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Ak-Sar-Ben Itself Merits Praise Along With King Dick And Queen Suzanne - 10-14-10

Come Election Day, White And Terry Can’t Duck Party Labels Any Longer - 10-07-10

Today, Second-Guessing Other Sports Commentators But Some Thoughts On Current Political Issues, Too - 09-30-10

Gates Gives Somber Non-Political Appraisals Of Iraq, Afghanistan - 09-23-10

At Last, A Prominent Moderate Muslim Speaks Out Against Muslim Terrorists - 09-16-10

Today, It’s All About College Football With Some “As I See It” Commentary - 09-09-10

Danes’ Sensible Approach To Immigration Won’t, Unfortunately, Fly In The U.S.A. - 09-02-10

Mosque Controversy Isn’t About Legal Rights; It’s About Moral Use Of Those Rights - 08-26-10

Time To Answer The Obvious Question: What Chance For Success In Afghanistan? - 08-19-10

Two-Paragraph News Story Offers Scary Prospect For World’s Future - 08-12-10

Outdated Constitutional Language Adds To Today’s Illegal Immigration Mess - 08-05-10

Not Wall Street But Democratic Policy Caused Mortgage Market Crash - 07-29-10

Windfarm Promoters Need More Facts, Less Rhetoric - 07-22-10

Nebraska Democrats’ ‘Find A Candidate’ Problem Began Long Months (Years?) Ago - 07-15-10

When The Subject Is Disasters,Obama Needs A History Lesson - 07-08-10

McChrystal’s Firing Spotlights Afghan War And The Slim Chance Of U.S. Victory There - 07-01-10

Advice For An Egocentric President: “I, I, I” Suggests One-Man Team - 06-24-10

Texas Decision Good For Big 12 But Even Better For The Longhorns - 06-17-10

Europe Is Sobering Up From 'Welfare' Binge; Obama-Led U.S. Moving Toward Similar Crises? - 06-10-10

A New Issue: Does ‘Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell’ Make Military Service Easier For Gays? - 06-03-10

Do State Officials Really Understand The Challenges Faced By Omaha Schools? - 05-27-10

Democrats Continue Cheap Shot Campaign Against Republican Congressman Lee Terry - 05-20-10

Cartoonist Koterba Says It Clearly: Don’t Put All The Blame On Schools - 05-13-10

Citizenship For Immigrants Is Inevitable But Start By Closing The Border - 05-06-10

Punish Wall Streeters If They Deserve It But Liberal Dems Spawned The Mortgage Mess - 04-29-10

Did Legislature, Speaker Mike Flood Deserve All Those Kind Words? - 04-22-10

Tiger Sulks His Way Through Masters— Is Obama Gambling On The Nuclear Issue? Rogue States And Terrorists Won’t Sign Up - 04-15-10

Did Obama/Pelosi ‘Sausage Factory’ Produce A Debt-Increasing Unpopular Health Plan? - 04-08-10

The Stories Behind Some Disturbing Headlines And Some Advice For Avoiding National Bankruptcy - 04-01-10

Four-Vote House Margin Makes Americans Swallow Trillion-Dollar Pill They Don't Want - 03-25-10

Insurance Pays 96% Of Family’s Cost For Seven Years Of ‘End Of Life’ Treatment - 03-18-10

President Angry Replaces President Cool; ‘ObamaCare’s’ Chances Helped Or Hurt? - 03-11-10

Americans To Get ‘ObamaCare’ Even If They Don’t Want It? - 03-04-10

Despite The Headlines, There’s Progress In Curbing Violence In North Omaha - 02-25-10

Corporate Expenditures Bad For Politics Except When They Benefit Liberal Candidates? - 02-18-10

Wind Energy Industry Faced Disaster; V.A. Hospital Not Personal Obama Choice - 02-11-10

Some Remarkable Legislative Comments And Some Questionable Media Performance - 02-04-10

When The Subject Is Nebraska Wind Energy, ‘Green’ Is The Color Of Money - 01-28-10

The “Teddy Kennedy Seat” Lesson Might Benefit Both Democrats and Republicans - 01-21-10

Some Legislative Issues—Like Gambling—Deserve Quick Death But Water Issues Deserve Careful Attention - 01-14-10

