Archive for June, 2009

Throwback Game – Now Confirmed

June 30, 2009 link.

I guess I can still help break a story once every year or so…

Nebraska Throwback Game?

June 26, 2009

Brandon at BRN wondered about it a year ago. I’ve obsessed about it since I was 10, and if the current rumors have legs, it might finally happen. Nebraska may be preparing to break out throwback uniforms during the nonconference schedule. I’ve read on several message boards that the helmets are already sitting in the locker room. The uniforms are apparently to celebrate the continuing NCAA-record sellout streak that will reach 300 games on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, when Nebraska plays host to Louisiana-Lafayette.

I decided to mock up some uniforms that may or may not represent what the Huskers don this September. Word from folks who have seen the helmets indicates that they have black numerals on the sides circa the early 1960s. That makes sense given the beginning of the sellout streak. So in putting together the helmet, I went with the grey facemask and the black numbers on the sides. I’m not in love with the font on the side numeral I used, but I had a tough time finding a good match. I also ditched the center stripe and the numbers on the back of the helmet as they would be redundant.

The era in question also included the famous curly-q (or UCLA style) jersey numbers. I went for as close of a match as I could muster on my jersey mock ups. You’ll notice a lack of sleeve stripes and the inclusion of TV numbers on the shoulders. The rest of the jersey is just a guess. I’m positive we won’t get to axe the Adidas logo, so that makes a painful appearance. I also included the “Nebraska Football – A Winning Tradition” patch that has adorned Husker jerseys since the early 1990s. The jersey looks bare without it and I could see it being replaced by a special throwback or 300th sellout patch in the actual game. Names on the backs of the jerseys are another tricky spot. Obviously they weren’t included in the 1960s, but I don’t mind if they make an appearance this time. Why? Well, I’m all for attention to details, but this is a PPV game. A PPV game that I will have to actually watch. I really, really don’t need to hear the subpar broadcast crew consistently screwing up our double-numbered players. “Zac Lee with the tackle on special teams.” Really?

The pants are pretty straight forward. If we are being “authentic” they would be plain white drawers with zero adornments. But I doubt that happens, so we settle for losing the double stripes on the sides much like we did in the mid and late 1990s. The Adidas logo creep sticks around and the “N” may or may not make an appearance.

So again, this may or may not be happening. And if it does happen the uniforms may or may not look like this. This was just a fun Friday project to throw together and take a look at.

Oh, and good to see you too. I’ve been gone from DXP too long.

UPDATE: Just for Sammy – A link to my version of the late 1960s – early 70s shoulder stripe uniforms.

ESPN’s "Big 12 vs. Big 10 Mythical Challenge"

June 13, 2009

ESPN bloggers Tim Griffin (Big 12) and Adam Rittenberg (Big 10) sit down with Ivan Maisel to discuss how the two conferences match-up. They fail to get into any specific games and both of their arguments are generic enough that the average fan could probably spit off about the same information that they provide here. Nonetheless, it’s the middle of June and it’s college football so why not take a gander.

It’s been awhile since I’ve had this argument with Big 10 fans so I couldn’t help but want to dive right back into one. I live for hypothetical college football talk.

Below I’ve matched up teams based mostly on what preseason predictions are already out there – not on the 2008 records – and what I think the game that each league would consider fair and most profitable. FYI – the ACC/Big 10 Challenge in men’s basketball is determined on a year-to-year basis with the games decided by the league commissioners. Take a look and then decide what you think the outcome of this ‘mythical challenge’ would be. (Iowa State gets to sit this one out.)

Ohio State vs. Texas
Penn State vs. Oklahoma
Michigan State vs. Oklahoma State
Iowa vs. Nebraska
Wisconsin vs. Kansas
Illinois vs. Missouri
Michigan vs. Colorado
Northwestern vs. Texas Tech
Minnesota vs. Baylor
Purdue vs. Texas A&M
Indiana vs. Kansas State

Interesting. Depending on where the game is played would make all the difference. Although the cellar of the Big 10 is weak, I’m not convinced the Big 12 would dominate nearly as bad as some might guess – and I’m obviously a Big 12 homer.

The College World Series Smokeshows

June 12, 2009

If you came here looking for an Omaha guide to the College World Series complete with schedules, maps, and events, then you can find one by clicking here. When we here at DXP think of the College World Series, we think of Starsky’s, parking, and what kind of clientele/smokeshows each school will bring. Throw in a little Erin Andrews and I think we are almost ready for the first pitch or opening time at Starsky’s – which ever one comes first (although I’m positive it’s the bar and/or tailgaiting.)

Arizona State


Cal State Fullerton

For more of CSUF’s Nicole Aylward, click here (NSFW).


North Carolina

Southern Miss




Nebraska Baseball Recruits in the MLB Draft

June 10, 2009

As if Mike Anderson needed any more headaches, two of his top recruits were drafted today in the MLB draft.

Geoffrey Baldwin (1B, 6’4, 195 lb.) was drafted in the 10th round (#302) by the Kansas City Royals.

