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Five Heart Podcast Episode 108: The Band is Back Together

Hooch, Hoss, and Jon Damn Johnston are back for the first time in a month and Jon LOVES Nebrasketball. And he doesn’t understand why Husker fans are self-loathing, to the point of self-destructive. It’s not helpful.

This episode, we get live in-game updates and reactions as Jon and Hoss are watching Nebraska vs #6 Michigan State. From outbursts of laughter to yelling at the television, follow along with the boys on the podcast.

The guys also talk about the College Football Playoff championship between Clemson and Alabama. And the notion of paying $165 for a ticket to the AFC Championship intrigues Hoss.

And Jon asks the question on everyone’s mind…does defense still win championships?

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 106: Early Signing Day Recap

After giving Jon a couple weeks off so he could take photos at the regional and national volleyball tournaments, Fearless Leader is back with Hoss and Hooch, and he brought along Corn Nation’s recruiting correspondent, Rick Cone. We recorded the evening of College Football’s Early Signing Day, and the Husker fax machine was busy!

Who’s N? Who’s still on the fence? Who were the big “gets” of the day, as Scott Frost and Co. concluded their first full year of recruiting?

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Husker Women’s Volleyball team and their outstanding showing in what was supposed to be a “rebuilding year.” Looking forward to even more good things from them in the years to come.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 105: Husker Volleyball Seeking Back-to-Back Titles

Well, we’re not talking Nebrasketball today. But Corn Nation’s Volleyball Guru Ty Peteranetz and I have lots of volleyball talk to get you geared up for tonight’s National Semifinal Volleyball match.

After sweeping their way to the National Final Four, defeating Kentucky and Oregon on the way, the Huskers return to Minneapolis for the second consecutive week, and take on another Big Ten team in the semifinal, facing off against Illinois for the third time of the year.

Ty will be in Minneapolis for as long as the Huskers are there. We wish him safe travels and a long weekend.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 104: Husker Football Moving Forward

In what will probably the first of two episodes this week on the Five Heart Podcast, Hoss and Hooch talk about some of the players departing from the Husker football program and who we (okay, really, it’s Hoss) think will step up in the future to take those spots.

The list goes like this:

  • Interior Offensive Linemen
  • Bryce Benhart at Right Tackle
  • Replacing Devine Ozigbo
  • Replacing Stanley Morgan Jr
  • Defensive Front Seven
  • Inside Linebackers
  • Pass Rush
  • Dynamic defensive Schemes/Calls.

We also talk about the progression of Adrian Martinez, and perhaps what we can expect from him in the future.

Also discussed, a tease about conversations later this week regarding Nebraska basketball and volleyball.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 103: Previewing Husker VB vs Kentucky

On this week’s episode, made available with hours to spare ahead of the regional semifinal match, Greg is joined by Ty Peteranetz to discuss the 2018 Husker VB squad.

How did this Husker volleyball team come together? They certainly weathered the storm of a tough stretch of action in the country’s best volleyball conference. It’s a fact. Of the eight games in the regional semifinals taking place today, six of them include Big Ten teams. Suck it, SEC.

With graduation looming for all-American Mikaela Foecke and others, who does Ty foresee stepping into the top-dog role next year, and who’s already making a name for themselves on this young Nebraska squad?

What did the Huskers do right down the stretch and what do they have to do to win the Minnesota Regional that includes a Gopher squad that has beaten our beloved Big Red twice?

And how is Ty doing as the dad of a newly crowned one-year-old, and how are we handling those odd child smells?

It’s all in this episode of the Five Heart Podcast.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 101: Iowa Hate Week

This Friday. 11:00am. The turkey is digested. The pie plates are empty.

It’s time to go to war.

IOWA HATE WEEK!

But first: Nebraska used the leg of Barrett Pickering to defeat the visiting Michigan State Spartans 9-6 on a cold and snowy day in Lincoln. Going up against a stiff defense from East Lansing, Nebraska did just enough to get the win on Senior Day.

And then…we talk Iowa. Nothing good about Iowa. Iowa as a state is like Kansas except worse. So Hoss, Hooch, and Jon talk about the rivalry with the Hawkeyes. how long have the hard feelings existed between the two fanbases?

And our Black Friday predictions.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 100!!! Bah Gawd! That’s a winner!

So there I am, watching my niece’s kindergarten basketball game last Saturday morning. You know the type. They have fifteen-minute halves where the clock doesn’t stop. They don’t keep score. And it’s all about going out and having fun. No real rules. I was having a mild anxiety attack as kids were running the ball up the court. But hey, it gives them something to do after farming season (my sister married a farmer and they live in a small farming town…nice town).

So there I am, watching my niece’s game and I’m repping the Big Red. I have my Huskers hoodie on that Brett Baker delivered to me in person three years ago when he and his daughter Jessica went to the Nebraska-Illinois game in Champaign. You remember the one. The one we lost. [Expletive Deleted]. My dad says, not prompted at all, something along the lines of “I’m taking Illinois today.”

I laughed. Not mockingly. Not boisterously. Just laughed. Then after the game, my son and I went to “grandma and grandpa’s” house as my mom made pancakes and bacon for everyone. I watched a little of the game before and after breakfast, then helped my dad do some winterizing stuff outside.

Now I tell you all of that to tell you this. I DVRed the game and started watching it Saturday night. I finished watching it Wednesday evening before we started recording.

In this milestone 100th episode, we talk about the big win over Illinois and why Adrian Martinez and Devine Ozigbo are deserving of their conference accolades this week. We talk about science, but I can’t remember how we got on that topic.

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And Patrick Gerhart joins us to talk about Nebrasketball’s hot start, including the win this week over Seton Hall!

Jon also has a story or two from his undergrad days and my son looks like he’s going to pee on his bed. So it was a wild and crazy night!

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 99: So Close Against OSU

We already played the “moral victory” card. This was a loss. But hot damn, it was the best loss we’ve seen this team take in some time. It was fun to watch as a game. It was more fun to watch Urban Meyer squirm as the outcome was still in doubt late in the contest. It was really fun listening to 100,000 fans booing the home team as they headed to the locker room at halftime.

Listen, friends. We’re close. Closer than any of us thought. And as ridiculous as it may have seemed a few weeks ago, we still have the possibility of making a bowl game.

Up next: Illinois. And there’s no way the Fighting “We Don’t Know What to Call Ourselves” will win this weekend!

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 98: 2-0 with Ohio State Up Next

Hey folks, we’re one win shy of a winning streak! And since we’re not superstitious, but just a little stitious…

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Granted, it was a win against Bethune-Cookman. But the team really looked solid in that first half. And that second half sure did happen, too!

In this episode, Hoss is out. Jon Damn Johnston is in his chair and TALKS ABOUT THE OFFENSIVE LINE! (Hoss will be back next week.) We’re joined by #PaultheStatExpert who gives one of the best “GO BIG RED’s” to date.

And Jon calls Paul names because he’s mean. Lord only know what the winos get for their efforts.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 97: WE WON! Now on to Bethune-Cookman

WE (by that we mean the Huskers) WON A DAMN GAME! And racked up over 600 yards of offense, the defense looked serviceable, and Eric Lee saved the day!

We are out of practice recording a victorious podcast. But let me break it down for you as best I can:

  • Jon is grumpy from dealing with the winos. After the win, he upgraded them to Boone’s Farm
  • Hoss is a perfectly responsible non-traditional student in the teaching field, as we kept the episode short so he could return to his lesson plan
  • Hooch got pissed off that they went for two

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 96: Losing to Northwestern and the Chair Trophy

Due to schedule conflicts and life, Hoss and Hooch had to combine two episodes into one this week, meaning they aren’t sitting down with the enemy for a preview chat. But Jon Damn Johnston is here to save the day!

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Jon (pictured here with the trophy the Huskers will be bringing back to Lincoln) was able to talk with some of the people who were able to make the $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy possible from the Minnesota side. We’ll have that audio for you at the end, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, the rest of the show is a lot of not pointing fingers at referees, continuing to preach patience, and JDJ reminding us that this week, “it’s personal!”

So strap in for another great show. And GO BIG RED!

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 95: Nebraska-Northwestern Preview with InsideNU

It’s almost Gameday! And that means it’s time to preview Saturday’s game. This week at 11am, Nebraska takes on Northwestern at Ryan Field in Evanston, IL. Hoss will be there. Hooch will also be in Illinois, but that’s because he lives there.

In this episode, we’re joined by InsideNU’s Noah Coffman to offer insight into the Wildcats’ 2-3 season. Clayton Thorsen is back and healthy and has Northwestern playing well coming off their 29-19 win over #20 Michigan State in East Lansing. How do these teams match up and who has the edge?

