Early Break

Everyone was into the XFL last weekend…did you watch again this weekend or not?

-The league got good reviews on opening weekend, but it’s not hard to get opening weekend viewership, especially the week after the Super Bowl. Did you follow this weekend or is it just another thing that you don’t care that much about?

John Losito (Sun Valley Lanes owner) / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

-Sun Valley Lanes is hosting the nationally-televised U.S. Open for bowling this week..how exactly did they get the event to come there?

-What does the week look like? All lanes utilized for all the days or how does it work?

-Is it a good environment for fans if they want to watch elite bowling?

The Will Bolt Era started with a bang on Friday, but resulted in a series loss

-The first 11 batters on Friday night in Waco scored for Nebraska in what was an eventual 19-9 win, but Nebraska lost 8-7 in 10 innings on Saturday and 7-2 on Sunday to start the season at 1-2.

-The bats weren’t the problem on Friday or Saturday, but couldn’t get them going on Sunday. Initial impressions of the team and what to expect from pitching/hitting?

-Also…Jake saw that Air Force’s football stadium hosted an NHL hockey game on Saturday night…should Nebraska use Memorial Stadium for non-football sporting events sometime, and what would it be?

NBA All-Star Weekend provided some fireworks this year…were you watching?

-Aaron Gordon had another great performance in the Slam Dunk Contest, but was bested by the Heat’s Derrick Jones, Jr.; Sacramento’s Buddy Hield won the 3-point contest; and last night’s All-Star game was won by _____________

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers):

The losing streak reaches 10 for Nebrasketball, and Matej Kavas is out for the year

-It was a strangely familiar game to what happened when Nebraska went to Madison to play the Badgers—exact same halftime score (39-38 Wisconsin), and another slow start to the 2nd half that hurt Nebraska…and another explosion from 3-point land for Wisconsin (18 3s in Madison; 15 3s in Lincoln)

-And to add insult to injury, Nebrasketball lost Matej Kavas to a hand injury for the rest of the season. Just wonderful. Let’s hear from Fred Hoiberg.

An addition and a subtraction for Husker football: A special teams analyst is in, but wide receiver Darien Chase is out

-Late Friday, we were informed that Husker redshirt freshman WR Darien Chase informed the team that he would be entering the transfer portal and looking to go closer to home to Washington state, citing some personal issues of mental health and depression over the past 6 or 7 years

-Chase was certainly someone fans were intrigued about this year and years coming, and this would make it possibly a situation where Nebraska now for sure looks at getting a WR from the portal

-Also, SPECIAL TEAMS NEWS!!! Nebraska hires an analyst—Jonathan Rutledge, who comes from Auburn.

Aging Gracefully (sponsored by Carriage Glen Independent Living 55+)

-What’s on Sip’s mind this week in learning how to age gracefully?

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2-minute drill: NBA All Star Weekend is here…do you still have interest in it?

Make plans for 14 years from now, because there’s already games scheduled for Husker football / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

-The university revealed Thursday that Nebraska will have a home-and-home with Oklahoma State in 2034 and 2035..an insane amount of years from now. Jake will be in his 40s by then and Sip will nearly be 70. Good grief

-Also, how should Jake and Sip celebrate when/if Nebrasketball’s losing streak comes to an end?

What is your view on Scott Frost’s coaching ability ahead of Year 3 compared to when he first started?

-Frost was viewed as possibly the best coaching hire of the 2017 off-season, and it’s hard to doubt anyone who said so—he went undefeated in his 2nd season at UCF and beat Auburn in a bowl game, just 2 years after the program was winless

-Now entering Year 3, it’s not quite the same hype, but still there is plenty of reason to believe. How much has your personal thoughts on his coaching ability changed since he was hired until now?

Derek Bombeck (Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau)

-Valentine’s Day on ice, Lincoln Exposed, Kinetic Sports Complex, and 2020 U.S. Open (bowling)

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers):

Husker Baseball returns TODAY! How interested are you in Will Bolt’s first season as head coach?

-Bolt met with the media on Wednesday ahead of the Huskers’ trip to Baylor to begin the season, starting tonight with first pitch at 6:35pm in Waco

-The pitching rotation is revamped this year, with Gareth Stroh on the mound tonight; Colby Gomes on Saturday; and Cade Povich on Sunday. New names to learn…are you optimistic or not?

Somehow, Nebraska football can’t escape the hype machine: One ESPN projection has the Huskers as a Top 25 team in 2020

-Bill Connelly puts together his SP+ rankings ahead of each season, which relies on three primary factors: returning production, recent recruiting, and recent history. Nebraska, aided by lots of returning offensive production, finds themselves ranked 25th in the rankings; ahead of Iowa (29th), Cincinnati (34th), and many others

-When will this stuff just go away and stop giving Nebraska love before they prove it? This isn’t even based off of someone’s random thoughts on the season; the formula used favors Nebraska. Which makes it even weirder