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Thursday Flakes: Popping Ears on Airplanes, Staying At Someone’s House and Remembering Mike Leach

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Mike Leach will be missed. He’s an interesting character and brilliant mind. There are so many wonderful stories that have been shared about him over the last few days. Leach hated questions about football and preferred to talk about a wide range of other non-sports topics that he was knowledgeable about. If I ever had the chance to meet Mike Leach, one question I would have asked him is ‘Do you think Walter White was a good father?’ I knew he was a big fan of the tv series ‘Breaking Bad’ and I would be curious to get his answer on this topic.

If you could have asked Mike Leach one question, what would it be?

Here are a few other questions to get the ball rolling. What do you do when you ears start popping on the airplane? How do you feel about 5G phones calls on flights and the chance to have someone talking on the phone next to you? How long is the acceptable amount to stay over someone’s house? Will Argentina or France win the World Cup?

Anyways onto Flakes...


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Rodriguez earned the second All-America honor of her career as she was a first-team selection last year and the AVCA National Freshman of the Year. This season, Rodriguez averaged 4.26 digs per set and led the Huskers to a nation-leading opponent hitting percentage of .128. The Sterling, Ill., native also recorded 25 service aces and had 135 set assists in the Huskers’ 6-2 system.

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The deadline for countries within the EU to make 5G frequency bands available for planes is June 30, 2023. That means folks flying in the EU might be kissing digital disconnection goodbye by summertime. 5G will make all smartphone features operational during air travel.

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