Nebraska gets a blowout win that they needed…did we learn anything or was it ‘just’ Fordham?

-It wasn’t pretty early on, as Nebraska’s offense wasn’t moving the ball and the defense wasn’t doing great, but by midway through the 2nd quarter, things started going their way and the blowout followed

-Was anything learned from the game? Maybe we can say that we’ve learned that Markese Stepp appears to be the clear No. 1 RB. What about Logan Smothers as the backup? And it was nice to see Austin Allen get some targets

-How about Samori Toure? Can he have that type of production against FBS teams? Needs to…look what Wan’Dale did for Kentucky on Saturday

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We end today’s show telling you about the dumbest injury of the week in sports

-Oakland A’s pitcher Jesus Luzardo broke the pinkie finger of his pitching hand on Saturday before his start…when he thumped it too hard on the table while playing video games

-It’s a hairline fracture for Luzardo, and he’ll be out for some time. What an idiot!

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Husker baseball’s return to the rankings results in a big thud, getting swept by Rutgers at home / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

-OUCH! Nebraska fans were thrilled to be back in the rankings and have a home series with 6,000+ fans able to attend each game…and they lost them all. The bullpen hurt Nebraska on both Friday and Saturday, but the bats were quiet on Sunday with only 2 hits in a 6-0 loss

-Jake was at the game on Sunday, and although the game didn’t go well, he was thrilled to be at a game with so many fans…he just missed having vendors coming up and down the aisles! Very quiet!

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So…does Nebraska have reliable QB options for the Fall or are you concerned after the Spring Game?

-There were lots of storylines to follow but this was the biggest one for most. Adrian Martinez ran the ball a lot in the first half, which is something we knew he could do…and he was OK in the passing game

-What about the backups? It was a very windy day so it’s hard to be too critical. But the stats weren’t great. O-line didn’t give a ton of time for QBs and the defense is strong (and apparently pretty deep, too)…but where do we stand on QBs now?

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Nebraska isn’t blanked in the NFL Draft, as Brenden Jaimes and Matt Farniok hear their names called

-Jaimes went in the 5th round to the Chargers, and Farniok in the 7th to the Cowboys. 3 other players so far have signed with teams as undrafted free agents…also did Jake like his Dolphins’ draft or not?

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

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Did we come away with more optimism about Nebraska’s running backs after the Spring Game?

-Several RBs had impressive runs and games, including Marvin Scott, Sevion Morrison, Gabe Ervin, Jaquez Yant, and others

-So…is there actual depth there or are we going tell ourselves in the Fall that they still don’t have a good RB? Hard to think that after Saturday.

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The Spring Game delivered fans in the stands, wonderfully warm weather, and some things to chew on through the summer months

-Let’s start with the great thing: just shy of 40,000 red-clad fans in the stands on a nice, warm day…and a packed and buzzing Haymarket/Railyard before and after the game, too. The things we took for granted in the past should now be appreciated more.

-Now, for the game itself: not always easy to grade performances in the first half with ‘thudding’ instead of tackling…but we do know that Omar Manning got open deep and dropped a nice pass. Not a lot of explosive passing plays on the day despite that one, which was incomplete

-Also…we wanted to see if special teams would have improved, and didn’t really see special teams.

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It’s not 4/20 without a good pot story, right? How about pot-infused pizza in California!

-Stoney Slice has been operating for 8 months in California—sketchily—and putting 30 mg of THC into their pizzas

-The whole operation is sketchy, but there are some great quotes from the owner of it in a recent LA Times story

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Robin Washut (Husker Online) / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

-Another addition for Nebrasketball with Keon Edwards…what’s the scoop?

-What’s the percentage chances of either Thor or Shamiel Stevenson coming back? Do they want either back?

-Jake thinks Nebrasketball should go into this year expecting to beat Creighton, who lost all 5 starters. Is he crazy or spot on?

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Does the potential success of the receiving corps come down to if Omar Manning is as good as advertised?

-The wide receivers look better and bigger than last year, which brings optimism. We’re optimistic about Samori Toure, Zavier Betts, and Oliver Martin..and possibly Levi Falck and Alante Brown, among others

-But if these WRs are truly to become a great unit that’s reliable, makes tough catches, and gets some separation…does it all come down to Manning to be the true separator of an average unit to a really good unit? And where do the TEs fit in that conversation?

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Alex Smith announced yesterday he is retiring from the NFL…his comeback won’t be forgotten

-Smith led the WFT last year to playoffs in his 16th year, and earned Comeback Player of the Year after a terrible leg injury that almost lost him his leg…but he has etched his name in the history books for what he did to come back and be effective….also, Husker volleyball played Texas yesterday..

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

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Rick Kaczenski (Former Nebraska/Iowa DL coach)

-Sip is high on the WRs after seeing practice on Saturday…when do you know if you for sure have a good cast of guys?

-What is the ceiling of a defense that doesn’t have a dominant pass rusher but is pretty good everywhere else?

-How aggressive with a starting QB can you be if your backups are all young and inexperienced?

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