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  1. reetings! I come from the East, bringing the game of 19th Century Base Ball (two words back then) to Nebraska! I have played Vintage Base Ball for 6 years back home in Boston, but upon moving here realized it doesn't exist! So I have taken it upon myself to start up Lincoln's first ever vintage base ball organization. Vintage baseball has THRIVED in New England, New York, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest. I have played against dozens of clubs from 13 states and even Canada. Vintage baseball is a great family event to attend, there are never admission or ticket fees, and we play on open grass fields rather than modern diamonds. Bring a blanket and a beach chair (do people have beach chairs here?) And enjoy a game or two. Some things about Vintage Base Ball are very different than modern ball. We use the rules, equipment and customs of 1864. No gloves, a lemon-peel style Ball, wooden bats that look much different from today's Louisville Slugger. A ball caught on one bounce is an out , and the list goes on. For players, there's much more in it than a beer softball league. This Is baseball, at its roots, the way it was meant to be played. There is a group is Wahoo who has a similar program that works with the Saunders County Historical Society This is a fantastic opportunity for the Historical Society to help teach the earliest game in Nebraska's history. Nebraska's first club, the Lincoln Olympics was founded the same year that Nebraska became a state. I'm turning to the message boards in hopes of increasing our numbers and to see what interest you may have in the development of this project. Nebraska has a great base ball history in the 1860-70s with clubs such as the Lincoln Olympic BBC, Nebraska Indians, Omaha BBC, Fremont Bugeaters and many others started the baseball movement in Nebraska. I am still in the building stages of this organization. I have a dozen or so committed to playing, but I am definitely looking for a significant amount more people to play this summer. Next year I hope to host teams from our of state and do some traveling to other clubs as well. This year is about teaching the game and gaining interest. There so much more I could tell you, but I don't want to chew your ear off in the first message. Our next practice/scrimmage will be Sunday, June 1st, 2014 @ Pioneers Park in Lincoln, NE from 11AM to 1PM. ALL ARE WELCOME. This is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Anyone who want to try their (bare) hands at 19th Century Base Ball are more than welcome. Thank you for your time, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or ideas. Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskaVBB Dave Leopardi (978) 968-7275 daveleopardi@yahoo.com
  2. Greetings! I come from the East, bringing the game of 19th Century Base Ball (two words back then) to Nebraska! I have played Vintage Base Ball for 6 years back home in Boston, but upon moving here realized it doesn't exist! So I have taken it upon myself to start up Lincoln's first ever vintage base ball organization. Vintage baseball has THRIVED in New England, New York, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest. I have played against dozens of clubs from 13 states and even Canada. Vintage baseball is a great family event to attend, there are never admission or ticket fees, and we play on open grass fields rather than modern diamonds. Bring a blanket and a beach chair (do people have beach chairs here?) And enjoy a game or two. Some things about Vintage Base Ball are very different than modern ball. We use the rules, equipment and customs of 1864. No gloves, a lemon-peel style Ball, wooden bats that look much different from today's Louisville Slugger. A ball caught on one bounce is an out , and the list goes on. For players, there's much more in it than a beer softball league. This Is baseball, at its roots, the way it was meant to be played. There is a group is Wahoo who has a similar program that works with the Saunders County Historical Society This is a fantastic opportunity for the Historical Society to help teach the earliest game in Nebraska's history. Nebraska's first club, the Lincoln Olympics was founded the same year that Nebraska became a state. I'm turning to the message boards in hopes of increasing our numbers and to see what interest you may have in the development of this project. Nebraska has a great base ball history in the 1860-70s with clubs such as the Lincoln Olympic BBC, Nebraska Indians, Omaha BBC, Fremont Bugeaters and many others started the baseball movement in Nebraska. I am still in the building stages of this organization. I have a dozen or so committed to playing, but I am definitely looking for a significant amount more people to play this summer. Next year I hope to host teams from our of state and do some traveling to other clubs as well. This year is about teaching the game and gaining interest. There so much more I could tell you, but I don't want to chew your ear off in the first message. Our next practice/scrimmage will be Sunday, June 1st, 2014 @ Pioneers Park in Lincoln, NE from 11AM to 1PM. ALL ARE WELCOME. This is open to the public so anyone that wants to try their (bare) hands at vintage base ball is more than welcome. Thank you for your time, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or ideas. Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nebraskaVBB Dave Leopardi (978) 968-7275 daveleopardi@yahoo.com
  3. http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=101&SPID=33&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=209368637 Just a friendly FYI. Baseball season is just around the corner...as is a B1G Baseball Title, right?
