Nebraska La-Lafayette Reaction

Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 5 Responses

Please post your comments on the Nebraska vs Louisana-Lafayette game here.

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. It’s been a very busy time! Thanks for all your support, and I hope you’ll continue to post comments here and call into the radio show. 9am-12pm, Monday through Friday on 1620 The Zone.

Matt

Quentin Castille Kicked Off Team

Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 4 Responses

Statement from Bo Pelini:

“Quentin Castille has been dismissed from the football team. He is no longer a member of the football team. We have guidelines, we have policies that we’ve set up here, we have a culture we have set up here. It’s pretty black and white my expectations and what we lay out as a staff, and if someone doesn’t follow those policies and guidelines, they’re no longer going to be with the program, and that’s the case with Quentin. We wish him luck. He’s a good kid, he’s just not going to be with our program anymore. I wish him luck in the future.”

That leaves Roy Helu as your #1, and likely freshman Rex Burkhead at #2.  Lester Ward, Austin Jones and Collins Okafor are also fighting for time, while Marcus Mendoza may have to get reacquainted with the I-back position after switching to receiver in the Spring.

Making a Change

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 18 Responses

Perhaps you’ve read about it on a blog or heard about it on an internet message board.  If that’s the case, it must be a slow day on said blog or message board.

After four years at KETV, I will be leaving my full-time position to pursue a job in radio.

Things change, circumstances change, and sometimes it’s simply time for a change.  I’ve always lived by the mantra that if you’re not growing, you’re dying.  After four years as KETV’s weekend sports anchor, it’s time to grow in another direction.  I get so much joy out of being at the desk on the 6pm and 10pm newscasts.  KETV gave me the chance to produce what I hope were entertaining stories and sportscasts, handing me the creative license to carve out my own niche.  However, as I stared at my fifth Husker football season at KETV, I wasn’t sure I could give it everything it deserved.  That’s when I knew it was time for a change.

I will be co-hosting a morning sportstalk show on 1620 “The Zone” from 9am-12pm Monday through Friday.  Former Creighton Bluejay Nick Bahe will join me in this new venture.  He and I have worked together before, albeit with Bahe being the subject of one of my stories.  He is eager to break into the broadcasting business on a consistent basis, while I am looking for a new challenge.  Together, we hope to put out a product that is slightly above a train wreck.

I will still write occasionally on this blog and you will still see me from time-to-time on television.  I will remain on in a part-time capacity, anchoring our Big Red Zone coverage throughout much of the year while  helping out another night or two during the week.  I thank KETV for allowing me to keep my foot in the door, as I believe in my heart that my future is in television.  But right now, the time is right to pursue another avenue for professional growth.

I thank you for inviting me into your living rooms every weekend for the last four years.  Now I hope you will allow me into your car.

Jinxy

Saturday, July 25, 2009 - One Response

I don’t believe in jinxes. Just because you say something doesn’t mean you’re preventing it from happening.

That being said, what I did to Alex Prugh was wrong. I picked him to win the Cox Classic on my blog. I followed him during his practice round on Tuesday and did a story on him. At the end of the round, I jokingly said, “If by chance you have a bad weekend and miss the cut, give us (KETV) a call and we’ll show you the city!”

Alex Prugh missed the cut.

He was fifth on the money list.

Other top money-list players also missed the cut. Kevin Johnson (2), Roger Tambellini (3) and Cameron Percy (6) are done.

Kevin Johnson was supposed to golf with us in Tuesday’s practice round instead of Prugh, but Johnson teed off ahead of us. We interviewed Tambellini after his practice round.

But we never even said a word to Percy.

That’s all on him.

Pushing for Prugh

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - One Response

On Tuesday I had an opportunity to follow Alex Prugh through nine holes of his practice round. He is much better at golf than I am.

Prugh finished in a tie for third in last year’s Cox Classic. He captured his first Nationwide Tour win back in March. The guy has been on a roll of late, and it’s easy to see why.