Today: ‘Big Daddy’ Government Wrong Again, And How Justified Is Cornhusker Title Talk? - 01-07-10

Dan Neary Worthy Of The Honor--
Today Some Upbeat Comments But "Obama Care" Debate Demands Attention
- 12-30-09

Even Without That Health Bill Vote, Another Term For Nelson Was Questionable - 12-23-09

Let’s Talk Football And Why Nebraska’s Suh Deserved The Heisman - 12-17-09

Image of Immigrants Would Be Helped By Less Cinco de Mayo, More 4th of July - 12-10-09

Image Of Islam Is Badly Damaged By ‘God-Approved’ Slaughter Of Non-Muslims - 12-03-09

Close Call For NU Research, Reputation; Thanksgiving Reminder: Count Your Blessings - 11-25-09

NU’s Reputation And Research Role Are Both At Stake When Regents Vote - 11-19-09

Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’
Changing To ‘Maybe We Can’t’?
- 11-12-09

Review The History Before Renaming A Street; Memories Of Sarah, Our Sweet Senior Dog - 11-05-09

“Socioeconomic Diversity” More Important Then Academic Achievement In “Learning Community”? - 10-29-09

A Visiting Sports Columnist Agrees: ‘There Is No Place Like Nebraska’ - 10-22-09

Might Obama Wish He Had A Chance To Say ‘No, Thanks’ To Early Nobel Prize? - 10-15-09

Don’t Overlook The Variety Of Aid Which Goes To ‘Poverty Level’ Families - 10-08-09

Smorgasbord Today: From UN’s “Nutcake Day” To Obama Performance Here And Abroad - 10-01-09

Must Defense Continue To Cover For Huskers’ Anemic Red Zone Offense? - 09-24-09

'Energizer Bunny' President Continues To Add Proposals For Reform - 09-17-09

Today, Variety: Football, Golf And Why No President Should Televise Himself Into The Nation’s Classrooms - 09-10-09

Massachusetts Gave Kennedy Significant Second Chances - 09-03-09

Obama’s Problem Not Just With GOP
But With A Great Many Americans
- 08-27-09

Tiger Could Use Sportsmanship Lesson—And Less Coverage From Fawning Media - 08-20-09

Gallup ‘Competitive’ Label, If Accurate Long Term, Is Good News Not Only For Nebraska Democrats - 08-13-09

Democrats Go All-Out Negative:
Trash Private Insurance Industry
- 08-06-09

Journalistic Watchdogs Turned Lapdogs When Obama Called That ‘News Conference’ - 07-30-09

Look Back, Mr. President: Opposition Is Catching Up - 07-23-09

Dem Lynch Mob Might Hang President’s Hopes - 07-16-09

Dems Start Oust-Terry Effort In The Political Gutter - 07-09-09

Despite Liberal Media's Views, Nation Better Served By Viable GOP - 07-02-09

A Varied Menu For You To Consider - 06-25-09

Freshman President Learning Some Political Realities? - 06-18-09

Voices Of Reason Raised Too Late To Slow Rush To Wind Power? - 06-11-09

Public Will Be Watching Prosecution Of Three Teen-Age Creatures - 06-04-09

Wealthiest Paying Less, In Taxes?
It’s Simply Not True
- 05-28-09

Notre Dame And Obama
Offer A Splendid Lesson
- 05-21-09

Special-Interest Liberals
Shouldn’t Badger Obama
- 05-14-09

A Surprising Source: Obama
Cites Positive Results of Iraq War
- 05-07-09

Media Transfer Their Love
From Candidate to President
- 04-30-09

Suttle Campaign Subtly Two-Faced? Or ‘Just Politics’? Voters Will Decide - 04-23-09

If America Is "At War
With Islam," It's Self-Defense
- 04-16-09

Seven Iowans Change Marriage
Tradition For 3 Million Others
- 04-09-09

Will Liberal Democrats Continue
Escaping The Verdict Of History?
- 04-02-09

Multi-Focused President
Upsets Even Liberals
- 03-26-09

Richard Nixon—Appropriate To Recall The Good As Well As The Dark Side - 03-19-09

Not Reducing Mortgage Costs; We’re Simply ‘Modifying’ Them - 03-12-09

Fair Warning From NY Times: Obama’s “Breathtaking Plans” Would “Transform American Society” - 03-05-09

