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Dickson's Week in Review, Jan. 31-Feb. 6

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Nebraskans are certainly aware of the huge football story. That’s right, tickets to the Husker spring game are now on sale.

Welcome to Nebraska, where people who’ve barely heard of Peyton Manning and Cam Newton can tell you all of Tanner Lee’s stats.

The Super Bowl is scheduled at begin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, provided Cam Newton is finished talking after Monday’s media night.

Super Bowl media night featured hand puppets, a leprechaun and a reporter in an “orange skinsuit.” I’m just glad this thing didn’t turn into a circus.

Do not forget the true meaning of the Super Bowl. It’s not about who wins and who loses. No, it’s about how much beer, cheese and Viagra are sold during the commercials.

On the secondary market last week, Super Bowl tickets were selling for $5,335. I’m pretty sure you can buy Ralston Arena for less.

Rumor has it astronauts on the International Space Station will appear on Sunday’s pregame show. It’s nice to see the astronauts have gotten over being hit by one of Carson Palmer’s pass attempts in the NFC title game.

CBS is sending 550 personnel to cover the game. This is not to be confused with the 530 sports writers The World-Herald used on signing day.

CBS is sending 550 personnel. For perspective, it takes ESPN an entire month to suspend that many hosts.

Last week, Newton was spotted in gold zebra print pants. He looked like he had just come from a garage sale at Johnny Weir’s home.

Super Bowl prop bets are dumber than ever. Guys can lose their house because Peyton Manning tapped the center’s butt four times instead of three times.

Super Bowl security includes fighter jets, helicopters and military dogs. This is the first sporting event in history that analysts can somewhat appropriately refer to as “war.”

On Airbnb, a treehouse near the Super Bowl stadium was renting for $495. “Honey, next time I’ll find the accommodations.”

Two Husker assistant football coaches, Trent Bray and Keith Williams, got big raises. I picture Bo Pelini: “I went 9-3 my last season and got fired. They go 6-7 and get raises?”

Signing day is a huge deal at Nebraska. It’s when the names of the four- and five-star recruits who’ll eventually be beaten out by walk-ons are announced.

Nebraska signed players from 14 states. I miss the old days when NU would sign 14 players just from Columbus Scotus.

Mike Riley focuses Husker recruiting on a 500-mile radius. Omaha is within 500 miles of Lincoln, right? OK, just double-checking.

Safety Deontay Anderson jumped from a plane to announce that he’s attending Ole Miss. I feel sorry for the Biloxi Sun Herald writer assigned to cover him. “We’re about to, gulp, leap from the aircraft to learn Deontay’s commitment.”

A Belgian cyclist was disqualified after getting caught with a concealed motor in her bike at the cyclocross world championships. Jeez, I hate it when officials nitpick.

Other competitors got suspicious when she pulled into Jiffy Lube during a race.

And finally: A 7-year-old Iowa boy punched his twin after losing a youth wrestling match to him. Let me just say a word about twins: This wrestling match was more competitive than any Super Bowl.

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