HUSKER DAN'S RANDOM THOUGHTS
Because I'm too lazy to write a "real" column, you'll just have to put up with another one of my lame "Random Thoughts" segments. So just deal with it...
*Bo Pelini's Harlem Shake
Kudos to Bo for loosening up a bit on camera, but can anyone imagine Tom Osborne making a video like that one?
I'm glad (and relieved) that the Notre Dame LB didn't win the Heisman-not because of his Harvey-like dead girlfriend, but because if Ndamukong Suh didn't win it in 2009, no defensive player should ever win it. Ever. End of story.
*Hunt With The Huskers
There is still time to get in on a really exciting Husker experience that will take place this Saturday at the Oak Creek Hunting Club near Brainard, NE. Husker fans will have a chance to go hunting with a bunch of former Husker football greats, and maybe even legendary Husker head coach, Tom Osborne. Coach Osborne doesn't make many personal appearances and with his retirement, he'll probably do even fewer of them. "Hunt" is produced by Great Plains Marketing and money raised from the event will go to Tom Osborne's TeamMates Mentoring Program. For details and to book your reservation, contact Gerry Gray at 402-393-0492 or on his cell at 402-917-2219. Remember to tell him Groucho sent you...
*Bo Pelini and his staff must be sleeping a lot more soundly, especially after the past two recruiting classes.
Here are some of my predictions for the 2013 football season.
The Huskers will be faster, stronger, quicker and have much greater depth.
The talent level may be the best since '99.
Experience factor on defense? Not so much.
The offense will be rated in the Top 5 nationally.
The defense will be end up in the Top 25-that is if the talent develops.
Taylor Martinez will be a Heisman front-runner, especially early in the season.
Martinez will come close to a 70% pass completion rate.
RFr Receiver Jordan Westerkamp will dazzle.
QB Tommy Armstrong will get a see a fair amount of PT, especially early in the season.
QB Johnny Stanton will redshirt.
Ameer Abdullah will rush for at least 1,500 yards
NU will meet the Buckeyes for the B1G title.
Because of their schedule, NU could go 12-0 in the regular season, but with some possible bumps ahead-UCLA at home and Michigan and Penn State on the road-the record will more likely be 11-1.
I'm quitting while I'm behind...
The Rex Effect
Ron Brown recently talked about the impact Rex Burkhead has had on the running backs. "Rex wasn't a vocal leader, but he led by example. He's raised the bar very high for the other running backs," he said. Brown went on to say that RB Imani Cross is the best athlete he's ever seen. He didn't say he was the best running back, but just that he's the best athlete he's ever seen. That's really saying something. Look for Cross to be an every down kind of a player. He's also lost weight and might be a step faster.
*Fizza-CAL-a tee and other stupid words.
For the record: I loathe the new jock word, physicality. It stinks. Writers and broadcasters should cease and desist immediately. There are already enough words that can be used. The last time I checked, they worked just fine: athleticism, strength, talent, speed, agility, power, to name a few. What's worse, this corruption has spread to the music world. Musicality. OFTLOG...
Physicality ranks down there with dove, as in "he dove for the ball." It is dive, dived, has dived. Remember, a d-o-v-e is a b-i-r-d. Okay, I'll shut up.
*If Beth Mowens is doing the TV play-by-play for your favorite team, chances are it isn't playing for a national championship.
*This fall, the Huskers will have three romantic players on the team: Courtney Love, Vincent Valentine and Greg Hart. Sigh...
Doug McDermott (F) is the best basketball player I've ever seen wearing either a Creighton or Nebraska jersey. Bluejay fans are hoping (praying?) that #3 sticks around for his senior year. And no, I never saw Fred Hare when he played for NU nor Paul Silas or Bob Gibson when they were with CU.
*Watched so much postseason football that my eyes bled.
*One thing I came to realize: There are many talented players on all levels (D-1, D1AA, D-2 and even NAIA). Not necessarily great teams, but there are some kids who could play anywhere.
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