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Bigger than sports

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2011 by rylanreed

This showed on Outside the Lines, ESPN, a day or two before the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  It’s an excellent story of sports and major events, and how at times the moment of a sport doesn’t and shouldn’t take over the attention of what ever the major event brings to focus about life.  Here is a transcript of what Bruce Smith said after he received the Heisman.

Another moment comes to mind for me, the day Nebraska played Penn St. in Football and how both teams came to the middle of the field in unity and prayer.  A great moment in sports, and a small starting block of healing for everyone involved.

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Here Texas goes again

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , on July 22, 2011 by rylanreed

I am sure every one knew this was coming, even when the great University of Texas said they wanted the best for the conference, Texas just wants to be on top of everything, no matter who it pushes into the dirt.

Here are a few really good articles talking about this little situation college football, Big 12, and the teams in it are trying to figure out the best possible outcome.  My suggestion, let Texas be with Texas, every one in the Big 12 find somewhere else to go (I know you can) and don’t worry about what stunts they might try to pull.  I’m glad Nebraska is out, sorry to not have the games against the good teams (Oklahoma, Kansas, Oklahoma St, Kansas St, and Mizzu), and wish Texas wasn’t so… arrogant and controlling might be some of a few words I could use for them.

It’s actually fun to watch the whole thing rumble and crumble along the way.  I would totally suggest Oklahoma and Texas A&M, and well everyone else to go look for another conference, it will be good for you and everyone else.

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And here’s the call

Posted in Random, Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2010 by rylanreed

I’ve been asked to be an umpire a couple of times over the past few years, and needless to say I probably would have done them just for the fact that those asking me were friends… but in all reality, I don’t think I would want to take on the responsibility that umpires (or referee’s in general) have over the game that everyone loves.

There have been bad calls in the Major Leagues, by some high class and intelligent umpires, and the latest one came during one of a few games where the end result could have been a perfect game. On June 2, 2010 Armando Galarraga was one out away from a perfect game and then the safe call came from Ump Jim Joyce (sorry for the language on the video).  Here is the story, and how they came back together for the ESPY’s to announce the best moment in sports.  I really appreciated the way both Jim and Armando reacted after things were all over, Jim apologizing and the hand shake the next day.  No one is perfect, even though there has been a few “perfect games” in MLB history, most people put in that situation might have gone the same way as Jim.  He is a good man and still a great Umpire.

Here is sort of a funny video of a little league Umpire, who I guess goes by the name of Norm

Don’t go off-ing someone just because the Huskers lost

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2010 by rylanreed

Weird title for a blog right? yeah, I thought so…

After Saturday’s game of which the Huskers didn’t show up for at all and totally got trampled by the stampede that the Longhorns had coming for two weeks, it could have been possibly for someone or a couple of people to get really angry/frustrated/mad and do something insane.  It was a bad loss and Texas did all the right things to get that win into their hands.  We have to give them credit cause their defense took it to us and made us look like a little school girl playing against the big boys.  Their offense made the right calls and the right reads that got them the points needed to win the game.  Sure, we made some horrible plays, on both sides of the ball. Dropping thrown balls like they were filled with lead, and not making tackles, thinking that shoulder bumps would bring a man down.  Lets get this straight, we got out-manned, out-played and out-coached.

Two things I think brought this upon our football team.  The first one was the pressure we put upon these 18 to 22 years old kids to win a game that us as fans were yearning for since the Big Twelve title game last December.  The last-second controversy, which was a good call by the way even though it did seem like the clock guys held that last second for longer than was actual.  Having that call and that second being talked about all over the radio, message boards, blogs and face to face, the players definitely got a vibe for what Husker nation was wanting. Then came Red Out Around the World, and the great thinking that putting the Oct. 16th date on the title would help everyone get more pumped… dumb idea.  Tom and Bo agreed, that was a bad decision.

The second thing was the hype that kept building once the season started up until the lose.  Texas was losing, first UCLA then Oklahoma.  The Huskers on the other hand were winning and winning by pretty good margins (except for that one game, SDS) and running the ball without problems.  It all looked too good to be true and it wasn’t.  I was hearing the week before the game, scores that were out of this world kind of crazy. 46-6 and 38-3 and 49-7 (rough estimates).  Crazy pressure put on those players, thinking that the game would be a breeze.  You have to remember that Texas has had Nebraska’s number since the Big 12 started and Mac Brown, as well as those Texas players, weren’t going to going into a three game losing streak. That just wouldn’t be thinkable in the minds of anyone connected to the Texas Longhorn football program.  I don’t know if the players or even the coaches didn’t prepare as much as they needed to or prepared for what they thought was going to happen.  I’m sure from seeing how Taylor Martinez ran through all those defenders into the end zone so many times, the offense probably thought they had everything down and were ready to play right away. Maybe not, but it sure looked like it. I know Bo Pelini took a lot of the blame, but you have to point it towards the other coaches as well. It was an all together coaches and players that made bad decisions.

So, what now? Well, my thought and hopefully most others, or at least the coaches and players, is to look to the next game and definitely to the North.  We lost a game and probably are out of the National title contention, unless something crazy happens and we somehow get back up there.  We need to look to winning the North, then winning the Big 12 title and where ever we go from there to a bowl game, we should be happy about it.  Keep focused ahead and only look behind to see what went wrong and what needs to be fixed.  If we can focus on the day to day and winning the North first, then we can deal with the South next.

LA getting all the good stuff (You need to watch the ED Thomas video!)

Posted in Sports world, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2010 by rylanreed

In a short period of time, one month if you add a day or two, Los Angeles had four distinct events that brought the town some great enjoyment and possible envy to others around the country.

The best play was a hard one to determine in my book… I think Brett Favre’s pass was pretty good, but the other three were pretty good as well… I really enjoy the video of the college baseball player flying over the catcher, because it’s not something that everyone would think of doing in that situation.  Here’s the video:

what’s with all the dancing?

Posted in Random, Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2010 by rylanreed

I’m not sure how Digger Phelps came to the position that he did, but somewhere in that brain of his he decided that it would be fun to dance with every single cheerleader from each school that was hosting College Game Day basketball.  I’m not saying that he should stop, or that it’s not funny, because it is pretty funny to watch him dance.  I just want to know where that idea came from.  A dancing Digger!

Don’t stop now, keep laughing

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2010 by rylanreed

Here are the Russian Bobsled team, having a little chuckle at the Canadians expense during the Olympics this past year.

I would have to say that South Dakota State is probably laughing at us, the Huskers, for the performance that we put on tonight. It looked like heads skidding across ice…