Dickson's Week in Review, Feb. 26-March 3 - Omaha.com
Published Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm / Updated at 12:09 am
Dickson's Week in Review, Feb. 26-March 3

Spring football practice is right around the corner. For those unfamiliar with spring practice in Nebraska, this is the time of year when the third-string defensive end's vertical leap takes precedence over the presidential election.

Secondary coach Corey Raymond left Nebraska for LSU. He may have eventually received an NFL offer, but instead chose the SEC because he wanted to coach at the highest level.

On Thursday, Nebraska refused to confirm that a coach from Tennessee had been hired to replace Raymond. I wouldn't say NU is slow to respond to personnel moves, but it just announced that John Melton left the staff.

At the NFL Combine, Jared Crick ran an impressive 4.99 40-yard dash. Still, during his run the price of gas went up twice.

Former Cal quarterback Joe Ayoob set a world record for longest paper airplane throw. Who said Cal quarterbacks have trouble competing at the next level?

The big story is about 68 teams preparing to play basketball. But enough about the Big East tournament.

A booster took out a full-page ad in last Sunday's World-Herald questioning the financial commitment to Husker basketball. NU's director of basketball operations said he'd have no comment until he picks up the team's new jerseys that his grandmother knitted.

Three Nebraska regents responded to the ad by releasing a statement saying "NU has a basketball program?"

Michael Jordan's Highland Park, Ill., home is for sale for $29 million. It has 19 bathrooms. Something is wrong when your house has more restroom facilities than the team's arena that you own.

In Papua, New Guinea, a group of people were found who have been completely cut off from civilization for 2,000 years. An hour after being discovered, their leader released his mock NFL draft.

There's a popular video on the Internet of Niles Paul catching a pass while doing a backflip at practice. So that was the problem with the Huskers' passing game circa 2010 — no backflips.

I'm still waiting for the video where Paul fields a kick over his shoulder in row 30 of the south end zone and runs it out.

The women's professional soccer league has suspended play for the 2012 season. This is terrible news for all the women's soccer league fans — Bob in Mankato, Minn., and Jill in Tampa.

And finally: A new wine collection is commemorating South Carolina's College World Series titles in 2010 and 2011. I'm not sure where they got the idea to honor collegiate championships with alcohol, but it may have something to do with winning those titles in a city boasting 9,347 beer gardens.

Contact the writer: Brad Dickson

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Brad comments in a funny way on topical events in the news and the wide world of sports.


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