Noah also helps Hoss on some local eateries.

And Jon Damn Johnston returns to give us an update on the winos and the demon dog in his neighborhood. Plus…is Jon a witch?

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 94: Good Vibes After a Loss?

I’ll be the first to say that in college football, there’s no such thing as a moral victory.

Until there is.

What we witnessed Saturday night from Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin was nothing short of a moral victory. The offense busted its ass all game, and while there were hiccups, penalties, and errors, Big Red put up 518 yards of offense against the number-16 Badgers. And one Husker put his name in two record books.

Sophomore JD Spielman topped his own record for receiving yards in a single game, finishing with 209 yards on nine catches. The yardage was also the most that Wisconsin had ever allowed an opposing receiver to achieve on their home field.

So what does this mean for the Huskers? The defense still needs to do a better job of getting off the field and the team as a whole needs to start making better decisions that take away some of the penalties (10 for 100 yards…IN YOUR FACE, AKRON)!

So here we are, 0-5, and I have never felt better about this team as I do right now. Three losses in one week. But the team is stronger for it.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 93: Oh Boy…It’s Time to Talk Wisconsin

Beer, Brewers Baseball. Bucky freakin’ Badger.

Those are just a few of the topics Hoss and Hooch cover with Jake Kocorowski from Bucky’s 5th Quarter. Jake is a busy podcast co-host as well as an editor at B5Q. We talk about Wisconsin’s 3-1 start to the season, including the close loss to BYU. Who are some players to watch out for besides Jonathon Taylor? Where are the Badgers’ weaknesses? Do the Badgers have any weaknesses?

And as always, Jon Damn Johnston comes in to give us the latest on the winos by his house and to give his thoughts on the loss to Purdue. And BAH GAWD! The predictions this week!

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 92: Reviewing the Loss to Purdue

0-4 for the season. Eight losses in a row. We didn’t get the good luck bump from Hammer and Rails’ Travis Miller like we had hoped. And the end result was a 42-28 Husker loss to the Boilermakers.

A lot went wrong for Nebraska Saturday. But much of it was the same that we have seen this season. Penalties. Turnovers. Inability to get off the field on third down. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

But there were some bright spots. There were positives to take away after Saturday’s loss. So we talk about some of those as well. It’s not all complete doom and gloom. And we still say “give it time, it’s going to get better.”

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 91: Talking with Purdue

Well, the last time I was joined on the show by Hammer & RailsTravis Miller was last year before the Nebraska-Purdue game. That was the last game Nebraska won.

So obviously Travis will be our little good luck charm. Obviously.

As usual, we talk about some of the key players for the Boilermakers and how the “best 0-3 team in the land” beat a top-25 team last week. We get Travis’ thoughts, an outsider’s view looking in at the situation in Lincoln and the sluggish start  for the Huskers.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 90: WOOF! The Michigan Review

Expectations have not met reality. That’s the harsh truth and the pill all Husker fans have had to swallow. So when the chips are down, we can either bury our head in the sand or we can face our problems head on.

I was trying to see how many cliches I could fit into those two lines. I feel like I could have done better.

And our beloved Huskers CAN do better. I firmly believe that. In this episode, Hoss and I are both a little down on the overall play of the Nebraska football team, but after we stopped recording, we both acknowledged that there is enough talent on this roster to compete and win.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 89: Time to Preview the Michigan Wolverines

It’s time for our weekly preview – our chat with the enemy. And this week, the enemy is one of the most storied programs in college football…the Michigan Wolverines.

We’re happy to be joined by Josh LaFond from Maize N Brew, who was happy to dispense his knowledge about this year’s squad from Ann Arbor. He also rains shit down on Greg who states quite definitively that his (Greg’s – “pronouns, pal”) favorite movie is Rudy. Josh has a lot of insight into the host Wolverines and names that Husker fans will probably hear on Gameday.

Here’s that tweet I was telling you about:

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Then Jon Damn Johnston is back to share more stories (unfortunately the best one didn’t make the recording, so hopefully Jon wrote about it for Corn Nation), talk a little football, and say that he doesn’t hate Michigan. But he does prefer Three’s Company over Murder, She Wrote.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 88: Reviewing Nebraska’s Loss to Troy

Ouch. That one stung. No one (probably not even most Troy fans) foresaw the Trojans coming into Memorial Stadium and leaving with a 24-19 win. And it was eerily similar to the loss to Colorado in that the Huskers could not get out of their own way. Turnovers, penalties, play calling all doomed Nebraska in their final game of the non-conference schedule.

Hoss and Hooch are here to provide some game analysis and really try to keep you in a positive mindframe. We’re reminded of this information from our friend #PattheStat:

So buckle up, friends. We never said it’d be easy. We never said it would be immediate. But we will get there. We may have to take a few lumps along the way.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 87: Previewing Saturday vs Troy

Colorado is in the past. It’s time to look forward. And that’s Troy. The Sunbelt Conference champion Trojans are in Lincoln and that means…

OPPONENT PREVIEW TIME!

This week, we are talking with Underdog Dynasty‘s Robert Latty. Robert has some insight to the Trojans’ 1-1 team after their season-opening loss to Boise State and last week’s 59-7 torching of Florida A&M. They lost a lot of skill position players and are at a size disadvantage, but this is a Troy team that went into Death Valley last year and left with a win.

And then…Jon Damn Johnston joins us to share more tales. We talk karaoke (which JDJ has never done) and X’ and O’s, and quarterbacks and knees.

And IF Jon ever does karaoke, here’s the song:

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 86: Huskers Fall to Buffs in Opener

The Huskers lost. There. It’s been said. The opportunity was there to win the game, but mistakes and injuries cost Nebraska their season opener against the hated/neglected Colorado Buffaloes.

In this episode, Hoss and Hooch will review the game, and talk about the many positives that they took away from the true beginning of the Scott Frost Era.

The offensive and defensive lines played really well. Who stood out in the linebacking corps? How about the much-maligned secondary? On the offensive side of the ball, you can’t argue with 329 yards rushing. Credit for that goes to the runners and the offensive line that created holes for them to run through. The wide receivers missed a few opportunities that could have changed the outcome of the game, but still hauled in 19 passes for almost 250 yards.

The big question going forward is Adrian Martinez. How is that knee and how will he be going forward? Only time will tell.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 58: Previewing the Colorado Buffaloes

Well, Mother Nature is a cruel mistress who played a tune and danced on all of our hearts last Saturday night. So this Saturday afternoon, your UNDEFEATED Nebraska Cornhuskers will open the season against the pests of the past, the wienies to the west, the Colorado Buffaloes.

In this episode, we’re joined by a writer from Colorado’s SB Nation site, the Ralphie Report. Jeff Hauser covers the Buffs and is also a Heisman voter and FWAA member who took time out of his busy schedule to join us to talk about Colorado’s win in the Rocky Mountain Showdown. Who are some of the key components on the CU team that could be problematic for the Huskers?

And then after the break, it’s the return of Jon Damn Johnston. We are going to bring Jon in every week just to bring our opponents back down to reality. He’s a fan favorite, and by God, he’s our favorite as well. So hear the tale about torn down goalposts and tuxedos and get some predictions for the game. GBR!

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 84: Jon Johnston, Our Fearless Leader

We have been building to this moment all summer. Corn Nation founder and heart and soul, Jon “Damn” Johnston!

It’s finally time for our fearless leader to take his place on the Stand, answering the same questions we have posed to our Corn Nation colleagues over the course of the entire series.

Here’s what we learned about Jon:

  • He is from a small town in Nebraska
  • He fought in the Korean War at the age of 5
  • He was the first IT Consultant (probably)
  • His favorite Husker moment elicited a “WTF” from Hoss
  • He really does love all of us.

If that’s not enough reason to listen, then know that he also really rips on the Akron Zips (accidental rhyme, I’m keeping it) and he made Hooch laugh so hard he (Hooch, “pronouns, pal”) had to turn down his microphone.

Seriously, Jon is an amazing person and the reason we are all here. So enjoy this amazing episode of the Five Heart Podcast. #GBR

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 83: Chatting with Andy Ketterson

It’s officially Game Week! And while we have some Husker news and notes to discuss, we still have the Cross Examination to continue. It wraps up later this week when Jon Johnston takes the chair, but in Episode 83, Corn Nation veteran Andy Ketterson sits down to be cross examined, and we learn how he moved to Nebraska as a child, went to the University of Nebraska, became a fan, and dare I say, a diehard.