  4. 6:30pm Tuesday 03/26/2013 in Manhattan, KS FYI, the game is being broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest for the Nebraska-based fans, and Fox College Sports (Atlantic...for some reason) outside of the Fox Sports Midwest footprint. Weather is forecasted to be 45F for the high tomorrow, so chilly conditions, but par for the course for midwest NCAA baseball. :-|
  5. Starters Nebraska is two wins away from their 2,000th win in school history. Should be an interesting series. We SHOULD sweep the wildcats.
  6. Tuesday, March 19th at 8:00pm CST and Wednesday, March 20th at 8:00pm CST. You can watch the games here, I believe. I would like to see us split this, but with our bats being non-existent, that may be asking for too much.
  7. Minnesota's baseball coach John Anderson is at it again, but this time, he's making (some) sense: By now we all know about the B1G-only limitations on scholarships and over-signing and the supposed philosophies that surround these ideas. But he also goes one step further, and advocates that we should not only apply the same over-signing rules to all schools, but increase the number of scholarships available per team (something other coaches have asked for as well). Of note: There's a lot more covered in Jim Ecker's PerfectGame.org article, located *here*. Granted, this is an article about Minnesota's coach, but he's echoing statements that we've made here (save for his whole 'northern league' crap). Do you think any of this will gain traction with Delaney and Co (read: remove over-signing rules and instead lobby for them at NCAA level), does Delaney and Co. just not give a **** about baseball, or is the truth somewhere in between?
  8. I hesitate to post this because...well...mainly because it came from the OWH and Dirk Chatelain, but I saw this interesting link in his "Mad Chatter" column: And the Baseball America column has this to say about Sparty being picked over Wake Forest: I guess the question is, do you think we were close to an at-large (likely determined by Big 10 Tournament play), or is Dirk just trolling his readers (again)?
  9. Baseball tourney unfurls banner with big spelling error, courtesy of MSN.com.
  10. To take a page from huKSer's book, I'm getting a jump on this thread to make sure the title is right. CSU Bakersfield Season Stats: http://www.gorunners.com/fls/13300/stats/baseball/2012/teamcume.htm Didn't realize CSU Bakersfield going to the WAC in 2013. Good for them. SOS for CSU Bakersfield is 175, their RPI is 163. Nebraska has a SOS of 97, with a RPI of 53. I have a feeling that this series and the Creighton win will help the Fighting Erstads get over their blues from losing the Purdue series.
  11. All-- Just saw this when doing my routine search in my DVR guide for all things Nebraska--BTN is going to show one of the Nebraska @ tOSU games on April 17th at 3:00pm via their 'Student U' broadcast initiative. I have no clue which game will be shown or recorded, so of course, it's imperative that the Fighting Erstads win all three so we know for sure that the game being shown on delay next week will be a 'Husker win. But just FYI, for all the baseball people.
  12. Thought I'd get this up since we're discussing non-con and conference schedules. I did overlook that we don't play Michigan State during conference play, which could hinder us if Michigan State is as they are projected to be (read: one of top three teams in the conference). *04/11/2012: Updated with info from BTN that they're going to broadcast the Cal State Bakersfield game originally for NET, but flagged in purple in case that info was an error on their part.
