Friday Night Videos

October 23, 2009

Since the sun seems to finally be peeking out this afternoon in Central Lincoln, I think that means it’s time for another fresh batch of Friday Night (err, afternoon) Videos. 

We start today with what is actually the most watched video in YouTube history.  It’s comedian Justin Laipply compiling the entire history of dance into a few minutes. 

This is a lesson to all you young athletes.  Don’t ever stop playing until the whistle blows.  This was amazing.

Have you ever been in one of those situations where you can’t stop laughing in a situation you really need to? 

What do you do if you’re stuck in an elevator for 41 hours?  This video tells the story.

Have you ever wondered how to shoot an anvil 200 feet in the air?  I think we all have.

Have a good weekend, dudes.

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Rush to Judgment?

October 21, 2009

I don’t think I’m surprising anyone when I note that I disagree with Rush Limbaugh on several issues (while perhaps we’re pretty close on some others).  That said, I was fascinated by the backlash he faced from the NFL community after being mentioned as a minority shareholder in a bid to buy John Bishop’s woeful St. Louis Rams, and his response in Friday’s Wall Street Journal.

I get frustrated with political “talking heads”, whether they be on the left or the right, who seem to have convinced large portions of their audiences that those who have political differences with them are either evil, intellectually bankrupt, socialist, racist, or hate America.  There’s hardly any room in this country to have legitimate political disagreement on some of the most complex, evenly-divided issues our country is facing, without being portrayed as an ultra-villain by your opponent, and therefore a target of absolute hatred, thanks to this culture of over-amplification of political difference.  

While I do think Mr. Limbaugh is certainly one of the purveyors of this damaging culture, he’s certainly not the worst, and I’m at least a fan of the fact that from an industry perspective, he certainly knows how to make good radio, as he was a radio guy before he was a ‘famous conservative’.  That’s not the case with the majority of his fellow political rabble-rousers from either side of the spectrum.  But even when he does frustrate me by encouraging the “overamplification culture”, I don’t find him to be a racist.  Put simply, I think he has an unreasonable amount of distaste for those who disagree with him, whether they’re white, black, brown or otherwise.

That said, I think Limbaugh was right in the WSJ article when he asserted that there’s often a rush to demonize he and other conservatives as racists, whether it’s by the news media or people on the ‘left’.    Limbaugh called the racism accusations “the sledgehammer,” used to hinder conservatives and unfairly affect their perception.  I agree.  

But that does remind me of the “sledgehammers” Rush and his allies also tend to use pretty frequently: accusations of socialism and hatred of the United States, to name a couple.  These characterizations make it easy to dismiss disagreeing voices in the most overly-dramatic and polarizing way possible, and it’s making the political dialogue in our country complete crap, not to mention starting to render nearly everyone in this country into two factions, shouting their positions to each other, but never actually making arguments and counter-arguments.


The Youngest of the Jack & John Following?

October 20, 2009

At our tailgate prior to the Texas Tech Nebraska debacle, John and I had a chance to meet  Madison Stover, a 9-year old 4th Grader at Raymond Central, who apparently listens to the show religiously.  We always knew our listeners skewed a little younger than our, um, “competition”, but this is exceptionally cool.   

John, Madison, and Jack

John, Madison, and Jack


Friday Night Videos

October 16, 2009

I took a couple weeks off with the weird football schedules from my Friday videos post, so I’ll make sure and give you a big dose of video enjoyment to kill out this last day of the work week.

First, we’ll start with one of those weird viral videos that’s been gaining momentum this week.  “Shane” wants to show off his Mariah Carey-like range by singing 5 full octaves while sitting at his piano at home. 

We’ve all seen the video featuring the West Haymarket Arena concept that came out last week (and if not, scroll down to the arena post to see it), but look how different that concept is than the one the Lincoln Traction Partners were putting out there about a year and a half ago.  Gotta tell you, I’m glad they made the changes they did.

Here’s a little convenience store security camera video (no, it’s not local) of a guy who really, really wants a case of beer (to go with the 3 he had apparently arleady consumed).

If there’s one random musical skill I could aquire immediately, I’m pretty sure it would be beatboxing.  Check out this video of what’s got to be the most amazing beatboxers in the world, Nathan Lee and “Beardyman” performing at Google’s London offices.  Also, why aren’t the drink coolers at KLIN’s studios stocked with beer as they appear to be at Google? 