We also have the ability, due to the late hour of our recording, to talk about the news we learned this weekend. Tre Bryant retires from the game he loves. Adrian Martinez is the announced starter for the Akron game. And the depth chart has few surprises.

Husker football is almost upon us. Enjoy it, my friends.

We did have a few issues with internet connection during the recording. Hopefully you’re able to follow along relatively easy. It got better as the show went on.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 82: Fan Day Fun

Happy Sunday and GO BIG RED! Welcome to a brand new episode of the Five Heart Podcast, and thank you for subscribing/listening. This week, Hoss is at his sister’s wedding, because she and her husband had the good sense to get married BEFORE football season. But I digress.

Patrick Gerhart joins Greg Mehochko to talk about Huskers Fan Day as well as Fall practices, and a peek into the 2018 season, from which, thankfully, we’re only two weeks away. Is the starting QB situation becoming clear? How are the offensive and defensive lines looking? And in this episode, the guys don’t hesitate to compare this team to last year, as many of the players are the same.

Troy Walters has a cameo (in that we mention his name a few times) and Mario Verduzco is a legit boss!

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 81: Cross Examination of Zach Grunder

Welcome back, everybody. Hoss survived Colorado, and Greg survived another week of doing someone else’s work. This week, the guys are joined by Zach Grunder, a recent UNL graduate who just returned from a well-deserved extended vacation to Europe, where our young colleague toured most of the continent.

Who is Zach?

Well, he’s the swaying gent on the right of this famous Husker GIF.

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So the Cross Examination is filled with all the familiar questions. But hey, fall practice has begun! And that means there’s Husker football to discuss. First of all, Hoss is downright tickled that OC Troy Walters defines the team as having that “extra juice” practicing in full pads. And with Maurice Washington eligible and practicing, how is he adapting with a late start?

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 80: The Firm Has Questions

Hello good people. Hoss is out of town this weekend, so we got together last Sunday night and put a show in the can for you.

Here was Hoss’ suggestion: Let’s ask each other the questions we’ve been asking all of our friends at Corn Nation.

So that’s what we did…we cross examined each other.

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There has been a lot going on in Big Ten news this week, but due to our early recording, we’ll have to talk about recent happenings in next week’s show. Because there’s a LOT to discuss. And next week, we’ll know even more than we do today!

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 79: Patrick Gerhart Returns

In this week’s episode, Patrick Gerhart, another outstanding member of the Corn Nation staff,

Image result for ace ventura and one hell of a model american gif joins Greg for the Cross Examination. If you were hoping to hear the soothing tones of Hoss Reuter, he has some family in town this weekend and therefore was unable to join us.

Since Patrick is one of our Nebrasketball guys, we throw a couple wrinkles into this cross examination. But there is plenty of football talk and great memories shared. And Greg didn’t pass out from the benadryl, so that’s something (as well as a cautionary tale for all of you thinking about taking benadryl like you take ibuprofen).

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 78: Cross Examining the Good Doctor

All right, folks, this is one you have been eager for us to present. He’s known by many names, but on Corn Nation and on Twitter, he’s simply “Salt Creek & Stadium,” or affectionately “Salt” for short. Salt is a Husker fan and friend of the environment!

First things first…we talk about the newest hire for the Nebraska football staff – Ron Brown. What could his return to Lincoln mean for the Huskers and the University?

Then we get to know Salt, and how a Navy kid ended up in Nebraska (the Bay of Omaha is a family joke). When did Salt become a Husker fan? Who’s his favorite Husker and what’s his favorite Husker moment? And how did Salt come to write for Corn Nation?

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 77: Cross Examining a Volleyball Guru

Welcome to a brand new episode of the Five Heart Podcast. This week’s show is a continuation of the on-going summer series of “get to know your Corn Nation staff,” better and more concisely known as “The Cross Examination.”

Learn about what moment solidified Ty’s Husker fandom. Find out who his favorite Husker of all time is, as well as his favorite Nebraska sports moment. And if you like alcohol (and you should, you listen to this podcast), check out his summer series on Corn Nation about breweries, distilleries, and wineries in The Good Life. Here’s his latest post.

Oh, and Hooch got stuck in an elevator. That’s awesome too.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 76: Cross Examination of Rick Cone

The Firm is back! Hoss and Hooch resume the cross examination series with Corn Nation’s Rick Cone.

Rick talks about growing up in the Sandhills and Gamedays on the farm. He also talks about his favorite players and tells an amazing story of his favorite Husker sports moment. It’s really damn incredible.

Rick is, as you are aware, our Director of Recruiting. So we talk about the recruiting trail and some of the players Rick is looking forward to see. We talk about social media and its impact on recruiting. I’m not going to spoil the conversation, but it’s a bit of a consensus that kids will be kids, and if a Tweet that says “blessed to receive an offer from ________” helps raise the profile of a student athlete to the point where they can better their circumstances, so be it.

Oh…spoiler alert.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 75: Hoss Hates Herbie

CLARIFICATION…Hoss hates current Herbie.

It was an accidental conversation that got brought up while we were talking about Hoss’ new hat purchase. “New season. New coach. New hat.” He didn’t get me one…I forgot to even bring that up.

Classic Herbie. That’s Hoss’ bread n butter. We also talk about the Tunnel Walk, throw a shout out to our friends at the Big Red Cobcast, and talk a little recruiting ahead of next week’s episode. Next week, the Firm of Hoss and Hooch returns with a new Cross Examination of our Director of Recruiting, Rick Cone.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 74: Hoss, Hooch, and Headlines

In this episode, Hoss and Hooch take a departure from their summer Cross Examination series to get caught up on life and Husker news.

Last Saturday night, Hoss was in an emergency room in Missouri.

Scott Frost got away for a few days and hiked the Grand Canyon (24 miles) in one day. That can only help him in the locker room, but exactly how will it motivate the team? And how does Frost’s off-season compare to someone like Jim Harbaugh?

Let’s get caught up on some Husker recruits, shall we? It’s been a few weeks, but a QB from Colorado with a familiar last name committed to the Class of 2019. He’s joined by a couple offensive linemen who would add some much-needed depth and “NFL level” ability to the line. Throw in a defensive back that is eligible to play in 2018 and we have one more warm body in that room.

We talk about this preview piece by SB Nation’s Bill Connelly, why we agree and disagree with him.

And we end the show with Hoss regaling us with the tale of his Friday night in Omaha. Also, he’s a bit of a poet at the very end.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 73: Cross Examination of Evan Wiebe

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. For all the dads who coach the little league sports, who help build the tree houses, help make the blanket forts, and do even the smallest act to enhance your children’s lives…you’re awesome.

I’d like to dedicate this show to you, but it’s not enough.

This week, Hoss is in Missouri on a weekend holiday (he forgot this is a weekly podcast). I’m joined by young Corn Nation contributor Evan Wiebe. Evan is a student at UNL (don’t blame him for the student section…I knew better than to even bring it up) who is working on completing two degrees in just three years of college. I’d tell you more, but the answers you seek are found within.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 72: A Lawyer Takes the Stand

What do you do when you have a lawyer on the Corn Nation Cross Examination? You quickly find out you’re using “cross examination” incorrectly. But Nate insisted we didn’t change the name of the segment.

Hoss is celebrating “Sober Wednesday” for some reason, but is back for this week’s episode. That’s right, he finally made it out of CostCo.

So we ask Nate the usual questions, with several detours along the way.

The second half of the show is a one-shot list, where the trio gives their answers to the following topics that have circulated social media in recent weeks:

All Time favorite player each sport.

NBA
NFL
NCAAF
NCAAB
MLB
NHL
Boxing
Wrestling
Cycling
Tennis

Favorite movie of each sport

Football
Basketball
Baseball
Hockey
Boxing
Golf
NASCAR
Martial Arts
Wrestling

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 70: Cross Examining Paul Dalen

Hello Husker fans. It’s time for another Corn Nation Cross Examination, an audio profile of one of our own at Corn Nation. This week, The Firm of Hoss and Hooch sit down with the Master of Mathematics, the Sultan of Statistics, Paul Dalen.

We hear Paul’s tale to Husker fandom, from northwest Iowa, to the Army, to his current whereabouts. Paul puts his love of numbers to work to try to find patterns in Husker football. He’s a great asset at Corn Nation, and we had a lot of fun recording the episode, including some a Capella singing that didn’t make it in the final edit.

And who can forget this gem – another Paul Dalen original!

Chart by Paul Dalen

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 69: Our First Corn Nation Cross Examination

Hello all and welcome to another entertaining episode of the Five Heart Podcast. This is the first episode in a series that should stretch all summer and almost to opening week, where we visit with a different Corn Nation staff member and learn a little more about them.