I know all of these guys are good and can put the ball wherever they want. But with a camera right in his face and a threesome of weekend hacks playing with him, Prugh was locked into each and every shot. Sure, this is what they do… they get paid to play and take hundreds of shots a day. But Prugh seems to be of a different breed. He’s one of the more down-to-earth professional golfers you will ever meet.

At 24-years-old, Prugh has amassed nearly $200,000 this year alone. To him, though, it’s not about the money. Sure, he says winning makes the game more fun. But to him it’s about holding that trophy and coming out on top, not receiving a big check at the end. He’s so competitive about the game, and at the same time he recognizes how fortunate he is to be able to play the game for a living. “It’s just a bonus,” he said.

His caddie is Zach Bixler, a former teammate of his at the University of Washington. Do a Google-search on Bixler and you’ll find that he tied an NCAA record with a single round 60 back in 2007. He told me he’s taking the path to the pros, and hopes to join Prugh on a professional tour someday. Now, he’ll settle for carrying his friend’s bag. These guys are fun, friendly, and have a chemistry on each shot that caters to success.

I’m picking Prugh this week.

Am I biased?

Of course. But why wouldn’t I be?

Back in the Saddle Again

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - One Response

I received a comment from a viewer on my blog which spoke about the death of Michael Jackson and how much he will be missed.  That’s when I knew it was time to post another entry.

I was on vacation for about 10 days, travelling to Pittsburgh, PA, Oakland, MD and Rochester, NY.  Now, I’m back in Omaha, NE.

So, I’m gone for one week and miss the biggest event of the post-CWS doldrums:  the cameo appearance of Alex Gordon as an Omaha Royal.  I almost canceled my entire vacation when I heard he was going to be playing at Rosenblatt Stadium, but then decided the airline fee would be too great to justify it.

My favorite part about vacation is the total absence of exercise;  I’m pretty sure I gained about six pounds.  Visiting family usually entails a lot of sitting and eating.  Which makes it fairly similar to my everyday life.

Since someone posted a comment about it, I’ll throw in a thought about Michael Jackson.  I owned the “Thriller” single and we (sister and I) would play it on our little Fisher-Price record player, and run around in a circle in the family room during the entire song.  It was fun, but became a somewhat awkward diversion once I turned 21. 

In all seriousness, he was quite an entertainer.  We played his hits while driving up the east coast to Rochester. 

Most underrated/underplayed song on Mr. Jackson’s opus:  Speed Demon.

Hard to believe the college football season is creeping up on us.  Big 12 Media Days take place in Dallas in just two weeks.  Will the Huskers be returning there in December?  Plenty of fans I talk to seem to think so.  It would be the natural next step after coming within a win over Missouri of winning the North in 2008.  Kansas will have something to say about that.  Could the Huskers possibly lose in Lawrence for the third consecutive time?

CWS Reflections

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 2 Responses

Louisiana State is the 2009 national champion. The Tigers won 15 of their last 16 games to take home their first title since 2000.

Here are some superlatives as I look back on the College World Series that was.

Best Team: LSU

They won the College World Series.

Best Fans: LSU

This doesn’t require much of an explanation. The Tiger fans come in droves, and more importantly, they come with food.

CWS Team we will forget was ever here this year: Southern Miss

Cinderellas leave indelible marks… when they actually win games. The Golden Eagles went two-and-Q. We hardly knew ye, USM.

Best Soundbite: Pat Murphy.

It’s never much of a contest when Arizona State is in the field. His best bite of the bunch came after beating North Carolina. “Great win, great game… great pulled pork sandwich I had in the second inning…” Apparently he had someone buy him one at the concession stand during the game. Another classic soundbite came when someone asked him why he started pitcher Josh Spence instead of Mike Leake. “Brilliance,” he dead-panned.

