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Breaking Brad: Warren Buffett is apparently really good at gambling, too

CNBC reported that Warren Buffett just made his first-ever bet at a Las Vegas sports book. OK, this is when you know there are not a lot of attractively priced stocks out there — Buffett turns to gambling.

FIRST DOWNS AND SECOND GUESSES

Shatel: Huskers charge up neat promotion for Ameer Abdullah

I’ve never been a fan of gimmicks to promote college football players. They’ve usually gone in the circular file, or to one of my kids. But I like the Ameer Abdullah batteries, mainly because Nebraska has rarely done this over the years, and because Abdullah is a young man worth promoting.

Breaking Brad: Storm Chasers win PCL title! Everyone go crazy!

Congratulations to the Omaha Storm Chasers, who won the PCL championship. Now, the Storm Chasers are known nationally for something besides having one of the three weirdest nicknames in sports.

Breaking Brad: Have your title, Miss New York. We'll take our rain.

At the Miss America Pageant on Sunday, contestants wore outfits emblematic of their home state. With all the rain, I believe Miss Nebraska came out in a skin-diving suit.

LIVE CHAT

Lunch with Tom: Replay

Hungry for some sports chat? Log in at 10 a.m. Monday for “Lunch with Tom’’ featuring columnist Tom Shatel.

Brad Dickson's Bottom 10, Sept. 15

After a wild, wacky, frustrating, downright weird week in sports, it’s nice to reflect on the one constant: Bottom 10 teams that mostly continue to lose.

FROM THE NOTEBOOK

Kelly: 2 Omaha boys in hot water after doing ice bucket challenge in their bedroom

“The water and ice were all over the carpet and the bunk bed,” said the youths' dismayed mother. “I was initially quite mad. I’m glad the water didn’t go through the ceiling.”

FOOTBALL

Shatel: On trip to Twilight Zone, Huskers sap the drama, create feel-good ending

The Fresno State trip is over, and Nebraska not only survived, but was able to breathe easy most of the night. That is, as easy as you can breathe in the open-air sauna that is Fresno. No worries. The only thing the Huskers lost on Saturday night was a lot of weight.

Grace: Journeys of discovery on the Platte River, 300 years apart

Photojournalist Doug Meigs takes the same journey down the river as a Frenchman who explored the waterway three centuries ago. 

HUMOR

Dickson's Week in Review, Sept. 7-13

Saturday night’s Nebraska-Fresno State game began at 9:30 p.m. Welcome to Midnight Madness, college football edition.

Grace: Ray Rice punch video is proof of much bigger problem — that society needs to see domestic abuse to believe it

Domestic violence usually occurs behind closed doors. Rarely do we get this kind of hard look, and the video carries believability.

Grace: 13 years after 9/11, next generation sees optimism in the rubble

A group of local students didn’t see the smoldering steel ruins of the World Trade Center as they looked at a twisted metal sculpture in downtown Omaha. Instead, they thought about what now stands on that Manhattan site — a glimmering memorial. Instead, they dealt with a more philosophical, hopeful theme: transformation. 

FOOTBALL

Shatel: After 30 years, it’s a homecoming for Steve Taylor

Congrats, Steve. This must be the return trip that Tom Osborne promised back in 1984, when he recruited you to play quarterback at Nebraska. You know how it goes: If you come here, we’ll schedule a game in your hometown 30 years later, when you’re doing the postgame call-in show.

Breaking Brad: This weekend at Werner Park, lieutenant governors get in free!

A big Storm Chasers playoff promotion at Werner Park: At the next home game, all former Nebraska lieutenant governors get in free.

Breaking Brad: McDonald's knows to give me multiple napkins

A man is suing McDonald's for $1.5 million because he only received one napkin. The fact this wasn't thrown out of court in the first three seconds proves how bad of a court system we have.

Breaking Brad: State of Nebraska should post Lt. Gov. ad on Craigslist

With the kind of luck we have with lieutenant governors, we should just put an ad on Craigslist.

Breaking Brad: In Omaha, you still can't pay for parking with pot

At Septemberfest, a man tried to pay for parking at the CenturyLink Center lot with marijuana. I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess his license plate read "Colorado."

FOOTBALL

Shatel: Big Ten can succeed without selling out

Here’s something to remember as you hear everyone chime in with suggestions to get Big Ten football up to speed (literally). Recruiting, scheduling and hiring great coaches are all top items. But first, you have to care. The Big Ten, I believe, cares about being the Big Ten.

Breaking Brad: LeSean McCoy is a bad tipper

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy left a $0.20 tip on a $60 restaurant bill. In the NFL, we have Megatron and Mini Tip.

Breaking Brad: Nebraska voters, say no to an Ebola pipeline!

I keep having a recurring nightmare that Nebraska gets a pipeline with the Ebola virus running through it.

Breaking Brad: The real reason Nebraska's unemployment rate is up

Unemployment in Nebraska is up due to all the Lieutenant Governors who've resigned the past couple of years.


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