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Bo Pelini and the end of the world

Friday, January 7, 2011

Two news stories hit the wires this week and although not related, (at least I don't think they are) are pretty interesting.

The first involves Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini (yea again) and his conduct at a luncheon held on the USS Ronald Reagan on Dec. 28 prior to Nebraska's bowl game with the Washington Huskies, as reported by Lisa Horne from FoxSports.com. Both teams and their coaching staffs were in attendance and Pelini and the Washington head coach, Steve Sarkisian came bearing gifts. One serviceman from Washington and one from Nebraska had been randomly selected to represent their states and the lucky guy from Nebraska was Petty Officer 3rd Class Morgan Ryan, a 20-year-old seaman from Minden, Nebraska.

Sarkasian, the Washington coach, went first, giving a field pass and a Washington Huskies jersey to a crew member from Seattle. Bo went next and sweetened the pot a lot because in addition to a field pass and a Husker jersey, Pelini announced that Ryan would call one play during the upcoming Holiday Bowl. According to the report, the luncheon attendees went wild with hoots and applause because one of them was going to live out a dream.

Ryan was so pumped about his opportunity that he spent all of his spare time studying Washington's defense, looking for a weakness he might be able to exploit with his one play call and he kept what that call was going to be a secret from everybody, including his own mother.

Game day arrived and Ryan, dressed in jeans, Converse tennis shoes and a Husker jersey and hat, took his place on the sidelines with the team. As Husker fans everywhere know, the game started bad and got worse, resulting in a 19-7 loss to a team we had beaten like a yard dog earlier this year. Ryan paced the sidelines nervously all game long, waiting for his chance that, unfortunately, never came. In fact, Ryan said Pelini never approached him, looked at him, or acknowledged his presence. When the reporter asked Pelini during the post-game press conference why he didn't let Ryan call a play as promised, Bo barked at her that "it was a joke mam."

If it was, it appears that Bo was the only one in on it because Ryan reports that many Nebraska players and even a couple of assistant coaches asked him after the luncheon what play he was going to call. But that chance never came. Paul had been let down and deceived by his favorite team's head coach in front of his peers and colleagues.

Media relations manager Keith Mann released the following statement to FoxSports.com on Wednesday. "It was pretty apparent to those in attendance at the luncheon that Coach Pelini's comments were made in a lighthearted way, as he mentioned after the game."

Pelini has no class and no integrity. He berates players and officialsconsistently and in doing so, casts a dark shadow on the football program and the state. He was the wrong man for the job when he was hired and he's still the wrong man. And, as my good friend Dick Trail says, that's the way I see it.

The other story that drew attention this week was another prediction for the end of the world. A loosely-knit group of believers unofficially led by Harold Camping, 89, who believes the Bible essentially functions as a cosmic calendar, say the end day is fast approaching; May 21, 2011 to be exact. So people are quitting their jobs, calling off their upcoming marriages, and leaving their homes to spread the news all over the country. They're even putting signs on buses, cabs, and the benches at bus stops announcing the date.

This predicting has been going on now for thousands of years. Jesus and Paul believed the end time would come in their own or very near future, although Jesus said in Matthew 24:35-36 that "Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my father only."

But those two verses have never stopped ego-driven human beings from continually and constantly believing that they have figured it out. Because of that, the predictions just keep on coming, one or two a year every year so I'm going to join the crowd and make one too. I believe the end day will come when the sun burns out probably 4 to 5 billion years from now which will give humans plenty of time to make billions of more wrong predictions about the specific day, month, or year that the world will end.

Finally, the latest weather reports from the National Weather Service in Goodland indicate the possibility of a major winter storm hitting our area Sunday and Monday with significant snowfall, high winds and potentially the lowest temperatures in the past 15 years with lows in the double digits below zero and wind chills 30 below or even lower.

If this all comes to pass, it will produce immediate life-threatening conditions for anyone who gets caught out in it so please stay tuned to your local forecasts and don't travel unless it's absolutely, positively necessary.


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Everyone knows we aren't going to meet our end by the sun burning out. It's gonna be a black hole or maybe a rogue asteroid. Maybe even colliding galaxies. Just watch Discovery Channel they have all kinds of ways to scare people with doomsday scenarios.

-- Posted by McCook1 on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 12:49 PM

Obviously McCook1, you don't read the Bible.

-- Posted by Rural Citizen on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 1:07 PM

You are, of course, entitled to your opinion, Mike, but when I hear opinions like what you just espoused, I wonder if you believe the Bible is Truth. I will not argue my understanding with what I consider your mis-understanding, but please consider: If God truly is God, and the Bible, His word, His word, the Bible is not allowed to be in error, as are secular minded peoples.

J.R. Church has an excellent article in the 'Prophecy in the News,' magazine for January. You aught to read it (I believe available on-line at www.prophecyinthenews.com regarding Psalm 111, and how the Psalms have, for the past 110 Psalms related to the past 110 years, sometimes hard to see, sometimes very easy.

My study in Prophecy has had a number of errors in deductulating what God is saying, but at least I try to understand.

