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: Official pick for Nebrasketball/Northwestern for Sunday at PBA…

Northwestern – Nebrasketball is sure to entertain the nation on Sunday / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

  • It’s cellar-dweller time in Lincoln on Sunday, with the by far worst 2 teams in the league meeting in PBA to try and see who is worse
  • It’s 2 teams that will end the season with less than 10 total wins on the season per team. It’s a revenge game for Nebraska. How many fans show up for this game of terrible records on display

How much of a chance will Luke McCaffrey have to win the starting QB job this spring and fall?

  • As we discussed last week on the show, Adrian Martinez still has the popularity vote (at least via Jake’s Twitter straw poll of 5,000+ votes), but there’s obvious intrigue on the McCaffrey hype train
  • Could you see a starter for the Fall being named by the end of Spring ball or will it still be unknown (but maybe a lean toward Martinez) by the time Fall camp hits? What’s the ideal scenario?
  • Also—Adrian Martinez named No. 5 QB in B1G by 247 Sports..

Derek Bombeck (Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau)

  • NSAA Championships, Special Olympics Nebraska Polar Plunge, Zac Brown Band, UNL Men’s Gymnastics
  • Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers):

Nebrasketball faced Ohio State last night in hoops at PBA….did the losing streak end?

  • Sip mentioned the other day that he’s not that impressed with Ohio State, and Jake agreed—but not enough to pick the Huskers to win the game
  • What did we see from the team? Did Cam Mack return? Team still showing fight all the way through?

Barret Pickering announces he’s leaving Nebraska and now a position that was already in question is even more so

  • Pickering announced Thursday that he’d be leaving the problem and cited health concerns as the main reason why
  • Special teams was a disaster last year, and Pickering was supposed be someone to lean on following his good finish to the 2018 season in his freshman year. Instead, injuries hampered him, and Nebraska had the worst kicking season the program has had in any sort of recent history. What now?

There’s a real chance that the Olympics doesn’t happen this year….imagine that…

-IOC senior member Dick Pound (yes, that’s his name) estimates there is a 3-month window to decide the fate of the Tokyo Olympics to be held in August, which is in question because of the coronavirus spreading so much. Can you imagine if the Olympics was canceled? Talk about a major event not happening…..wow

Is there any advantage at all of rotating offensive linemen instead of keeping starters in the whole time? / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

-We’ve heard from Greg Austin that he’d like to rotate linemen in games instead of keeping the starters in the whole time, but it’s been pretty much the starters so far through 2 years unless there’s injury

-What’s the preference, and what’s the best solution? Starters the whole time or quality enough depth that you can actually have backups come in and give the starters a break? Does that work in fast paced offense?

What If Wednesday: What if Scott Frost hadn’t chosen to come back to Nebraska in late 2017?

-Let’s welcome back our producer, Alex Baker, for this week’s installment of What If Wednesday. What if Frost, Nebraska’s prodigal son, didn’t take the job in December 2017 when Mike Riley was let go? What direction would they have had to go?

-Imagine if Frost turned down Nebraska to stay at UCF or went to one of the other jobs. A program that already was starting to lose its way may have lost total major fan belief if they couldn’t get him. Would Mike Norvell have moved the needle at all? Or Chip Kelly?

MAILBAGGGG!!! Your questions, our answers

-As always, email your questions for Sip & Jake to earlybreak937@gmail.com or tweet at them

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

Sean Callahan (Husker Online)

-What’s the difference between sneaking into a bowl at 6 wins this year vs. missing a bowl game at 5 wins in terms of belief in Scott Frost and momentum in general?

-What players have the most to prove this spring and are needed to breakthrough for Nebraska to also breakthrough as a program?

-How close do you follow the NFL Combine and what do you view as the most important drill?

247 Sports lists Scott Frost among the top of college coaches who have pivotal years in 2020 to show momentum

-It’s hard to argue that. The list clearly states it is NOT a ‘hot list,’ but it’s a list of coaches who face pivotal years in their tenures at their respective schools and their careers in general

-The write-up says Frost needs to at least make a bowl game to prove momentum is happening and so that recruiting doesn’t fade off and fan support remains high. It would be unfortunate to see a 4th straight year of no bowl game and a 3rd straight year to begin the Frost era of such a thing…

-Other coaches on the list:  Tom Herman, Jimbo Fisher, Clay Helton, Chip Kelly, Kevin Sumlin, etc….