Huskers don’t plan to be nice to Horns
Video indicates this Oct. 16 is circled on Nebraska calendars
Nebraska football fans have long been admired and respected nationwide for the class they have shown during defeats.
They chanted “Heisman! Heisman!” in 1998 when Ricky Williams ran for 150 yards in the Longhorns’ 20-16 victory that snapped Nebraska’s 47-game home winning streak.
They applauded as Texas left the field in 2002 after Nathan Vasher intercepted Jammal Lord’s pass near the end zone to preserve yet another Texas road win.
Now respect has turned to angst, as the Huskers have sent a message that the normally friendly confines of Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium will be anything but friendly. The university, in conjunction with the Omaha World-Herald and UNL Communications, produced a video on the website www. redoutaroundtheworld.com that basically says circle Oct. 16 on your calendars. (Red ink is a must, I would guess.) That’s the date the Longhorns will visit the Huskers in what could be the last regular-season game played between the two schools.
There is a perception in the Husker state that Texas never fully embraced Nebraska as a member of the Big 12, and now that perception has become fuel for this 13-game rivalry — Texas leads 9-4, including an 8-1 record in Big 12 games — even though Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne did have the words “Beat Texas” taken off the last part of the video.
There’s nothing like one team leaving a conference for another to add a little spice to what was going to be a good football game anyway. And for what it’s worth, this will be the sixth game of the season. Last I checked, the Huskers lost five starters off the nation’s seventh-ranked defense and one of those was Ndamukong Suh, who was arguably the best player in the country. Let’s not look past those first five games, Huskers. There’s plenty of time to hype what’s shaping up to be the game of the year in the Big 12. We can wait.
* * * When will these athletes learn that this codeine thing is no joke?
With Houston-area rappers dropping like flies — surely someone out there has heard of the “Screwed Up Click” — it’s still baffling that NFL players are still riding around with this stuff in their cars.
Add former Texas A&M defensive tackle Johnny Jolly to that list.
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The Green Bay Packer was popped a couple of years ago for possessing 200 grams of codeine outside a Houston nightclub. Now the NFL has suspended him for the 2010 season, perhaps beyond.
The suspension is the least of his problems. He could do 20 years in prison if convicted. All that for a drug that’s played a role in the deaths of many young people, who are using it to make a concoction known as “purple drank” or “sizzurp.”
No doubt the Packers saw this coming a couple of years ago. That could explain why they used their first-round pick in 2009 to select Boston College tackle B.J. Raji before adding Purdue’s Mike Neal with a second-round pick in 2010. Something tells me that concoction wasn’t worth the $535,000-plus salary that Jolly will leave on the table this fall.
Of course the Packers released the typical ourthoughts-are-with-youthrough-this-difficult-time statement, which basically means, “Kid, you really messed up and we wish you well, but you probably won’t be playing for us in the future.”
* * * Free agent wideout Terrell Owens finally revealed the reason few NFL teams have offered him a deal worthy of his immense talent. Ready for this one? It’s the media. The slimy media have portrayed Owens in a negative light and soiled his pristine image. He says the media have portrayed him as a troublemaker, which has cooled some NFL teams on signing him.
“A lot of people have listened to a lot of the commentaries throughout a lot of the media outlets, mainly ESPN, that has my character in question as far as things that have happened in the past,” Owens told could face 20 years in prison if convicted of codeine possession. a Nashville radio station. “And I think even though I may do 99 good things right and if I do one thing wrong, ESPN and the people on there is gonna make it out to be the worst thing ever.”
And while we’re at it … The media must have told Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason to say Owens would be a bad fit as a Panther because the team thought locker room chemistry was important. (Beason backtracked on those comments a couple of days later).
The media also persuaded the Baltimore Ravens to take a pass on T.O. despite that team having one of the tightest locker rooms in the league, led by the indomitable Ray Lewis.
If I may, on behalf of the media, I would like to apologize to Mr. Owens for our role in him not being a member of an NFL team today. It was a callous act by us, with the intent of destroying his credibility and hurting his reputation as a team guy.
Terrell, accept this apology. Who wouldn’t want you on their team? We’re talking about a player who is arguably one of the three best receivers to ever play the game. You have never had a run-in with the law. You have never had any reported problems with alcohol or drugs. You keep yourself in peak physical condition and, at age 36, you have the chiseled physique of a 25year-old.
I hope those kind words will help even though nothing will take away the hurt we caused by blackballing you, Mr. Owens.
Shame on us. Free agent Terrell Owens, most recently of the Buffalo Bills, is blaming lack of interest in his services on the negative image created by the national media — especially ESPN.