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    by Published on 11-29-2013 12:21 AM     Number of Views: 5882 
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    Back in August, I kept hearing about how the 2013 season would "define Taylor Martinez's legacy".

    At the time, I thought that statement was a hot load of crap.

    After three full seasons with Taylor Martinez as Nebraska's quarterback, his "legacy" was already defined. The definition of that legacy all depends on how you view Martinez.

    If you are optimistic on Martinez, you view him as one of the most dynamic and explosive quarterbacks in school history, somebody who owns nearly every school record a quarterback can own.

    If you are pessimistic on Martinez, you view him as a frustratingly inconsistent turnover machine, who never won a championship or bowl game.

    Here's the thing - both of those perspectives are correct. I get it: there is a certain subset of the fan base who will never forgive Martinez for this actions during (and after) the 2010 Texas A&M game. There are fans who will never fully support a player who quits and rejoins the team (allegedly), no matter ...
    by Published on 11-26-2013 04:37 PM  Number of Views: 2183 

    Because this is a short week, I'm going to write a brief column. First and foremost, the Huskers' 23-20 OT win Saturday in Happy Valley was a win that layers, coaches and fans should embrace for as long as they can.

    Make no mistake, PSU isn't a great team, but as beat up as the Huskers were going in to and during the game, only a group of players ...
    by Published on 11-25-2013 01:28 PM  Number of Views: 3567 
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    2. Football

    Watching the Penn State - Nebraska game, an odd comparison jumped out at me. During the game, BTN would occasionally show score updates from the Ohio State - Indiana game. Ohio State is desperately trying to play their way into the BCS Championship Game, but the low perception of the Big Ten means the Buckeyes may need to rely on style points to get the job done. After the game, many were wondering if the Buckeyes' 42-14 win over the lowly Hoosier was enough - even with undefeated Baylor losing Saturday night.

    Meanwhile, over in Pennsylvania, a similar story was playing out. Bo Pelini is, by most accounts, on the hot seat as Nebraska's head coach. It is becoming evident that Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst will make a critical, program defining decision at some point. It could be Friday, this weekend, or after the bowl game, but make not mistake - it is coming.

    Since very few people truly know what Shawn Eichorst is thinking, we're left with speculation on what Bo "has to do" to keep his job. There are those who believe that Bo can keep his job for another year by winning out against Penn State, Iowa, and the to-be-named ...
    by Published on 11-23-2013 09:51 PM     Number of Views: 10907 

    In the unlikeliest of ironies, Nebraska's much-maligned kicking game stole a victory for the Big Red at Penn State.

    Two devastating fumbles and a pair of untimely penalties appeared to set up a frustrating defeat for the Huskers, who by now must own the copyright on the cliche, "Shoot yourself in the ...
    by Published on 11-23-2013 09:12 PM  Number of Views: 7568 
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    2. Football,
    3. Recruting

    It was a game and a day as tasteless as oatmeal, flakes of snow falling into a stadium where two teams whose greater days were in the 70's and 80's would begin to write their long off-season narratives, either trying to build on success or feeding off failure. Fittingly, ...
    by Published on 11-20-2013 09:33 AM  Number of Views: 3212 

    When I watched the documentary The U, I was taken aback at how lightly the Miami Hurricane players thought of Nebraska, even during the 1984 Orange Bowl when Nebraska had been a college football power for twenty years and the Hurricanes had just started winning. Howard Schnellenberger told his players that Nebraska was running the “Fumblerooski” because ...
    by Published on 11-19-2013 12:43 AM  Number of Views: 4716 
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    2. Football

    That was one of the most frustratingly encouraging games I have watched in years.

    It was encouraging to see a maligned coaching staff come out with an offensive and defensive game plan capable of beating a top-20 team.

    It was frustrating to see five turnovers cost Nebraska the game.

    It was encouraging to see another strong performance from the defense, and a quiet the critics day from Ameer Abdullah.

    It is frustrating to know that despite it all, Nebraska still could have won that game - especially if two key plays (getting a tackle instead of trying to strip the ball on the MSU touchdown right before halftime, and not fumbling on your 1 yard line) had gone the other way.

    This game reminded me so much of the 2009 Iowa State game. Obviously, the ridiculously high number of turnovers is the main similarity, but there is more. In both games, there was an unmistakable feeling that if Nebraska could just get out of their own way for a few minutes, they would win - if not completely dominate the game. Clearly, the 2013 Michigan State Spartans are a much, much better team than the 2009 Cyclones, but ...
    by Published on 11-16-2013 10:24 PM  Number of Views: 9771 

    When the torch was passed from Taylor Martinez to Tommy Armstrong Jr., the handoff was a little shaky. Maybe we shouldn't be surprised.

    Martinez and his erratic, statistically rich and always interesting career are rapidly fading into history. For all intents and ...
    by Published on 11-16-2013 09:22 PM
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    2. Football,
    3. Athletics

    Throughout Nebraska's loss to Michigan State Saturday, I kept thinking what the two teams would be if they were companies, since both teams have close to equal talent. Michigan State is like a chain of Big Lots stores: not flashy, but they clear a lot of merchandise, stay within ...
    by Published on 11-15-2013 08:11 AM  Number of Views: 2072 

    Time is running out and Nebraska trails 28-21. The opposing fans are ready to charge the field. The quarterback takes the snap out of the shotgun finds a receiver on the goal line. He releases and the receiver can’t bring it in. As the ...

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