Are we having fun yet? Arkansas and Oregon State gave us a performance that usually go up in frames on the wall around here.
So after a week of interference from Mother Nature, we turned our attention to the base paths.
Taking stock of our sports world while renaming the College World Series “The Greatest Show on Tarp."
Several million fans ago, the only clock issue at the College World Series was how you long you wanted your steak on the grill.
Taking stock of our sports world and thinking about how to make the College Weather Series better.
Dave Van Horn was always going to be here, Boss Hogg leading the Arkansas Razorbacks in the College World Series. It was his fate. But Van Horn loves telling the story of how — 20 years ago — he took the long way, through Lincoln.
The CWS is our Fantasy Island. A two-week escape on our Field of Dreams, where we take one step into TD Ameritrade Park and magically go to a place of laughter, families, ice cream, baseball and innocence. Saturday, in the first game of the CWS, the real world throws out the first pitch.
The new Dennis Poppe introduced himself to Omaha on Wednesday. Anthony Holman stepped up to the microphone at TD Ameritrade Park. He talked about how excited he was to be the new lead administrator for the College World Series. Been with the NCAA nine years. Ran the Division III baseball championship. Borrowed ideas from Omaha. Looks like a good man.
During the first weekend in April, brutal weather threatened to cancel Minnesota’s first Big Ten home series. So coach John Anderson got busy.
Nebraska basketball will be a great story next season. The team should be decent, too. I hear some say that getting the band back together only puts more pressure on coach Tim Miles. I couldn’t disagree more.
Bill Moos has hinted he wants to add old Big Eight rivals to Nebraska's nonconference schedule. Many have also called for the Huskers to play some big-name programs. Whatever philosophy Moos chooses, it needs to be in Nebraska’s best interest to make the College Football Playoff.
The timing does, indeed, seem right. Scott Frost is leading a revival to not only honor Nebraska football's past but also turn toward the future in a unified front. Having Frank Solich, Tom Osborne and Frost in the same sold-out ballroom for a big embrace would be compelling stuff. It would also be a symbolic way to put the last 15 years behind everyone.
Will I partake in a legal sports bet? Hold on. Let me ask my wife for some money.
It has been 10 years since Nebraska hosted an NCAA baseball regional. You do remember the Huskers used to host, right? Jim Hendry, Alan Benes and Steve Bruns’ mad dash for home, Bluejays vs. Shockers and “Diamonds Inin the Sky.” You kids do know that Creighton once played in aCWS College World Series?
Taking stock of our sports world while thinking that Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz missed a real opportunity last week.
Steve Pivovar and Bill Gorman were baseball men. They didn’t play between the lines or receive huge ovations. But they showed up every day and did their jobs, with a joyful passion.
Taking stock in our sports world and wondering how many Huskers will follow Stanley Morgan in next year’s NFL draft.
He couldn't be reached for comment, but I’m guessing Alan Parsons would not have been upset at “Come Together” replacing his “Sirius” as a Nebraska Tunnel Walk song.
Taking stock of our sports world and what I learned from the Nebraska spring game.
There's been a different approach with this Nebraska football coach. We built the statue of him before he could coach a game. The Celebration of Scott Frost continued on Saturday. It was a revival meeting in red, more than merely a spring game.
How Scott Frost handles his first quarterback race at Nebraska will offer a window into how he plans to manage the program going forward.
I like straight talk. Most, if not all, Nebraskans appreciate straight talk. That's a good thing, because it has returned to Memorial Stadium. Scott Frost speaks his mind, tells you what he thinks, whether or not you agree with it or want to hear it. There’s nothing malicious about it. It’s not a purpose pitch. It’s all very matter of fact. Plain and simple, it’s Frost.
Taking stock of our sports world and wondering if Jim Cantore has been banned from Lincoln this Saturday.
Noah Vedral wasn’t offered a scholarship by then-NU coach Mike Riley. Following Frost back to NU made all the sense in the world. He did so with the understanding he would have to sit out next season.
It’s an Iowa program that is feeling it. There’s an expectation of making NCAA regionals every year. There’s a giant photo of TD Ameritrade Park on a wall in the Hawkeye locker room — and it’s not there to reference the Big Ten tourney. Meanwhile, Iowa fans have caught the college baseball bug. They’re traveling. They’re talking big. One day, the CWS. Remind you of anyone?