Poor Mike Riley. He hasn’t even coached a game yet and he has 1,500 more tickets to sell.
» Piece of cake, right? That’s always been the reputation. These 1,500 Nebraska season football tickets that went on sale Monday came from the pool of tickets for visiting fans, which has been reduced by the Big Ten. It’s not like 1,500 Husker fans gave up their tickets.
But can 1,500 “new” fans be found? Great question.
Make that 1,000. Five hundred of the new stash were gobbled up on Monday as soon as word got out.
What about the remaining 1,000? This is a new day in college football, right? That’s what we keep hearing.
Every NU game is now on TV. Starting times bounce around. Most tickets carry a donation.
More fans are finding reasons to stay home. Athletic directors are now trying to create ways to keep them in the stadiums on Saturdays.
Is this where the sellout streak ends?
I’ll say no, of course. The Streak will roll on, even if a corporate buddy must step in. But will it come to that?
It’s not a bad year to have a sudden surplus. New friendly face at head coach. Attractive home schedule.
Can a 9-4 program that hasn’t won a championship in 16 years up the ticket ante? Like the saying goes, there is no place ...
» There’s a first for everything, and last week that was Johnny Rodgers seeking me out for advice. Seems “The Jet” is about to have knee replacement surgery, and he had questions about the recovery and therapy. I told him doctors would probably not let him drive for four weeks, but he could be back returning punts within a week.
» That may be the only thing I have in common with the legendary Rodgers. He earned his replacement with some of the most famous knees in football. Mine just got tired of getting off the press box elevator.
» The fifth anniversary of Nebraska going to the Big Ten came and went last week without a lot of noise. I think most have moved on.
» I think the realignment storm that happened a few years ago would make for a great ESPN docu-movie. Mike’l Severe, host of The Bottom Line, says he thinks the life and times of Nebraska football in the ’90s would be a terrific “30 for 30” movie. I’d watch ‘em both.
» One more thing on the new tickets being made available. I’ve noticed during some of the Big Ten games in Memorial Stadium that the visiting section isn’t nearly full. Could be that folks have stopped traveling for college football. With Nebraska fans, it’s hard to tell because they live everywhere.
» Matthew Dellavedova Mania does not exist in Omaha, at least not on the Hilltop. Creightonians, and head basketball coach Greg McDermott in particular, cringe at the site of the Cleveland Cavs guard as he’s carved a legend in the NBA Finals.
Why not? They still remember the 19 points that Dellavedova dropped on the Jays, including 5 of 10 3-pointers, in a 74-66 Gaels win at St. Mary’s in the 2013 Bracket Buster.
“We didn’t have a lot of prep for that one, but we put in what we thought was a good package for defending the ball screen,” McDermott said on Monday.
“He (Dellavedova) absolutely torched us on the pick and roll. No matter where we were or what we did, he always had the right read and then he’d make a 3-point shot. He has unbelievable high basketball IQ. And his toughness has been obvious in the Finals.”
» Already, Chambers Bay is the weirdest U.S. Open ever. There’s never been a major on the Seattle-area links track, and there are lots of strange vibes from the pros, some of whom are complaining about it. It’s hard to pick such an unorthodox Open, so I’m going with an unorthodox pick. Henrik Stenson.
» If the NBA Finals goes seven games, I say give the MVP to LeBron James, win or lose. Dragging the cast of “Entourage” to the seventh game would be a feat of historic proportions and worthy of MVP.
» The “Baseball Village” across from TD Ameritrade Park has really grown on me. It’s like a baseball fair or carnival and fits the CWS like a batting glove. We’re still trying to figure out this new place — and moments like Monday’s walk-off homer can only help grow the history. But so will the atmosphere around the stadium. The place is full during a game, so folks are coming down just to hang out. And why not? That’s the spirit of the CWS.
» When you marry a Valley girl, one of the many benefits is getting to hang out at the Spruce St. Tavern, a classic Nebraska hangout in downtown Valley, Nebraska. We were there last week to attend an old Valley High reunion, and one new addition caught my eye: a Youngstown State banner on the wall, between Nebraska and Creighton banners. This has to be the first YSU hangout in Nebraska.
» One more and I’m outta here: Speaking of Valley, I’d like to offer a toast to Jary and Dee Phillip, my wonderful father- and mother-in-law, on their 50th wedding anniversary. That’s awesome and that’s old school. If — wait, when — I hit my 50th anniversary, I’ll be 89. For the occasion, I’ll be presenting my wife sainthood.
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