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Tomorrow is Saturday, August 30th. Tomorrow is game day.
- New Tunnel Walk?
- Debut Of Cool And Good Stuff
- Volleyball, yo.
- NU Soccer hosts Butler
Well, I pose it as such, but there really isn’t any question that the Tunnel Walk has been given the same treatment that the video board has received: it’s new and improved. However, up until last night, nobody really had any clue what was going to be different.
I’m all for keeping the Alan Parsons Project with the Tunnel Walk, despite the complaints that it feels old and outdated. Any time I hear the song, I think of the Tunnel Walk, and I’d like to keep it that way. I’m also all for shooting off loud fireworks; I’ll be in the press box and I don’t have to worry about the loud noises.
Long story short: ask and you shall receive, Husker fans. The Tunnel Walk will feel like 2014.
Keeping with the fan experience theme, it’s also important to note that Saturday’s opener against Florida Atlantic will be the debut of both the new WiFi and PA system.
The sound system badly needed an upgrade. They might as well have put Patrick Combs on top of the scoreboard with a megaphone turned up as loud as possible. Seat wise, it would’ve been an upgrade for him. We’ll see (or hear) how well it actually works out, but I don’t think anyone has any doubt that it’s going to be a success.
The WiFi, on the other hand, offers more skepticism. Can one network handle what will be the 334th consecutive sell-out at Memorial Stadium? It remains to be seen, but I love technology, so I’m willing to be optimistic – for the fans.
We’re all ready for some football, but seventh-ranked NU volleyball gets their season and the AVCA Showcase underway tonight with a match against 13th-ranked Florida State. The Huskers haven’t opened the season against a ranked opponent since 2010, when they swept Kentucky in Omaha.
While tonight is tough, Sunday is even more difficult, as Nebraska will face third-ranked Stanford at the Devaney Center. It’s a big weekend, and just the beginning of an immensely difficult schedule that Nebraska will endure over the next four months.
Mary Pollmiller is the only senior, and while they’re young, they’ve still got one of the most exciting teams to watch in the country. Follow along this weekend!
No, Gordon Hayward will not be there.
It’s just hours until football season, and so of course we start off our Podcast by talking volleyball and soccer… But we get to football, and talking about early season Iowa upsets.
Podcast by Brian Hall, Pat Radigan and Alex Schubauer, but if you want to complain, tweet at Brian.
As Husker football prepares to open the 2014 season, we take a look at NU’s mindset for week one.
After day one of practice we break down how the Husker practice looked and what we saw in the on-field action.
It was only a matter of time before Tim Miles took home one of our Tweet O’ The Day’s, but who knew it would come due to his abilities as a videographer?
With the CWS in full swing we decided to ignore all those teams playing in Omaha and talk some Husker baseball instead.
We welcome in Husker recruiting insider Mike Schaefer to talk about the process and how Nebraska has taken steps to grab top talent.
We talk about the Huskers who are potentially, and definitely, headed to the Major Leagues after the MLB draft and hit on recruiting just in time for Big Red Weekend.
If you were on Twitter over the weekend, you not only got overwhelmed by NFL draft updates and information, but you also got to see the one time of year where everyone who has ever watched sports suddently morphs into Mel Kiper Jr. (if you say Todd McShay here, please see yourself out).
But hidden amid the grandstanding, rants and detailed breakdown from people hanging out on their couch and watching at sports bars came an instant analysis Tweet about Stanley Jean-Baptiste that actually brought to life an interesting fact. In pointing out this comparison to Lavonte David’s path to the NFL, Rich Kaipust showed sometimes reporters can still, well, report instead of editorialize.
Heck of a concept, right?
At this point if you don’t get that Faux Pelini usually wins Twitter, you just haven’t been paying attention, but on Thursday, his random acts of faux-frustration turned into comedic gold.