– from Grand Junction High (CO) – is a left-handed first baseman that worked out for as many as 20 teams before yesterday’s draft began. Baldwin accepted a scholarship to Nebraska last fall and had this to say about the draft, “while it’s all projections right now, I am going to go by a money amount and not what round I’m selected. Things are looking good, but you really don’t know anything until they say your name.” Baldwin goes on to say, “I’m extremely excited for it. It’s crazy to think in two weeks I could be playing professional baseball.”

-was projected to go between the 4th and 6th rounds.

– for his MLB scouting video, click here.

Thomas Lemke (SP, 6’7, 205 lbs.) was drafted in the 10th round (#304) by the Texas Rangers.

– from Northwestern Christian High (AZ) -is a tall, lanky right-handed pitcher that has a fastball in the upper 80’s. Lemke was rated as the 97th overall player in the 2009 class by Rivals and chose Nebraska over North Carolina and Miami (FL). Said Lemke last summer, “right now I’m just concerned with having fun and winning. I definitely want to play big-time college ball and professionally.”

-a Mets blogger had Lemke ranked as his #115th overall right-handed pitching prospect.

– for his MLB scouting video, click here.

I’m sure Baldwin and Lemke’s decisions will be coming soon. Both would be huge assets to Anderson’s baseball program in 2009. However, their decisions will likely be solely based on the amount of guaranteed money thrown at them. Although I can’t find anything concrete, I believe they will be looking at a figure in the neighborhood of $100,000. It would take alot to convince me otherwise that both players would be far better served to attend school and improve on their draft status while getting a college education. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but I don’t like the chances of either one suiting up for the Huskers in 2010.

Taylor Mays Hits (on) the USC Song Girls

June 10, 2009

When USC safety Taylor Mays decided to return to school and turn down millions as a top 10 pick, I thought he was crazy. The 2-time All-American, who is 6’3, 230lbs. with 4.4 speed, is truly a freak of nature that will arguably be the best player in the 2009 college football season.

It’s when you see videos like the one below, however, that you truly realize how great college can be for a big man on campus like Mays – especially at Southern California. I’m not quite sure what WR Damian Williams is doing in the corner, but if he’s there watching his girlfriend, then I’m now even a bigger fan.

So Erin, how you doing?

UNO’s Keith Eloi Jumps Into a Truck

June 10, 2009

Move over, Jarron Gilbert. Former University of Nebraska-Omaha WR Keith Eloi, who has a 44″ vertical leap, has become the newest NFL rookie YouTube sensation.

While working out with his football buddies in Katy, TX prior to the NFL mini-camps, Eloi was filmed jumping from the concrete floor of the parking lot and into the back of pick-up truck – while wearing sandals.

Interestingly, Eloi has quite the football past that was suppose to land him at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After moving around several times in high school from Texas to out east, Eloi got to play only year of high school football. After not getting along with his coaches, Eloi was lightly recruited and found himself at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Ill. – where he would play along side his uncle, former Husker LB Steve Octavien.

When Octavien came to Nebraska, Eloi was going to follow him to Lincoln as a walk-on wide receiver. However, he was short on school credits and in order to play, he found himself at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (Division II) where he excelled with 57 catches for 749 yards and as a special teams player. At UNO’s pro day, he received little attention and eventually he would go undrafted and unsigned. After receiving several tryout offers from the CFL, Eloi’s agent set him up with a spot at the Washington Redskin’s minicamp because of his friend Morocco Brown – the Redskins’ director of pro personnel. The only thing Eloi had standing in front of him now was the 100 rookies that were in attendance at the Redskin’s camp in May.

So on the final morning of the Washington Redskin’s minicamp, Eloi was pulled aside by Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato. Cerrato told Eloi, “we really like what we’ve seen of you, and we’re going to sign you this week.” Eloi signed a contract that day.

Not bad – and jumping into the back of a truck ain’t that bad either.

More Legal Trouble for the Huskers

June 9, 2009

For some inexplicable reason, Husker I-Back Quentin Castille failed to appear in court on Monday for a ticket he received back on April 8th when he was pulled over for not having a license plate on the front of a 1995 Honda he had just purchased.

Since the car was still registered to the previous owner, the LPD slapped Castille with false registration, unlawful display of plates, and no proof of ownership. Castille pleaded not guilty back in May, and since he did not return on Monday, the judge authorized a warrant which will be activated in the next two days.

From Quentin Castille’s MySpace page

Last Thursday, Husker WR Niles Paul pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless driving, minor consumption, and operating a vehicle without a license. If you recall, on April 8th Paul was stopped for speeding and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. His court date is scheduled for July 6th.

Couple these two offenses together and you get a headache that Bo Pelini surely didn’t need. Paul has much more to worry about than Castille, but regardless, it will be interesting to see how Pelini handles this. If any suspensions are to come of this (and I’m sure they will for Paul), then thankfully we have Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State at home before we head off to Virginia Tech. However, I don’t see Castille’s offenses warranting any game suspensions – if anything at all.