Our first victim, I mean guest…Jill Heemstra. Now you will remember that Jill has been on the podcast before, particularly to discuss Husker women’s basketball. So this time around, we learn a little more about Jill, what brought her to Nebraska and Husker fandom.

We talk about some of Jill’s favorite moments in Husker athletics, her journey to Corn Nation, and some of her moments of glory on Corn Nation, like the Kickoff Poetry, particularly when the poems, like Northwestern’s alternate uniforms, went gothic!

This was shared in the CN Slack Chat Room, and I think it’s a cool idea to share a Nebraska twitter account each week that really doesn’t have anything to do with the Huskers. Or maybe I just love dogs.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 68: Ben Miles, Baseball, and Bear Wrestling

Husker fans this week were on the receiving end of some sad, but expected news, as fullback Ben Miles announced he was leaving the program and seeking to continue his educational and football career elsewhere.

I say “expected” because the offensive system Scott Frost is implementing doesn’t really call for a fullback. So Hoss tells us some places that Miles could wind up that utilize the fullback in the way he is accustomed.

We quickly touch on Husker baseball (WHERE ARE YOU, KEITH?) and Husker softball. And then for fun, which NFL players would be able to successfully wrestle a bear?

It’s the dead zone of Husker football. So we’re going to mix it up some in the next few months and put some of our fellow Corn Nation folks on the show to learn more about them. And we’ll sprinkle in some football movie fun as well.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 65: Things Get Weird

This episode is brought to you by Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (until Ty tells me where I can find Blue Blood Brewing Company products in my area).

In this episode, we talk about the departure of Patrick O’Brien from the Husker football team after he asked for and was granted a release from his scholarship. That really throws the QB picture into chaos as we had him pegged as the season-opening starter. So where does that leave the QB position and players like Tristan Gebbia, Adrian Martinez, and, dare we say, Noah Vedral?

Also, plenty of talk this week on the receiving corps, what could be a bright spot for the Husker offense. Stanley Morgan returns and could easily be Nebraska’s first 1,000-yard receiver. But JD Spielman is a returning freshman All-American, and Tyjon Lindsey is a dynamic playmaker and both figure to be key pieces to the Nebraska offensive unit.

And we’re trying to get Hoss a girlfriend, gosh darnit! So if you like long walks on the beach, a glass of moscato once a year, dogs, and a fella who can squat over 300 pounds, reach out via the social media access points below.

Thanks to Tom and Jim’s Top 5 for recommending Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. And to the good folks of Nebraska City for their contribution to trees and clean air and…arbor.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 61: Men’s and Women’s #Nebrasketball

Hello again and welcome to a new episode of the Five Heart Podcast. Thank you ALL for downloading our last episode, our Top Five Most Agonizing Football Losses episode.

Some of you didn’t want us trudging up such painful memories. But it was very cathartic, and will a few adult beverages, a lot of fun. It was also our second-most-downloaded show in the history of the Five Heart Podcast. So…no pressure to outdo that one.

This episode features two Corn Nation contributors talking Husker men’s and women’s basketball. Up first is Patrick Gerhart as we complain about the Selection Committee and talk about Nebraska’s game tonight in the NIT against Mississippi State.

Then Jill Heemstra is back to talk about the Husker women and their upcoming game against Arizona State. Find out also why there are Nebraska ties all over the Women’s NCAA Tournament, and we’ll also check in with our neighbors to the north (not Creighton, never Creighton) and see what the Jackrabbits have in store in their quest for a championship.

Plus, there’s this challenge we laid out for our fearless leader:

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 60: Top Five Most Agonizing Husker Football Losses

Hello again.

Hoss and Hooch are back with another Top-5 list. Last week we talked about good things. This week…AGONIZING DEFEAT! Relive the dark days (and nights, oh so many nights) of Husker football, but do it with a laugh and, if you’re anything like these two, an alcoholic beverage or two.

Spoiler Alert: We really don’t like losing to ________.

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And many thanks to Tom and Jim’s Top 5 for inspiring the list!

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 58: More Hoops Talk with David McGee

You know you’re enjoying this. The Husker Men’s Basketball team finishes the regular season tomorrow at home, with a chance to avenge a loss to a Penn State team playing without one of their star players, in sophomore Mike Watkins.

In this week’s episode, Corn Nation’s David McGee is back to talk about the win over Indiana on Tuesday and to preview the game against the Nittany Lions. The win over the Hoosiers was a great bounce-back after the road loss at Illinois. And a win Sunday would ensure Nebraska stays in the top tier of the Big Ten and solidifies the double-bye for the Big Ten Tournament. And it’s always good to visit with David.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 57: Patrick Gerhart on Nebrasketball

Six in a row. Keep that in mind. There are some men’s basketball teams that don’t win three games in a row. So Nebrasketball’s loss Sunday at Illinois isn’t the end of the world.

But damn…I live in Illinois. Do you know how many Illini fans are going to greet me by rubbing this win in my face?

None. Because no one cares about Illinois basketball. Illinois basketball is and has been irrelevant for several years.

Wait…that makes it worse.

IT’S NOT THAT BAD! Two regular season games and then the Big Ten Tournament.

This episode, I’m talking with Corn Nation’s Patrick Gerhart about how the Huskers have been playing the last few weeks and what the post-season could look like.

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Five Heart Podcast: Putting a Bow on National Signing Day

Well folks, another National Signing Day has come and gone. I know you stayed up to date on all of Wednesday’s happenings with the terrific coverage on CornNation.com. In this week’s episode, a three-way dance (a triple-threat match, if you will) has Hooch and Hoss joined by Corn Nation’s Recruiting Correspondent Rick “Ugly Dog” (his words, not mine) Cone to talk about the young men who decided to wear the N.

From the guys who signed scholarship offers to the largest walk-on class in recent memory, this coaching staff did something really incredible, and they deserve all of the accolades they receive.

You know who else deserves our appreciation? Joe Bauserman. Remember his outing in Nebraska those years back?

Yeah…that got brought up again. Thank you, Stanley Jean-Baptiste.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 54: Heart and Beating Iowa

When we publish a new episode on a Monday, you know that the train has essentially jumped the tracks. How and why we ended up recording at about 11:00 on a Sunday night definitely is mentioned. But what wasn’t mentioned was the fact that we should really try to plan better.

BUT TODDLERS DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR PLANS!

Moving on…a new Husker commit sent out an interesting tweet in response to “keyboard tough guys” (my word, not that of Cam Jones, a new commit at Safety who, according to Hoss, could transition to linebacker if necessary). He’s a big body, physical playmaker. But less about that and more about the tweet…copied and pasted here.

It hearkens back to why Brian and I named this show the Five Heart Podcast in the first place. “Stars” and ratings don’t tell the whole store.

Moving on…

It was a successful weekend for Husker Basketball, as the men and women both took care of #EvilIowa. And the Husker Wrestling team celebrated Senior Day with a win on Sunday at the Devany Center.

But we all know why you’re really here…to hear how Hoss would book a Wrestlemania Main Event if he could. But you have to stick around to the end for that gem.

Have a great week, everyone. GBR! WTDO!

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 53: How to Date in 20-1-8

Hoss and Hooch are back in an all-new episode. Now don’t let the name fool you. The guys are talking a myriad of topics this week, including the cold winter weather’s effects on every day life like work and gym habits. Fellas, what length shorts do you like to wear to the gym? Did you know what one of the guys on this show is a short-shorts type of guy? And what role did short shorts play in Nebraska basketball’s twenty-point win over #23 Michigan?

The guys also question why baseball coaches still wear uniforms like they’re about to take the field to play and wonder if/when the manager’s attire will evolve.

And not to bury the lede, but since one of the guys is single, we do discuss dating in modern times. Things used to be so much simpler.

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Five Heart Podcast Episode 52: Hooch and Hoss Sit in a Diner

At least that’s what it feels like. Two not-so-old guys sitting in their booth drinking coffee, talking about the weather and then current happenings with our favorite team.

That is probably a conversation that happens all across the Great Cornhusker State on a weekly basis with farmers and ranchers, bankers and hobos alike. But we have microphones, so they can suck it!

In this week’s episode, we talk a little bit about UCF’s Peach Bowl win over Auburn, and now that makes them the best team in the country, since Auburn beat Alabama and Georgia (transitive property, y’all). Scott Frost is bringing his entire undefeated staff to Lincoln. We talk about some of that coaching staff, like the recent addition of Barrett Ruud.

And there’s a mention of another “Rude,” Ravishing Rick, and the time he wore tights with a woman’s (Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts’ wife) face on them. INSTANT HEAT!

