March 29th: Mike Schaefer (247 Sports.Huskers Illustrated): Part 3

  • Will Schaefer’s Cleveland Indians get back in the World Series or is it the Astros’ league now, and everyone else has to bow down to them?
  • Schaefer’s World Series prediction and surprises of the MLB season…

March 29th: Mike Schaefer (247 Sports.Huskers Illustrated): Part 2 / Shut Up Sipple

  • Who wins punt returner job? And who would you like to see returning kicks?
  • JPJ and Copeland declare for the draft…Schaefer has said before he thinks they both leave…still feel that way? And thoughts on Miles returning

March 29th: Mike Schaefer (247 Sports.Huskers Illustrated): Part 1

  • Thoughts on Scott Frost’s idea of secrecy for everything about his practices…bothered by it or OK?
  • Should Nebraska be after a grad transfer QB? Looking at you, Brandon Dawkins/Joe Burrow
  • What does Nebraska do at center this spring with Cole Conrad/Michael Decker battling injuries?

March 29th: Major League Baseball is BACK today, baby—it’s Opening Day!

  • One local team–the KC Royals—will be without their All-Star catcher Salvador Perez for 4-6 weeks because he tore his MCL…while carrying luggage! YIKES. Season preview…will Houston repeat as champs?

March 29th: What do you need to see this season from Erik Chinander and the defense to make you believe they can get back to respectability?

  • Bob Diaco’s one season in Lincoln was a complete disaster, as the defense was embarrassing, slow, and at times incompetent. There is definitely talent on the defense, so what needs to be seen from the defense in year 1 of Chinander/Frost?
  • Sorensen says a big thing is seeing players go from Week 1 to Week 12 and seeing actual improvement and growth…which has not always been the case for the players in the past here

March 29th: Nebraska hasn’t had an issue with win totals, but they’ve had problems with losses in embarrassing fashion—how will Scott Frost fix that??

  • Bo Pelini never had an issue with winning games—he won 9+ games in his 7 seasons here, which is normally good enough to make the fans happy—but he lost some games in ugly fashion, with meltdowns at Ohio State, against Wisconsin, UCLA, etc.
  • Mike Riley lost 7 games the first year but avoided the big loss…and then it caught up to him with bad losses the next two years…Bill Callahan also had this problem (remember 70-10 and 76-39? Yikes)
  • What are the keys to make Nebraska avoid meltdowns in games and on the national scene?
  • Also—RIP Dave Humm

March 19th: Tiger Woods is not fully back, but he’s damn near there

  • Tiger finished 2nd last week in the Valspar Classic, and finished 5th this week in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but had a critical mistake on the easiest hole on the golf course (16) when in contention and drove it out of bounds
  • It didn’t matter because Rory McIlroy went well beyond what Woods could have shot, but it shows that Woods is probably about 97% back with 3% reason for concern. Great for golf, regardless!

March 19th: 4 B1G teams started the NCAA tournament; 2 remain entering the 2nd weekend / Shut Up Sipple

  • Michigan needed a buzzer beater to beat Houston on Saturday night, while Purdue edged Butler (without Isaac Haas) to advance to the Sweet 16
  • Michigan State? They lost to 11-seed Syracuse. Ouch. And Ohio State lost to Gonzaga

March 19th: Tim Miles will meet with Bill Moos this week to discuss the future; how should Moos respond?

  • Jack McVeigh announced over the weekend that he is leaving the program to pursue a career in Australian basketball…and there are still questions about who is coming back next year for the program…McVeigh obviously isn’t a huge loss for this program, though
  • Why should Miles be presenting a 5-year plan to Bill Moos? Shouldn’t it be as easy as, ‘Make the NCAA Tourney next year and the next year, too?’

March 19th: At least ONE basketball team from Nebraska is successful in the postseason…how about Nebraska Wesleyan?!

  • The Prairie Wolves won the Division III National Championship on Saturday—while the Husker women lost to Arizona State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Same ol, same ol.

March 19th: Impressive Stats out of winter conditioning for Nebraska football…will the results be seen on the field?

  • Nebraska assistant AD of Sports Nutrition Tommy Jensen tweeted out that Nebraska players have lost a combined 389 pounds of fat and have gained 436 pounds of muscle in winter conditioning…pretty impressive stuff
  • Will we see this make an impact right away in the spring?

March 19th: UMBC shows Nebrasketball fans what’s possible if program would ever change its defeatist mentality

  • You want some adversity? How about UMBC becoming the first 16-seed to EVER beat a 1-seed…and they did so convincingly in a 20 point win against Virginia on Friday night (lost a close game to K-State last night to be eliminated)
  • There were no excuses with them or with Buffalo when they beat Arizona…can Nebrasketball ever overcome their defeatist mentality and expect more than JUST making the NCAA Tournament or being in contention for it?