A Look At Academy Awards Nastiness, But First A Plug For My Book, “Life With Marian” - 02-26-09

Let’s Not Move Slot Machine Cancer From Iowa Casinos To Nebraska Race Tracks - 02-19-09

Whiteclay Is Wrong Target;
Aim At Alcoholism Problem
- 02-12-09

For The Best “Stimulus” Formula:
Put Economic Recovery First;
“Remaking USA” Can Wait
- 02-05-09

Journalistic Hounds Are Still
In Full Pursuit Of Bush
- 01-29-09

‘First Black President’ Celebration
Shouldn’t Further Distract Us
From Job We And Obama Face
- 01-22-09

‘Adults In Wonderland’
Need To Get Real
- 01-15-09

Advice For Husker Fans:
Rejoice—But Be Realistic
- 01-08-09

Kennedy Dynasty History
Includes Shameful Chapters
- 12-31-08

Today Some Merry Christmas Thoughts But A Few Political Barbs, Too - 12-24-08

This Time It’s Indians
Who Break The Treaty
- 12-18-08

Me? A Grumpy Old Man?
One Reader Thinks So
- 12-11-08

Obama Steers A Moderate Course
But Congressional Democrats Veer Left
- 12-04-08

Too Many "Non-Blessings"
This Thanksgiving Week
- 11-26-08

Let’s Hear More About
The Principal ‘Crisis’ Victims
- 11-20-08

Color-Blind Issues Voting
Showed No Turn To The Left
- 11-13-08

Election Made History
But Big Questions Remain
- 11-06-08

Today, A Choice of Topics:
Politics Or Football—Or Both
- 10-30-08

Splitting Electoral Votes Good Idea? Then Why Do 48 States Reject It? - 10-23-08

Dems Take 11th Hour Low Road
In 2nd Congressional District Race
- 10-16-08

Another Government “Welfare Program,” Bargain Mortgages, Caused The Crisis - 10-09-08

Words Can Lose Their Meaning
When A Government Program Is Involved
- 10-02-08

—Have We Learned This Lesson?— Crisis Results When Individuals, Encouraged By Financial Institutions, Try To Live Beyond Their Means - 9-25-08

Bonds To Build Four-Lane Highways?
Where Would The Money Come From?
- 9-18-08

Today, a Large Load of Political
Commentary After a Brief Plug For
My Book, ‘Life With Marian’
- 9-17-08

Major News Media Look Bad
In Non-Coverage of
Edwards’ Sex Affair Story
- 9-11-08

Disadvantaged Students Can Be
Helped Without Discriminatory ‘Affirmative Action’
- 9-04-08

My Favorite Olympic Champion?
It Wasn’t Michael Phelps
- 8-28-08

Will Chinese Get Away With
'Out Air Is Clean' Scam?
- 8-21-08

Windmills, Solar Won't Do It;
Time To Get Real On Energy
- 8-07-08

I Doubt That God or Jesus
Have Heavenly Money on Either Team
- 8-07-08

‘Pop Star’ Obama Lacks Experience,
McCain Lacks Clear Campaign Strategy
- 7-31-08

Top Athletes Should
Know When to Quit?
- 7-24-08

Would Odor of Politics
Taint Fire Chief Choice?
- 7-17-08

Will Hospitality, Qwest Center
Lure Swim Trials Back to Omaha?
- 7-09-08

Omaha Stars Again
On National TV Stage
- 7-02-08

Omaha's CWS Reputation
Gets New "Rave Reviews"
- 6-25-08

S.D. Vote Could Lead
To National Abortion Battle
- 6-18-08

Don’t Let Niobrara Go The Way
Of The Republican And The Platte
- 6-11-08

Voters Didn’t Impose Term Limits
To Rid Legislature of Chambers
- 6-04-08

“It’s Our Turn” Pitch Might
Not End With Hillary Defeat
- 5-28-08

Prime Nebraska Political
Battleground This Year:
2nd Congressional District
- 5-21-08

