The team that hits the three would go on to win the game. My buddy from college was actually covering the game and called me to explain how awesome it was within minutes of the final horn sounding.
Hey look, he scored more points in one shot than LSU did over the last six weeks!
I guess this is for the University of Nebraska? No clue. Kevin sounds a lot wierder with his normal voice.
Usually you like to sit and praise a guy for a wonderful career. I just can’t do it for Mr. Bob Griese. He hasn’t been as relevant in the last couple years after being removed from ABC’s number one team for a racial comment he made on air. Check it out if you’ve forgotten.
However, there was a time when he was the guy in college football and there was no color commentator more biased than Bob. He hated the University of Nebraska, he hated the U, and he hated anything that didn’t come out of the Big Ten and Pac Ten. It was a joke during the late 90s when his son Brian was the quarterback at a cowardly Michigan school that refused to play the best competition in bowl games every year because they believed a victory over inferior Pac10 teams in the Rose Bowl was somehow more prestigious. There was no bigger proponent for this charade than Bob Griese. A joke, all of it. From ESPN:
Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese is retiring from broadcasting after 29 years, including the last 24 on ESPN and ABC.
“I’ve had a wonderful career and now it’s time to experience new things,” Griese said in a statement. “I’ve had many highlights along the way, from working the NFL’s Super Bowl and college football’s championship games to covering many of my son Brian’s games during his undefeated season in 1997. I want to thank ABC, ESPN and the fans for their support and all the men and women on our TV crews for their patience and support through the years.”
ESPN made the announcement Thursday on Griese’s 66th birthday.
Griese, a member of both the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame, worked ESPN’sSaturday noon college football telecasts the past two seasons. He started his TV career with NBC, serving as the top NFL analyst from 1982 to 1986 and calling the Super Bowl.
Griese worked many top bowl games for ABC and ESPN, including the last of son Brian’s career at the 1998 Rose Bowl, when Bob cried as Brian was honored as the MVP for undefeated Michigan.
Bob, you will not be missed in my neck of the woods. I wish you and the rest of the ’72 Dolphins a miserable retirement and may you live to see the day that a team matches your undefeated season.
To those who have never seen a game in Lincoln, the Nebraska fans have unanimously been cited as the kindest, most welcoming fans in all of college sports. From the Lincoln Journal-Star:
“Big 12 Conference administrators did not send any representatives to Friday’s Nebraska-Colorado football game in Lincoln because the league feared for their safety, commissioner Dan Beebe confirmed to the Journal Star on Friday night.
Nebraska fans flooded the Big 12 office with negative e-mails and voice messages this week, some of which Beebe said were threatening. Those messages will be turned over to authorities, he said.
Beebe himself received more than 2,000 e-mails from Nebraska fans after Saturday’s game at Texas A&M, when fans and coaches were upset with the officiating in Nebraska’s 9-6 loss.”
I don’t want to say that Bebe is still bitter about the Huskers leaving for the Big Ten, so here’s John Taylor from NBC Sports to do it for me:
“An offseason of acrimony caused by Nebraska’s imminent departure for the Big Ten has apparently bled over to the end of the regular season.
In most years, a Cornhuskers’ win like today’s that secured a Big 12 North title would have been followed by the school being presented a trophy by someone from the conference, most likely commissioner Dan Beebe. This isn’t most years, of course, and the regular season has ended with the conference allowing its pettiness to show, cloaking their indignation over the future move in a sea of alleged threats and safety issues.”
[Lincoln Journal-Star] [NBC Sports]
To be fair the Big XII and the referees had just absolutely cheated Nebraska out of a victory.
I don’t want to say the fix was in, but the fix was in! Don’t get me started on this game…
Editor’s Note: Chad Fesler, our correspondent in Lincoln, Nebraska checks in to tell us why the Huskers are a step below the top tier BCS competition this year. Is it too late to change?
What is the key to a successful football team? Well, you must have a good offense, good defense, and good special teams. Does Nebraska have those? Yes, but then why is it so hard to think of Nebraska as a good team? I mean, they have a star QB, two solid running backs, an offensive line that is finally blocking and a defense that is good, but not great. Doesn’t that all add up to being one of the best team’s country?
It’s still lacking something, something every top team has—a true vocal leader that knows how to motivate. Think of every team that has won, and you can think of their leader. It’s not hard to remember that the great Husker teams of the 90’s sported future pros like Grand Wistrom and the Peters’ brothers.
So I ask Pelini, when will you bring in that leader?
