Monday, March 09, 2009

A Perfect Sports Weekend in Omaha

Despite losing an hour of sleep this weekend, I thought it was a pretty good sports weekend around here even before I realized just how good it was around here. Yeah, it was cloudy, cold, and wet outside, but all the sports news came out shining.

Husker athletics had a great weekend, with baseball sweeping a four game series with Cal State Northridge. Basketball had another decent showing on the road at Baylor, with the outsized Huskers putting on another great effort to finish 8-8 in the conference. Each game, it seems to be somebody else stepping up and make the plays. On Saturday, it was Toney McCray blocking shots, getting rebounds, then finishing up with a highlight reel slam dunk. Sadly, the game really didn't count for much; the standings for Oklahoma City were already set, so Nebraska and Baylor meet again on Wednesday morning to open the Big XII tournament.

UNO hockey swept Ferris State this weekend, shutting out the Bulldogs 3-0 on Friday night, and winning 5-2 on Saturday night. Jerad Kaufmann had a great weekend in net, and UNO had the breakthrough weekend fans have been waiting two months for. Up next for UNO is #2 Notre Dame in South Bend. The Irish swept UNO in Omaha last month, though both games were tight all the way. The bye week before the first round of the playoffs did UNO wonders, and for the first time in years, UNO heads to the 2nd round without any major injuries and relatively rested.

More good news came in on the ballpark front, where talks between Sarpy County and the Omaha Royals bogged down last weekend, meaning that the March 15th deadline will pass without an agreement. It's still likely that a tentative agreement is going to occur in Sarpy County, though it does open up the possibility of MECA reopening talks. We can only hope that common sense will prevail.

Like I said...nothing but good news over the weekend on the local sports scene. I can't think of a single bad thing that occured myself.

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