And with all of that being said, at least the Huskers are nowhere near Urban Meyer’s Florida Gator football team. In Meyer’s four years at UF, there have been 24 – yes, 24! – arrests. The most recent one involving potential All-American CB Janoris Jenkins, who was tasered after fighting with and trying to elude the Gainesville police, has finally gotten much needed attention drawn to the Gator football team for something other than Tim Tebow’s faith and goodwill for humanity. Gregg Doyel, who is a Florida graduate and national columnist, recently wrote a great article that examines the way Urban Meyer has failed the university and why two national championships in four years could never justify the off-the-field disasters under his watch – read here.

***Update 6/9/2009 from the LJS – “A county judge recalled the arrest warrant for junior Husker I-back Quentin Castille when he came to court Tuesday morning a day later than scheduled. The warrant was originally given after Castille failed to go to court on a minor case over a missing license plate. Judge Mary Doyle granted Castille requests for a continuance and set a hearing in two weeks. The state dismissed his failure to appear charges.”***

We can now scratch Castille’s name off the laundry list….

Nebraska Volleyball Smokeshow Tara Mueller

June 8, 2009

Nebraska’s Tara Mueller (Jr. from Scottsdale, Ariz.) is a strong All-American candidate and will be one of the premiere outside hitters in college this upcoming season. And to stay sharp, Mueller was recently seen participating at the ‘AVP Crocs Tour‘ in Huntington Beach, CA, but she failed to make it out of the qualifier – losing in 39 minutes with her partner, Sydney Anderson. The good news, however, is that was more than enough time for Busted Coverage to get their hands on the photos below.

Interestingly, the NCAA approved women’s sand volleyball starting in 2010-11. And as you have probably guessed, we’ll be keeping our eyes glued to the unveiling of the bikinis – I mean uniforms.

The Best of Eric Crouch

June 7, 2009

Alright, I’ll come clean right away. I’m stealing this idea straight from Brian Christopherson’s great ‘life in the red’ blog at the Lincoln Journal Star website. Since he doesn’t have the liberty that I have, I thought I’d give him a hand with his ‘Top 5 Eric Crouch Highlights.’ I’ll keep his ‘Top 5’ in the same order and I’ll add a 6th – enjoy…

#6 Paddle Ball Wiz

Jeffie Husker first broke this story in May of ’08 right here at DXP.

Said Jeffie:

“As if winning the Heisman Trophy and busting out of the NFL wasn’t enough. Eric Crouch has now turned his attention to the little-known sport of paddle ball. You know that paddle with a ball connected to it by a thin piece of elastic. Anyway, the guys at Secret Penguin, a design boutique in the NoDo district of Omaha, Nebraska, are taking on all-comers in their Paddle Battle. Their first contestent? You guessed it, Nebraska’s own Eric Crouch.”

You’ll have to – click here – to watch Eric dominate Secret Penguin. Awesome.

#5 Kansas State Beheading

In 1998, #11 Nebraska travelled to the Little Apple to take on #2 Kansas State and Michael Bishop. The Huskers would lose the game 30 -40. If you remember, this Kansas State team was defeated in two overtimes in the Big 12 Championship game vs. Texas A&M, which would cost them a shot at undefeated and eventual national champion Tennessee (who defeated Florida State 23 – 16 in the Fiesta Bowl.) Nebraska had two losses before this game – @ Texas A&M 28-21 and Texas 20 – 16. Crouch became the starting QB this season after Bobby Newcombe’s injury in the first game.

#4 Game Winning TD vs. Notre Dame

In 2000 at South Bend, #1 Nebraska squared off against #23 Notre Dame, who had QB Arnaz Battle and RB Tony Fisher. The Huskers would win 27 -24 in an OT thriller. Crouch had 80 yards rushing with 3 TDs and threw for 103 yards. For the complete game highlights, click here. Gotta love the ball spin at the end.

#3 Forearm Shiver vs. Iowa

In 1999, #5 Nebraska travelled to Iowa in the first game of the season and would win 42-7. Crouch would have 92 yards rushing on 5 attempts and was 3 for 5 passing for 68 yards – while splitting time with Bobby Newcombe. The Iowa player that is abused here is Mikkel Brown and I could not reach him for a comment.

#2 95 Yard TD Run vs. Missouri

In 2001, #4 Nebraska travelled to Columbia and defeated the Tigers 36-3. Crouch would rush 17 times for 191 yards and was 8 for 14 with 120 yards passing. His 95 yard TD run would go down as one of the greatest runs ever…

It’s better with sound…

@ the 3:59 mark, you’ll see the Iowa shoulder play.

@ the 4:05 mark, you’ll see the Mizzou play and hear the play-by-play guy say – “See you later. That may be one of the most unreal runs I have ever seen.” Awesome.

#1 TD Catch vs. Oklahoma

The play known as ‘Black 41 Flash Reverse’ is no doubt the very best of Eric Crouch’s highlight reel. On October 27, 2001, #3 Nebraska would defeat #2 Oklahoma 20-10 in a game where Crouch had only 21 yards rushing on 13 attempts to go along with 102 yards passing. However, Crouch caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Mike Stuntz with 6:17 remaining that would end Oklahoma’s 20 game winning streak. This game would also be the last time Nebraska defeated a Top 10 team. Could November 7th, 2009 vs. Oklahoma be the next?