Last week a record was set in the pole vault. It was set by a member of the local media trying to gain access to Memorial Stadium for the BTN Media Tour.
Nebraska unveiled the addition to East Stadium at Memorial Stadium. East Stadium originally opened in 1923. Ironically, a lot of the same East Stadium season ticket holders were on hand for both events.
The East Stadium addition includes laboratories where groundbreaking research into athletic performance will be conducted. This lays the groundwork for the first scientific breakthrough made adjacent to a fan wearing a rubber corncob atop his head.
Reportedly, Bo Pelini is seeking to develop depth. By the middle of the season he wants a backup quarterback who’s actually snapped his chin strap.
Ricky Williams ripped Johnny Manziel. This is a new low for Manziel — a guy in a “Reefer Rules” T-shirt, with a joint in each hand, says you gotta work on your public image.
The NFL suspended Texans defensive end Antonio Smith for the first regular season game after he pulled the helmet off Dolphins guard Richie Incognito. Incognito couldn’t retaliate because at the time he was busy hog-tying a linebacker with duct tape.
According to another report, Incognito knocked out a hotel security guard. You know football season is upon us when Incognito highlights resemble soccer riots.
Gene Simmons of Kiss bought an Arena League football team. It’s the only professional sports franchise where 90 percent of fans are just there to see the owner’s tongue.
The Cox Classic may move to a place that’s traditionally less hot than Omaha the week that it’s played. I’m guessing that would be the Gobi Desert.
Some say the Cox Classic is too fan friendly. I don’t know where they get that idea. Maybe from the 19th hole “Name that tune” contest where the winner gets a PGA card.
FYI: the Cox Classic is the only pro tournament where playoffs are decided by a limbo contest.
The Los Angeles Lakers are going to don short-sleeved jerseys for some games. That means the Lakers will be wearing more clothes than most of the people in the stands in L.A. watching them.
During a game against the Red Sox, Yankee Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch thrown by Ryan Dempster. The commissioner immediately summoned Dempster to his office, where Dempster was presumably presented with a medal.
To motivate his team, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon brought a 20-foot snake into the clubhouse. With all the performance enhancers in baseball, by the time it left it was a 40-foot snake.
And finally: LeBron James has shaved his head. No word yet if ESPN plans to pre-empt the first week of college football games to cover this breaking news.