And, last but not least, hockey season has begun, and this might just be the best hockey goal I’ve ever seen.  Oh yeah, and it was made by a 9-year old.


Lincoln Crime, Dr. Seuss-Style

October 16, 2009

We brought out an oldie but a goodie this week when we heard that our favorite Lincoln criminal with a rhyming name had been convicted and sentenced for second-degree assault and would be spending a few months in jail.  Here’s the kicker:  his name is Abdul Gul, and the assault happened while he was playing pool (well, technically, we only know he used a pool cue, but still) at a North Lincoln bar.  I think I need to get in touch with Chief Casady to find out if this is the rhymiest crime in Lincoln history. 

So, with Abdul back in the news, we thought it necessary to bring back our meticulously crafted, wildly popular and completely rhyming poem:  The Story of Abdul Gul.  Trust us, there are a lot of lessons to be learned here.


Arena Update

October 14, 2009
We had a chance to attend the Chamber of Commerce luncheon this afternoon and hear a presentation by Dan Marvin, former city councilman and current city arena project coordinator. 

We’re starting to get a pretty good picture of the overall arena financing picture, which isn’t much different than the one we presented on this blog back in June.  We now know that 20% of the arena costs will be financed by a 2% bar and restaurant tax.  The remaining 80% of the arena costs will be taken care of by 4% occupation taxes on rental cars and hotels, Private donations, income from deals with ISG and Lincoln Traction Partners, and Arena Revenue (i.e. luxury boxes sold by ISG). 

The final component in that formula is state aid, which will come from the turnback tax, which allows the state sales tax on all new hotel/motel rooms within 450 yards of the arena to be turned back to the city over the course of 25 years.  The city will be counting on collections of about $25 million dollars from state aid, and they will back it up with a general obligation bond.  That’s where we, the voters, come into play.  That bond needs to be authorized by a vote of the citizens.  The people I’ve talked to associated with the project and in the city’s finance department are very confident that bond can be retired in short order with only the turnback tax, but if there were problems, the city would have to come up with the money to repay that bond in full.  Again, everyone involved seems to be very confident that won’t be a problem.

Some other notes:

-We learned some more of the specs:  the arena would hold 16,000, and the new development to the south of the arena (now the railroad property in between the Harris Overpass and the arena site) would include a 200-room hotel, 1000,00 square feet of retail, 100,000 square feet of office space and 100 residential units.  Part of this area would be contained along the ‘canopy street’, a covered pedestrian-friendly walk that would run parallel to 7th Street, just to its West.

-Dan Marvin told us that 95% of the necessary agreements are in place.  While he clarified that the arrangements with ISG are not yet finalized, he indicated he expects to wrap that up soon without any hitches.
Charlottesville, VA Arena (click to enlarge)

John Paul Jones Arena (click to enlarge)

-If the voters do not approve the bond next May, the arena cannot go forward, as the conditional agreements the city has entered into with the University and other parties stipulate that they will not go into effect unless a majority of the city votes in favor of said bond.  There had been some speculation that the arena project would go forward even if the voters didn’t come out in favor of it in 2010.

-I also learned that the Lincoln Arena, if it is built, will have a floor plan very similar to that of John Paul Jones arena (click picture to left for larger image), in Charlottesville, VA, which is the new home of the Virginia Cavliers basketball teams.  JPJ Arena has one end of the arena with completely portable seats that can be moved easily to transform the arena into a concert venue. 

 Below I have posted some of the artists’ renderings of the proposed arena and the surrounding area and click here to see a video giving a variety of looks at the arena from both the inside and the outside. 


Sunday (Friday) School – LIVE Blog, Missouri

October 8, 2009

Sunday SchoolROADIt’s 7:31.  ESPN just finished their first report from Columbia.  Yep, it’s raining.  I know many of you don’t like Lou Holtzszszszsz but he makes an interesting point – “Rain is good if you’re the visiting team, it takes the crowd out of the game.”  This isn’t always true (see 1992 Colorado @ Nebraska), but if you are an “easy-come-easy-go” fan base like Missouri, it’s more likely to be accurate.  Let’s see if Dr. Lou is right.

7:59 – About to lose my Dodgers bet on CentSports.  Unless ManRam can deliver in the 9th.

8:01 – Kickoff.  Impressed that Adi Kunalic reaches the endzone with slippery turf and wet ball.