The 'Browning' of America:
How Far Will It Go?
- 5-14-08

Obama ‘Stumbling’ To Victory? - 5-08-08

"Does Homebuyer Bailout
Reward the Irresponsible?"
- 4-30-08

"Was McCain, Not Clinton,
The Real Winner in Pennsylvania?"
- 4-25-08

"Cleaner Skies Advice For Gore:
Pressure On China, More Nuke
Power If Jane Fonda Will Allow It"
- 4-16-08

"Why The Big Fuss Over
Tiny Gasoline Cost Increase?"
- 4-09-08

"Quietly, Nebraska Yields
All-Public-Power Status"
-  4-02-08

"Obama’s ‘Historic’ Speech Left
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-  3-25-08

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-  3-19-08

"Bush Sings, Praises Press
At Annual Gridiron Dinner"
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"Obama’s Style Without Substance
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-  2-13-08

"Barack Obama and John McCain:
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-  2-07-08

"‘First Black President’
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-  1-30-08

"Kimball Lauritzen: Think of Her
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-  1-23-08

"What 'Tough' Election Contest
Was Ben Nelson Talking About?"
- 1-16-08

"Overhyped New Hampshire
Offsets Overhyped Iowa"
- 1-10-08

"Coach Bo Now Well Welcomed;
Time to Start Thinking of NU Wins"
- 1-2-08

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- 12-19-07

"Killer Is Getting Just What He Wanted;
Let's Add Anger and
Action to Our Sorrow"
- 12-12-07

"Bo Brings Emotional Fire to NU Job;
Scary News: Huckabee Gain in Iowa"
- 12-05-07

"Callahan Outclasses Loudmouth Critics;
Tom Osborne Treated Him Fairly"
- 11-28-07

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Tell Them You Love Them"
- 11-21-07

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The Only Way to Satisfy Them?"
- 11-16-07

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Distracting Players From Their Job?"
- 11-09-07

"Did Bob Kerrey’s Decision Avoid
the Likelihood of Defeat?"
- 11-02-07

"Nosy Congress Makes
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- 10-26-07

"Is This The Way to Run UNL´s
Athletic Program?"
- 10-19-07

"Right Decision Could
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- 10-12-07

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As I See It
Harold W. Andersen is a retired Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Omaha World-Herald Company. Full biography.

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Today, Second-Guessing Other Sports Commentators
But Some Thoughts On Current Political Issues, Too

September 30, 2010

Again today, a heavy percentage of sports commentary.  Here in the Heartland and in the nation generally there is a great deal of interesting sports activity to be commented on, especially in the field of football, collegiate as well as pro, now that Omaha is host to a professional football team.  (And please don’t forget my credentials as former sports editor of the Omaha North High School Star newspaper.)

Since I don’t want to lose my credentials (?) as a political commentator, I’ll start with a couple of items involving the political process.

It was entirely predictable when Governor Heineman’s budget office asked state agencies what would be the results if they lost 10% of their state appropriations.

The answers, of course, tended to concentrate on program cuts which conceivably would create the most negative public reaction.

A prime example:  The Department of Corrections said it would parole 1,000 inmates in two stages, which would ultimately require 10 more parole officers but eliminate 67 correction officers.

It would seem reasonable to speculate that the Corrections Department might have picked a spending-cut alternative most likely to cause concern among the public.

Another example:  The University of Nebraska said cutting 10%, or $50 million, would be the equivalent of eliminating the College of Education  at two campuses, the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing.  No mention of the possibility of an across-the-board cut that would not close any college but would spread the cost cut across all colleges.

2008 Mistake Causes Major Problem

The Department of Education said a 10% cut would reduce state aid to local school districts to about $810 million for each of two budget years, down from $952 million this year.

In the Education Department case, a reduction in state aid to local school districts is inevitable without any “cut 10%” orders from the governor and the Legislature.  This is because the governor, the Education Department and the Legislature made the mistake of spending federal “stimulus” aid dollars on current operating expenses. 

The result was simply to put off a painful decision for two years, using a temporary federal-dollar stimulus to meet current expenses without any prospect of continuing federal aid or any plan for replacing the federal stimulus dollars when they disappear.

The dilemma facing all governments is a general public desire to cut public expenditures and reduce or surely not increase taxes.  This formula for balancing public budgets sounds attractive but, as I see it, is a virtually unattainable goal.

