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It’s Tuesday, June 4. Have you bought your Father’s Day present yet? Fear not. We didn’t ask the question without having a simple, online solution in mind. Just read this blog and choose one of five unbeatable ideas for Father’s Day gifts on Sunday, June 16. Once you’ve made up your mind, click the link that becomes top of mind and pull out your favorite piece of plastic. After that, cross this important action off your checklist and get back to whatever you do on a Tuesday night in early June – take a walk, grill a burger or deliberate between baseball and softball on cable versus whatever the major networks are offering. Father’s Day is important, and we’re taking all the hassle out of it for you, so you can give your own father something thoughtful, something substantive and most of all, something that makes him proud to be a Nebraskan. Here’s The N-Sider’s Top Five recommendations:
IDEA No. 1 – The Ultimate Bundle, featuring two Tribute to Tom DVDs, plus Jack Hoffman’s memorable touchdown run in the Spring Game: Talk about a true blockbuster with an unbeatable price – $19.95. When 1,800 people attended the Tribute to Tom Gala in Omaha, paying $250 to $1,000 a plate, the N-Sider received dozens of emails asking if that salute to Tom Osborne would be recorded for posterity. Well, that “Night of Legends” hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, was indeed recorded. So was the “Tribute to Tom” a few weeks later when 500 players, coaches and staff members gathered in Lincoln for a banquet emceed by UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts, a Nebraska All-American/Academic All-American. More than three hours of stories, lessons, tall tales, video highlights and poignant remembrances are captured on the two DVDs that honor Osborne’s 50 years as a successful coach, administrator and leader. “Any true-blooded Nebraska native or fan can watch the programs in this bundle and feel proud to be a Nebraskan. I think they’re true treasures of Husker history,” said Mike Osborne, who compiled the DVD set of his father and established an affordable price, so every Big Red fan can enjoy the content. Click here and get a bonus to the two DVD set with the Nebraska Spring Game video making it a trifecta. It all adds up to “five hours of the best of the spirit of Nebraska,” Mike Osborne said, adding that portions of sales of the 295 minutes of video will be donated to the Team Jack Foundation and the TeamMates Mentoring Program. Don’t worry if you already have Jack’s Run and the Spring Game video. You can also buy just the retirement banquets as a set.
IDEA No. 2 – A Men’s adidas Unrivaled Techfit Jersey We go from one of the greatest bang-for-your-buck gifts I’ve ever seen to a $300 jersey that includes free shipping. Why? Because less than a week ago, only 24 of these historic replica jerseys remained from Nebraska’s 2012 win over Wisconsin in Lincoln – the game that featured Jack Hoffman and the late Isaiah Casillas as part of the Tunnel Walk. Nebraska Equipment Manager Jay Terry told me today that only 17 of these throwback jerseys are available. Remember, this replica jersey is suitable for framing, and a definitive piece of Husker history. Expect those last 17 to sell out soon.
IDEA No. 3 – This 2013 Coaches Sideline Performance Polo is another can’t miss for two reasons: 1) It has ClimaLITE technology and is designed for ultimate comfort; and 2) It’s the same shirt the coaches wear on the field. We all know what happened when Bo Pelini picked out his favorite tan Husker hat or his grey Nebraska sweatshirt. Everyone wanted one just like his.
IDEA No. 4 – I chose a Stuctured Flex Performance Hat not because I have even a clue if our coaches might wear them. I chose this gift as a worthy Father’s Day gift because it will eliminate the glare of the sun, so dad can focus on the action on the field. Not only that, he can be the coolest guy in town and show off on the golf course. Buyers beware, though. You may have to share your secret link with others wanting to order the same hat.
IDEA No. 5 – Last December, I recommended that Husker fans use my No-Hassle Holiday Shopping, and they did. So, just to make sure that I deliver what I’m promising, I still highly recommend two books that you can buy dad for Father’s Day. He can read either one of them on a lazy, hazy, crazy day of summer when everyone else targets something different. Here’s another tip to buy the book UNBEATABLE: Tom Osborne and the Greatest Era of Nebraska Football, written by Henry J. Cordes, an Omaha World-Herald staffer given major access to Osborne before he retired as Nebraska’s athletic director on Jan. 1, 2013 and became Nebraska Athletic Director Emeritus. Another unbeatable Father’s Day present is the book Tom Osborne on Leadership: Life Lessons from a Three-Time National Championship Coach, written by Pat Williams with insight/editing from Mike Babcock, Nebraska’s most knowledgeable living football historian.
There they are – five unbeatable ideas for a Father’s Day present. You can’t go wrong with any one of the five. Remember, dad gave you something that cannot possibly be repaid – he believed in you, so give him something nice and something he’ll remember.
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