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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from colhusker in 2020 PG Eric Gaines   
    A lot of offers to Georgia players.  Do we have a member of our football staff assisting in our recruiting ?
     
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from Bugeaters1 in 2019 Football Outlook   
    There is no way that we should be the favorite in this game.  Nada!  
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from Silverbacked1 in The Ghost of Nebrasketball Present   
    Am I wrong to go into the season with zero expectation?  I hope this coaching staff meshes.  I hope this group of players become a team.  I hope that this group of players can play quality basketball at this top level.  I hope that we can score as anticipated.  I hope that we can defend with our limited size.  I hope that the fan base doesn't give up on the team if it stuggles.  I hope that we light up the right side of the scoreboard.  I hope that anticipation and hope does not turn into unfair hype.   I hope that my normally rose colored glasses turn back to that color.
     
     
     
     
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from thrasher31 in The Ghost of Nebrasketball Present   
    Am I wrong to go into the season with zero expectation?  I hope this coaching staff meshes.  I hope this group of players become a team.  I hope that this group of players can play quality basketball at this top level.  I hope that we can score as anticipated.  I hope that we can defend with our limited size.  I hope that the fan base doesn't give up on the team if it stuggles.  I hope that we light up the right side of the scoreboard.  I hope that anticipation and hope does not turn into unfair hype.   I hope that my normally rose colored glasses turn back to that color.
     
     
     
     
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from Norm Peterson in The Ghost of Nebrasketball Present   
    Am I wrong to go into the season with zero expectation?  I hope this coaching staff meshes.  I hope this group of players become a team.  I hope that this group of players can play quality basketball at this top level.  I hope that we can score as anticipated.  I hope that we can defend with our limited size.  I hope that the fan base doesn't give up on the team if it stuggles.  I hope that we light up the right side of the scoreboard.  I hope that anticipation and hope does not turn into unfair hype.   I hope that my normally rose colored glasses turn back to that color.
     
     
     
     
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from khoock in Shamiel Stevenson is N   
    Ummm, because this is a thread about Shamiel.  The "other dude" is easily identified by anyone who attended the event or has seen video of him.  Not meant to be disrespectful to him, because I think what we see now, and what we see within the next several months may be a bit, or perhaps significantly different.
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    Huskerpapa reacted to jimmykc in Opening Night Scrimmage   
    I think the trick to enjoying the season will be to savor the good games which we will have while tempering expectations to avoid the letdowns we experienced Saturday when we go up against truly elite teams. The number of victories we have will be secondary to the foundation we build for future success.
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from HolyBobpilgrimage in Ouedraogo   
    He should help this year, perhaps even play a pretty important role, but he is not a savior, nor should he be.  But he certainly looks like a player.  I would take him over Jordy in a heartbeat.
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from HB in 2019 Football Outlook   
    As I have said, over-hype sets very unfair expectations.  The most level headed expectation I heard set in the preseason was by Bill Moos who said he thought six wins would be a reasonable expectation...well, I think that is pretty good expectation.
     
    But you know what, Ohio State is loaded with talent.  And you know what else, if we could have somewhat held this game close, we would have lost because Ohio State were heads and tails better than us on special teams.  Good grief, we were placed in a position to fair catch returnable kick-offs.  
     
    We can still have a good season, we are better than last year, but we still are still in need of a lot of talent. 
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from Bugeaters1 in 2019 Football Outlook   
    As I have said, over-hype sets very unfair expectations.  The most level headed expectation I heard set in the preseason was by Bill Moos who said he thought six wins would be a reasonable expectation...well, I think that is pretty good expectation.
     
    But you know what, Ohio State is loaded with talent.  And you know what else, if we could have somewhat held this game close, we would have lost because Ohio State were heads and tails better than us on special teams.  Good grief, we were placed in a position to fair catch returnable kick-offs.  
     
    We can still have a good season, we are better than last year, but we still are still in need of a lot of talent. 
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from Bugeaters1 in College Basketball --- laying down the law (maybe)   
    Here is the deal, I would love it if college sports were completely clean, but the reality is that college sports have been "dirty" for as long as I have been alive, and likely longer.  And folks, we don't want to hear it, but we live in a glass house.  So we need to be careful when we start casting stones.  
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from HB in Tickets for Friday Night   
    All 12 of my tickets were put to great use tonight.  Fun night and well done by the person/people in charge.
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from HolyBobpilgrimage in Opening Night Scrimmage   
    I will say...it should be a fun team.  I am not going to comment much about individual play.  The players had a hard practice earlier today, and I am sure at this time of the season, legs were tired.  But there are good things seen from nearly all the players.  Some are more ready to play then others...again, not surprising at all.  A lot of three's were hoisted, most missed, some badly, but what the hey.
     
    Good to see Isiah, and a number of other alumni players.  The stars sort of showed up which is kind of cool.  My innards are still reverberating from the hip-hop beat. 
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from Norm Peterson in Opening Night Scrimmage   
    I will say...it should be a fun team.  I am not going to comment much about individual play.  The players had a hard practice earlier today, and I am sure at this time of the season, legs were tired.  But there are good things seen from nearly all the players.  Some are more ready to play then others...again, not surprising at all.  A lot of three's were hoisted, most missed, some badly, but what the hey.
     
