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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.

Ndomination Suh

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2009 by rylanreed

This is a great website, because its all about SUH!

Everyone else for the most part is talking about it, so I will include all of what they say together and maybe add in a couple of my own thoughts on the Big man SUH.  If you want, vote him for the Heisman here.

I think voters should start considering him. Seriously. I don’t think it’s necessarily a crazy notion. The award is supposed to go to the nation’s best player, right? How many defenders do you see who are as disruptive as Suh week in and week out? Plus, he’s extremely athletic for a man his size. Carl Pelini told me recently Suh could be an All-American guard or center on offense. He’s that talented.  He was easily the best player on the field Thursday night on ESPN against Missouri. ~ Steve Sipple

I was thinking about this earlier and trying to decide how one votes on this issue. Essentially, like in the school yard, you would have to ask yourself who would you rather have on your team as your first pick. Or, you would ask yourself who do you NOT want on the other team. Given that it seemed at first that one would want a tallented offensive player. I then thought about that… A great offensive player is only as good as those that surround him. A hole in the armor and that player is susceptable to nullification or injury. Suh is the person that single handedly can nullify the effectiveness of an ENTIRE offense. He can, has and will again, put numerous players out of the game or simply just render them ineffective. Who do I want on my team as my first pick? Suh! Who do I NOT want on the other team? Suh! ~posted by BleedingRed

Suh is a great player and probably the glue that holds the ship together for the defense and he is probably the sails that push the offense to keep going.  Crick is also a pretty darn good player, maybe that’s because he is playing right along side one of the greatest Defensive lineman that has come through Nebraska in a while.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh: You rarely get to see “legendary” defensive performances from a single player. On national TV, Suh delivered one. I’m not sure even he understood just what he’d done. In the coming weeks, if he makes a push for the Heisman, he will. The Missouri game was his launching pad. ~Samuel McKewon

From ESPN’s Tim Griffin:
[Suh] has been the most dominant defensive player in the Big 12. What I enjoyed watching last night was how quickly he can drop into coverage and make big plays, like his fourth-quarter interception against Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert. It will be interesting to see how much that performance on national television last night propels Suh into the talk for the Heisman or at least awards like the Outland Trophy.  Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini told reporters last night that he had never seen quite a dominating performance in his coaching career.  If Suh keeps making these plays, I think we might see him bringing a lot of hardware back to Lincoln, and maybe even a trip to New York City in mid-December for the Heisman presentation. He’s playing well enough that he could be a finalist.

*Suh’s hardware: The honors rolled in for senior Ndamukong Suh after his Thursday performance. In addition to being chosen the Big 12 defensive player of the week, Suh was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation national defensive player of the week and the Lott Trophy player of the week.  Suh had six tackles (including one for loss), a sack,   a forced fumble, a pass breakup and an interception against the Tigers. “I saw this game in person and was I ever impressed with the quickness and athleticism of Suh,” said former Washington coach Don James, a member of the legends coaches group that selected the Lott player of the week. “It is hard to believe he is a defensive tackle with those skills and that big body. He almost had a second interception that just slipped out of his grasp. A very dominating performance.”  In an amazing statistic, the Husker nose tackle is tied for sixth nationally with eight passes defended — a category usually dominated by defensive backs. He has seven pass breakups this year and one interception.  “He’s the first person in the film room watching film, always encouraging us to get in there and watch film with him,” Asante said.  ESPN’s “College GameDay” is working on a feature about Suh that is expected to air Saturday. Sports Illustrated is also coming to Lincoln for an apparent story on Suh. ~ Steven Sipple

Even though the football team is not winning games so far, back to back losses, Suh and the defense is doing all it can to continue on and play well.  Here is a good link about how Suh played in interesting circumstances.

Ndomination SUH

Today it starts

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2009 by rylanreed

I am excited for the football season, even though I am 2000 miles or so away from good ole Big Red land.  Here are some questions that Dale Obrien has for the season and I am totally with him on all of them:

Well…the sencond editon of the Pelini Brothers Construction takes the field today. There are a few questions that may be answered.

Will this team start by showing the consistency that Bo yearns for and has been ‘yellin’ about since he came to Lincoln?

It’s still a very young team…with a new QB and a (relatively)new LB corps. Will they produce from the opening Kick Off?

Will the DBs show a renewed interest in tackling and knocking the stuffing our of RBs and WRs?

Will Bo show sportsmanship to the officials?

Will the DL show right-off-the-bat that they are going to be the highlight of the defense?

Will Suh’s linemates take advantage of the double-teaming Suh will receive all year?

Will Helu’s hamstring hold up today…and next week…etc?

Will Rex Burkhead (or Burkhart or whatever his name is) prove to be a RB prodigy that we think he will be?

Will Marvin Sanders’ DBs and Safeties become a ball-hawking group or will Suh lead the team in interceptions?

I’m just glad the season is here and am looking forward to some answers.

Here are a few questions asked by Samuel Mckewon of NE Statepaper.com:

Does the load fall, ultimately, to quarterback Zac Lee’s shoulders? Well, that’s the M.O. of the Big 12. But not Pelini, who wants an decent, low-turnover offense in service of an overwhelming defense. The most plays Lee will make in 2009 are the turnovers he avoids, not the touchdowns he creates. If the Huskers try again to engage in scoring contests, they won’t win the North.

For me, rather, it’s that entire defensive unit, the one Pelini drills so hard in practice. Can Will Compton, Sean Fisher and Mathew May play two years above their age level? Can the cornerbacks grab some interceptions? Can the front four continue to stop the run as it did during the last four games of 2008? Can the safeties, the keystone to the Pelini defense in many ways, live up to their head coach’s high standards?

Finally, after eight months of waiting, we can begin to answer the questions.

Defending a new one

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2009 by rylanreed

I am excited for this football season to come, even though I am still in South Africa and probably won’t be able to see any of the games, save the last one.  It sounds like our defense is starting to get better and hopefully will have a good showing for this year. Lets just hope that the brothers keep coaching together and not knock heads too much.