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Oh Yeah–I Forgot!

I had to post this one last time.   The slogan will soon be illegible, given that Colorado is headed to to PAC-10.   I wish them luck there, where they will play the likes of Oregon and Stanford, not to mention USC.

After he got done sacking Tom Brady on Thursday, Suh was back at Nebraska on Friday for the retirement of his jersey:

Here he is throwing the bones in a tribute to Nebraska’s Blackshirt defense.  I wonder what the good farm folks in the stands made of his gangsta panoply.

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How Sweet It Is!

That’s Carl and Bo Pelini chatting amiably with Bob Stoops.   They are old friends–all played for Cardinal Mooney High in Youngstown Ohio before they became coaches at Nebraska and Oklahoma, respectively.

With any luck, Nebraska and Oklahoma will play for the Big 12 championship this year, because last night Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State in a barnburner of a game very similar to the one Nebraska played against OSU–lots of points on the board, and no defense to speak of.    The bit of luck is required because  the Sooners are in a three-way tie in the Big 12 South with Texas A&M and OSU.   The BCS rankings are the tie-breaker, and those will not be released until tonight.   But it’s hard to believe that that the BCS gurus and computers would choose OSU to win the South, given that they were beaten by both Nebraska and Oklahoma.   Or that the South title would go to A&M, which lost three games outside of conference play.

There are many reasons to like an OU-NU matchup, not the least of which is their long rivalry in the old Big 8.  These two teams played in the so-called Game of the Century in 1971, and vied with one another for conference championships, as well as the occasional national championship, throughout the 1970s and ’80s.   They regularly played one another on the day after Thanksgiving, and the game was always a good one, no matter who won.

But the best part of an OU-NU matchup, for me, is NO TEXAS!   No Longhorns!    No Aggies!   No Red Raiders!

 

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Family, friends, pets.   My family’s and friends’ pets.  Friendships that endure through occasional disagreement and longtime separation–thirty years and counting, eh Trep?

General good health all around, especially among my 80-plus-year-old sisters and brother-in-law, and among their kids.  And Desert Democrat will get the damned cast off next Friday.

Having lived a long time, and having had a pretty good time overall after getting through the hard parts early on.

Other things for which to be grateful:

Tom Delay is found guilty of money laundering.   He could get 5 to 99.    Thank you goddess!    There is justice in the world after all.

A British politician warns George W. Bush that if he sets foot on British soil, he will be tried for war crimes.

Fred Phelps and his family are unable to reach the funeral of a soldier in a small town in Missouri because 3000 people showed up from all over the county to line the streets.   They belted out choruses of “God Bless America” when the Phelpses started raving.   Bravo!

Ndamakong Suh’s number will be retired tomorrow, which means Suh will be at the Nebraska-Colorado game.   Perhaps his presence will fire up the Cornhuskers?    Or maybe he could just suit up?

Great books to read.

It’s cold, but the sun is shining and the sky is blue.

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Approach Avoidance

I’m supposed to be revising my textbook these days.   But I’ve been retired long enough now that my hard-earned discipline seems to have worn away.   Every morning when I sit down in front of the computer I vow to check the weather, read a few blogs, and get down to work.   Ha ha.

Instead of working on the book I’ve been reading and watching football and movies and going for hikes.   And oh yes, I’ve been sewing.   Here are some fruits of my labors.

Here Cissy models a dress made from a pattern by Hello Dolly Boutique:

The owner of this on-line store finds old patterns and resizes them to fit popular fashion dolls.  This pattern is called “English Garden”:

I may try making the wedding gown as well in an attempt to use up all the eyelet fabric I inherited from Betty, my neighbor.

And here is a piece I’m not particularly proud of, tech-wise, but I had lots of fun trying to figure out how to put it together:

I made this for Desert Democrat, who is a rabid fan of UConn womens’ basketball, and who has had a pretty hard year.

P. S.  When I downloaded these pix I discovered some pix of Woodrow that I took in August.  Pat might like this one:

Happy Turkey Day, to everyone who is not a vegan.

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In re our convo yesterday about “Legion”–here is Kevin Durand as Gabriel:


And here is Paul Bettany as Michael:

Where is John Milton when you need him to do justice?

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When, late last night, I contemplated writing this post, I vowed I would not complain about the officiating.   “Complaining about the referees is for losers,” I told myself.

“I’m grating my teeth because we lost”  I said to the cat.   He jumped off the bed.

I vowed to write about how Nebraska seems to be deja-vu-ing all over again:   fantastic defense but no offense.  And this year there’s no Suh to play offense while on defense.   About how the Pelini brothers’ coaching is  sheer genius on defense, and about how offense is something they leave up to the guy they inherited from Bill Callahan.   About how they built their offense around a kid, a freshman.   And how that kid is  hurt, and so is his backup, and the third-stringer can’t seem to move the football consistently or get it to the guys who can run–Helu and Burkhead–consistently either.

