Perfection - A Writer’s Scourge - Jon Johnston

Perfection is the enemy of good. Have you heard that phrase before? I suppose you have. It’s the idea you’ll never complete something because it’s never good enough. It is a big problem for me when writing. I find it difficult to write a first draft of anything.

I am trying to figure out how I can do more. Faster. Better.