Nebraska football spring practice got under way Saturday. The team was in full pads, ready for lots of contact and — wait, my mistake, that was the Creighton men’s basketball team preparing to play Wichita State.
Creighton has emerged as the favorite to be the 10th team to join the “Catholic 7,” which will likely keep the Big East name. Creighton may compete in the Big East. All of a sudden Nebraska playing Rutgers in a conference game doesn’t seem so weird.
Dwyane Wade gave himself a new nickname — “World of Wade,” or “Wow” for short. I have a better suggestion for a Wade nickname — “Extremely Good Offense,” or “Ego.”
In something of a surprise, Bo Pelini invited members of the media to the first spring practice workout. I knew there was a catch. Turns out the new tackling dummies hadn’t arrived yet.
Reportedly, Nebraska football is eyeing some in-state high school football recruits. That was the big story in “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.”
It appears that with the new East Stadium seats, the supply of Husker season football tickets will match the demand. The last time that happened, the Huskers had just welcomed new head coach D.X. Bible.
There was a bizarre incident at the NFL Combine when a tortoise somehow got on the field and passed Manti Te’o while Te’o was running his 40.
Rex Burkhead ran only a 4.73 40 at the combine. Memo to NFL coaches and owners: With five defenders draped over him, Burkhead runs a 4.72 40.
Alabama football offered a scholarship to an eighth-grader. The kid said he’s planning to play for Alabama as a fallback if his top career choices of being a cowboy, a fire truck driver or a garbage man don’t pan out.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones will appear on “Dancing with the Stars.” This sums up pro sports in 2013: One day you’re trying to beat a 49er defensive back on a crossing route in the Super Bowl, the next you’re in a dance-off with Andy Dick.
Before a Toronto Blue Jays spring training game, the same singer botched both the national anthem and “O Canada.” This sounds like the first spring training game I’m sorry I missed.
During spring training, the Brewers’ Italian sausage costume went missing. I won’t say exactly what happened to it, but during the investigation CC Sabathia belched.
And finally: Before the Daytona 500, rapper 50 Cent tried to kiss Erin Andrews. She managed to elude 50 Cent by bobbing, weaving and stiff-arming him — all moves Andrews learned over the years trying to interview Bo Pelini at halftime.
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