By Randy York
The greatest thing about Nebraska athletics is how variety becomes the very spice of life, and how each slice means something different to all of us. Take the solemnity of where we began last Sunday, explaining how Ron Brown was the right man at the right place at the right time for Nebraska and Penn State fans alike. Response to his pregame prayer was so far-reaching that the N-Sider dedicated another blog spot Tuesday just to accommodate Penn Staters expressing their appreciation for Nebraska’s support. Frankly, the feedback has been so constant and so positive, we’re adding daily updates.
On Monday, we shared our favorite moment from Nebraska’s 17-14 win in State College, so we can peek ahead and see why Lavonte David could be Nebraska’s key player Saturday in Ann Arbor. On Wednesday, we found it fascinating that one of the NBA’s most popular players will be matching strategy with Connie YoriFriday night at the Devaney Center. Ex-LA Laker Michael Cooper was a head coach for eight years in the WBNA before becoming the women’s head coach at USC three years ago. He brings an all-star cast to Lincoln, and it creates a big Friday Night Lights challenge for the Huskers. Whether you can make the USC game or not, be sure to keep track of it. The result could deliver the same RPI impact that Nebraska’s double-overtime victory might have achieved for the men Monday night in LA. That, of course, set the stage for another solid non-conference men’s matchup for the Huskers Sunday against Rhode Island, which scored 90 points Tuesday at Texas. Tipoff is 1 p.m. at the Devaney.
On Thursday, we featured Cory Schlesinger, a big fan of Rex Burkhead.Schlesinger tells us why he sees Burkhead showing MVP-like power that can help the Huskers beat Michigan. After spending 12 years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, Schlesinger still lives and works there and plans to be at the Big House Saturday to see the team he addressed, one-to-one, last August.
The curtain’s coming down fast on Nebraska’s fall sports, and don’t forget that Saturday night is Senior Night for Husker volleyball. Wisconsin, John Cook’steam before succeeding Terry Pettit, visits the NU Coliseum for a 7 p.m. match, and the N-Sider will feature Husker seniors Brooke Delano, Brigette Root andJordan Wilberger in its weekend coverage. Finally, don’t miss our N-Sider’s look back at Nebraska’s 1962 football win over Michigan in Ann Arbor. In the immortal words of Chris Berman, our account will take you “back-back-back” so far and so fast that it’ll be difficult to believe it happened a half century ago.
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