Friday, December 11, 2009

Coming up: getting to know UNO's Derrin Hansen and Patty Patton Shearer

Sorry for the lack of updates, folks, it's been a really busy time. That snowstorm didn't help much either.

I plan on actually having some video! Hooray! I will be interviewing UNO women's basketball coach Patty Patton Shearer and men's basketball coach Derrin Hansen on Sunday. Along with talking about their teams, I'll ask both of them about their playing careers and what got them into coaching basketball. Will they both bare all for the cameras? Or will a personal revelation be revealed? Tune in Monday to find out!

In the meantime, here's a quick-hitter of things that have happened recently around town:

- The Huskers almost beat Texas in the Big 12 Championship game. Texas' QB Colt McCoy and head coach Mack Brown almost gave the game to Nebraska when they decided to snap the ball with 7 seconds left and one timeout. Still, had Nebraska's offense been able to score one touchdown things could have been different. Once again, the offense embarrassed the entire state with their inability to gain anything. 106 yards of total offense for the game? Really? For a division champion? Flat-out pathetic.

- Of course, the only reason Nebraska was in the game was because of the defense, most notably Ndamukong Suh. What a player. There hasn't been a defensive presence like this since Warren Sapp with Tha U, but even then, I don't think Warren can match up with Suh. Suh finished with 4 1/2 sacks and 7 tackles for loss, in a single game. Most defensive tackles don't get those kind of numbers in a season. Simply put, he's been the most dominating player we've seen on defense in decades.

- UNO's Ellen Thommes was named a second team All-American by the AVCA the other week. She's had an amazing career at UNO, and her hammering kills and blocking ability will be sorely missed in the following years. It's unfortunate she sustained an injury to her knee toward the end of the season. Thommes at 100% could have made a difference in the Mavs' first-round playoff loss.

- UNO wrestling head coach Mike Denney hosted the Kaufman-Brand Open on Nov. 21. The tournament is one of the largest in the nation, if not the largest. More than 500 wrestlers from more than 30 schools competed on 12 mats in UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse. Denney told me that he loves hosting these tournaments in Omaha because it provides the sport plenty of exposure. He uses the Open to market not just wrestling but Omaha and the UNO campus. It's safe to say that Denney makes a fine ambassador for the sport of wrestling and UNO.

- The UNO football team lost in the inaugural Kanza Bowl to West Texas A&M 31-25 on Dec. 5. The thing is, I don't really know how they did it. UNO had more total yards, way more offensive plays (92 vs. 48), one less turnover AND they dominated the time of possession (43:10 vs. 16:50)! Certainly this was a game that should have been won by the Mavs.

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