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Dickson's Week in Review, Feb. 21-27

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Nebraska’s Tai Webster dribbled past Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate while he was slapping the floor to taunt. I’m not sure which was worth waiting for more: this, or that NFL player who got tackled by his long hair.

Before the NU women’s basketball team’s loss to Purdue, the Huskers lost both their starting and backup point guards. It looked weird to see Mrs. Harvey Perlman dribbling the ball up the court.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s Trey Bardsley, who is about 5-foot-9, is averaging 27 points per game. He was a two-sport athlete in high school, and I’m pretty sure one of those sports involved riding a race horse.

Harlem Globetrotter Scooter Christiansen sank a 100-foot shot from the Staples Center roof. I didn’t think we’d see that until Kobe Bryant’s last game.

Charles Barkley turned 53 last week. He celebrated by saying 53 outrageous things that would get any other analyst booted off the air.

Thirty-six years ago last week, the U.S. Olympic hockey team upset Russia in what some called a sports miracle. In a related story, Nebraska just offered a football scholarship to an in-state player.

The Husker national championship teams of 1994 and 1995 are going to be the subject of an ESPN “30 for 30.” Before you get too excited, this could be 59 minutes on Christian Peter with a brief mention of Tommie Frazier, “time permitting.”

Former Husker and NFL player John Parrella was named NU’s defensive line coach. With Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine gone, what are the odds we can sneak Parrella into the goal-line defense?

Mike Riley hired Billy Devaney (no relation to Bob) as executive director of player personnel. Now Riley is looking for an assistant named Osborne to simultaneously confuse yet dazzle the fan base.

If you looked closely at the infield during the Daytona 500, you could see the Michigan football team holding spring practice.

North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz may be the first quarterback taken in the draft. Scouts are excited to see what he can do surrounded by NFL talent. Forget that, I’m excited to see what he can do on a field where the temperature is over 9 degrees.

Some of the events at the NFL combine don’t necessarily correlate to football success. For example, this year there’s a scavenger hunt.

At the combine, former Husker Andy Janovich set a record: “most bench press repetitions by a player you never heard of until five months ago.”

A team in a summer baseball league for college players will be called the Savannah Bananas. Those are the scariest words any athlete can hear. “Son, we want you to be a Banana.”

ESPN’s Linda Cohn hosted “SportsCenter” for the 5,000th time. Interestingly, only 4,975 of those broadcasts led with stories about the New England Patriots or Alabama Crimson Tide.

An Ohio teen was booted from a soccer league for talking on his phone while playing, shooting fake arrows after scoring and pretending to give birth to a ball. What are the odds he has a Cam Newton poster in his bedroom?

And finally: At the closest Daytona 500 in history, Denny Hamlin won by inches. In a sign of the times, he lurched ahead when the leader took a cellphone call.

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