The newly arrived Mars space probe Maven sent back photos of a life form in some kind of futuristic costume— wait, that was actually the Huskers in their Red Rising alternate uniforms Saturday night.
Saturday was NU's homecoming. To give you an idea of the high priority put into recruiting, the homecoming king was a four-star high school kid from Florida. "Nice crown. Maybe I will come here." The homecoming theme: "Celebrating 125 Years of Husker Football." With a nod to a couple of Bill Callahan seasons, I might've gone with "Celebrating 123 Years of Husker Football." The Nebraska-Illinois game started at 8 p.m. This is the first season where the Huskers are using a no-huddle offense just to get the games over before 2 in the morning.
It was reported last week that at halftime the Husker marching band would spell out "FEAR AMEER." That still pales in comparison to what the band at T.J. Houshmandzadeh Jr.'s old school pulled off.
To promote Abdullah for the Heisman and other awards, the NU sports information office sent the media AA batteries. Being familiar with the frugality of many sportswriters, I look for 'em to use the batteries and then vote for Marcus Mariota.
Some longtime Husker season ticket holders booed Miami as the team left the field. To put it into perspective, these are people who have cheered Barry Switzer, Brian Bosworth and Urban Meyer. Michigan pulled a promotion in which people who bought two Cokes got tickets to the Minnesota game. Wolverine fans who a few years ago would've swam across Lake Michigan blindfolded for tickets were going: "Uh, I'll think about it."
Michigan and Texas have agreed to a home-and-home football series— in 2024 and 2027. The way things are going at those schools, do we even know that they'll have football in 2024?
Penn State sent a linebacker recruit 107 letters listing 107 reasons why he should pick Penn State. I have two words for this kid: "restraining order."
To win over a defensive end recruit, Wake Forest photoshopped a picture of him with Kim Kardashian. Bold prediction: Any kid who chooses his school because of a Kardashian photoshop will never make academic all-conference. On Thursday night, Derek Jeter played his last home game at Yankee Stadium. The overblown farewell tour ended the only way that it could, with the mayor of New York City presenting Jeter with the Statue of Liberty.
It looked like Jeter's final home game was in doubt before the rains suddenly relented. He went on to get the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth. This was like a scene in "The Ten Commandments."
The Baltimore Orioles mascot retaliated after getting hit with a low blow from a fan during a photo op. I don't care how close these division races are, this is my play of the year.
A number of critics say that the design of the Golden State Warriors' new arena "looks like a giant toilet." All of a sudden, TD Ameritrade Park facing the wrong direction doesn't seem so bad. At the Omaha Civic Auditorium liquidation auction next weekend, a couple of old Zambonis used for years at Omaha hockey games are on the block. The Zambonis were authenticated by the hundreds of Schlitz beer can dents.
And finally: Cole Custer, 16, became the youngest person to win a NASCAR race. When I was 16, 1 was getting ready for my fourth attempt at qualifying for a learner's permit.
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