A few thoughts after a long weekend working on a special project...instead of enjoying the weekend. (More to come on this later, I hope!)
Brandon, the High Plains Drifter, discovered the worst idea for a new Husker video: A combination of watching the 1997 championship team eat dinner, the Bo Pelini introductory press conference, and spring game highlights. All for just $24.95.
The only possible explanation that I can come up with for this is that HuskerVision was committed to producing some sort of video...and no Husker fan in their right mind wants to buy a 2007 highlight video.
As it is, I figure this one is destined to join a bunch of those free AOL CD's in your landfill.
Now that the downtown stadium is looking like a done deal, we're now finding out what Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo plans to do with the stadium property. First up is a new "Arctic Center" as the new "front door" to the zoo. Let's see now...north downtown redevelopment gets a boost, College World Series guaranteed through 2035, zoo gets even bigger and better. Only thing left to find out is whether the Royals or a new independent league team will be playing in the new ballpark.
I know I've said it before, but I don't think I've said it very clearly. I still think the Royals play downtown in the end. It's not the stadium the Royals wanted three years ago, but it addresses some of the Royals needs. It's better for them than Rosenblatt, to be sure. 50% of the Royals ownership might want to move out of town now, but I think the other 50% is committed to staying in Omaha. And in this case, I think the "stay in Omaha" side will prevail. Why? Well, for starters, the 50% who'll keep the Royals in Omaha are named Buffett and Scott. Not to mention that naysayers who say that the Royals won't play there also said the new stadium wasn't going to happen, that the mayor was going to get recalled, city council wasn't going to support this, yadda yadda yadda.
Bo Pelini has a word for those of you who don't want to hear him say that Frank Solich never should have been fired: Tough. (But as Steve Hanaway proved over at the BigRedNetwork, these old wounds may never heal.)