8:03 – No play clock could be bad news for Shawn Watson and Zac Lee.  That has been an issue getting plays off properly.  Mizzou is running effectively.  Not good sign.

8:05 – Pressure from Suh for the first time – and offensive pass interference.  Must force punt with 2nd and 25 coming up.  Good coverage on deep ball by Amukamara.

8:08 – First time Mizzou stopped on initial drive in three years.  NU takes over at own 20.  Time to envoke the inner-Lombardi.  “Running makes you hardnosed.  The more you run, the more hardnosed you are.”  Helu for 12 on first carry.

8:11 – Lee fails on two passes, but at least they were on target.  I hope that was not a designed long snap.  Special teams failures can kill in big games.  NU’s just made the first critical mistake.  Pressure is on the Blackshirts.

8:15 – Smart game plan by Mizzou – get the ball to Danario Alexander.  Asante cannot take poor tackle angles tonight – Derrick Washington will eat that up.

8:19 – Suh makes Big Red’s first big play.  Great pursuit and forced fumble – good job by Crick to corral it as quickly as he did with the wet conditions.

8:21 – With the wet conditions, officials will be looking for a lot more holding penalties.  Guys trying to get a hold of anything to make a block.  Costly holding penalty on Niles Paul, but on target throw from Lee to Gilleylen gets back the first down.

8:24 – Burkhead gets great lead block from Keith Williams – big first down. 

8:25 – Ricky Henry, poor poor penalty.  Chop block?!?!?!  Please don’t tell me we have another Richie Incognito on our hands.

8:30 – HEY!  Dodgers came back and won.  That means I did too!

8:31 – Dijon Gomes makes his first appearance.  And Suh cleans up.  NU is playing physical.  But another special teams screw up just gave Mizzou the ball at the 33.  This is going to hurt.  Must execute and help out your teammates.

8:38 – D-line is applying the heat and the secondary is covering downfield.  Way to pick up the special teams!  The injury to Blaine Gabbert combined with the spector of Suh and Co. bearing down has rattled Gabbert.  End of first quarter – no score.  In other sports, it’s opening night of the UFL.  I cannot tell the difference between the California team and the Las Vegas team.  Seriously, with four teams you couldn’t assign distinctive colors?

8:45 – P.J. Manigieri – three snaps – three mistakes – two points Missouri.  When Niles Paul’s fielding of a punt is your only good special teams play, you are doomed.

8:55 – The offense is sorely missing Roy Helu.  Missouri knows NU cannot run without him.  Defense will have to set up the score, or just score themselves.  The radar does not show an end to the rain anytime soon.

9:02 – I would like to see NU line up in the “I” and pound it between the tackles.  Mizzou has been gashed by lesser teams and there hasn’t been so much as a probe sent through the middle yet.

9:08 – Lee needs to channel his inner-Eric Crouch and run.  Don’t kill your receivers by throwing off balance and high.

9:10 – Who says Suh isn’t a leader?  Just got in Lee’s face.  Defense has done everything to dominate this game and the offense is misfiring.  Wonder if #93 can get upstairs and do the same thing to Shawn Watson.  The weather is not conducive to this kind of play calling.  Bow your necks and RUN THE BALL!

9:16 – Another stop.  But lost the field position again and another near special teams disaster.  I know the rain is causing havoc, but Mizzou hasn’t muffed any punts or made any bad snaps.  It would be a shame to lose this game because NU’s special teams are out to lunch.

9:23 – Did Shawn Watson also come down with swine flu?  Because this play selection has been awful!  And why did NU try to rush to the line after the first down?  Run the darn clock out and go to the locker room.  Now the punt team – which has sucked all game long – allows a big return.  Thank goodness Mizzou can’t control their tempers or they would be in easy scoring range.  Oops, Amukamara falls and Mizzou is within walking distance of the endzone.  This could be a huge momentum boost for the Tigers.

9:34 – That touchdown is on Shawn Watson.  To rush to the line of scrimmage after Memo Holt’s first down catch was ridiculous.  With 1:45 left and 75 yards to the endzone in the rain with an offense that has struggled you DON’T DON’T DON’T play hurry up.  You take your time and run the clock out and go to half down 2-0.  You have to play smart football in the elements and so far the offensive game plan and special teams execution has been anything but.  The first 5:00 of the third quarter is going to be very important.  NU must find their way on offense early in the second half or else the defense will have to score twice to win.  That’s long odds.

