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No More Rematches… Please!

December 31st, 2010

The Bowl games are great fun for all of us college football fans to watch. And we are legion. But no more rematches, please. I watch as many Bowl games as I can every year all the way up to the National Championship game for all the marbles. Living here in Omaha, I have been a Husker fan since age eight or so (before Tom Osborne, before Bob Devaney).

Thursday night at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego the Washington Huskies soundly beat Nebraska. The Huskers had smacked Washington earlier in the regular season in Seattle. Washington deserves its kudos for gaining revenge on the Huskers in a remarkable turn around from the early part of the regular season.

But this game should have never been played. This game was done when the Bowl game matchup was announced. Nebraska never had a chance. Imagine the disappointment of learning that you had to play a team you defeated in September by the score of 56 – 21. Why play again? Where was the incentive? Isn’t the Bowl Game a reward? San Diego is nice, the Holiday Bowl is nice. But a rematch?

There was absolutely nothing for Nebraska to prove. And there was plenty for Washington to gain. When this game was announced, players from the University of Washington must have thought the Bowl gods were handing out Christmas presents for each player and coach.

Football, like all other sports, is about motivation and the will to succeed. That matchup sucked all the motivation out of the Nebraska players and all the fans as well. What made this so painful for those of us fans old enough to remember was a similar situation for Nebraska in 1978. The Huskers defeated Oklahoma toward the end of the regular season that year and hopes were high that a National Championship game awaited Big Red in a major Bowl matchup.

But a good Missouri team dashed Husker hopes by defeating Nebraska 35 – 31 the week after Nebraska’s big win against Oklahoma. So, who did Nebraska end up playing in the Orange Bowl? It was a rematch with Oklahoma. I remember how everyone felt when that announcement became public. It takes the wind out of your sails. Husker fans felt that way in 1978 and it repeated itself this month in the Holiday Bowl.

Congratulations, Washington Huskies. You played well and deserved your win. But I can only hope that a rematch will never again victimize Nebraska.

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Blonde Baby Boomer Babes…

December 31st, 2010

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These Boots Were Made For Walken… (in the snow)

December 31st, 2010

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Looks Like Global Warming Skipped New York City…

December 31st, 2010

Political Cartoon

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre… (Up Close And Personal)

December 30th, 2010

Hi Dad. Are you planning on trimming some trees today? Do you want me to… AAUUUGGGHHH!!!

Watch This Video

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True Love… (And They Lived Happily Ever After)

December 30th, 2010

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New Year… New Start

December 29th, 2010

It’s time to press the “start over” button as 2011 approaches. It’s a new year and it’s a new start. I suppose the good thing is that mentally we wipe the slate clean (like taking a shower as we start a new day). We want to remember the good things that happened in our lives this past year. But we’re human. There are things we experience that are forgettable and/or regrettable. Hopefully, these were few and far between for you and your family members and friends.

The good thing about starting clean again is anticipation. We anticipate doing our lives better than last time… better than last year. We continue to learn from our mistakes and, therefore, we have a little better formula this time around. We Boomers have been through this several times now and we really should be getting fairly good at making realistic plans and goals for the upcoming year.

Life does have a way of throwing curve balls at us so we do have to learn to become flexible. But hey, we can handle it… right? Even with the curve balls I think we can stay on top of things if our plans are not too elaborate. I mentioned the other day that I quit trying to do a long list of New Years Resolutions because I kept setting myself up for failure. So I changed to concentrating on two or three very important issues in my life that needed attention or continued attention.

Focusing on this short list allows for personal “victories” throughout the year that help me feel that I’m pursuing the right path for myself. Happy New Year to each of you and I hope your new clean slate will be very good to you in 2011. Thank you for all the days you stop by and read Baby Boomer Baloney. I appreciate your support and I will always do what I can to make this blog entertaining, interesting, and fun.

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Dirty Rat Bastards…

December 29th, 2010

Perhaps one of the lowest moments in sports history was perpetrated by the members of the 2000 Spanish Paralympic basketball team. After the team snagged a gold medal, it was revealed that 10 of the 12 players had never been tested for disabilities and were, in fact, not mentally challenged.

The Paralympic Committee subsequently had the 10 team members executed (Well, not really… I made that last part up).

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Baby Boomer Lifestyles…

December 29th, 2010

Charting Baby Boomer Activity:

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Don’t Take Life So Seriously…

December 29th, 2010

* Success always occurs in private and failure in full view.

* The hardness of butter is directly proportional to the softness of the bread.

* The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the ability to reach it.

* Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains?

* I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

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