It’s been since 2008 that Nebraska has had that leader, his name was Joe Ganz. Fans can try to look for a field general, but I can assure that none will be found. Many will want to point to Martinez as that guy. However, look at him since the beginning of conference play and it’s clear that a leader he is not. He didn’t even finish off the games against Texas and Missouri. So that eliminates anyone from the offense as a team leader. Let’s take a look at the D. It has to be Senior Prince Amakamara right? Wrong. While he clearly has top level talent, he is a quiet hard worker—not the kind of player that will get in someone’s grill and take charge.
How did Pelini get this problem? He’s certainly a fiery leader and you’d think his team would take his attitude into battle on the field. However, his game-per-game captains don’t allow for any one player to really take the reins of the team. While some fans may like this as it is a reward system, it is clear that this prevents any one player from stepping up. I mean, who knows how Pierre Allen and Niles Paul would act if they looked down onto their jerseys and saw the captain’s “C” every time they were about to take the field. That might actually give them some incentive to lead.
Despite how good Nebraska has looked at times, it is clear that leadership will prevent them from being a top team. Look at the current teams leading the BCS standings and they all have easily identifiable leaders. Oregon is led by Darren Thomas, Auburn by Cam Newton, TCU by Andy Dalton, and Boise St. by Kellen Moore. They all have one thing in common: they have led their teams back against tough times.
When will Nebraska have that player step up, or better yet when will Pelini loosen up his ego and let his players lead the team instead of himself?
Great story here from SI on Joe Moglia, the former CEO of TD Ameritrade who resigned his position so that he could try to fulfill his goal of becoming a college football coach. From SI:
“If Pelini is the General, Moglia is a private on kp duty. He breaks down film. He attends practices and coaches meetings, filling legal pads with copious notes. From his hotel room, he studies the Huskers playbook until his eyes are half-mast, staying up so late, it doesn’t pay to drive back to his real residence in Omaha, only to get up and return the next morning. Moglia estimates that he devotes 70 hours a week to the ‘job,’ a glorified internship that pays him a salary of $0.00. His official title: Executive advisor to the head football coach.
Prominent football programs are, of course, filled with ambitious and diligent volunteers, graduate assistants, and other apparatchiks, willing to pay their dues and work their way up the coaching ranks. Few of them, though, are 60-year-old grandfathers. Fewer still, take a menial job after having spent most of the past decade as CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Welcome to the Nebraska version of Celebrity Apprentice. ‘It’s a great story, it’s a wild story,’ says Pelini. ‘With Joe, it shows how hard some people are willing to go after a goal.’
From 2001-2008, Moglia served as CEO of what is now TD Ameritrade, the on-line brokerage based in Omaha. When he took the job after a successful run on Wall Street, the company had a market cap of $700 million. By 2008, it was $10 billion. For those years Moglia’s annual compensation averaged more than $14 million, including $21 million in 2008. Plus he held more than $100 million in company stock. But then Moglia, a football coach in a former life, did the unthinkable. He stayed on as chairman, but resigned as CEO, to pursue a career in college coaching. ‘Honestly, to me it’s not that strange,’ he says. ‘I’m not some business guy who gets his rocks off associating with collegiate sports. I’m a coach who wants to get back to coaching.’”
This one is way too easy. I’ll let Pete Schrager at Fox Sports knock this one out of the park:
“Two quarterbacks took the field at Washington’s Husky Stadium on Saturday — a redshirt freshman who’d yet to play in a collegiate road game and the No. 1 pro prospect in all of college football. One of the two young men looked confident, focused and head and shoulders superior to every other athlete on the field. The other appeared lost, confused and downright underwhelming.
In just his third college game, Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez played like a legitimate Heisman candidate and a quarterback worthy of comparisons to former ’Huskers legends Eric Crouch, Turner Gil and Tommie Frazier. Jake Locker, the guy Mel Kiper, Jr. anointed as his No. 1 overall 2011 draft prospect back in April, looked like he didn’t even belong on the same field. Same old, same old for Locker, really.
With more promotional hype pumping him up than that Facebook movie, Locker laid yet another egg in yet another big game.
Of all the recent college quarterback prospects to wow NFL scouts, draftniks and player personnel men, perhaps no one player has achieved less on the field than Locker. An impressive physical specimen? Sure, but so was Ryan Leaf. So was JaMarcus Russell. And those guys actually won big games in college.
The Washington senior now has a career 9-22 record as a starter. With Saturday’s 56-21 loss to Nebraska, the apple of the draftinks’ eyes is just 3-12 all-time against ranked teams. These numbers will no doubt all be forgotten come NFL Combine time once Locker runs a 4.3 40 and benches 225 pounds 35 times. But they shouldn’t be.