    Good to see Isiah, and a number of other alumni players.  The stars sort of showed up which is kind of cool.  My innards are still reverberating from the hip-hop beat. 
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from Red Don in A couple big dudes   
    For some reason, this does not make me feel better about our overall size...😉
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from Silverbacked1 in 2019 Football Outlook   
    The preseason hype was ridiculous.  This team is better than last year, but we still have a long way to go.  We lack consistency, which is necessary for a team to make it to the great category.  We can and should be good, but goodness, Colorado recognized and jumped on our weaknesses.  If you listened to the broadcast, he told the reporter that they identified areas of opportunity and would make the adjustments to improve in the second half; and they did.  We adjusted, but not in a good way.
     
    I was disappointed, but I was not surprised.  We will have some good wins this year, but the first half versus the second half differences may reappear several times this year.  Auroran is right, this will be a roller-coaster ride this season.
     
    By the way...worth remembering the overbearing football preseason hype when addressing the basketball team this season.  Be prepared for a roller-coaster ride there as well.  
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from HuskerActuary in You heard it here first   
    Hype...hard to live up to the expectations that have been set.  
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from HolyBobpilgrimage in Opening Night Scrimmage   
    We got 12 tickets in the third row, mid-court.   Should be fun!
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from Brick in Opening Night Scrimmage   
    I am not exactly a rap fan, but all things considered...I am not a rap fan.  
     
     
     
    But hey, it isn't about me, it is about the team.
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    Huskerpapa reacted to Norm Peterson in Why I'm Excited/Why I'm Concerned   
    I think @Huskerpapa mentioned the other day that he used to be a perpetual sunshine pumper and, for whatever reason, he's now more cautious.  I can relate.  There are a lot of reasons to be hopeful; there are also a lot of reasons to pump the brakes, not just in the near but in the middle and long-terms as well.  A lot we don't yet know, so it'll be interesting to see how things pan out.
     
    Let's start out with the good stuff:
     
    Gravitas. Recruiting is important. Hoiberg coached in the NBA. Recently. That matters to some recruits and should catch their attention. The immediate turn-around at Iowa State shows he can pull it off. And it was definitely a turn-around. He immediately filled his staff here with some high-powered basketball folks, including a couple former D1 head coaches who had produced successful teams of their own. He re-inked his top recruiter from ISU who also had some success getting players to St. John's after Hoiberg left ISU for the Bulls. He nearly instantaneously filled up a roster with recruits and transfers and kept the most important players we had a shot at keeping in the fold. This would include keeping Jervay Green committed as well as Donovan Williams and Dre Davis, the latter two of whom, of course, are 2020 recruits. His style fits. We historically haven't always been able to land big men; his offense doesn't really rely on them. He's reputed to be an offensive genius and he's hedged any potential defensive weakness by bringing in Doc Sadler as a sort of defensive coordinator. It seems likely they'll be able to coach the talent that we have. He was a "home run" hire who puts a great face on the program and looks to be a fantastic ambassador for the school. Dachon Burke. And Haanif Cheatham. Appear to be the real deal.  
    Now the "pump the brakes" stuff:
     
    Brought in a lot of bodies but it's still questionable how much star power they possess and you need some dudes to compete in this league. Do we have any? The bodies he brought in, if not possessed of star power, nevertheless are poised to hold spots for 2 or more years before you can replace them, putting him in a position of not being able to upgrade talent as quickly as you might hope. The counter argument to the above is that people transfer anyway. But we had a discussion about the window of opportunity not to renew kids and how the B1G says scholarships are for 4 years not 1, and if a kid decides to stick around who maybe isn't a B1G caliber player, there might not be much the coach can do about it (see Fuller, Nick, for example.) AND, you see how we're already pinched for spots to offer for 2020. We have no current open spots for 2020 and, for every additional 2020 recruit we want to sign, someone with further eligibility on the current roster would have to say "sayonara." I personally would have liked to have seen another grad transfer on the roster, giving us for sure one more spot to offer for 2020. How long can you sell recruits on "I coached in the NBA and we're building something here like what we did at ISU" before results on the floor have to support that you can pull it off again? If recruiting momentum fades, it's hard to get it going again (see Sadler, Doc and Miles, Tim.) It's hard to catch lightning in a bottle twice and, while there are examples of coaches who've returned to college from the NBA and been successful, there are also coaches who returned from the NBA and weren't able to reproduce the success they previously had in college that made an NBA team take a chance on them in the first place. Is our recruiting honcho overrated? They brought in some dudes to ISU, and Shamorie Ponds was pretty good at St. John's, as was LJ Figueroa, but who else panned out? That might be partly on Chris Mullin's coaching, but still. We don't know. I'm concerned by the apparent dropping of the ball getting Akol Arop over to Italy. Or rather NOT getting him over to Italy. It also concerns me that Yvan isn't here yet and might not arrive until after classes start. Been down this road (see Diaz, Brian and Sallie, Roburt.) If I'm honest, I'm also a little distressed that Yvan chose to play limited action for France U18 rather than getting over here and getting familiar with his new team and his new program. And, finally, I am a bit concerned that our penciled-in starter at point guard (whom some had written down in pen) was a no-show for Italy and the practices leading up thereto. The graduation thing might or might not have been his fault; the getting sick was certainly not his fault. But best case scenario is he's behind everyone else in picking up the system and getting reps. Worst case, we have no idea what kind of PG he really is at this level and Dalano Banton isn't eligible this year in the event Cam Mack doesn't cut it. My HOPE is that Cam Mack is everything we were hoping he'd be. But there's really nothing solid to go on at this point to assure us that he is.  
    So, I think there are a lot of reasons to be excited about our future prospects. But there's also a lot of reasons to keep the expectations in check. Probably a lot more on both sides of the ledger than I've listed above.
     
