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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Jan. 21, 1998)
I can’t believe it.
For the 32nd consecutive time, the
NFL has decided to subject football
fens to the worst sporting event known
to man: the Super Bowl, aJcathe Super
Blowout, on Sunday, in San Diego.
Ah, yes - that annual four-hour
torture in a TV box that features the
best teams from America’s Friendly
Conference (AFC) and the Nasty
Football Combatants (NFC). The
Nasties have won 14 straight Super
Representing the Friendlies this
year are the Denver Broncos, who are
0-4 in the game. For the Nasties, it’s
the Green Bay Packers - who are 3-0
in previous Blowouts. Care to guess
who’s going to win?
Oddsmakers already know Green
»Bay’s going to win, and so does the
rest of America - but that’s not the real
The real question lies in why mil
lions of households tune in to this
slaughter. The NFL hordes in ridicu
lous amounts of money from advertis
ers and networks for what is consis
tently a boring, useless contest
between two mismatched teams.
Unless you like to watch a team
being pummeled into submission
(apparently you enjoy kicking your
neighbor’s dog as well), or are - God
foibid- a Packers fan, there’s really no
reason to watch the game.
So this year, let’s stick it to the
NFL and boycott the Super Bowl.
Watch something else, or if you like,
do something productive with the day.
But in case you really want to
know what happens in the game, I’ve
prepared a script of how it’s likely to
First quarter Denver will score a
touchdown. Green Bay will get 10
points and lead 10-7.
Second quarter. This is the quarter
where the Broncos lose it Green Bay
gets a couple touchdowns and
Packers’ quarterback Brett Favre will
make at least two plays that cause
NBC’s Dick Enberg to say, “Oh my!”
Score: 24-7, Green Bay.
Halftime: Fireworks. Bad songs.
Third quarter: Denver scores a
touchdown before the Pack puts down
the hammer with two more TD’s.
Fourth quarter The contest is ova*,
so the game becomes a collage of
overhead shots of Qualcomm Stadium
and close-ups of Reggie White and
John Elway. Final Score: Green Bay
38, Denver 21.
There it is. Another Super Bowl in
the books. At least you didn’t have to
watch it By the way, if anybody is look
ing for alternative programs on Sunday,
come to my room. I’ll have Lord of the
Dance cued up on the VCR.
Sam McKewon is a sophomore
news-editorial and political science
major aad a Daily Nebraskan
By Shannon Heffelfinger
Running the Nebraska women’s
basketball team’s fast-paced offense
presented a challenge for Nicole Rubik
in the early weeks of November.
Last season, Rubik cracked the
Comhuskers’ starting lineup as a shoot
ing guard and expected more of the
same in her second year with the
But the 5-foot-10 sophomore fell
into the point guard role after LaToya
Doage completed her eligibility at die
end of last season.
The position change led to a whirl
wind month for Rubik, who often strug
gled with the adjustment
But two months and 13 games later,
Rubik feels she has made the position
And her head is no longer spinning.
“I’m not nearly as quick or instinc
tive as LaToya was,” Kubik said. “But
I’m confident now and more comfort
able, which lets me bring different
things to the table to help my team.”
Kubik, who is averaging 14.2 points
per game and ranks second on the team
with 18 assists this season, hopes to con
tinue her improved play at point guard
tonight at Baylor (10-5 overall and 3-2
in the Big 12 Conference).
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Ferrell
Center in Waco, Texas, and NU (14-5
and 3-2) enters the game in search of its
third consecutive conference win.
Nebraska Coach Paul Sanderford
expects the Bears to apply a full-court
press against the Huskers throughout
But Sanderford said Kubik, who has
averaged 18.2 points per game in NU’s
last three contests, has grown comfort
able handling opponent’s pressure.
“Nicole doesn’t get enough credit
for everything she has done for us this
year,” Sanderford said. “People thought
we’d be weak there and (they) came out
and tried to press us, but she’s done a
good job ofhandling it”
Handling pressure is nothing new
for Kubik, who followed her older sister,
VI MB’S A
Today, 7:00 p.m.
Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas
Nebraska 14-5, (3-2)
Pose. Name HL Yr.
F JamiKubh 5-11 Sr.
Baylor 10-5, (3-2)
Pose. Name HL Yr.
G UToya Ellis 5-5 Jr.
NU starting forward Jami Kubik, to
The younger Kubik played point
guard on three state championship
teams at Cambridge High School in
But Kubik has discovered several
differences between the two experi
“This year my role is to do anything
I can to make the team better,” Kubik
“I think about things more and I try
to keep things a little more controlled.
My job is to slow people down when
things get out of hand.”
With those responsibilities also
comes an increased leadership role.
It’s a role that Kubik has filled well,
said senior Anna DeForge - who shares
vocal responsibilities with Kubik on die
“Maybe this isn’t the best position
for her to play,"DeForge said, “but this is
where she helps the team the most
“And it helps me because other
teams are starting to key on her a little
bit. We both look to each other on die
court, communication- and leadership
NU SOPHOMORE NICOLE KUBIK made the transition from shooting guard to
point guard earlior this season and has become a Husker leader both on and
off the court._
Kubik, while satisfied with her per
formance in some respects, said she
won’t feel completely content until she
cuts down her turnovers. Kubik owns a
one-to-one assist-to-tumover ratio.
Sanderford said that number will
improve with time.
“She understands her role and she
makes mistakes, but they’re the same
mistakes any young point guard
makes,” Sanderford said.
“I’m just happy I have two-and-a
half years left with her because she is
going to develop into a very fine player.’ ’
NU looks to end
Lone Star woes
By Sam McKewon
Today, 8:05 p.m.
Frank Erwin Center« Ai ictin Tovac
ference schedule, which included losses
to No. 5 Arizona and No. 13 Princeton.
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ready to step ahead
By Sam McKewon
In order for Nebraska recruit
Dahrran Diedrick to participate in
spring football, he had to go hungry.
Diedrick, a freshman from
Scarborough, Ontario, took extra
classes at Cedarbrae High School
last fall so he could graduate early
and enroll at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln this semester.
“I had a lot of extra work, so I
had to skip my lunch period to take a
class,” Diedrick said. “I gave lunch
up so I could come here as soon as
The move will allow him to take
part in winter conditioning and
spring practice before his first year
lhe6-foot-l, 210-pounder is the
first member of NUb 1998 recruit
ing class to arrive in Lincoln for
classes. High school athletes cannot
sign letters of intent until Feb. 4.
After rushing for 1,386yards on
145 carries and 14 touchdowns last
year in a Canadian summer league,
Diedrick was courted by many
major college football programs
before choosing NU over Michigan
in the early fall.
Thai came the push to graduate
eariy so Diedrick could participate in
spring practice and learn the Husker
system before next fall.
“The coaches at Nebraska
wanted to get me in time for the
spring,” Diedrick said. “If puts me
two steps ahead of all the other fresh
men coming in the fall. Thatls where
I want to be. ”
Diedrick, who rims a 4.48 elec
tronic 40-yard dash, said he would
like to see playing time eariy in his
Ahman Green’s departure to the
NFL will leave the starting I-back
slot open. Also fighting for the posi
tion will be sophomores De Angelo
Evans, Correll Buckhalter and Dan
ThereTs a little extra motivation
for Diedrick. The first Husker recruit
from Canada, Diedrick said he wants
to show college football that there
are good players from the North.
“I am playing for my country
down here,” Diedrick said. “Football
is football, no natter where you go,
and I want people to know there are
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