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Friday Flakes: Is Nebraska Football Fun Again?

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I was sitting at home watching the game last Saturday with my son. Then this happened.

And it was right about the moment that Quinton Newsome caught it... stride...

…and it was clear he was going to return it for a touchdown (while high fiving Tommi Hill)…and I have to admit that in my head the first thought that flashed through my mind was, “Is Nebraska Football fun again?”

It might have been a one time thing but I am starting to think that it isn’t. The way this team flies around and hits people. The way that Matt Rhule has apparently brought back tackling to Memorial Stadium. The way that special teams is making plays. The way the offense is TRYING to do whatever it has to do to win games.

It is just fun to watch Nebraska football again.

In no attempt to rehash the past, over the past decade or so I would say that watching Nebraska football was more of a stressful event instead of a fun one. It was stressful always waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Stressful just thinking what could go wrong — go wrong. Then even when they would win, however rarely, it was more of a relief instead of joy.

I know that Quinton Newsome and Tommi Hill should not have been high fiving each other when they did but it sure looked like they were having fun.

When the players are having fun, it sure makes cheering for them a lot more fun.


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We hit on that and more in this week’s 3-2-1 column with three things we learned, ask two questions and make one prediction.

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But, she is also a natural coach, according to Husker Head Coach John Cook.

Behind Enemy Lines: Breaking down the Michigan State Spartans
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No ugly talk from me right now.

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"I was a little teetery," he said.

He'd considered himself a defensive back. That's what he came to Nebraska to play. And if not for some injuries derailing the process, he might have logged his share of snaps somewhere on that back end too.

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No matter one's thoughts on Knight, his impact on the game can't be denied. His death prompted mourning from the college basketball world Wednesday, including from Indiana, Texas Tech and Army, where he started his head-coaching career.


Omaha Restaurant Dishes You NEED to Try at Least Once - Restaurant Hoppen
Consider this your “Omaha food checklist”… to one man’s palate, at least.

These are dishes I think any Omahan, especially one who classifies themselves as a food lover, needs to experience at least once. Some are fine dining, others are from hole in the walls. I believe this list offers a grand view of Omaha’s dining scene, and I feel extremely confident that if you have any of these dishes, you’re going to be thrilled.

I tried to keep this list to items you’ll find on each restaurant’s menu consistently (with two exceptions; you’ll see), so incredible restaurants with menus that change frequently like Au Courant, The Boiler Room, and V. Mertz weren’t included. But anything else is fair game.

Consider this your unofficial guide to Omaha’s best bites.