Worst coach when it comes to delaying the game: Augie Garrido

Three hours and thirty six minutes. That was the average length of the games in this year’s College World Series. I would venture to guess that 20 minutes of that average can be attributed to Texas coach Augie Garrido. The guy sure knows how to keep an inning going. I’ve never seen a coach come out of the dugout to have multiple conversations with BATTERS during a game.  What, is the third base coach not communicating properly?

Best media food: Burgers and Dogs

If members of the media were honest with you, they would tell you they look forward to the free media food more than they do the actual games. Games can be entertaining, but they do little to fill the belly. That’s where Maggie comes in. She is the fabulous backbone to the Centerplate crew that produces the nightly entrees. Pork tenderloin, chili dogs, chicken fried chicken, bbq pork and tacos were all part of the CWS cuisine. But Monday night’s “ballpark buffet” took the prize. A burger topped with all the fixings, coupled with a hot dog and beans? That is the key to my heart. And my heart was full after that night.

Most annoying aspect of dealing with the NCAA and ESPN: Standing in a rank stairwell after the championship game while waiting to go on the field.

There are so many rules and regulations to follow when it comes to covering NCAA championships. One being that at the end of the championship game, we are not allowed into the field until ESPN is off the air. So, as LSU was dog-piling at the pitchers’ mound, yours truly and 25 of his closest friends were jammed in the stairwell underneath the LSU dugout. NCAA rules actually permitted us to hang out in the dugout itself, but we were blocked by an official who pleaded ignorance. This stairwell was not only hot and humid from the outside temperatures, but also from the clubhouse dryers in use at the time, creating an atmosphere that would make the smell of a hockey locker room seem appealing.

Add your superlatives by clicking “responses” above.

*Note: This will likely be my last post for at least ten days. Vacation calls.

Manny not Coming to Omaha

Friday, June 19, 2009 - One Response

Well, it was fun to think about.

Now reality has set in.

Manny Ramirez will not be playing in Omaha.

According to published reports, the suspended Major League slugger will join Triple A Albuquerque on Tuesday for a three-game series. He will then leave the team to join Class A Inland Empire for a three-game series starting June 27th, before joining the Dodgers July 1st. Albuquerque opens up a four-game series in Omaha on June 27th.

The Royals also play in Albuquerque June 18th through 21st. Manny is set to join Albuquerque June 23rd.

Oh…… so close.

Is Ed Servais Leaving Creighton?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - One Response

As I told you on Wednesday’s six o’clock newscast, Creighton baseball coach Ed Servais has been contacted by Wake Forest about its head coaching vacancy. A source close to the situation tells KETV that a decision could come this weekend.

Servais just finished his sixth season with the Bluejays. He has averaged nearly 40 wins per season. The three-time Missouri Valley coach of the year has led Creighton to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.

Meanwhile, Wake Forest chose not to renew the contract of Rick Rembielak after five seasons on the job. The Demon Deacons finished last in the ACC this year, failing to qualify for the conference tournament.

When reached by phone on Wednesday, Servais declined to comment.

Servais could have a decision to make. He has been down this road before, but this opportunity could be too good to pass up. Does he stay at Creighton and continue to push this program to its limits (which it may already have reached)? Or does he head to a disfunctional program in a larger conference and build from the ground up?

There would likely be a considerable pay raise, but I’m sure this decision will be less about money and more about happiness.

What do you think?

Stay tuned…

2009 College World Series

Monday, June 8, 2009 - One Response

The field is set. 

Texas, Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Southern Mississippi, LSU, North Carolina, Virginia and Arkansas.

It is obvious that northern schools have a competitive advantage in college baseball.  When are the southern schools going to catch a break?  Right.

Here are your opening matchups for the double elimination tournament:

Bracket One (SATURDAY)

1:00pm Arkansas vs Cal State Fullerton

6:00pm LSU vs Virginia

Bracket Two (SUNDAY)

1:00pm  North Carolina vs Arizona State

6:00pm  Texas vs Southern Mississippi

I’ll take North Carolina in bracket one, and Fullerton in bracket two.

My national champ:  Cal State Fullerton.

Who do you got?