Mad Chatter: A Royal setback; worthy Blackshirts; Creighton expectations

So here’s what I learned last night at Kauffman Stadium. The World Series isn’t that fun when the home team doesn’t show up. And the line between invincible and in trouble is one bad pitching outing. 

(Here’s my column from Game 1).

James Shields has tried to live up to his reputation the past month. It’s not working. It's a lot to ask the Royals to win this series if Shields is getting shelled.

Yordano Ventura gets the ball tonight for the first time in 11 days. Ned Yost said Ventura has looked “dynamite” in side sessions. 

We’ll see. The Royals can’t put it all ...

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Video: The Big Ten Preview Show, Oct. 22

In this week's episode of "The Big Ten Preview Show," The World-Herald's Lee Barfknecht and Jon Nyatawa take a look at the conference landscape and what it will take for the College Football Playoff committee to take it seriously.

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Also, see Lee's Wednesday appearance on "The Bottom Line" in which he discussed the weekend's Big Ten football matchups, Husker hoops recruiting and more:

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Video: Lee Barfknecht talks Husker recruiting, Big Ten running backs, NU vs. Rutgers

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe in studio on Wednesday to discuss Husker hoops, Big Ten football, Nebraska-Rutgers and more.

Watch the full video below, and scroll down for some key quotes from the interview:

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On the Huskers landing commit Isaiah Roby and what it means for NU:

"Nebraska basketball recruiting is really in a totally different real...

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Husker I-back Ameer Abdullah No. 7 in Heisman odds

Nebraska star I-back Ameer Abdullah's odds at winning the Heisman made a 20 percent jump after his four-touchdown performance against Northwestern on Saturday. 

The senior is listed at 20/1 by the betting site Bovada, bettering his 25/1 odds from last week's rankings. He was also listed at 20/1 two weeks ago after a loss to Michigan State. This week Abdullah is the seventh listed Heisman candidate, tied with three other players.

Abdullah ran for 146 yards and four touchdowns against the Wildcats as the Huskers rolled to a 38-17 victory. Against the Spartans, Abdullah was held...

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Poll: NBA GMs expect big things from Doug McDermott

In the 13th annual NBA GM survey,'s John Schuhmann anonymously asked the top decision-makers from across the league a variety of questions — NBA Finals predictions, projected MVP, the best players at each position and more.

Of note, former Creighton star Doug McDermott — now a forward with the Chicago Bulls — came up twice in the responses.

McDermott received votes in the category of "Which rookie will be the best player in five years?" — Milwaukee's Jabari Parker finished first in the voting with 35.7 percent.

The former Bluejay also finished second with 14.3 p...

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Video: Greg McDermott, Austin Chatman, Will Artino at Big East media day

Creighton men's basketball coach Greg McDermott and players Austin Chatman and Will Artino represented the Bluejays at Big East media day on Wednesday in New York.

Check out their video interviews below, and stay tuned to (and @OWHjays on Twitter and Bluejays Today on Facebook) for complete coverage of the event.

Earlier Wednesday, the Bluejay men were voted ninth in the 10-team league's preseason poll.

Also, check out World-Herald staff Steven Pivovar's breakdown of Big East media day Wednesday on "The Bottom Line" with host Mike'l Severe.

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Husker D-end Randy Gregory named Lott Trophy quarterfinalist

Nebraska's Randy Gregory was one of 20 defensive players named as a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive end has 28 tackles this season, including six for a loss, and 4.5 sacks. The junior also has an interception, forced a fumble, has two pass deflections and nine quarterback hurries.

The Lott Trophy is named in honor of former Southern Cal and NFL standout Ronnie Lott and is presented to the nation’s most impactful defensive player.

Gregory was named the Lott Trophy player of the week following his performance against Mia...

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Former Huskers Eric Crouch, Trev Alberts named to Hall of Fame ballot

Former Huskers Eric Crouch and Trev Alberts were among 87 players named to the ballot for College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Wednesday.

There are currently 16 Huskers in the Hall of Fame, with the latest inductee being Tommie Frazier, who entered in 2013.

Crouch won the 2001 Heisman, Walter Camp, and Davey O’Brien Awards while leading the Huskers to the 2001 national title game. He holds the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (59), and started 38 games over four seasons for NU.

Alberts, now the athletic director at the University of N...

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From the Archives: 1994 Huskers top Missouri as focus shifts to No. 2 Colorado

On the 20-year anniversary of the 1994 Nebraska football team's national championship season, we're taking a look back at each of the Huskers' victories in that perfect 13-0 campaign.

