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Corn Flakes: A Close Miss at Illinois, Fog, and a Positive Story About Youth Sports

A loss is still a loss, but Nebrasketball showed they can play well on the road

Nebraska v Illinois Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Good Monday morning from a foggy Nebraska.

We’ve been dealing with difficult driving conditions for most of the past week. The fog lifted for a bit on Sunday, only to have a new advisory issued for Monday. I guess we all need a reminder to slow down and take our time?!?

I’m taking Ranchhand 3 to the spine doctor today. When he was a freshman, he grew seven inches in one year and fractured a vertebrae in his back as a result. Now, as a senior, the pain is back, and he refused to let me make a doctor’s appointment right away.

When he finally relented, it took a while to get an appointment.

The basketball coach has been very kind. Ranchhand 3 was never going to be a huge contributor, but he is tall and has five fouls to give. With the back pain, he is limited in his practice time. Coach is playing him ~two minutes per game so that he gets his letter and feels like he’s part of the team. But, he isn’t on the floor so much that he is at high risk of getting into a bad situation and hurting himself more.

With the crazy stories we hear in youth sports, this is a story that should be heard more often. Find a place for a kid who has persisted and tried to improve each year. Reward someone who brings the rest of the team up, even if they don’t register a lot of stats themself.

Thank you Coach. I know he will remember this season, and your kindness, for a long, long time.

Corn Flakes

What a game last night against Illinois. The Husker men took a ranked team to overtime on the road. Given their road struggles, no one expected much from Nebraska, but they showed they can play. Now, they need to follow through and get some wins against non-ranked teams.

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