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And the weekly wrestling report that didn’t involve ring ropes, but rather, names like Taylor Venz.

In other words…I need a flannel shirt, a Carhart coat, and a John Deere hat and “my booth” at the diner.

I can’t wait to retire!

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 51: Nebrasketball with David McGee

It’s a new year, yes it is!

(These are the jokes…you can laugh or you can sit there.)

Don’t look now, but the Nebraska Men’s Basketball team is faring pretty nicely in the 2017-18 season. *knocks on wood*

After a one-point loss to freakin’ Kansas, the boys have started a little winning streak, up to and including the 70-55 win at Northwestern this past week. In this episode, Greg visits with Corn Nation’s David McGee. He’s not on the masthead…but neither am I. Anyway, aside from being one of our best photographers, David is also a huge Nebrasketball fan, and has contributed plenty of hoops pieces over the years.

So we talk about the win over NW, the overall look of the team this season, and what lies ahead.

And as a bonus, we spend a few minutes at the end making fun of Iowa. So there’s something for everyone!

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 50: Tanner Lee, O-Line, and NFL Playoffs

Well, Husker fans got some news Thursday that may or may not have been expected.

Of course, that’s no longer news to you. But it did mean fodder for the conversation on this week’s episode of the Five Heart Podcast. What are Tanner’s chances of being drafted, and where does that leave the Huskers’ depth chart with Patrick O’Brien and Tristan Gebbia in Lincoln and now Adrian Martinez headed to the Great Cornhusker State.

Also, what can former Husker player and new Offensive Line Coach Greg Austin do to rebuild the much-maligned offensive line, and how will he utilize the players at his disposal to put the best group together?

There’s also some NFL talk as the League approaches the playoffs. And Greg goes on an anti-Patriots diatribe that should make most fans happy (assuming you aren’t a Patriots fan…but how can you be a Patriots fan and also have a soul?).

And at the end, just before signing off…HUSKER WRESTLING MAKES AN APPEARANCE! Is it worth it to stick around for that blurb? Maybe not. But hey…it’s wrestling.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 49: Talking Championships and Recruiting

In this week’s episode, not only is Greg back, but he has two great guests lined up.

First, we’ll sit down once again with Ty Peteranetz, the Corn Nation Volleyball Guru. The guys talk about Nebraska’s dynamic run through the final four on its way to claiming a national title last Saturday night in Kansas City.

Part of the discussion is about the young ladies who made up this championship team. Women like Briana Holman, who graduated from UNL earlier in the day and won a championship that night. Women like Kelly Hunter, who received post-season accolades. Women like Mikaela Foecke, who was seemingly unstoppable throughout the tournament.

Then we switch things up and Corn Nation’s newest contributor, Rick Cone joins the show in his debut appearance. We talk all things recruiting with the first ever early signing period for college football this week. Who is N? And what do they bring to Lincoln?

Another solid show for your weekend enjoyment. Merry Christmas from everyone at Jittery Monkey and the Five Heart Podcast.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 48: Hoss and Ty Talk VB Final Four and Scott Frost

For the first time in Five Heart Podcast history, Greg is not on the podcast, at least in a verbal form. Due to “technical difficulties,” Greg is only on the show as a producer, feeder of information, and fact-checker.

In other words, this will be the best episode yet!

It’s Hoss and Ty, and the guys are talking about the Husker women’s volleyball team trip to Kansas City and the Final Four that begins tonight. What makes this team special, and how does Ty see the final three matches of the college volleyball season going?

Then the two talk about the HUsker football program, Scott Frost, and his coaching staff. There’s also been a recent uptick in recruiting as Frost and his coaches have been hitting the trail hard to make the most out of their short time before the early signing period.

And to put a bow on this episode, and to tie in with a pop culture global phenomenon, Hoss and Ty pair up the Big Ten footballs programs and coaches with what they believe to be their Star Wars universe counterparts. It’s a great way to finish the episode, and the guys have a lot of fun with it in advance of the film hitting theaters this weekend.

Enjoy the show, share with your friends, and May the Frost Be with You.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 47: Nebrasketball, Fatherhood, Feeling Frosty

This week, Hoss is busy with finals. So Greg has brought in another name from Corn Nation, Patrick Gerhart.

Patrick specializes in #Nebrasketball, so we talk about Tim Miles’ tenure, off-season attrition and addition of personnel, and this week’s win against Number-14 Minnesota. The guys talk about Pinnacle Bank Arena and what some athletes may see in the program that would bring them to Lincoln.

Since both Greg and Patrick have children under two, and since Ty just became a dad for the first time this week, the guys share some of their experiences, fond memories, and helpful hints.

Lastly, there’s a new head coach. In one of those moments that you’ll never forget where you were, Greg was on his friend’s roof hanging Christmas lights. But the Sunday of the introductory press conference, all eyes were glued.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 46: Times are Changing

Well, there was a football game on Black Friday and it didn’t go well. By that I mean it didn’t go well for anyone in the Great Cornhusker State.

“The best part of Iowa is I-80 West.” – Hoss

The bigger news happened the next day when Athletic Director Bill Moos announced changes to the coaching staff, relieving Mike Riley (and most of the assistants from their duties.

So when the new coach is hired this weekend, we will certainly have more to discuss.

Don’t forget – my wife is running in the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k (I don’t know which one she is running). And she’s raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Can you help her achieve her modest goal?

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 45: An Extra Helping of Podcast

How long are you in the car? This episode gets you over the river, through the woods, to grandma’s and back.

So we start with some post-game thoughts from Saturday’s debacle in Happy Valley, as the Husker football team got down big early, scratched and clawed, only to lose 56-44. Hoss and I discuss coaching scenarios and “rumor and innuendo.”

The coach talk carries over into the second half of the podcast, as I get Ty’s take on the whole fiasco. Plus, naturally, we talk about the Husker women’s volleyball team, and how they are cruising along and finish the regular season Saturday against Iowa.

It’s #EvilIowa week, so get all your hatred to the surface and unleash it in the comments.

And it’s Thanksgiving, which you knew. So we also talk about food.

And finally – my wife is running in the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k (I don’t know which one she is running). And she’s raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Can you help her achieve her modest goal?

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 44: Where Do We Go from Here?

I’m going to let Good Ol JR call that one…

Ohio State loss was expected, maybe not to the extent it ended up. But Minnesota? MINNE-FREAKIN’-SOTA???

So this is what it has come to. Nebraska is not good at football in 2017. The signs were there. All the way back to the close win against Arkansas State in Week One. We know change is coming. We know it won’t happen during the season. We don’t know who will be taking over in 2018.

What we do know is that we sure as hell better beat Iowa. But hell, even that match-up depresses me.

I want to stress a few things again:

A. Don’t tweet at the players. Don’t do it. Tweet at me. Tweet at Hoss. Tweet at the Big Red Cobcast folks. And share that info with the angry people on twitter. I like to think that the people who take the time to listen to this show aren’t the same people who tweet at players. Don’t do it.

2. This is the hard lesson for many of us, but remember that there is more to life than college football. We at Corn Nation know that more than anybody.

D (to make you smile). We live on the most boring street in the United States of America where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen. Period.

We’ll all stick together…in all kinds of weather.

GO BIG RED and WTDG!

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 43: Reuter’s March to UCF

When I hear or see “scorched earth,” I immediately think of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s “March to the Sea” in the Civil War. But after the overtime loss to Northwestern, it was time for Hoss Reuter to go scorched earth.

The only problem is that after six days, even that was tempered a bit. While Hoss believes the end of the Mike Riley era is nigh, his scorched earth approach was quite mild. I’m no historian, but if Sherman would have marched to Savannah like Hoss railed on the coaching staff, the North may have been turned away in Macon.

That being said, we believe a change is in the air. And after talking about the loss to the Wildcats, we discuss the “rumor and innuendo” that surrounds the Husker football program. And what can be done to get the best in-state athletes to play for Big Red, so that the Noah Fant’s of the world rip apart Ohio State while wearing the Scarlet and Cream?

Also we hit up the Facebook page and talk about the Tunnel Walk and playing for pride, if nothing else.

And stick around to the end to find out how to win a FREE box of food from Hello Fresh! Lots going on this week and we do appreciate you listening and sharing the show with the Husker fans in your life.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast: All the O-Line Talk

It started with a simply question about the injuries to center Michael Decker and right guard Tanner Farmer. But that led into a 30-minute discussion about the offensive line.

There is only one reason this conversation could have happened. And his name is Hoss Reuter! But we had a great talk about Nebraska’s offensive line philosophy now as well as what it used to be. What approach is working in the conference and what could Nebraska do to improve that aspect of the game?