When it comes to cutting government services, pressures to “get rid of all the waste” usually yields to the reality that there is an inherent minimum amount of waste in all government as there is in most other fields of human endeavor.  There is the additional reality that one citizen’s idea of a wasteful government program is another citizen’s idea of an essential public service.

A Pill Very Few Americans Are Willing To Swallow

The pill that very few Americans are willing to swallow is a combination of spending cuts, even in some popular programs, and an increase in taxes, hopefully modest.

Try running for public office on that platform, making sure you are an honest candidate who spells out the specific programs you would vote to reduce or eliminate and the specific tax increases you would vote to levy.

Would you expect to win on such a campaign platform?

This brings to mind something that the late Senator Russell Long of Louisiana told a luncheon group in Omaha some years ago when the subject was federal taxes.  (And isn’t that always a current topic of debate?)

Senator Long said most Americans’ tax philosophy could be summed up in this couplet: 

“Don’t tax me, don’t tax thee.
“Tax that fellow behind that tree.”

* * *

“Democrats’ Ads Go Fiercely Negative,
GOP Thinks The Facts Will Suffice”

The New York Times reported the other day that Democratic candidates across the country “are opening a fierce offensive of negative advertisements against Republicans, using lawsuits, tax filings, reports from the Better Business Bureau and even divorce proceedings to try to discredit their opponents and save their Congressional majority.”

So much for the principled path on which Barack Obama promised to lead the country during his presidency. 

The Times story observed that “attack ads” are deployed in almost every election “but these biting ads are coming far earlier than ever before,” according to party strategists. 

To their credit, Republican candidates are defending themselves but not “taking the bait by starting their own offensive” of attack ads, The Times said.  Republican ads have been based largely if not nearly entirely on records of Democrats on health care, the economic stimulus package and for making Nancy Pelosi, the super-liberal from San Francisco, Speaker of the House.  (Republicans might hope there were some way to get Pelosi’s name onto every ballot.)

I think it’s fair to comment that the temptation to use attack ads is much less for the Republicans than for the Democrats, because Republican strategy is to simply defeat the Democrats on the basis of what their record has been in the past two years when they have controlled the White House and the Congress.

* * *

Second-Guessing The Second-Guessers,
With Emphasis On Some Cheap Shots

Shifting now to some second-guessing of some second-guessing journalistic sports commentators:

I start from the premise that straight sports reporting—reporting the facts and letting the reader or viewer reach his own conclusions—is a rapidly disappearing way of informing the public as it is in much of the rest of American journalism.  We are deep into the age of opinionated (some call it slanted) journalistic performance.

First today an example of sports commentary that was ludicrous but harmless, then three examples of comments which were egregiously unfair to those actively involved in the athletic competition rather than sitting above the conflict in the pampered atmosphere (free lunch anybody?) of the press box.

The ludicrous commentary followed the Nebraska Cornhuskers much-narrower-than-predicted victory over a fired-up South Dakota State University team.  One commentator opined that after the way South Dakota State played the Nebraska Cornhuskers last Saturday, the last thing anyone connected with the Huskers wants to consider is the possibility of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks coming to Memorial Stadium and confronting the Huskers the way the South Dakota State Jackrabbits did. 

“It was a big night for us UNO dreamers,” this commentator said, presumably referring to talk among some UNO boosters that the Mavericks should step up to Division I competition in all sports.

Mavs Draw 1,647, Huskers Sold Out At 85,573

This was written the same evening that UNO had drawn 1,647 spectators to Caniglia Field on the UNO campus where the Mavericks raised their season record to 1-3 with a 41-10 victory over Missouri Southern.  (The press account of that game praised the Mavericks for holding Missouri Southern’s offense to 312 yards.  Not mentioned was the fact that this was four more yards than the Mavericks’ offense could generate.)

I would think that the thought furthest from the mind of the Cornhuskers, their coaches and their fans was UNO becoming a Division I threat 55 miles or so down the road from UNL’s Memorial Stadium.

As to the egregiously unfair comments, let’s start with the lead paragraph in a news story which dealt almost entirely with the storm of criticism which surrounds University of Texas Coach Mack Brown after his Longhorns suffered a humiliating 34-12 home field loss to 16-point underdog UCLA. 

