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@SiliconValleyHusker: Brilliant movie. Wilder was also one heckuva Willy Wonka.
@CountryHusker: I dunno, Country, why can't they?
@Troy: I am not ready to say anything is holding him back just yet. I know he was fourth on the depth chart but they're going to use a lot of two-back sets. I think each guy has different skill sets they like and can use in different packages. He'll still get some touches, I assume. It's a matter of what he does with them. Terrell Newby was always going to be tough to take off the top line this offseason. Ozigbo had a good camp. Tre Bryant looks legit. It's a tough competition. Someone has to be the fourth guy. This coaching staff clearly values the all-around back. You better know your blocking schemes and all that. One of the reasons Bryant has made such a quick move is he's a quick learner with that stuff.
@CDS: Everything gets remade eventually. Usually in crappier fashion. Except Batman. Sometimes Batman gets better. Dark Knight was a little better than what Adam West was bringing to the table.
@CountryHusker: We are the music-makers
And we are the dreamers of dreams
Wandering by lone sea-breakers
And sitting by desolate streams
World-losers and world-forsakers
On whom the pale moon gleams
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever, it seems.
@Zadi: Yep, Johnny's the top guy. I appreciate Johnny because he answered his phone the day he was transferring and said exactly why and was very professional about it. Husker fans can always respect that. Sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery. He definitely has some tools to work with. UNLV is a real interesting program beside the Husker flavor. The head coach is Tony Sanchez, who I believe was previously at Bishop Gorman. They're starting to put some dollars into UNLV football, too. I wouldn't be surprised if they rise up a bit in a few years as a respectable mid-major type of program.
@SiliconValleyHusker: No, no, not unless there's injury. They want to redshirt O'Brien if at all possible. You won't see him in mop-up duty if those games get out of control, pretty sure.
@Zadi: I can't get inside his head. It's probably a safe bet it'd hurt a little for anyone who was a captain one year and not the next. But ... does anyone really think this impacts Nebraska's win-loss total in any way? I think the captain story has about a 72-hour life span. The only thing that could have prolonged the story is if Armstrong had shown up and acted disgruntled about it. He didn't. He handled it well."
@SiliconValleyHusker: Sipple is calling her. He started that firestorm by calling her, you know :)
It's Willy Wonka paying notice to an old poem by Arthur O'Shaughnessy. That movie has all sorts of deep ideas tucked away inside it. It's why the remake was a joke. The remake was just Johnny Depp doing a Jack Sparrow impression in a purple suit.
@Stevesipple: Wow, you're named Steve Sipple too? I think Nebraska would be hard-pressed to duplicate what it did in that five-year stretch in the 90s, but my sense after picking the brains of Huskers fans last week about expectations is that many think their team should always be in position to win the division championship, and on certain years, win that conference championship. It seems fans understand the moment they stop setting that bar high is the moment you give in to being average. I also think there are a lot of realistic fans who know it's not going to be easy to win championships, and probably have more respect for how improbable that four-decade run of Husker football really was.
@jw: I don't completely follow you on that one. You'll have to clear it up a bit for me. It might also be because I had decaffeinated coffee this morning.
@Patrick: They won't be heavy, heavy favorites in maybe any game but the first two, so with that said, I'd suggest Wyoming. I'm not sold that Wyoming is going to come in and make it a four-quarter game. Its defense has a big jump to make. But Wyoming kids, some of whom wanted to play for Nebraska, have almost always played the Huskers tough. See 2013. See even 1994. Also, they've got two really good running backs and no doubt Craig Bohl will try to shorten that game. NU will need to maximize every possessions because they could be more limited. If it's a deal where the Huskers go minus-2 or 3 in turnovers, it could get interesting.
Game Nebraska is expected to lose but win? I'll say the one in Iowa City. I would guess most oddsmakers would make Iowa a favorite. But the road team has won the past four games. Whatever the teams' records are going into that game, I suspect that game will go down to the wire.
@Theline: I gave them 9 wins in our preview tab. I know Husker fans are sort of sick of that number, but they'd take it and run after last year, no?
@JC79: JoJo Domann, I would guess, will probably be mostly special teams this year. I'm just basing that on the depth at the safety position. Because you've got Gerry, two Williams, Reed, Avery Anderson.... You never know, but it feels like a lot would have to happen for him to break in there. However, he is a hybrid type and maybe they've got something special planned for him which they probably aren't going to tell us about.
@SiliconValleyHusker: We're still quoting "Blazing Saddles" for those who don't know.
@Ryan: I'll open this up to everyone else to chime in. I never go down in the Railyard before the game, so I'm not as educated on where you can get a seat. I can tell you where to get top burgers: Honest Abe's, Dempsey's, Ledbelly's.