Nebraska’s D is the closest thing to an NFL defense Locker has seen thus far. With Bo and Carl Pelini mixing and matching schemes, disguising coverages and sending pass rushers from all angles, Locker consistently looked overwhelmed and ill-suited for such duress. What he looked like was a red-shirt freshman making his first start on the road. Unfortunately, he was a four-year starter playing in his own building and starting for the 31st time.
Locker completed just 4 of 20 pass attempts for 71 yards on Saturday. He also threw two interceptions.”
Who wants to lock him up for a guaranteed $50 mil??
(Editor’s note: We turn over the website to Chad Fesler, a University of Nebraska at Lincoln Freshman to explain to the country why the Cornhuskers of old might finally be back in the national title hunt. Take it away young man…)
by Chad Fesler
Taylor Martinez fever has officially hit Lincoln, Nebraska and is soon to hit the rest of the country. The redshirt freshman from Corona, California has settled firmly into the role of starting QB for the ‘Huskers. After a heated 3 way battle for the position this summer, Martinez has shown why he was chosen. Blazing speed and quick decision making are among the many tools he brings to the table. For the first time since 2003 Nebraska has an offense that features a lightning fast QB. Fans love it. He is the first QB since Eric Crouch in 2001 to rush for 100+ yards in 3 consecutive games. Crouch of course went on to win the Heisman…
Nebraska also has something they have not had in a long time, depth on the offensive line. This may be the one sole reason as to why the Huskers have a chance to go the distance this season. Last year Nebraska struggled to even go one deep up front on the line. This year they can go three deep anywhere other than center. Anchored by senior guards Ricky Henry, and Keith Williams the Nebraska line has looked impressive this far. Nebraska again is the power rush team that fans saw in the glory days of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. With the improved offensive line Nebraska can expect to have the ball more which will help their all-world defense get some well-deserved rest.
Martinez and the offense aren’t the only impressive parts to Nebraska making a claim that they are back. Their secondary is one of, if not the, best secondaries in all of college football. Prince Amakumara, Alfonzo Dennard, P.J. Smith, Ricky Thenarse, Eric Hagg and Dejon Gomes combine to be that dominant force. So far in three games they have combined for eight interceptions with two of those going back for touchdowns. They are the reason that head coach Bo Pelini was able to say after the Holliday Bowl last year that this defense would be better this season than last year’s incredible unit featuring the most dominant defensive player in the last ten years, Ndamukong Suh.
While all aspects of the team seem to be clicking there is one thing Nebraska must do to prove they are officially back. Beat Texas. This looks like an easy task if they play like they did against Washington, but until they beat a top team they will just be another squad that is overachieving and is not deserving. However, if they do beat Texas, look for Nebraska to run the table and leave the Big XII with a conference title. There would be no sweeter way for the ‘Huskers to head to the Big 10 than to leave on that note from the Big XII.
There was a lot of mystery surrounding Nebraska’s decision to join the Big Ten, until now. The Omaha World Herald released the tell-all story of everything that occurred in Nebraska’s choice to leave the Big 12 for the greener pastures of the Big Ten. This is a must read for anyone looking to understand the depths of conference realignment and what is going on behind closed doors.
One of the surprises of this story is that Texas and Nebraska may have a rivalry of athletic departments and athletic directors, but the presidentsof both universities are actually good friends and were working together during the decision process. What I’m trying to say is that the assumption that Nebraska was faulting Texas was a HUGE misconception as Texas and Nebraska were actually allies. Another huge surprise was that Nebraska was actually on a faster track to get its own TV network than Texas was. This is surprising because everyone blamed UT’s desire to create a network as a reason the Big 12 would fall apart…and Nebraska was just as guilty!
There’s a ton more here to take in. This article is long, but if you read nothing else today, you have to read this account.
[Omaha World Herald]
Yahoo! Sports recently tracked him down to find out what he’s up to these days. The former Nebraska quarterback famously won the Heisman and basically took an average team to the national title game by himself. He’s now the owner of a company that installs playground and recreation equipment. “After all, the Heisman winner already has plenty on his hands with his small business, which he purchased from a Nebraska family in 2003 after being cut from the Packers. Crouch says it not only gives him a chance to give back, it’s also rewarding because it fights childhood obesity, an epidemic that has more than tripled in the last 30 years. And it certainly doesn’t hurt business that he just so happens to be one of the greatest Cornhuskers ever, making autographs all part of the job. The children that might one day be using his equipment always want a glimpse of his legendary hardware.”
In case you’ve forgotten who he is, here’s a gentle reminder of what he could do on the football field.