The Jump

Growing up in a tiny town with one cracked asphalt court that had an actual chain-link “net,” tennis was one game that wasn’t on my sports radar. Basketball, soccer, football, hockey, hurling, lacrosse, Gaelic football, horse racing, rugby, field hockey, golf, I’ve seen all of those played professionally, but never tennis. That’ll change Dec. 3, when Omaha native Andy Roddick and tennis legend Pete Sampras hit the Qwest Center for Rock-n-Racquets. The charity event — $2 from each ticket sold will be donated to ConAgra’s “Shine the Light on Hunger” program — returns to Omaha after a stop here in 2007. Rock-n-Racquets, founded in 2002, has never made a return trip to a city it has already visited. Omaha’s growing…

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Messin’ With Texas

Once upon a time (actually, not all that long ago), the Nebraska football team enjoyed such respect. Season after season, the Cornhuskers were in the national title conversation. They’re back in that conversation following a 48-13 victory at Kansas State, televised nationally last Thursday night by ESPN, and coupled with South Carolina’s 35-21 Saturday upset of Alabama; the latter was the defending national champion and ranked No. 1 in both major polls. Nebraska moved up to No. 5 in this week’s Associated Press media poll and No. 4 in the coaches’ poll, where it even received two first place votes. The last time the Cornhuskers were ranked as high as fourth was prior to the 2002 Rose Bowl game against…

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Blitzing for Bruno Groning

Visiting European doctors bring spiritual healing Yoda called it the Force. The Kalahari ¡Kung call it num. The Chinese term for it is chi. Continentals and readers of Nobel Laureate Henri Bergson would call it élan vital. In Japanese, it’s ki; Sanskrit, prana; in Hawaiian, mana. Einstein could have called it the unified field. And in his lectures, Bruno Gröning called it “the Heilstrom.” No matter the name, the concept is the same: a singular, all-encompassing energy force that animates and imbues all things with life. Of course conventional Western medicine has no name for it. Not to worry. Sadly, trusting in spirit and acknowledging a Higher Force is outside the normal frame of reference for most Americans. We…

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The Jump

Aside from a reliable supplier of detachable collars, Nucky Thompson’s got nothing on me when it comes to swaying the vote. How else to explain the fact my three choices for the new Omaha Royals team name are among the nine finalists still in the running? Simple luck? Probably. Judging by some of the online comments, people are really pulling for the Royals after seeing the list of alternatives. I’ll admit there are some bad ones in there. Anything that’s not plural (Force, Hail Storm) should be avoided at all costs, but I still maintain that history and regional specificity are our best guides. Initially my vote went like this: Cattlemen, Sodbusters, Omahogs. Sodbusters is my new top choice. A…

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Fire Alarm

Chronic inflammation is linked to serious disease and can be avoided Satchel Paige spent decades pitching in the American Negro Leagues. His blazing fastball, quirky pitches and overall unmatched skill on the mound took him to the baseball Hall of Fame. It wasn’t until Major League Baseball broke the color barrier and Paige was signed to the Cleveland Indians by legendary baseball innovator Bill Veeck that Satchel Paige became a household name. Though considered one of the greatest pitchers ever, Paige’s status as a social icon grew after a 1953 interview in Collier’s Magazine. Paige surrendered several quotes in that article that became nuggets of homespun wisdom. Perhaps his most famous uttering was, “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining…

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Nighthawks Night

Even the moon was perfect. It began as a curious orange sliver peaking from behind the bluffs in Iowa. It rose until it was full-on silver against the black sky over Rosenblatt Stadium as Jeff Garcia threw a game winning touchdown pass in the waning seconds of the Omaha Nighthawks’ first game. If it had been a movie any person with an ounce of cynicism would’ve hated it. Here’s the scene: Set in football-mad Omaha, a United Football League team comes to town. The league, falling somewhere between the NFL and the Canadian Football League on the scale of national importance, lost a reported $30 million in its first season and could use a big draw. They get it when…

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The Jump

We’ve got a Veeckie dynasty going in Omaha. What’s a Veeckie? Only the most lusted after award a minor league baseball franchise can win. This week the Royals earned one for the third consecutive year. Most baseball fans know the name Bill Veeck but if you don’t here’s the abridged version: Between 1946 and 1979 Veeck owned three major league teams and brought the notion of the wacky promotion to the game. Famous stunts include sending 3’7” Eddie Gaedel and his impossibly small strike zone to the plate in 1951 (he walked), allowing fans to manage the St. Louis Browns for a game from the stands via placards (they won), and the doomed “Disco Demolition Night” where fans were…

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

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This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

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Skin Deep

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Chakras: Wheels on Fire

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Our Deadliest Addiction: Convenience

You know you’re addicted to something when you forsake logic and quality of life in order to acquire what you think you can’t live without. A crack,...

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News You Can Use: June 2014

Time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In case you missed it, here’s the important stuff. See extended links at...

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