Nebraska Nice–part two

Mike Riley, the former head football coach at Oregon State, was hired to lead the Cornhusker football program. See here from ESPN.

Big deal, you ask?

Remember that Nebraska has one state-wide newspaper, the Omaha-World Herald–sometimes called the “Weird Herald.” Remember also that Nebraska has fewer people in the entire state than the folks (like my brother) who populate metropolitan Cleveland.

Now, take a look above the fold of the front page of the OWH today,

December 5, 2014

December 5, 2014

Today, I learn that Mack Brown, the former football coach at Texas, said the following about Riley yesterday, “If I get to heaven and Mike Riley’s not there, I’m going to know I’m in the wrong place.”

It seems that this sentiment is the national consensus–Mike Riley is a nice guy, who is classy and respectful of everyone. ESPN sideline reporter Sam Ponder had perhaps the biggest compliment: “Handful of coaches I’d want my kid to play for/learn from … Mike Riley’s top 5 for sure.”

I wrote a snarky piece when Nebraska fired Bo Pelini. It was sarcastically titled, Nebraska Nice.

It turns out that I was right, sorta. Nebraska is nice. That makes me glad (and sheepish for writing the earlier post).

RGK

PS Why you ask is all this football crap relevant to this blog? If you don’t know the answer to that question, then you have no clue why I write this damn thing.

 

 

 

“Officers had no choice, Chief says” regarding shooting and killing of “Cops” sound mixer and robber armed with a pellet gun that looked and sounded like a real weapon and who shot at police in an apparent hostage situation in a Wendy’s restaurant

See the front page of today’s Omaha World-Herald for this tragic story.  Why would any law enforcement agency allow officers to be followed around by a reality show, particularly during highly dangerous hostage situation involving an armed assailant? Truly, we have enough “reality” as it is!

By the way, here’s the theme song from “Cops”:

Bad boys, whatcha want
Watcha want, whatcha gonna do?
When sheriff John Brown come for you
Tell me whatcha wanna do, whatcha gonna do?

Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

When you were eight and you had bad traits
You go to school and learn the golden rule
So why are you acting like a bloody fool?
If you get hot, you must get cool

Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

You chuck it on that one
You chuck it on this one
You chuck it on your mother
And you chuck it on your father

You chuck it on your brother
And you chuck it on your sister
You chuck it on that one
And you chuck it on me

Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

Nobody now give you no break
Police now give you no break
Not soldier man give you no break
Not even you idren now give you no breaks

Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

Why did you have to act so mean?
Don’t you know you’re human being?
Born of a mother with the love of a father
Reflections come and reflections go
I know sometimes you wanna let go
I know sometimes you want to let go

Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

You’re too bad, you’re too rude
You’re too bad, you’re too rude

Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

You chuck it on that one
You chuck it on this one
You chuck it on your mother
And you chuck it on your father

You chuck it on your brother
And you chuck it on your sister
You chuck it on that one
And you chuck it on me

Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

(Credit: Songwriters Lewis, Ian Munty, “Bad Boys (theme From ‘cops’)” is track #1 on the album Blazzin’ Fire: Classic Cuts. See here.)

RGK

Let them eat cake

The Omaha World-Herald is Nebraska’s only state-wide newspaper. From an editorial perspective, the OWH slants reliably right. Thus, the editorial published in today’s newspaper was stunning.

Beginning with the words, “Let them eat cake,” the OWH criticizes federal lawmakers (specifically naming Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.,* Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.,** Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb.***) for refusing to give back their pay while failing to enact a budget.

As I recall Tim, the Nebraska FPD’s investigator, who lost his job after 18 years because of these folks and their cohorts, and the serious harm being suffered by the federal judiciary because of the sequester and the absence of a budget, I am delighted to see that the OWH has called these politicians out. Hypocrisy should have a cost.

RGK

*Lee)

**Fisher

***Jeff

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