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Brad's morning edition. Check back this afternoon for more jokes from Brad.
* Tom Osborne is stepping down Jan. 1 as NU athletic director. If only we'd known this a week ago, to pay tribute, every offensive play in the second half against Idaho State could've been a bouncearooski.
* What a cruel world it is when Mike Leach returns to college athletics and Tom Osborne leaves.
* Osborne exudes class. Anybody else remember the good ol' days when every other Big Red Breakfast didn't result in a shouting match?
* The NFL and referees have reached an eight-year deal, the longest of its kind. Because it's eight years, this will take the referees through the next 12 Kansas City Chiefs victories.
* The NFL referees are going back to work. Well, I think they are. This is so typical. At the press conference to announce a settlement, none of the referees' mics worked.
* The NFL admitted the call at the end of Monday Night Football was wrong, but it is doing nothing to correct the problem or keep it from happening again. Congress, meet NFL. NFL, this is Congress. You two should get along well.
* Jon Gruden called the ending on Monday Night Football “tragic.” I immediately checked the wire to see how many people died, and shockingly, there were none.
* On Friday morning, Deb Fischer and Bob Kerrey will debate live on MeTV at 11 a.m.. This means the Nebraska Senate race could be decided by folks used to sitting around in their pajamas watching “Daniel Boone.”
* On Tuesday, President Obama expressed hope that the NFL and the referees would work out their differences. Which is pretty much all Obama is doing to improve the economy – expressing hope it gets better.
* It appears that Mitt Romney may be getting desperate. He just called on Ohio to secede from the union before November.
* The vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will take place Oct. 11 in Danville, Ky. Democrats are requesting use of a special teleprompter that Biden can see with his foot in his mouth.
* Sen. John Kerry is playing Mitt Romney in Obama debate preparation. Let's see, Romney is being portrayed by a wealthy guy with big hair who ran a disappointing presidential campaign. Yeah, I'd say they got it right.
* Mitt Romney just attended his grandson's soccer game. This makes sense. Compared to soccer, Americans should have no trouble embracing Mormonism.
* A new strain of flu may spread from pigs to human. To be safe, I'm going to stop shaking hands with pigs.
* Texans defensive end Antonio Smith was fined $21,000 for kicking the Dolphins' Richie Incognito. The replacement refs were watching for that type of play. Apparently, before the game, Incognito had notified them that the Texans can be dirty.