In honor of former Republican 3rd District Congressman Tom Osborne retiring from his current gig, we will direct you to a clever column written by the OWH’s Tom Shatel a few weeks ago.
What if Tom Osborne had beaten Dave Heineman in the 2006 GOP Governor Primary?
He would have likely coasted into the Governor’s McMansion.
But then what of the Nebraska football program sans-Osborne being available as AD?
Here is part of Shatel’s thinking…
Chancellor Harvey Perlman still fired Pederson the Monday after that debacle. And he elevated Marc Boehm to interim athletic director, with a search for a permanent A.D. to begin immediately.
That didn’t take the heat off Bill Callahan, though. Boehm considered keeping Callahan with the stipulation that defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove be fired immediately after the season. But the Huskers won just one game the rest of the season and finished 5-7, Callahan’s second non-bowl season in four years.
Boehm fired Callahan after the season-ending loss to Colorado. And the search for a new coach was on — by an interim A.D.
There was a loud call to hire Bo Pelini, the one-time Nebraska defensive coordinator, now leading LSU’s defense on a national championship team. But Boehm didn’t know Pelini.
He hired Paul Rhoads. Boehm, a former assistant A.D. at Pittsburgh, got to know Rhoads when he was the defensive coordinator for Walt Harris at Pitt from 2000 to 2007.
The rest of Shatel’s column is an interesting and fun read.
In the meantime, Happy Trails T.O.!
We expect great, great things from Bob Kerrey during Friday’s debate.
He is down in the polls. His own party has counted him out. He has nothing to lose.
Should we expect anything less from Kerrey than haymaker after haymaker that bloodies and bruises Deb Fischer with his intellect, mastery of every concept and casual charm and grace?
We don’t imagine that we will see the Kerrey of the first debate who barely held his own against the State Senator from Valentine and came off as the whiniest whiner this side of The West Village.
This is the guy who took on Bill Clinton. We assume that he can handle Deb Fischer in Round 2. Right?
Oh and speaking of Bob Kerrey and his defense of his Nebraskan-ness. The other day he pointed to Johnny Carson and Marlon Brando as examples of Nebraskans who left the state, made good, and still called themselves Nebraskans.
Well, yeah, Bob. That’s nice. Feel free to call yourself Nebraskan all day long. Especially to your former students at The New School. (We’re sure you were ALWAYS emphasizing that to all the Brooklynites who came by the office. They love that Midwestern charm stuff.)
But we are pretty sure that no one suggests that Nick Nolte, Chris Klein and/or Fee Waybill of the Tubes should move back to Nebraska next week and garner every person’s vote for the U.S. Senate just because of where they grew up.
Yes, if DOES make a difference where you have lived and worked for the previous twelve years — you know just before you move back to your sister’s basement and declare your candidacy.
Oh and speaking of residency, the other day Kerrey confirmed that he has NO PLANS to stay in Nebraska should he lose the election next month.
Wonder if you would hear the same response from Deb Fischer, Lee Terry, John Ewing or many of the other candidates on the ballot this fall.
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