And then we talk a bit about Tanner Lee’s masterpiece of a fourth quarter at Purdue, leading the good guys to two touchdowns and a one-point win. I believe Hoss called Lee a “virtuoso.”

And Northwestern is in town for a game this week, so hopefully we have more positive to talk about than negative next week.

Just remember GBR and WTDG!

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 41: Visits from Coug Center & Hammer and Rails

But fear not, Hoss is also here to drop in some of his acquired wisdom.

This three-segment episode may be our longest yet, measuring in at about 90 minutes.

In the first portion, Greg visits with Jeff Nusser from Coug Center to get some more information on the new Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos. Get the cliff notes version in written form here from Coug Center’s Brian Floyd.

Then Greg is joined by Hammer and Rails’ Travis Miller as a preview to this weekend’s game in West Lafayette. The Huskers are an underdog at Purdue. Does Miller think the home team can pull it off? (Spoiler Redacted) Plus, how are things going under Jeff Brohm’s first year at the helm?

And in the finale, Hoss is here to get us ready for Saturday night. But you won’t find him on social media during the game. And if Greg isn’t done helping to move his friend in his new house, you won’t find him on social media either.

And at the end, 1980’s WRESTLING COMPARISONS TO 2017 BIG TEN FOOTBALL!

Complete with the most awesome spinebuster in the business.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 40: Bye Week Banter

7-5? 5-7? 3-9?

Which is best for the Huskers? Which is worst? And where do we fall in those categories? In this week’s episode, Greg and Hoss talk briefly about the game last week, particularly what Hoss saw from inside Memorial Stadium.

And what does the future have in store for Nebraska Football? What does new Athletic Director Bill Moos mean to Mike Riley’s time with the Huskers? And what is reasonable for the remainder of the season?

And we get anecdotal about fires, first responders (we’re big fans, by the way), and enduring Christmas with Iowa fans.

Here are your links – we removed Ty, but it should be noted that he wrote about the Nebraska women’s volleyball team beating Northwestern last night!

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 39: Husker Football and Volleyball

Well, we had certainly hoped that things would have gone better for the Huskers in the last week, but we are faced with a reality that there is still work to be done (shocking, I know).

I’m thrilled to bring you a split show this week as I have two guests, two great contributors from Corn Nation, Hoss Reuter and Ty Peteranetz. The first half of the show, I’m talking Hoss all things football as we get to the meat and bones of the 38-17 loss to the Ditch Weasels last Saturday night. And we get talking about this Saturday’s night game against Ohio State, and Hoss’ “weird feeling” (don’t look at me, I told him not to over-indulge on Chipotle).

Then in the back half of the show, Ty joins me to talk about Husker women’s volleyball, and how they were steamrolling opponents until they went on the road to…you guessed it…Wisconsin. So that’s fun. 0-2 in the week to damn Wisconsin. And we talk about the evolution of the knee pads, because I was genuinely curious.

We also, and this is important, do not endorse or condone drunken spelunking. It will make sense when you listen to the show. I’m pretty sure.

And as always, WTDG!

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 38: Beat the Ditch Weasels

It’s a new episode as Hoss Reuter sits across the table (a couple states away) to talk some Nebraska football.

On this episode:

  • The road win at Illinois, and Greg’s super good time.
  • Looking ahead to the Wisconsin Ditch Weasels.
  • Hoss and several other members of the Corn Nation family getting together this week.
  • Chili and cinnamon rolls and why it’s are WRONG (and why it should remind you of Wisconsin running all over Nebraska in 2014)!

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  • What’s Hoss’s favorite “unsung hero” offensive scheme?

It’s a big weekend in Lincoln with a look at the past (the 1997 National Championship team being honored) and a glimpse into the possible future with some big-name recruits in attendance.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 37: The Broken Heart Podcast

Corn Nation was rocked this week with the news of the passing of one of our own as my “good friend, fellow Husker fan, and longtime broadcast buddy” Brian Towle passed away unexpectedly overnight.

To say we were not prepared for that is an absolute understatement. Brian not only did so much writing for Corn Nation, but was a key figure in the behind-the-scenes operations as well.

In the newest episode of the show, I am joined with Corn Nation’s head honcho Jon Johnston as we talk about Brian’s joining Corn Nation years ago, bringing me in, and all that he did for not just the site, but the community around it, his fellow contributors and all of the people he interacted with online.

I also have a few special compilation pieces in honor of my dear friend. Rest in peace, Brian.

There is a GoFundMe for funeral expenses and such for Brian. Every little bit helps, and Husker Nation has already risen to the occasion in great capacity, but there is still a bit that needs to be done. If you can help, please do.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 36: Huskers Lose to NIU and Drop Eichorst

Well, it has been a busy week. Not much good news emanating from One Memorial Drive. After Nebraska’s shocking loss to Northern Illinois, we were able to put a “former” in front of “Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst.”

So…it’s been a busy week.

In this episode, Greg is joined by Hoss Reuter as the two discuss the early-season woes of the Big Red. The loss to the Huskies hurt, and there is significant offensive line talk. We talk about what else went wrong last week and where the program may be headed.

Make sure you stay in-the-know with all of Hoss’ “Decoding…” posts on Corn Nation. The guy is ridiculously smart and calculating.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast: Huskers Take 1-0 Record to Oregon

The Huskers are undefeated…after one game. And it was closer than we’d like. Brian and Greg saw some things we liked in last week’s game. Like the kick return for a touchdown, the improved play from the quarterback position, the myriad of Nebraska receivers, and a young man by the name of Tre Bryant.

We saw some things we didn’t like. For example…the muffed punt returned for a touchdown, and…the defense that bent but didn’t break when it counted the most.

And then there’s the trip to the West Coast where an estimated 25,000-30,000 Husker fans are preparing to descend upon Eugene’s Autzen Stadium, where the Huskers will take on the Oregon Ducks.

It’s not nuts – it’s Quackers!

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast: Welcome Back

Hello again! It’s been far too long since Brian and I got together to talk some Husker athletics. But hey, it’s the day before the first football game of 2017, so this is as good a time as ever to get the proverbial band back together and present you with…INFORMATION YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNEW BUT ARE LISTENING TO AGAIN ANYWAY IN VERBAL FORM BECAUSE YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH HUSKER CONTENT!

Not much peripheral chat this time, as we just try to get today’s episode recorded in a timely manner. But while we were recording, Ohio State took a commanding lead against Indiana and went on to win big.

Greg has a new job, which also hinders his ability to stay up late to record, which is another reason why we haven’t done this in three months.

And now here are those dadgum captains we mentioned but failed to go into detail about.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast: Baseball Champs, Waffle House, and the Alamo

There’s reason to celebrate today. The Nebraska Cornhusker baseball team is Big Ten regular season champions. That’s a thing. It happened. First time since 2005. And it was

Here’s a little video of the boys celebrating.

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So we talk about that, Penn State’s live stream of the games this weekend (which was 100-times better than the Big Ten Network’s coverage), and the upcoming Big Ten Tournament (Huskers play Wednesday at 4pm Central – AND WE TOLD YOU WHAT TIME THE GAME IS!!!).

Waffle House, Mount Rushmore, and the Alamo are all brought up, as well as a quick football recruiting note.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 32: Spring Recap and Bowling Psychology

This week’s episode has a little rundown on the Red/White Game from a couple weeks ago. What did we see, what didn’t we see? Did it all meet expectations?

Plenty of bowling talk, like match psychology. Does the bowler take into account their opponent, or do they bowl with proverbial blinders on?

And Texas is a massive state that you should never feel obligated to drive across. Speaking of bowling (and speaking of driving across Texas), Brian outran a tornado! Seriously. He tells the story in this week’s episode.

Also, if you were one of the first 400 Ohio State students going to Friday night’s baseball game against Nebraska, you were treated (??) to a Brutus Buckeye “dab” hat.

Old Man Greg says it’s time to retire the dab.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 31: Husker Spring Game and More

After a week off, Brian and Greg are back with an episode that’s full of Husker topics.

We talk about NCAA Women’s Bowling National Championships and the Huskers competing down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

We talk a little about Nebraseball and their Friday night loss in ten innings to Iowa (#EvilIowa).

Friday saw Nebraska get a verbal commitment from a top-5 cornerback from Calabasas.

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What do the guys want to see from the Red/White Game, and what sort of impact will 70,000+ Nebraska faithful have on the scores of players in Lincoln for the game?

More recruiting notes and philosophies as the rules have changed, allowing early official visits and an early signing day!

