Tom Shatel

Sports columnist


Tom is The World-Herald's lead sports columnist. Since he started in Omaha in 1991, he's covered just about anything you can imagine. Follow him on Twitter @TomShatelOWH. Phone: 402-444-1025.

January 26 is always a tough day, the day my mother passed away in 1995. Today was the 25th anniversary of that. But it was going to be a good day. I was taking my wife and two daughters to the Creighton "Pink Out" game. Plenty of reasons to smile, good vibes. Then came the news. A helicopter crash in L.A. Kobe Bryant, gone. Also, his 13-year-old daughter.

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Absolutely, put it on my tab. I took that Nebraska culture for granted. Learned the hard way.


I’m a columnist, have been since 1991. I never wrote about Minnesota or its schedule last week. I picked Minnesota to win. And if I’ve been getting checks from NU I need to find out who’s getting my mail at home, ha.


Right, Sirius. Thx I cleared that up.