The lead paragraph written by an Omaha commentator offered the far-fetched suggestion that perhaps Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini and Texas Coach Mack Brown can compare notes “as they try to move past what were mind-boggling, lackluster performance by their football teams.”

One is tempted to say that the commentator apparently has a mind that is easily boggled when he suggests a comparison between a Husker victory by a smaller point margin than had been predicted and a Texas loss by 22 points after going into the game a 16-point favorite.

Then there was the Sunday story in which the same commentator questioned three calls by officials which, he suggested, may have been wrong and thus unfairly damaging to South Dakota State, possibly depriving the Jackrabbits of an upset victory.  (The headline on the Sunday column read:  “Hijacked by officials?  SDSU doesn’t whine.”)

No, the Jackrabbits didn’t whine but somebody else did on their behalf.

Evidence Doesn’t Support Trashing The Blackshirts

Then there was this assertion from another commentator:  “Any team has a chance to effectively run the football against these Blackshirts.”

Any team?  A gratuitous insult, it seems to me.  The fact is that the Jackrabbits ran for a total of 141 yards, scored three points and failed to put the ball in the end zone in three running plays from the Husker one-yard line. 

All of this, of course, is not to suggest that the Huskers looked good Saturday.  They most assuredly did not. 

But a barrage of caustic comments from commentators sitting high above the battle reminds me of the old description of journalists as comparable to correspondents who watch a battle from the hills and when the battle ends, come down and shoot the wounded.

* * *

Nighthawks Official Did Raise The Possibility
Of Sharing A 50,000-Seat Stadium With UNO

Does the director of operations for the newest football team in town, the professional Omaha Nighthawks, speak with forked tongue?

The question can be fairly asked when you compare what Don Igo clearly said in a televised interview on WOWT the other evening and what he told World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel earlier this week.

In that televised interview, Igo definitely said something to the effect—I wasn’t taking notes as to the exact quote—that it could be desirable to have a 50,000-seat stadium built on the old Chili Greens golf course property, now owned by the University of Nebraska.  Such a stadium, Igo suggested, could be used by both the professional Nighthawks and by the UNO Mavericks.

Igo told his TV interviewer that for the long haul, the Nighthawks would prefer to play in a stadium built especially for football, not in a stadium built primarily for baseball (like the TD Ameritrade Park).

Igo told Tom Shatel that he never told anyone the Nighthawks had plans to build a stadium.  A misleading truth, as I see it.  The fact is that he mentioned the potential desirability of a 50,000-seat stadium, although he did not say the Nighthawks had plans to build one.

Igo went on to tell Shatel:  “We are playing in TD Ameritrade Park, and that’s it.  We can’t wait to play there.”

Shatel’s very appropriate reaction: 

“The whole thing is absurd.  Yes, the UFL has plans to expand.  But can we at least wait until the league proves that it can outlast the new version of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ before we talk about a new stadium?”

Shatel said he is trying to figure out where such a football stadium would be placed on the Chili Greens site, where University of Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts has indicated he would like to build a grand new home for the Mavericks hockey team, complete with skyboxes.

As I see it, Alberts’ talk of an expensive new home for the Mavericks hockey team (an on-campus site where, under present university regulations, beer could not be sold) is not as wildly unrealistic as talk of a 50,000-seat Chili Greens football stadium.  But it’s a good many million dollars from reality, even if the question of on-campus beer sales could be resolved to the satisfaction of fans who believe that hockey games and beer are inseparable companions if you want large crowds.

* * *

National Polls Disagree With Husker Bashers

In contrast to some of the Nebraska media bashing of the Huskers after last Saturday’s game, the nation’s print and broadcast sports reporters/commentators and the nation’s football coaches apparently didn’t find the Huskers’ 17-3 victory over South Dakota State “mind-boggling.”

In the Associated Press poll of sports reporter/commentators, the Huskers remained in sixth place.  And in the USA Today poll of coaches, the Huskers moved up from seventh to sixth place.  Texas, falling from fourth to sixteenth, made room for some other teams like Nebraska to move up one place in rankings.

By the way, the same commentator who said the Huskers’ 17-3 win over South Dakota State was “mind-boggling,” said later in the week that the Huskers don’t deserve to be ranked as high as sixth nationally.

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