The Huskers were 7-0. Missouri was 2-4. There wasn't a lot of hype heading into the teams' Oct. 22, 1994, matchup. And Nebraska showed why, beating the Tigers 42-7 behind solid performances from I-back Lawrence Phillips and quarterback Brook Berringer.

But the real story was that this game would serve as a warmup for the No. 3 Huskers, who would face off with No. 2 Colorado in a highly anticipat...

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The Blackshirts are back

After holding Northwestern to just 28 second-half yards in a 38-17 win, 16 Nebraska football players received Blackshirts on Tuesday.

>> Defensive line: Randy Gregory, Maliek Collins, Vincent Valentine, Kevin Williams, Greg McMullen. 

>> Linebackers: Trevor Roach, David Santos, Zaire Anderson, Josh Banderas

>> Secondary: Josh Mitchell, Byerson Cockell, Daniel Davie, Jonathan Rose, Joshua Kalu, Corey Cooper, Nate Gerry. 

By class: 

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Photos: Chewbacca, Power Rangers, Pelini among costumes at Red-White baseball game

October baseball is a thing in Lincoln. The Huskers are holding game three of the fall Red-White series today at Haymarket Park, and coach Darin Erstad decided to let his NU players get a bit wacky, playing the scrimmage in a variety of costumes – including sci-fi movie icons, college sports coaches and cartoon characters.

Check out a variety of Twitter posts featuring photos of some of the best getups from the game, starting off with Erstad's announcement of the idea and his submitted lineup for the game:

@Huskers Costume game tomorrow at noon. Boys deserve it been working ...

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Huskers land 2016 small forward commitment

The Nebraska men's basketball team got a commitment Tuesday night for the 2016 class. Isaiah Roby, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound wing from Dixon, Illinois, tweeted a picture of himself with Husker coach Tim Miles.

Very happy to say I have committed to coach Miles and the University of Nebraska! #GBR #Nebrasketball #B1G — isaiah roby (@roby_isaiah) October 22, 2014


Miles also sent out a tweet earlier in the night, though NCAA rules prevent him from directly speaking about student-athletes before they sign letters of intent.

#GBR #Huskers ...

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Practice Report, Oct. 21: Blackshirts, Bando and Rutgers

Randy Gregory might be a projected first-round pick in 2015 NFL draft, but he'd never worn a Blackshirt before Tuesday. And the Nebraska defensive end wasn't sure he was ever going to, even when safety Nate Gerry said before practice he thought coaches would hand out the black jerseys used to signify the top defensive players on the team.

"I walked in the locker room and a I saw a white jersey and I thought, 'Well, they lied,' but then we go meetings and come back, and it's black jerseys," said Gregory, who never wore one despite being All-Big Ten last year, in part because the Hus...

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SI: Randy Gregory will go No. 2 in 2015 NFL draft; Abdullah 25th

Husker defensive end Randy Gregory was tabbed as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, according to the latest draft projections by

Gregory has been projected by many as an early first-round pick since he announced his plans to return to Nebraska after his sophomore season, when he started 10 of 13 games and recorded 66 tackles and 10.5 sacks while earning first team All-Big Ten honors.

SI lists Gregory behind top pick and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Sports Illustrated on Gregory:

"A minor knee injury slowed the start to Gregory's 2014. He s...

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Rutgers AD, a Nebraska native, looks forward to Lincoln trip

With the Scarlet Knights visiting Nebraska in their first season in the Big Ten, Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann — a Nebraska City native and former Husker volleyball player — is looking forward to the chance to get back to her home state.

"Mom still lives there and my brother is still there and all my nieces and nephews. There will be 20 from the Hermann clan coming to the game," Hermann told

A four-time letterwinner and former all-Big Eight selection with the Huskers, Hermann became Rutgers' first female athletic director in 2013 — just the third female AD a...

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Video: The Big Red Today Show, Oct. 21

In this week's episode of "The Big Red Today Show," Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa discuss the latest headlines about the Husker football team, Nebraska's 38-17 win at Northwestern and what lies ahead in this weekend's home matchup with Rutgers.

Want even more Husker updates and analysis? Follow Sam and Jon on Twitter.

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Tickets made available for Nebraska-Rutgers game

Rutgers recently returned a limited number of tickets for Saturday’s football game at Memorial Stadium.

These tickets are located in the visiting team allotment and are available for purchase now.

Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at or by calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIG-RED between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Big Ten teleconference: Pelini knows what Rutgers is going through

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Nebraska three years ago was doing what Rutgers and Maryland are doing now, dipping its toe in the Big Ten for the first time and sometimes finding out about the league on the fly.