The plugs are almost as cool as Bookie.

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Fresh Content Day 32: No Fools Today

Today is April 1. It is often known as April Fools’ Day.

Now I admit that I do not know the history of April Fools’ Day. I don’t know it’s origin. I don’t know why this day was chosen as *THE* day.

What I do know is you can’t trust anyone on April Fools’ Day. Every questionable news headline should make you sit back and really use a discerning thought process to try to determine if it is real or satire.

When I worked in radio more than a decade ago in Chadron, Nebraska, we played a joke on our listeners with the help of a relatively innocuous new story we had on our website. Now you have to remember that this was 2004 or 2005. Cell phone usage was still a very minor thing. And most cell phone users probably still had landline telephones. We put a story out there that told our listeners that at a certain time of day, they needed to take their phone off the hook and hold the receiver up to an empty plastic bag, like a grocery sack. We told them that the telephone company was doing a one-time cleaning of the phone lines, blowing a high-strength burst of air. Your plastic bag in the end was meant to catch the dust that inevitably would be expelled. Without the bag, you’d have dust everywhere.

We got a lot of angry calls about that. I guess some people can’t take a joke.

Another popular April Fools Joke that I had nothing to do with came from my friends at Corn Nation when they claimed that Creighton University was finally adding football, thus relieving the dreaded Jayskers of their split fandom.

It’s still one of the more popular posts on that site.

I’m not very good at April fools jokes. I don’t say this to pat myself on the back or anything, but I’m not that good at trying to fool people. My wife can always tell if I’m up to something suspicious. I have a bit of a tell and then I can’t get the stupid grin off my face. It’s a wonder I was ever able to play poker at all.

I come from the Stone Cold Steve Austin school of thought-DTA. Don’t trust anybody.

You could say that on April Fools’ Day, I turn up my DTAdar to 11 and don’t believe anything anybody says.

Let me ask you this, on April 1, are you the jokester or are you the gullible one?

Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 30: Baseball, Basketball, and Ballpark Food

To quote Thin Lizzy, “the boys are back in town.” That being said, Greg and Brian are here with a brand new episode. The show kicks off with talk of Nebraska baseball’s Big Ten opening win over Indiana.

Meanwhile, Nebraska basketball suffered two losses this week, as the men’s team saw the departure of sophomore big man Ed Morrow Jr. The women’s basketball team lost Jessica Shepard to transfer as well.

Women’s basketball talk brings up the dominance of UCONN, and if it’s bad for the sport.

We go back to Bloomington’s baseball field(turf) and talk about the playing surface in a few other ballparks.

And of course, there’s food talk, like this ungodly monstrosity in Arlington now.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 29: Cookies, Bacon, and Baseball

The great debate ensues this week – what’s better? Homemade cookies or cookies from the bakery?

Also, bacon is just fine in brownies (and pants aren’t necessary, Salt).

Nebraska football, basketball, and baseball are all *close* – close to being those teams that the fans want them to be. The baseball team just beat Cal Poly on Saturday in a double header. Spring practice is set to resume this week, and the upcoming Red/White Game in a couple weeks could bring with it twenty or so four- and five-star recruits to Lincoln.

But what would put Darin Erstad on the hot seat, or possibly get him out of Lincoln (which we hope doesn’t happen), and who’s on the short list of names to replace him, should that come to pass. Plus, who’s standing out this Spring on the gridiron?

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Fresh Content Day 24: With Anticipation

Hype! Hype! Hype! If media was a professional wrestler, it’d be one half of the Hype Bros.

The crazy one.

But dammit, I’m so excited to get home tonight and watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

I saw it opening weekend (the Saturday showing) with my buddy RJ, and then we had a little conversation about it for the podcast. But if you recall at the time, I stated that I dozed slightly in the theater. It’s not the first time it has happened, but it did occur during a movie that I was very eager to see, and got out of the house to do so.

And I waited until after I saw the movie to listen to podcast reviews or read anything about it, so I know I missed some good, integral parts of the story.

But tonight…all that changes.

I can’t tell you the last time I went into a store and bought a physical movie. I started going the digital route, and am enjoying that immensely. It’s weird. When I lived in a smaller town, I could easily zip over to Wal-Mart and get groceries and browse the movie selection. But now, even though I live in a more populated area and there are clearly more shopping options……none of them are on my way home. And they’re all over-crowded.

So digital it is.

Anticipation is a funny thing. If no one told us to be excited for the newest movie, video game, comic book series (or writer/artist duo), or new album, would we care? But in this era of the 24-hour news cycle, where they have to talk about something all the time, you get more information that you ever probably thought you’d want or need.

Anticipation builds.

We’re on the “Road to Wrestlemania” and we have been since the Royal Rumble. Or more accurately, we have been since the Monday after Wrestlemania last year.

We’re in the middle of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and brackets and boards are filled with anticipation. And unless you had that perfect bracket (and you don’t, thank you Rhode Island), or are a fan of the remaining teams vying for the championship, your interest has probably waned somewhat. The caveat there is if you’re just a basketball fan and love this time of year.

Major League Baseball is getting closer to its opening day.

And there’s already buzz generated for movies that are still a year or more away. And much more hype (or anticipation) will be cultivated at Comic Con.

Since I pre-ordered Rogue One, I technically could have watched it last night after 11pm, but knew I wouldn’t stay awake through the entire thing…again. So I erred on the side of caution. So tonight when I go home, I’m going to hug my son, kiss my wife, have a little dinner, put the boy to bed, record an episode of Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast, and watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

It’s also why you’re getting this post now – because after I get that recording ready to go, I’m going dark…and hoping to stay awake.

May the Force be with you.

Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 28: Horne, Hoops, and Huskers

It’s a brand new Five Heart Podcast and the boys are back talking all-things Nebraska.

There have been a couple departures from the Nebraska men’s basketball team as Jeriah Horne allegedly sought his release, while Nick Fuller will play as a graduate transfer elsewhere next year.

Also, the Nebraska baseball team put together a nice home win over Charleston Friday. Plus, former Huskers had their Pro Day this week, another former Husker signed with the evil empire, and Spring Practices are ongoing.

Also, Greg gets in trouble for not having a Yahoo! email address and therefore not participating in the Corn Nation Bracket Challenge.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 27: No One Likes Going to Washington DC

Episode 27 is here and Greg and Brian are talking about the first (and only) Snack Cracker Tournament of Champions. But that can’t be the only tournament discussed. So the guys talk about the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Washington DC. What has gone right for the conference? What hasn’t? And what’s the big picture?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK! Look for it in 2018, and a week earlier.

Despite the late season slump and the overtime loss to Penn State in the first round of the tournament, Tim Miles is expected to be back next year, as Husker fans learned just moments after the final buzzer sounded Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Nebraska Baseball is off to a slow start, but there may be a reason behind that, as we learned that Nebraska has the nation’s toughest schedule so far.

And the Husker wrestling team is preparing to send its athletes to St. Louis for the NCAA National Tournament.

Plus…Captain D’s and hospitality room food.

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Featured Photo: Mar 8, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Glynn Watson Jr. (5) reacts in the final seconds of overtime against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Verizon Center. The Nittany Lions won 76-67 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke/USA Today

Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 26

Well, this was one hell of a podcast.

Fresh off the heels of the Nebraska Men’s Basketball team’s third straight disappointing loss, this time at the hands of tournament-bound Minnesota, the guys talk largely about the team’s shortcomings, and how it can’t be blamed on one person, player or coach. It comes down to this: It Tim Miles’ head IS on the chopping block, what can spare his termination?

And for the record, we are both big Tim Miles fans. And as Greg has said numerous times, he wants Miles at the helm when Nebraska gets that first tournament win. And Brian has said that whoever that coach is to achieve the feat gets a statue outside of the PBA.

But we end the show on a positive note, commending the Nebraska wrestlers who were top-ten pre-seeds to the Big Ten Tournament, including All American Eric Montoya, a 2-seed at 133 pounds.

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Featured image: Eric Montoya is No. 2 at 133 pounds in the Big Ten pre-seeds.
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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 25

Nebrasketball dominates the conversation in the 25th episode of the Five Heart Podcast. This is a show where we talk about a nice win over Ohio State, the second of two good wins after a 1-point overtime loss to Wisconsin.

Tim Miles…man…the article put out this past Monday seemed to generate as much heat as it was meant to put out the flames. It’s unfair to throw Miles under the bus. Yet some fans are willing to do that. So we talk about Tim Miles and Nebraska Men’s Basketball, recruiting, and the best players to don the Scarlet and Cream in the Tim Miles era.