    Thoughts?
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from Norm Peterson in Prospects for '19-'20   
    My rose colored glasses have dimmed over the past several years.  I want to be optimistic, but instead, I find myself in the wait and see category. 
    -  I am hopeful we can be a good defensive team as we "appear" to be athletic, but can they learn to play together.  We also seem to like an eraser type that could have helped cover mistakes. 
    -  We seem to be deep, yet is that depth made up of high level Division I talent?  Not sure yet, but I am somewhat optimistic that we may have much better depth than last year.
    -  The coaching staff seems to be high level, but is that me being hopeful?  Are we now on par, or even better than most high profile programs?
    -  Can we overcome our lack of size?
    -  Will we be a hot and cold offensive team.  Can we consistently score and win?  Especially on the road?
     
    So, shoot the boot.  I want to be optimistic; I would even take being cautiously optimistic; but I need to see the product on the floor.  I need to see us winning loose ball battles.  I need to see us winning battles for rebounds.  I need to see teammates supporting teammates.  I need to wait and see.
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from BigTate in Prospects for '19-'20   
    My rose colored glasses have dimmed over the past several years.  I want to be optimistic, but instead, I find myself in the wait and see category. 
    -  I am hopeful we can be a good defensive team as we "appear" to be athletic, but can they learn to play together.  We also seem to like an eraser type that could have helped cover mistakes. 
    -  We seem to be deep, yet is that depth made up of high level Division I talent?  Not sure yet, but I am somewhat optimistic that we may have much better depth than last year.
    -  The coaching staff seems to be high level, but is that me being hopeful?  Are we now on par, or even better than most high profile programs?
    -  Can we overcome our lack of size?
    -  Will we be a hot and cold offensive team.  Can we consistently score and win?  Especially on the road?
     
    So, shoot the boot.  I want to be optimistic; I would even take being cautiously optimistic; but I need to see the product on the floor.  I need to see us winning loose ball battles.  I need to see us winning battles for rebounds.  I need to see teammates supporting teammates.  I need to wait and see.
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from Handy Johnson in Prospects for '19-'20   
    My rose colored glasses have dimmed over the past several years.  I want to be optimistic, but instead, I find myself in the wait and see category. 
    -  I am hopeful we can be a good defensive team as we "appear" to be athletic, but can they learn to play together.  We also seem to like an eraser type that could have helped cover mistakes. 
    -  We seem to be deep, yet is that depth made up of high level Division I talent?  Not sure yet, but I am somewhat optimistic that we may have much better depth than last year.
    -  The coaching staff seems to be high level, but is that me being hopeful?  Are we now on par, or even better than most high profile programs?
    -  Can we overcome our lack of size?
    -  Will we be a hot and cold offensive team.  Can we consistently score and win?  Especially on the road?
     
    So, shoot the boot.  I want to be optimistic; I would even take being cautiously optimistic; but I need to see the product on the floor.  I need to see us winning loose ball battles.  I need to see us winning battles for rebounds.  I need to see teammates supporting teammates.  I need to wait and see.
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from thrasher31 in Prospects for '19-'20   
    My rose colored glasses have dimmed over the past several years.  I want to be optimistic, but instead, I find myself in the wait and see category. 
    -  I am hopeful we can be a good defensive team as we "appear" to be athletic, but can they learn to play together.  We also seem to like an eraser type that could have helped cover mistakes. 
    -  We seem to be deep, yet is that depth made up of high level Division I talent?  Not sure yet, but I am somewhat optimistic that we may have much better depth than last year.
    -  The coaching staff seems to be high level, but is that me being hopeful?  Are we now on par, or even better than most high profile programs?
    -  Can we overcome our lack of size?
    -  Will we be a hot and cold offensive team.  Can we consistently score and win?  Especially on the road?
     
    So, shoot the boot.  I want to be optimistic; I would even take being cautiously optimistic; but I need to see the product on the floor.  I need to see us winning loose ball battles.  I need to see us winning battles for rebounds.  I need to see teammates supporting teammates.  I need to wait and see.
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    Huskerpapa got a reaction from 49r in Off Topic: New 1620 Lineup   
    I have grown to like and appreciate the various teams on 93.7.  They have good chemistry and seem to be aware of the topical events.  They also like to talk about Husker basketball, especially Jake and Sip.
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