NU head coach Bo Pelini was asked about the challenges Tuesday on the Big Ten teleconference as the Huskers prepare to play Rutgers on Saturday.

“It is a challenge for Rutgers, for Maryland,” he said. “It’s like you’re playi...

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Press conference: Huskers looking forward to afternoon football

As much as the Huskers enjoy the atmosphere of a night game, they can't wait for Saturday's 11 a.m. kickoff against Rutgers. Because that means they can get home at a reasonable hour.

Nebraska's played five straight night games -- and three of them have been on the road. That's a lot of groggy and lethargic Sunday mornings. NU landed at 6 a.m. in Lincoln after the Fresno State, around 3 a.m. after Michigan State and just before 2 a.m. after the most recent road trip to Northwestern.

A tough stretch, coach Bo Pelini said.

"I was worn down -- really worn down (Sunday)," P...

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Doug McDermott explains why he wore a Northwestern shirt on Saturday

Former Creighton basketball star and current Chicago Bulls rookie Doug McDermott created a stir on Saturday during the Nebraska-Northwestern football game when he was shown on the video board wearing a Northwestern polo and trying to pump up the crowd. 

The Nebraska half of the crowd at Ryan Field voiced their displeasure with a chorus of boos. And McDermott received a lot of flack from Nebraska fans on Twitter.

McDermott responded on Twitter with a picture of former Creighton teammate Grant Gibbs in the middle of a scrum for the ball with Nebraska star Terran Petteway.

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Video: Husker volleyball coach John Cook at weekly press conference

NU volleyball coach John Cook addressed the media Monday.

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Video: Highlights from Nebraska's win over Northwestern

Watch video highlights from Nebraska's win over Northwestern on Saturday.

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TBL: Tom Shatel joins Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line"

World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel discussed Doug McDermott, Husker football, Husker basketball and more on "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Monday.

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TBL: Nebraska football recap with former Huskers Carriker, Kellogg

Former Huskers Adam Carriker and Ron Kellogg joined "The Bottom Line" Monday to break down the Nebraska win over Northwestern.

Video: Carriker talks about the defensive effort

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Video: Kellogg discusses the offense

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Video: Husker Monday Minute with Sam McKewon, Oct. 20

The World-Herald's Sam McKewon talks about a range of topics, including NU's success on third down, the relationship between ESPN and the SEC, and the Huskers' injury situation.

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Mad Chatter: Huskers should be playing against themselves; McDermott's Northwestern shirt; Royals prep

When it comes to Nebraska football, I’m a snob. I think a lot of us are. 

Not because I played the game at a high level (that’s a funny thought). Not because I'm a schematic wizard (also comical). But when Nebraska went on its national championship run in the 90s, I was 13-16 years old. Pretty much the peak of sports fanaticism. Those seasons have always kind of been the standard.

I realize factors have changed. I recognize that Nebraska isn’t Alabama or Florida State. I can adjust my expectations. But I still expect the Huskers to play at a higher level than the Big Ten requ...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Oct. 19

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action in the NFL? Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of NFL action shots.

The Week 7 update includes a number of shots of Prince Amukamara and Zak Bowman during the New York Giants game with Dallas.

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Huskers, TBL celebrity pickers get back on track

The Huskers got back in the win column, taking down Northwestern 38-17, and all of our celebrity prognosticators picked up the win as well.

The World-Herald remains the only unbeaten picker at 7-0, the rest of the crew is 6-1.

For the first time, Twitter superstar @FauxPelini came closest to predicting the score, missing by only 7 points. 

See their predictions below and follow @OWHbigred and @OWHbottomline for the NU-Rutgers predictions next week.

Social media picks for the #Huskers game. @AdamCarriker94 @FauxPelini @erinsorensen, 27 is a popular number! pic.twi...

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Tom's Takes: Nebraska 38, Northwestern 17

Wow, tall buildings!

Welcome to the new great Nebraska road trip. An amazing number of Nebraska fans were all over downtown Chicago on Friday and Saturday. Only Husker fans could make Chicago look like Stillwater.

It’s bound to get interesting

Minnesota is unbeaten and Iowa just has one loss. Same for Nebraska and Wisconsin. I can see a scenario where the winner of the West has two losses. NU has to go to Wisconsin and Iowa, and suddenly Purdue and Minnesota aren’t easy outs. Minnesota has Iowa and Ohio State still at home and trips to Nebraska and Wisconsin. The Hawkey...

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Video: Sam McKewon's postgame analysis of Nebraska-Northwestern

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon breaks down Nebraska's 38-17 win over Northwestern. 

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