A huge "Ole!" to UNO goalie Jerad Kaufmann, who's organizing a Military Appreciation Night tomorrow night to honor Bryan McDonough, a high school friend of Kaufmann who was killed in Iraq in December 2006. Kaufmann designed special uniforms for the game, but won't be available for the game due to a shipping snafu.
Nebraska announced yesterday that per-game football ticket prices ($52) would remain the same for season ticketholders. Single game tickets for conference games and Virginia Tech are $65, with Western Michigan, San Jose State, and New Mexico State going for $55. With an 8 game schedule, that will total $416. How much do you want to bet that in 2009 and only seven games, the season ticket package will run closer to $416 than $364? (That's an old Bill Byrne trick that allowed Byrne to claim that he wasn't raising ticket prices.)
How about that Husker basketball victory over Oklahoma last night? That's three straight against NCAA tournament caliber teams. It sounds a little absurd, but the way Doc Sadler has this team playing now, post-season play is looking like a very real possibility. Nebraska's wins over Oregon and Arizona State don't look quite as good as they did in December, but the loss against Western Kentucky is better.
Are Omahans starting to warm up to the new stadium idea? Much of the early reaction was rather vehement against replacing Rosenblatt, but I think that more than a few people are realizing that either (a) this is really the right answer or (b) this is going to happen. There haven't been any scientific surveys taken on this, but the unscientific web surveys went from 80-20 against replacing Rosenblatt last fall to a much more even split on today's surveys on the Omaha World-Herald and KMTV-channel 3 web sites. Don't get me wrong; the outrage from the "Save Rosenblatt" side is still loud and shrill as they fight the NCAA and their requests for major stadium improvements.