Yes, I’m alive! Secondly, thanks to A. Rose for carrying the site for awhile in my absence. I was surprised that 90% of what he concocted was able to make it through the screening room. We consider that a job very well done. Anyways, I have some quick thoughts I wanted to get rid of before next week.
DXP/Mizzourah Tournament Update
Once again, thanks to everyone who joined us in the DXP and Mizzourah tournament contest at yahoo! sports. I learned two things. One, Jeffie Husker is somewhere on the planet with WiFi. Two, Mizzourah fans may never win another joint contest with us again.
*I hope you all didn’t fall in love with the players from the 2008-9 Nebraska Basketball team. With the recent additions of junior college players Quincy Hankins and Lance Jeter to Vander Joaquim, Christian Standhardinger (if he doesn’t play pro ball in Europe), Rayes Gallegos, and Brandon Ubel for the 2009 recruiting class, Doc Sadler has once again pulled in a good haul. Add in Eshaunte Jones, Jorge Diaz, and Christian Niemann from the previous year and that makes me wonder where all of the scholarships are going and how much of the 2008-9 team we will see on the court next season. Returning players Ryan Anderson, Toney McCray, Brandon Richardson, Cookie Miller, Sek Henry, and Chris Balham make 15. Anyone want to help me out here? (I’m being serious, help me out here. Who all’s not getting a scholarship next year?)
*Why is Roy Helu Jr. gaining so much weight? Up to 222 pounds from last season’s 205 pounds isn’t exactly a few pounds here or there. If I recall, Ahman Green‘s worst season at Nebraska was his sophomore season when he was hampered by a turf-toe injury. It’s no coincidence that Green also put on 20 pounds before that season began. I’m not liking this idea, Roy. Secondly, why is Quentin Castille losing so much weight? Down to 235 pounds from around 250 pounds is not a exactly a few pounds here or there. Hopefully the weight loss won’t affect his ability to break tackles and knock defenders over, which is his game. I’m not liking this idea, Quentin.
*Outside of the colossal quarterback battle going on in Lincoln, for me the battle that keeps me most intrigued heading in to next fall is at cornerback. Anthony West, Prince Amukamara, Anthony Blue, Dejon Gomes, Alfonzo Dennard, Lance Thorell, Eric Hagg?? (+ Andrew Green, Lazarri Middleton and Dijon Washington next fall) all seem fine to me. In fact, I think any one of them could see significant playing time at some point next season. Not even Carnac the Magnificent can pick out a starter with any amount of certainty at this point. So you are saying we might have some depth at cornerback? No, really?
*It’s only fair that Bo Pelini gets his raise from $1.1 million to $1.85 million. You also have to love how Pelini cut up some of his bonuses to be divided among the assistant coaches. Now I know why Mike Ekeler didn’t trade Lincoln in for the Florida sun. It’s going to take a big chunk of change to pluck out assistants from this staff. Life is good in Lincoln right now for everyone involved with football.
*That leads to baseball. A. Rose’s insight last month about Mike Anderson ‘Frank-soliching‘ the Husker baseball program isn’t so far off now is it? This team is not good and don’t expect things to change anytime soon as long as Mike Anderson is driving the bus. I’ve been hearing the argument lately that his recruiting has been on but we have been unfortunate to lose so many high schoolers to pro ball. News flash! Nebraska isn’t the only program this is happening to. Baseball was fun at Nebraska while it lasted. The only quick fix here is to get rid of Mike Anderson and wait a few seasons. A fire Mike Anderson week here at DXP? Stay tuned…
*If I hear one more person on ESPN try to tell me that Denver got the best of the Chicago Bears with the Jay Cutler deal, I’m going to lose it. Kyle Orton is not good and Denver will more than likely end up with two late first-round picks who might or might not be busts. Jay Cutler is a 25 year-old Pro Bowl QB who is a sure thing. I’d be sick if I was a Denver Broncos’ fan right now with one of the worst three defenses in the NFL last season and now without Cutler on offense. I’d hate even more to be new coach Josh McDaniels. Talk about putting yourself on the hot seat before your coaching career even starts – way to go. Right now, the Bears are the team to beat in the NFC with Jay Cutler. I never thought I’d see the day when they had a real QB because God knows it wasn’t going to happen as long as Jerry Angelo was still in charge of drafting one.
*I’m amazed at the buzz surrounding North Carolina G Ty Lawson’s recent gambling trip in Detroit. The North Carolina teams arrives in Detroit and coach Roy Williams gives them a 1:30 curfew. Lawson, who is 21, leaves for an hour and comes back with $250 from a craps table at a casino in Detroit’s Greektown – and makes curfew. Of course, the NCAA is freaking out. It’s not like he is hustling guests in the lobby of the hotel or from the bums in Detroit. I hate the NCAA. ITS LEGAL! On the other hand, it’s good to see that Roburt Sallie isn’t the only basketball player that the NCAA is picking on.
*The Nebraska spring game is only two weeks away but it can’t come soon enough. DXP will be there, will you?