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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.

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:

Walking on

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

One of greatest traditions that we have at Nebraska is the walk on program.   Bob Devaney started the walk-on tradition At Nebraska (some would disagree with that point), but Tom Osborne perfected it.

“The walk-on program didn’t really necessarily have a day or year that it started. Remember, it’s only been in the last 60 years or so that they’ve given athletic scholarships, so, in theory, the players on the teams for the first 60 years were all walk-ons. With that said, Langston Coleman is kind of seen as the first successful walk-on player since they started giving out scholarships. Coleman came to NU in the 60s… But, the walk-on program was not all that important until the NCAA started limiting scholarships in the 70s. Once that happened, the program gained prominence and importance, with players like Toby and Jimmy Williams earning honors.”  Nate Rohr

I.M. Hipp is another one of those great walk-ons that went through the historic program.

This is the link for NET…  I was hoping the full length video of what NETV did on the walk-ons would be on this site, but all we get is about 3 minutes.  The site is still good because they have a couple other links, one with Steven M. Sipple and the other is from the Husker’s home page. 

There have been many good walk-ons that have come through the Nebraska system and all of them have gone on to do bigger and better things.  Like the video said, the kick heard around the world was orchestrated by three walk-ons, probably the most well know being Alex Henery.  The story of Derek Meyer’s comeback to Nebraska and now Scott Criss walking on after playing a season in Wyoming is a telling story of what players feel about playing for the Huskers. Continue reading

Hold the hype

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by rylanreed

I am totally fine with Taylor  Martinez being the starting QB over Zac Lee and Cody Green.  He is just a redshirt freshman, but he can definitely move.  I just want everyone out there that has already crowned T-Magic as the one who will bring us to the national championship, to hold your horses for a little bit.  Don’t jump just yet, because we all know what happened to Green when we hailed him as the next champion.  He (being Martinez) is a good player, all of them are, we just need to wait and see what will actually happen in the games that matter. 

This is taken from Husker Extra:

Enjoy the show. Just don’t go anointing anyone the next Tommie Frazier when it’s over. This Western Kentucky defense ranked 118th nationally last year and three times gave up more than 62 points. Big plays should happen. So take pleasure in collecting the side bet from your buddy if you predicted the correct starter. But don’t consider this quarterback race over. It’s likely still got miles to go.

We can still cheer T-Magic on to greatness and the other QB’s as well, but there is a whole team and a long season ahead.  Sooner than later, we’ll see what Taylor is made of.  Lets go have some fun this year!