Josh Brage


New Schedule is Wearing Me Out
August 31, 2008, 4:40 pm
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This morning, I got up, got in the shower and realized that I just couldn’t do it. My body is weary. I texted in, Spence was gracious and I went back to sleep. I slept until after noon. On Friday, I slept until Tbone woke me up at 1230. I don’t know what is going on, but my body is crying out for rest. Anyway, that is all. I don’t feel well. Cry for me please.

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The Beginning of the Bo Pelini Era
August 30, 2008, 10:32 pm
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In Lincoln, we don’t talk in terms of years, seasons, or even decades . . . we talk about eras. We all miss the Dr. Tom era desperately. We are hoping to rapidly forget the B.C. era. Why do we do this? Because football is not entertainment, it is history.

Tonight here was the scene at Fox and Hound. Epic.

Without exaggeration, there were probably close to 500 people packed in my local Fox and Hound. (Shh, don’t tell the Fire Marshall.) You could tell that Husker football people are ready again. As Jim Rome commented after interviewing Bo, “I bet there are people in Omaha and Lincoln ready to run through a wall for this guy.” Jim you are right my friend.

Now onto the game.

Overall analysis, we have a lot of work to do. A lot. If today’s game was against Missouri, we would have been handed our heads, given a polite tennis clap, tiny pat on the back, told good game and grandmas would have wept. (Mine especially.) This level will simply not win us the Big 12. Not by a long shot.

Things I loved:

  • Intensity (I expected it and I got it. We looked like a completely different team than last year! We looked like we actually liked to play football!)
  • Joe Ganz! Holy cow did he look good. 4 tds through the air! He made good reads, looked comfortable and I am not going to lie and say that my heart didn’t flutter when he broke the option left for about 30. 1Also the first NU QB to have 4 300+ yard passing games and we can be certain that he will have a few more.
  • Our defensive line! 8, countem 8 rushing yards from the opponent!
  • Getting to the quarterback.
  • Our offensive line. We had great success running the football. Ganz was comfortable because the line was giving him ample time to make reads.
  • The overall look, feel and confidence of our team.
  • 500 people at Fox and Hound

Things I did not love:

  • An apparent lack of disciple, especially on defense. This can be expected with the amount of energy they were playing with and you can be equally sure that it is not something that Bo is going to put up with.
  • Our big play ratio. I got very very weary of seeing them break about 6 nice long pass plays. Something needs to change in the secondary by next week. Again, Missouri is a heckuva lot better than W. Mich. and will eat that crappy coverage for breakfast. And then write a thank you note.
  • The second half.
  • That crazy chick who came in late with her whooped “hubby”, got in the way, was loud, complained and then got everything comped. She was stupid and I did not like her.

All in all, it was a GREAT opener to an era. A win is definitely a win! I would like to see 8 more this year, but we DEFINITELY need to improve significantly in some major areas.



Have I Mentioned that I Like Sarah Palin for VP?

thanks Hugh for summing up why:

“Short version: With this pick the future of the Republican Party is securely conservative, pro-life, pro-family, pro-military and strong on national defense, pro-Second Amendment, pro-property rights, pro-free market, pro-energy exploration and anchored in outside-the-Beltway Reaganism.”

Also, from Hugh’s article, here are the big 6 reasons why Sarah Palin is exciting and energizing The Party:

  1. Over the past month we have gone from hoping Senator McCain would win to thinking he might actually be able to win.
  2. Sarah Palin is a real deal conservative, down the line, on all of the issues.
  3. The Palin pick guarantees that the party will remain a conservative party long-term.
  4. The GOP already owned the energy issue and and the energy issue dominates and will continue to dominate the next 60 days.
  5. Sarah Palin is not a Beltway Republican.
  6. Sarah Palin is young enough to be a bridge to the next generation, and with five kids, she has been living in the world of young moms and technology-dependent teens.

more to come. . .



Party of Change, Its a Change Party!
August 30, 2008, 11:22 am
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Today, I am extremely proud to be a Republican! McCain/Palin is the ticket of change. When you think about everything that we, as a country, need solved – Iraq situation, our energy situation, our economy, etc. . . you have to realize that this ticket is THE TICKET that has the answers. We have the experience, we have the ideas, we have the strategies that are needed for the success of our country. Hands down.

Read what Mark Steyn thinks. . .

First, Governor Palin is not merely, as Jay describes her, “all-American”, but hyper-American. What other country in the developed world produces beauty queens who hunt caribou and serve up a terrific moose stew? As an immigrant, I’m not saying I came to the United States purely to meet chicks like that, but it was certainly high on my list of priorities. And for the gun-totin’ Miss Wasilla then to go on to become Governor while having five kids makes it an even more uniquely American story. Next to her resume, a guy who’s done nothing but serve in the phony-baloney job of “community organizer” and write multiple autobiographies looks like just another creepily self-absorbed lifelong member of the full-time political class that infests every advanced democracy.

Third, real people don’t define “experience” as appearing on unwatched Sunday-morning talk shows every week for 35 years and having been around long enough to have got both the War on Terror and the Cold War wrong. (On the first point, at the Gun Owners of New Hampshire dinner in the 2000 campaign, I remember Orrin Hatch telling me sadly that he was stunned to discover how few Granite State voters knew who he was.) Sarah Palin and Barack Obama are more or less the same age, but Governor Palin has run a state and a town and a commercial fishing operation, whereas (to reprise a famous line on the Rev Jackson) Senator Obama ain’t run nothin’ but his mouth. She’s done the stuff he’s merely a poseur about. Post-partisan? She took on her own party’s corrupt political culture directly while Obama was sucking up to Wright and Ayers and being just another get-along Chicago machine pol (see his campaign’s thuggish attempt to throttle Stanley Kurtz and Milt Rosenberg on WGN the other night).



Energized to Say the Least
August 29, 2008, 10:13 pm
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McCain is my boy! Want to talk about change? Want to talk about leadership? Unite the Republican Party! I am fired up! When I got home today, I immediately got onto johnmccain.com and pledged my support. With his decision today he completely demonstrated that he is ready to lead. I am on his team, wholeheartedly. Before today, I would have voted for him. After today, I am ready to work for him.

This was brilliant. She is exciting to say the least. Quote of the week from Rush:

“Babies. Guns. Jesus. Hot Damn!.”

Get excited. Get involved. Get interested. Participate in this election!



What a Crazy World We Live In!
August 22, 2008, 7:19 pm
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At the store, I was picking out vanilla ice cream and was promptly overwhelmed with my options. . .

One brand, one line alone had 4 different choices for vanilla. Dreyer’s Grand has Vanilla, French Vanilla, Vanilla Bean and Double Vanilla. I promptly selected Double Vanilla, because, well, the word double frankly.

What a crazy world. . .



Hab4Hum
August 22, 2008, 1:14 pm
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This was my yesterday and today, ORCC donated 200 box lunches for a Habitat for Humanity project. Yesterday, Catalyst/Elevate/Childrens ganged up and made some serious lunches. Today, PA, Mark and I delivered them. It was fun. Here are some pics. . .

P. Marche and Mark handling the produce section.

Shelley being selfish and not letting H4H have that bag of Ruffles.

PA making the delivery!