The Top 10 most watched non-football sporting events since 2019 provide some interesting results..

-This year’s Gonzaga/Baylor NCAA Championship game was 1st with just shy of 17 million viewers, and other college basketball games made the list

-No NBA games made the list, but a few World Series games did…hmmmmm…

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Parker Gabriel (Lincoln Journal Star) / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

-How important was it for Nebraska to get a ‘gimme’ game in Week 1 instead of playing it in mid-November?

-What was the response from recruits at the Spring Game? Any commitments on the horizon?

-Overall thoughts of what you saw on Saturday in the game itself…

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What If Wednesday: What if Nebraska hadn’t choked the ending of the Iowa game in 2019 and got to a bowl game?

-The summer series returns with a painful question! Nebraska, of course, was 5-6 entering that game, and needed a win to get to a bowl game. The game was tied, late 4th quarter, with Nebraska on the move at midfield…but then Iowa got the ball back and won in regulation, ending Nebraska’s season

-Several reasons why that is a ‘what if’: Nebraska could have ended their losing streak to Iowa, and could have gotten to a bowl game in Frost’s 2nd year, which is the goal Bill Moos had before the season that Frost scoffed at. Instead, we now enter the 4th year of Frost without a bowl appearance, after skipping last year, too

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MAILBAGGGG!!!! Your questions, our answers

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

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

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Sean Callahan (Husker Online)

-Fordham is IN for Sept. 4, and Southeastern Louisiana is OUT for mid-November…how important was it for this to happen?

-The Spring Game has come and gone…what were your biggest impressions from Saturday?

-You guys did an analysis of the impact of the Spring Game on restaurants and bars in Lincoln…what was the result?

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Travel is opening up across the country..but are Husker fans planning on making the trek to road venues this year?

-It’s interesting; no fans could attend games last year, and there’s still uncertainty in terms of attendance for all venues across the nation. You’re hearing more and more teams say they plan on 100% capacity, but nothing is known for sure yet

-And if fans are able to go to Norman to play Oklahoma against a (possibly) No. 1 ranked team…are you making that trip still?

-Also, happy Cinco de Mayo, which has to be one of Sip’s favorite days of the year because of his love for margaritas

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What If Wednesday: What if Nebrasketball didn’t lose as a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament in 1991?

-This has a variety of “what ifs” behind it: it was Nebraska’s 2nd ever appearance in the NCAA, and resulted in an 89-84 loss to Xavier. What followed was 3 straight years of NCAA Tournament appearances, but no wins. Then an appearance in 1998 which was a loss, and of course in 2014

-If they had simply just won the first game as a 3-seed, they don’t have the embarrassment of being the only Power 5 team without a tourney win. Does that change anything at all for the way the program would have been viewed to recruits? It’s such an embarrassing stat now, but could have been avoided back then in 1991, or one of the 3 years to follow. What could have been?

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What If Wednesday: What if Jim Harbaugh doesn’t get it done at Michigan?

-Jake was doing some research yesterday and learned that Michigan has had 28 players drafted over the past 4 years (5 first rounders); which has equated to an 0-4 bowl record and no division titles

-Ohio State isn’t leaving the top, likely. Is Harbaugh at his ceiling or does he still have potential to get over the hump? He hasn’t defeated the Buckeyes yet, and there have been some blowouts against him when facing them. Is long-term patience the key for Michigan to eventually get over the hump or not?

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What If Wednesday: What if Nebrasketball’s revamped roster found its way to the NCAA Tournament next year?

-Don’t laugh too much—here’s an example of a Big Ten team that’s done it before: The 1997-98 Ohio State men’s basketball team went 8-22 under first year head coach Jim O’Brien before winning 27-9 the following year and making the NCAA Tournament (helped by Michael Redd and Scoonie Penn)

-Is it crazy to think that it’s possible for this team to sneak into the Dance? Or are we expecting more pain like last year? What’s the lowest amount of wins you’d accept before you are concerned?

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What If Wednesday: If fans are allowed back in stadiums as usual in the fall, will COVID-19 still change attendance in the stands?

-In a hypothetical scenario, Sip and Jake discuss the idea of having the football seasons played as normal, and wonder how much COVID-19 would affect the amount of people that show up. Even if people were cleared to attend (possibly with masks and gloves), would we see reduced attendances because people just don’t want to risk it?

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What If Wednesday: What if Nebrasketball wins today with 2 football players on the team?

-We welcome in our producer, Alex Baker, into the studio for another Wednesday session

-Nebrasketball is riding a 16-game losing streak. What if they won tonight against Indiana? Think about it from both sides. If Nebraska wins, it’d be an incredible way to end a losing streak down 2 regular starters, and pulling 2 football players out of Spring ball to play. If you’re Indiana, if somehow Noah Vedral and Brant Banks would prove to be effective players, you’d wonder how fair that is to their team and also how critical it could be to their chances of missing the NCAA Tournament

What If Wednesday: What if Nebrasketball wins today with 2 football players on the team?

-We welcome in our producer, Alex Baker, into the studio for another Wednesday session

-Nebrasketball is riding a 16-game losing streak. What if they won tonight against Indiana? Think about it from both sides. If Nebraska wins, it’d be an incredible way to end a losing streak down 2 regular starters, and pulling 2 football players out of Spring ball to play. If you’re Indiana, if somehow Noah Vedral and Brant Banks would prove to be effective players, you’d wonder how fair that is to their team and also how critical it could be to their chances of missing the NCAA Tournament