Category Archives: Random Thoughts

Another sad shooting, how can we fix it?


As I sit here on a Sunday morning and think about what I am going to do today my heart breaks for the people involved in the Orlando shooting and all of their families. Every time we have an incident like this I try to wrap my brain around how this could have possibly happened. And, more importantly, why the hell does it keep happening?

You should be angry. We all should be. Because somewhere along the way we screwed up. As a society. This stuff isn’t to be blamed on a parent or two. It’s not the fault of a video game. It’s deeper than that.

I realize shootings and murders have happened since before my time, but it seems like it is more frequent. Is it because I am old enough to pay attention more or I understand it more? Or is it really happening more and more?

Did we forget how to love? Did we fail to teach how to love? What happened? We live in a world where we are more concerned about sharing our story or trying to be better than someone else that we have forgotten to appreciate what we have and commend others on what they have. It’s not just one person. It’s all of us. We have all fallen into the trap.

We are far too concerned about who believes in God and who doesn’t or how someone lives their life or if someone is transgender, homosexual or something else that is different than us.

Imagine a world where we put as much energy into our own lives or bettering ourselves as we do worrying about the person down the street who believes differently than us or, heaven forbid, is different from us.

I wish I had the answers to how we can fix our world. I know it’s not the best to point out a problem without offering a solution, but we have a problem. It’s a big problem. I’m not going to live in fear. I don’t want that to hold me back from living, but I damn sure know in today’s crazy world every time I wake up it could be the last time.

There will always be evil in the world. We aren’t going to stop it. But we can better ourselves and those who will come after us. I hope that if we take those steps the world will one day be a better place.

We need to find our way!

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Congrats to a friend for a deserved award

Jeremy and John 2

I was sitting in the KCSR studio at Chadrad Communications in Chadron, Neb. when I received a phone call from a reporter of a newspaper in Yankton, SD. He introduced himself as Jeremy Hoeck of the Yankton Press & Dakotan and he wanted to interview me for a story about me taking a job with 5 Star Communications in Yankton.

That happened to be the first of many conversations I would have with that guy. Over the last 3+ years we have covered many of the same sporting events – in South Dakota and Nebraska, discovered our love for dilly bars, tried changing a flat tire, had conversation over brewskies, talked about random stuff on the radio and so much more.  Continue reading

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Basketball at Devaney is now a memory


Proor to Wynot vs Spalding/Spalding Academy for Nebraska Class D2 state championship on March 9, 2013.

For years the Bob Devaney Sports Center has been synonymous with University of Nebraska basketball. While the facility lacked successful home teams in many of those years it is still the house of many memories. For players, coaches and fans of the Cornhuskers the facility has been home sweet home. For high schools across the state it has been the goal at the beginning of the season. Continue reading

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Victim of Success

Joe Paterno, Plaxico Burress, Dick Cheney, Lauren Cook, Jim Tressel, Tiger Woods……all have one thing in common – They are victims of success. Paterno and Cook have been the latest big names to surface with law-related issues. Cook, a volleyball star at the University of Nebraska, was charged with a felony for leaving the scene of an injury accident. Paterno, an iconic figure in Penn State history, has been linked to the child-sex abuse case of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Continue reading

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Oh, so you’re that fan…

So you’re that fan. You know, the one that played high school football. Well, kind of. You were on the team but never really made it on the field due to lack of ability. That, of course, is the truth. As far as people who didn’t grow up with you know you were the quarterback that led your team to a couple of fourth quarter comebacks and on to the state football playoffs. You can say that. Are they really going to take the time to look it up? No. Of course that was back in the day when you were fit and in shape. You didn’t carry the 270lb belly keg that you currently have.  Continue reading

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Update: “Baseball: It’s just a game”

Two months ago I was standing on a baseball field when sports and life were put into perspective. Sports has helped us cope with many things, but at the end of the day it truly is just a game and means a lot less than we try to make it out to be. I shared my experience through this blog. And if you haven’t read it you can do so by clicking here. I wrote the story to express my thoughts and share what I had just taken in. The response was incredible. It was overwhelming. The blog has been viewed more times than I could have imagined. Emails poured into my inbox, some stopped to comment and others spread it on to their friends. The story was ran in newspapers in Shelton and Gibbon and for that I owe Steve Glenn a big thank you. I asked for anyone to share an update on the young man in the story. Tonight I received one that will explain everything the young man went through and still goes through as he continues his recovery. I wanted to share the update to anyone who found interest in the blog I wrote.

Here is the update: Continue reading

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Baseball: It’s just a game

Too many times parents, fans, players, coaches and officials get so wrapped up in a sports contest the idea that “it’s just a game” is lost. The players get yelled at or frustrated with one another. Fans yell obscene things when they disagree with the judgement of an official. And sometimes parents try to get more out of their kids than the kids want to give. Anyone who attended the Nebraska Class B Juniors Legion state baseball tournament was reminded that sometimes there is more to the game.  Continue reading

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Ferrer hits ball into stands

One of the topics for discussion today has been the act by David Ferrer. The Spanish tennis player lobbed a ball into the stands during a match after he lost a point, while a baby was crying. The outpouring from this act has been tremendous. People are screaming for this guy’s head. While I don’t believe Ferrer was right to do this, was it really as bad as we are trying to make it? First off, you watch the video if you haven’t yet and then continue reading. Continue reading

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Top 10 Commercials of Super Bowl XLV

Each and every year one of the most talked about things from the Super Bowl are the commercials. There are always some commercials that make you laugh out loud, some that make you shake your head and others that leave you staring into the television wondering what just happened. Some people plan to watch the Super Bowl for the commercials alone.

I have put together a list of my top 10 commercials from this year, top five companies and some of the ugliest. The list is based on commercials that were played after kickoff and immediately following the game. While my opinion is factored into the list, it also includes input from Twitter and Facebook. Continue reading

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Officials influenced drives, but did not decide the game

It is not a good night to be in Husker Nation. Fans have erupted with comments about the officiating after Nebraska’s loss to Texas A&M. Some people are saying they are cancelling trips to the Big 12 Championship game in Dallas because if the Huskers make it they feel the officials will work to put Nebraska on the losing end. I have shared my thoughts on the game and tried to reason with some people and I have been told that I “have changed”, I’ve been called an Aggie and I have been called a diplomatic. I have even had comments deleted that were in no way negative, but honest. Continue reading

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