  13. And here are the statistics to prove it. A team's Pythagorean Record is what their record should be based on the number of runs they score and allow. It is a metric developed by Bill James, who was basically the founder of sabermetrics. It's fairly obvious that run differential is correlated to winning percentage, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that a solid relationship like this exists. Anyway, this is how the B1G looks in terms of Pythagorean records: The table includes the team's Pythagorean winning percentage (using an exponent of 2), as well as the team's expected record based on that percentage. From there, you can look at the last column and see how many wins a team is deviating from their expectation. According to this, Nebraska should have 3.5 more wins than they do, which leads the conference. Also, Purdue has won 1.8 more wins than the numbers would expect. What does this mean? Have we been unlucky so far this year? Or, is there a reason we're underacheiving? Are we "due" for a streak?
  14. Big game tonight against Kansas state. Starts at 6:05, I'll be able to update everyone as I will be at work. GO BIG RED Nebraska (19-11, 3-3 Big Ten) at Kansas State (14-13, 3-6 Big 12) Tues., April 3 - 6:35 p.m.: Tyler King, So., LHP (0-0) vs. Kansas State: Jared Moore, So., LHP (2-1) Link to article is https://www.nmnathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?KEY=QKUXWRJQBPBAAHA.20120403175653&SPSID=101&SPID=33&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205407669&DB_OEM_ID=100
  15. Folks-- Was going through the schedule, and I noticed that the BTN is starting to put more baseball and softball games onto its schedule, but they're using the 'Student U' tool (student-run broadcasts to give kids experience) to do this. Of note, Michigan and Michigan State had multiple games (baseball and softball) on TV over the weekend, while DoNU only had the one Friday night game. Considering how popular Nebraska baseball (and softball) is, my question is why we're not jumping on this opportunity to get more Nebraska baseball on during the day using the 'Student U' tool. Is this because we're n00bs to the Big 10 and need to be fully vested before we can use this option? Is our AD asleep at the wheel on this? Or is there some plausible explanation (e.g. ramp-up costs on campus, hardware/equipment limitations, baseball is a subscription cash cow on Huskers.com) that's preventing us from getting these games on the BTN? Frankly, I think we're missing a big opportunity here to get exposure for our men and women. Yeah, production values may not be as great as the 'official' BTN broadcasts, but we're on national television with live events--that counts for something. And when you're competing against ACC, Big XII, and SEC schools who are having whole series and multiple games/conference broadcast every weekend, we should be doing everything within our power to get our program (one of the top 2 in the Big 10) more television exposure.
  16. Easton Baseball's College Baseball Preview is up for the NCAA conferences, including the Big 10, which writer Eric Sorenson has cautious optimism for. Of note: He also has the Big 10's 11 baseball teams (remember: no Wisconsin) projected to finish as follows: And what about DoNU? Mr. Sorenson heaps some reserved praise on our team: Now, IIRC, Khiry Cooper has given up baseball to focus on football because of injury, right? If so, there's a gaffe by the writer, as it was published this morning. Now, here's the bad news per Mr. Sorenson: Honestly, doesn't look like they see anything 'bad', save for Coach Erstad's inexperience--just stuff to fill the bad portion of the piece out. Good thing he's got proven head coaching talent helping him out. Anyway, here's the link again if you'd like to read the rest of the article, including the best non-conference series (Cal @ NU is #2): http://blogs.eastonb...-10-conference/
  17. Except for a bowl game, football is over. Except for the post season, Volleyball is almost over. I am not a big basketball fan, therefore wanted to start some baseball news. Last week Nebraska baseball ended there fall workouts with strength and conditioning test. Based on results, this team will be most athletic team in many years....since 2005. These test were done without Khiry, which he would only improve these numbers: 10 yard dash- 4 players beat the all time baseball record of 1.5 seconds Pro agility, aka 5-10-5- 1 player beat all time record of 3.85 and 3 players were sub 4.0 seconds 60 yard dash- 8 players were sub 6.7 seconds Assuming our hitting is as good or better, Coach Erstad has the players to create "chaos on the base paths". I can't wait for baseball season!
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