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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.

What seems to be tops on your list???

Posted in Culture, Random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2010 by rylanreed

Some play sports, some workout, some watch TV and movies, some play computer/console games, and some read books.  Hopefully everyone works (or is still in school) and these are things done as hobbies or other actions during the day.  You can rank these on what is more important to do than some of the others, but I want to look into one of them for now.  Playing computer/console games, and what might happen when things get uncontrollable.

Here is a video of a girlfriend taking control of what her boyfriend seems to have as one of the tops on his list, a game called World of Warcraft played on his computer.

My thinking can’t comprehend how much time that guy wasted on that video game.  It seems these days that I am starting to pull more towards that than any other way.  I told one of my friends that playing video games all the time was a waste of time and those people need to get a life.  He was one of those and thought that we might be friends anymore. I corrected him and said if that was all you did and nothing else, then it was a problem.  When I was in high school, it was all about Halo and a little bit of H2, and then in College it was NCAA football.  I definitely played a good chuck, so I can’t say to much to those that are in the college/high school lifestyle.  If the games are taking away from your time with God, with school work, and with family and friends, then it might be too much.  If you are like that guy and possibly play games for up to 6 or more hours a day, then there might be a problem.  Just saying…

(there might be more posts about this topic, tops on your list)

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

Getting ready for the RED

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2010 by rylanreed

I wrote this a little while back and never got it posted. More of a thing for me to read, but enjoy if you stumble upon this.

Alright, I’m sure everyone has heard of the new website, “Red Out Around the World . com” and possibly the hype that is starting to surround that video and site.  The site is suppose to be for the game against Texas on the 16th of October this year.  I actually thought right-off-the-bat that it was just something for the last year in the Big Twelve or something, and the only part on the video and the site in general is the date (and BEAT TEXAS) that they have published on the site.  No big deal…

My take… its a really cool video that definitely got me hyped up for the whole year, not just one game and it’s not that obvious that it’s for the game against Texas. Ok, it’s got the date and i guess it says beat Texas, but that’s pretty much it… the video sure doesn’t say anything, or it does and I don’t want to put the hype into the site.  I am totally fine with the establishment that has become the Huskers, to have this going for the year.  I know for sure that Washington is going to be a big game and Kansas State will probably be tough as well, so the first five games before Texas will not be a breeze at all. And Bo Pelini will definitely not let his players look anywhere other than right where they are right now heading into camp/fall practices and possibly the first game against Western Kentucky. 

Here are some other points of view by a couple guys in Nebraska and one guy from ESPN. If you go on to the next video or so after the Red Out Around the world, it talks about Pat Forde’s post and  this whole situation.  I agree with a small part of what Pat said in the article, but some of the stuff in there is just outrageous.  Saying we are like Dan Gilbert from the Cleveland Cavilers, that’s over stepping the bounds.  And having this video be a sharp shot at Texas is asking a little too much as well.  I’m pretty sure Texas has had a Bull’s-eye on it self for the last ten years in the Big Twelve conference, by winning and being their very own special self.  I have a lot more to say about Texas and all that has happened over the last few months with the Big Twelve-Pac 10-Big 10 situation, but I don’t even want to hear my ranting anymore.  It is pretty funny that Pat had to go to a message board from months back just to get something bad about us as fans, and it was probably the one fan that thinks everyone is against the Huskers (which is not at all like the majorities of Husker fans out there), so that is what you will get. 

Coach Bo Pelini and Athletic Director Tom Osborne were both unhappy about the website and the single direction to the date of October 16th and the words beat Texas.  The words beat Texas has now been taken off of the site. 

The purpose of Red Out Around the World is to connect, celebrate and salute Husker fans across the globe for their unparalleled support. We want to showcase the depth and breadth of support from Nebraska fans. We hope that all fans, wherever they may be around the world, will visit the Red Out Around the World website often from mid-August to mid-October and participate in the Red Out.”  – Tom Osborne, Nebraska Athletic Director

Mark Schlabach of ESPN sure does like the hype and the website/video… he made our game the top hottest rivalries in 2010.   Take that one Pat…

Why would you change the eye black

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by rylanreed

I understand some of the rulings that the NCAA put down this past week for the next couple years of football, but why ban eye black that has words on them… isn’t that like freedom of speech kind of thing? I mean, it’s not distracting the other players on the opposing team, and if it is, they need to work on that themselves…

What we should do about the economy

Posted in Culture, Patriotic, Politics, Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by rylanreed

This is what is going on in the college sports world right now… and that’s nothing compared to professionals of any kind in sports, music, movies, etc…  

These are tough times and maybe some drastic actions should be taken so we can start decreasing the debt that we seem to keep increasing all the time.  This is just one of my many crazy ideas, and it might not work at all, but it could be a possibility.  What if the players, musicians, and actors, that have millions upon millions of dollars (and other people that make it rich with inventive ideas… Bill Gates), who spend it frivolously on huge houses, cars and whatever else that want; what if they donated “some” of that money towards our country’s deficit.  (I am sure that most of them earned what they have and are free to do what they want with that money, but I would say that some probably didn’t earn it upright.  That doesn’t matter much at all; what matters more is how they and everyone else spends their money.) 

I seem to be getting off topic, so I will try and bring it back into focus.  We have a huge deficit and it will probably keep getting bigger if we don’t start to do something about it.  I know that even if every star in every area of entertainment gave a good chunk of their money, we wouldn’t be close to paying off our deficit.  But maybe, if we all started thinking differently about the way we spend our money and how we handle it, then maybe we can start to change the way this country is going.

What’s so wrong with what happened?

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2010 by rylanreed

This might not be the same, but Arizona let the Huskers finish the shutout with a play towards the end zone and not a field goal. It let the Husker defense prove to the last play how good they really are. UCLA shouldn’t be mad at all as to what happened to them during the USC game. (sorry that this is a month or so too late)

I did not watch this game, but I agree with what happened. The game was for the most part out of reach, and USC was not wanting to “run the score up” and insult UCLA.  I can see why UCLA might want to try and get the ball back, maybe getting a quick TD and then an onside kick and another score to take it to overtime, but I don’t think there would have been much time anyways for all of that to happen the way UCLA would want.  USC saw something from the defense and they took it, it was just for a TD and there was really not much UCLA could do about it.  If I was UCLA, which I am not, but I would have taken the loss with how USC was going about it first and not what actually happened, but it is what it is.  Have fun UCLA waiting a whole year to get your rematch

What’s going to happen next Huskers?

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , on October 30, 2009 by rylanreed

I don’t really have much to say on this topic, but I thought these two posts by Tom Shatel and Steve Sipple were good enough to say what I wanted to.

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