Don't feel badly, as I know a number of good, Born Again, Christian brothers and sisters, who believe as do you. One can be a Christian and not know a thing about God's word, I guess. Too Bad.

-- Posted by Navyblue on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 3:34 PM

Rural,

Take it easy. It's just a joke about all the doomsday scenarios they show on tv. Global warming, super volcanoes, killer tsunamis are just a few more. However, Mike is right about his quotation of scripture. Nobody knows the exact date of when the world will end. That is why I don't pay any attention to the loons who try predicting the date because I know they are wrong based on scripture. In my book they are just as wrong as the guy from the 1800s who predicted the end of the world multiple times and every time he was wrong he made up a new date and people still followed. If God is the only one who knows the day and hour then I'll put my faith in that instead of some person who thinks they are privy to the same information as God.

-- Posted by McCook1 on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 5:25 PM

The scenarios that Mccook1 initially played out are definitely the most likely. Coming in at very unlikely is the rapture.

-- Posted by Damu on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 10:31 AM

Maybe you should include this Pelini article about how this really went down:

Nebraska athletic department spokesman said Wednesday that Bo Pelini was speaking in a lighthearted manner last week when the Husker coach joked that a Navy officer would call a play in the Holiday Bowl.

Apparently, not everyone got the joke.

While aboard the USS Ronald Reagan two days before the bowl game, Pelini presented Morgan Ryan, a U.S. Navy petty officer third class, with a field pass and Husker jersey.

Pelini made a remark about Ryan calling a play in the bowl game, finishing the comment in a jestful fashion. "Just so you know, the (plays) that work, those are the ones that I called," Pelini said. "The ones that don't, you can blame this (guy)."

One former Husker player noted that Pelini made a similar joke prior to last year's Holiday Bowl and got a big laugh.

This time, a FOXSports.com columnist took the comments as serious, and asked Pelini after the game if he had let the Navy officer call a play during Nebraska's 19-7 loss to Washington.

"That was a joke, ma'am," answered a mild-mannered Pelini. "He wasn't calling a play. He probably could have. Might have called a few better plays than we did."

The columnist spoke to Ryan about it, then wrote Wednesday that she thought Pelini owed the officer an apology.

Ryan, a Husker fan from Minden, seemed to think he was going to call a play but said he understood if Pelini didn't intend to have him do so.

"It's a bowl game," Ryan told the columnist. "It's not just a regular game."

Keith Mann, Nebraska assistant athletic director for media relations, said it was clear to NU officials attending the luncheon that Pelini was just making a joke.

"The Nebraska football program was honored to have Morgan Ryan as a guest on our sideline during the Holiday Bowl game," Mann said in a statement. "And we appreciate everything that all of our military members sacrifice for this country."

Mann pointed out the strong connection Pelini has built between his football program and military personnel. Among other things, Pelini has brought members of his team to visit the Navy SEALs' training site on the past two bowl trips.

Nebraska fans also purchased and donated 1,685 Holiday Bowl tickets to the "Huskers for Heroes" program, which were given to active Navy and Marine personnel in San Diego. The university also gave 500 tickets to the U.S. Marines who displayed the American flag during the Holiday Bowl's pregame festivities.

Should I check with snopes.com before reading anymore of Mike's commentary?

-- Posted by Lincoln Reader on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 3:10 PM

Mike has a way of making a fool of himself!

-- Posted by remington81 on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 6:24 PM

Well Mike, although I usually agree with your articles and I have the utmost respect for you opinion, I do respectfully disagree with your opinion of Bo. I agree he has a temper that may need to be tweaked a bit but some may see this as compassion for the game. I remember when Osborne was coach and everyone wanted him to get mad at times over calls that didn't go our way,etc. Bo does that. I live in a state where we've had coaches endorse treating incoming freshman football players to parties, orgies, sexual favors...you name it. The University of Colorado has nose dived every since Mr. McCartney left. I would much rather have my fans complaining of a loud and over-passionate coach rather than the issues we've had here. Just the way I see it.

-- Posted by McCook Supporter on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 1:19 PM

Mike do you really think any top college level coach who gets paid millions of dollars annually plus bowl game bonus to win all games for NU would really let anyone call a play in any game ...Maybe the easterbunny is still coming soon for you and jilted military man ??? Sometimes i think you must have been smokin some razorback wacky when making a comment about one of the nations top coaches... yes rough around the edges yes but he loves his players.....and thats all I need to see.......

-- Posted by Cornwhisperer on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 8:30 PM

Too bad "Bo Peep" didn't let Ryan in on the joke. The Husker athletic department made a pretty feeble attempt to pass it off as a joke!! Way to go "Bo Peep"; you got more attention in your diatribes and missteps than all the rest of the coaches in the big 12. Have a great time in the big 10 making a fool of yourself and the Huskers.

Nebraska will fit into the Big 10 quite nicely as the big 10 took a shellacking in the bowl games just as Nebraska did. The Holiday bowl was a disaster for Nebraska so I suppose most of the fans are trying to find someone to blame for it. Nebraska is the laughing stock of all the TV networks as to the way "Bo Peep" and the Nebraska fans criticize the officials. Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out!!

-- Posted by ksfarmer on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 12:34 AM


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