9:47 – Good Lord, someone stop Dr. Lou!

9:58 – Jesse Palmer is right – this game ends now if Mizzou scores a TD.  And I was wondering when a bad shotgun snap was going to rear it’s ugly head.

10:00 – Just a wild thought…..is it time for a Cody Green sighting?  Just to give Zac a breather and to give Mizzou a different look.  We need a run threat and if Helu is not healthy, a fresh pair of legs would be nice.

10:07 – Well, the first 5:00 of the second half are almost gone.  Outside of field position, NU has done nothing outstanding.  Just too much pressure on the defense to make a play.  I think they’ll get one, but it may be too late.  Plus the offense would have to execute with making bad snaps, penalties, missed assignments, or getting poor play calls from upstairs.

10:12 – Having flashbacks to 2004 and Bill Callahan’s first season of crappy punt returns.  Here comes Santino Panico!

10:17 – Barry Turner needed Lester Haynes’s stick-em.  Great anticipation.  Again, defense will have to score to give NU a chance to win.

10:20 – Give credit to Mizzou’s rugby punts.  They aren’t pretty, but they are deadly.  That could be the beginning of the end for Nebraska based on the field position.  This series and whatever NU does on special teams will likely determine the Huskers’ fate.

10:24 – Hells Bells are ringing…..here comes the undertaker.

10:31 – How many Godforsaken picks is this team going to drop?  Should not be wearing gloves in the rain – they are worthless when wet.

10:34 – Again, I ask…..why not Cody Green?

10:35 – End of the third.  And Rex Burkhead converts a 3rd and 3 – and had to work hard to do it.  Give credit to Mizzou’s defense – they are making Zac Lee look like a rookie and taking advantage.

10:41 – Lightning strikes…..the good kind.  Zac Lee hits a man in stride and somehow Niles Paul treats it like a pass and not a punt.  Now the Blackshirts need to pin their ears back and change this game.  Down five with plenty of time remaining.  Cannot believe Mizzou let Paul right down the middle of the field.

10:46 – And the ball sticks!  The defense comes through.  Now the offense MUST cash in.

10:47 – Niles Paul AGAIN!  What in the Hell??!!?!

10:50 – Cannot remember a switch of fate like this in quite some time.  And one that benefits Big Red.  Ndamukong Suh is having a monster nite in front of 20+ NFL scouts….and Mel Kiper just changed his pants for the second time tonight.  Suh’s performance is nearing Rich Glover vs OU-esque proportions.

10:55 – Horrible call by official on Suh.

10:56 – Dijon “FREAKIN” Gomes!

10:58 – And we have found Mike McNeill!  This is unbelievable.  20-12 with 10:34 to go.  That’s three scores in about 3:00.  Another stop and Nebraska could crush Missouri in a game they were destined to lose.

11:05 – Why did we go back to the rover again?  Be aggressive.  Pressure!

11:07 – Horsecollar!!!!  NO, he had the freakin jersey!

11:11 – Time for another play on defense.  This drive could determine the game.  Oh, wait.  I’ve said that before and been proven wrong.  Okay.  How about just get a stop and let the chips fall where they may.

11:14 – Of all the times to get pass interference…..wow!

11:16 – Secondary has played wonderfully.  Two throw aways after a long time to throw.  Only Amukamara’s slip late in the first half has kept it from being near perfect.

11:23 – Roy Helu ices it and the ESPN shot of the game – a crying Missouri player.  Let’s hope Helu’s shoulder is okay.  And the Missouri fans trudge home in the rain.  What a sweet sweet victory.

11:30 – Of course Erin Andrews gets to be the first to know about the Blackshirts.  Mike Babcock doesn’t look as good in tight pants.

That’s the ball game folks!  I’ll be back after the Friday Husker Tailgate with my complete thoughts on this victory.  You’re not going to want to miss Friday morning’s programming on KLIN.  Jack and I will take your calls from 6-8 and then Kevin Kugler and Joe Ganz will join us for more reaction from 8-9am.  If you are stuck in the office or from out of town, you can hear us on KLIN.com and call us toll free at 1-877-733-6811 or the regular 479-1400 if your are in Lincoln.  See you in the morning.  Crap, that’s going to come early.