I made all those vows before I saw this clip on You-Tube this morning:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I1lQwmSXO4&feature=player_embedded.   Go look at it, and then ask yourself:   does that A&M player think he works for the TSA?   Perhaps there should be a penalty for fingering the other guy’s junk:   “Foul foul!   Fifteen yards!”

Instead, the refs fingered the guy on the ground–NU’s Ben Cotton–for a personal foul when he kicked out to get the guy off him.   And then they fingered him again for a personal foul, the reason for which I could not discern.  Still can’t, on rewatching this morning.   Thirty yards for a single offense!  In nearly fifty years of watching college football I’ve never seen anybody given two penalties for the same offense.  And then when Pelini lost it on the sidelines, they gave him a personal foul!   I hope that whatever Bo said to the official was an apt, highly offensive comment concerning his ancestors and immediate forebears.

All in all, sixteen penalties against Nebraska, and two for A&M.   Which was, previous to this game, the most penalized team in the conference.

Uh-huh.

Husker fans have been complaining all season about how Big 12 referees seem to be looking for ways to penalize the team.   At Iowa State, for example, a State player nearly pulled Rex Burkhead’s head off.   I saw it, the fans in the stands saw it, and howled for the guy’s blood.  But the officials called a foul on the NU player who shoved the Iowa State guy in order to get him to stop the face-masking.

My title quotes Pelini in the after-game press conference.  This was his response when asked to comment on the officiating.   I expect he alludes to a late-hit foul called on an NU player that gave A&M a first down in the red zone.    In case anyone thinks this is just sour grapes by Nebraska partisans, here is Matt Zemek, writing at College Football News:

“Most importantly, let’s not ignore the woeful, this-cannot-possibly-be-true nature of the roughing-the-passer penalty called on Nebraska’s Courtney Osborne (what an ironic last name, eh?) late in the fourth quarter. The hit – which was not late, and which did not hit any part of A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s helmet – failed to meet any standard for a personal-foul penalty. It was as standard-issue a hit as anything seen on any gridiron in week 12. Yet, it drew a piece of yellow laundry, and it directly led to the Aggies’ game-winning field goal. It’s impossible to look at this game and not conclude that one call – a judgment call poorly arrived at and then unrevoked – decided the outcome. It’s not as though the Aggies made a good play or did anything to render the flag a moot point. It was a gift, and a gift that carried more than a little weight.”

Maybe the Big 12 should institute a new penalty just for Nebraska:   “delay of championship.”

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Well, tonight the Shuckers play Texas A&M, home of the Aggies and the 12th man.   The “12th man” refers to the Aggie student body, who are always vociferous, to say the least.    Legend has it (in Austin Texas, anyway, where I first heard this) that male students hold onto their, er, privates while the team kicks off, squeezing as hard as they can.   For luck, I guess.

This MAY be a rough go for the Huskers, if Martinez is not back in top form yet.   The Aggies have a good quarterback and they can score.   But then they haven’t yet met a defense as good as Nebraska’s.  So we’ll see.

My eldest niece married an Aggie, so my eighty-some-year-old sister, who is a rabid Nebraska fan, has an Aggie son-in-law!    The shame!   The horror!   Of course we say none of this in front of him.   This fact would not even be important but for the fact that the family is visiting my sister this week.    Last I heard, she hopes they will have other plans on Saturday night, so she can make a bowl of popcorn and holler for Nebraska as loud as she wants.

No post about Texas A&M would be complete without some Aggie jokes.   I got these from the website of Mike Scott, who professes to be a Longhorn fan (what else):

What is the difference between the Aggies and Rice Crispies?
Rice Crispies know what to do in a bowl.

Where was O.J. hiding right before the famous white Bronco Chase?
On the A&M campus, because that’s the last place you’ll find a football player.

Did you hear about the skeleton they found in a closet in one of the dorms at A&M?
It was the 1963 hide-and-go-seek champion!

Did you hear about the Aggie who won a gold medal at the Olympics?
He liked it so much that he decided to get it bronzed.

Why did the Aggie get fired from the M&M plant as a quality control inspector?
He kept throwing out all the W&W’s!

Have you heard about the Aggie kamikaze pilot?
He flew 22 missions.

An Aggie got a job at an east Texas sawmill. Just before lunch on his first day, he lost a finger. When asked
how he lost it, he replied, “I just touched this big spinning thing here like thi…Damn! There goes another one!”

Why don’t Aggies use 911 in an emergency?
Because they can’t find “eleven” on the phone dial.

How can you tell an Aggie is on location at a drilling rig?
He’s the one throwing bread to the helicopters.

Many, many more like this at http://home.earthlink.net/~mike_scott/aggjoke.htm/.

GBR!

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