Also, no way is Illinois a bubble team.

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Featured Image: Feb 23, 2017; East Lansing, MI, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Tim Miles looks on during the first half of a game against the Michigan State Spartans at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter/USA Today

Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 24

Greg and Brian return with a bunch of topics, and in their traditional way, branch out on topics like walk-on football, Nebrasketball, the first day of the Nebraska Baseball season, Danny Woodhead, and more.

Nana Atenken is mentioned as is the “basketball culture” in Illinois. It brings to light that Nebraska doesn’t have that basketball culture, but that it does have a wrestling culture. So Greg brings up the lack of wrestling coverage on Corn Nation (and may have inadvertently volunteered himself for the job).

Better name: DiCaprio Bootles or Mojo Hagge?

And in the “See Also” category, we mention a couple of championship-caliber Jordans…Michael Jordan and Jordan Burroughs. Plus, famous television series finales.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 23

Well, after taking a week off so the Bri-Guy could recover after National Signing Day, the Five Heart Podcast is back!

On the docket this week is a recap of Brian’s signing day schedule, also known as “NO SLEEP TIL LINCOLN!” Actually, that would be a really good recruiting motto for the future.

Open scholarships after signing day mean a lot of things…dedicated walk-ons earn a scholly, or you look outside the program and see which graduate transfers you can lure to Nebraska.

The 2017 NFL Draft is approaching, and we have a list of Huskers that may or may not be chosen on Draft Weekend. There’s some dissension in the ranks, so if you agree disagree, or think we left someone out, be sure to leave a comment!

Finally…Nebrasketball. Damn it all.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 22

All right ladies and gentlemen, this is it…we’re mere days away from (drumroll please) NATIONAL SIGNING DAY!!!

Is this the last time we’re talking about recruits this cycle? Well that seems unlikely. Next week we’ll have the recap of Wednesday. Heck, Brian even gives you a peek behind the curtain to inform you that next week’s show will be a day late so he can catch up on some sleep.

Who’s N? Who’s on the feNce? There’s a lot of national buzz around this recruiting class – and we’re all as anxious as anyone for Wednesday.

And Greg takes something innocuous and makes it really inappropriate and laughs..and it brings the show to a screeching halt.

In other words…it’s just another episode of the Five Heart Podcast!

And now – all the links that have signed their financial aid agreements and are ready to step foot on campus!

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 21

Episode 21…recorded the night of (another?) disappointing Nebrasketball loss.

Damn.

It seems the most frustrating part of this is that this is a Nebraska men’s basketball team that is competing very well with these other schools, but they just can’t close it out. And it sucks.

But that’s not all we’re discussing in the episode that, if weeks were years in the podcast realm, would be old enough to drink. We also talk about the once-again busy recruiting season, the final push before National Signing Day (Wednesday, February 1…Brian will be busy all day).

Also, some tomfoolery afoot about sleep number beds and wives who steal covers (it’s okay – they aren’t listening anyway). Also, fried chicken wrapped up (or sometimes the wrapping) of some of your favorite Mexican foods (Mexican in name only…and that is also suspect.

What the devil are we talking about? I guess you will want to check out the show for all the delicious details.

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Featured Photo: Jan 18, 2017; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers forward Michael Jacobson (12) shoots over Ohio State Buckeyes center Trevor Thompson (32) in the second half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Ohio State won 67-66. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson

Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 20

This week’s episode touches on the recent changes made to the football team’s coaching staff (yes, with an announcement pending at some point Saturday). Does the dismissal of two of Mike Riley’s longtime assistants mean that the “Nicest Guy in College Football” is feeling a sense of urgency?

What does the new defensive coordinator bring to Lincoln? Does it mean Nebraska could see a 3-4 defensive scheme for the first time in over twenty years?

Well, I don’t know!

Plenty of recruiting talk as we are just weeks from National Signing Day: Coaches are out on the road and kids are scheduling trips to the Heartland. Let’s see what the final push will bring.

A little frivolity in the episode as well, as the guys discuss a couple late-1990s movies. And Greg’s dog tries to intervene and take over the show (hence the featured image). So there’s that.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 19

The Nebraska Men’s Basketball Team is 3-0 to open conference play. That hasn’t happened since the Big 8 days in 1975-76. I wasn’t even alive then. Think about THAT!

In Episode 19, we talk about this unexpected and unbelievable beginning to the conference slate for Nebrasketball. We also talk about the sad ending to the Nebraska football season in the Music City Bowl. They can’t all be winners. Washington knows that (and I hope Alabama learns the lesson). But Nebraska’s loss to Tennessee had some bright moments.

Also there is some recruitnik talk, as the Huskers received a commitment during Thursday’s Husker basketball win. And this weekend could prove to be a big one on a national stage this weekend.

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Featured Image: Jan 5, 2017; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers forward Ed Morrow Jr. (30) and guard Glynn Watson Jr. (5) fight for the loose ball against Iowa Hawkeyes forward Cordell Pemsl (35) in the first overtime at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska won 93-90. (Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports)

Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 18

After last week’s well-received Very Special Christmas Special, this week’s episode sees the return of Brian after a successful trip back to Lincoln. We talk about menu items for Christmas and New Years (whose toes Brian would lick to avoid eating black eyed peas).

Greg fired a few quick hypothetical situations at Brian. His responses are the things of legend.

And hey, there’s a bowl game today. Nebraska and Tennessee from Nashville, TN and the Music City Bowl (that reminds me…I need to set the DVR).

Also, there’s a lengthy discussion about what we ate over the Christmas weekend.

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Featured Image: Senior QB Ryker Fyfe runs in the open field during Nebraska’s 28-7 win over Maryland on Nov. 19. Credit: David McGee – Corn Nation

Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 17

It’s a completely different format for our First Annual Very Special Christmas Special. Also – there’s no Brian, as he’s with family, leaving Greg all by himself.

BUT GREG HAD AN IDEA!

“Let’s share the load.” And so – the Christmas Wish for Nebraska Athletics was born.

Emails were sent, text messages too. And even a message to a former Husker for his Chronicled contribution (that’s right…I initiated that)!

So we rounded up the willing participants, and they recorded their Christmas Wishes that they’d like to see come true for the betterment of Nebraska Athletics (no mention of turning down the speakers at Memorial Stadium).

It’s an episode without Brian, and we’re all a little poorer for it. But we will push on, because it’s what he would want us to do.

Merry Christmas! And GO BIG RED!

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 16

Brian and Greg are back in an all-new, informative AND entertaining podcast.

In this episode, they guys are joined by Corn Nation’s volleyball expert Ty Peteranetz, who’s stuck in Springfield, Illinois for the evening. Ty is on his way home from Columbus, Ohio where he witnessed Nebraska volleyball lose to Texas in the semifinal. But as the guys stress, he got some Tim Horton’s…so it all worked out.

Ty breaks down what occurred in the match as well as who Nebraska will look to lose to graduation and who will be back next year.

The guys also touched on the info that was given late this week that the 2016 Music City Bowl would not include Jordan Westerkamp.

So to prove you can’t have a Husker podcast without talking football, this trio spends some time talking about Huskers as they head to the bowl game, the off-season, the combine, AND future Huskers yet to arrive.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 15

It’s Episode 15 of the Five Heart Podcast and Brian and Greg start off by spending a few minutes talking about the amazing come-from-behind win for the Nebraska women’s volleyball team. We dubbed it Nebraska’s most impressive comeback ever.

We also discuss bowl season, and a very central location that could be utilized for a bowl game (if we needed a 43rd bowl game). We talk about the Music City Bowl featuring the once-overrated Tennessee Volunteers and the once-overrated Nebraska Cornhuskers. That will be fun. Stay tuned for that one on Friday, December 30.

We tried getting out of there without mentioning the loss to Creighton, but sadly were unable to do so…so consider it mentioned.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 14

You know what sucks? Losing to Iowa. I mean…it is the drizzling shits. And you know what? We can’t do anything about it now. We passive observers couldn’t do anything about it last week when it happened.

IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 10: Running back LeShun Daniels #29 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs up the field in front of linebacker Dedrick Young #5 and safety Aaron Williams #24 of the Nebraska Huskers during the second quarter, on November 25, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 10: Running back LeShun Daniels #29 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs up the field in front of linebacker Dedrick Young #5 and safety Aaron Williams #24 of the Nebraska Huskers during the second quarter, on November 25, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images

In this episode, Greg and Brian discuss recruiting classes past, present, and future. Who has lived up to the hype, who has not.

And speaking of recruiting, the Husker coaching staff is all over the country taking advantage of the off weekend by doing some coast-to-coast recruiting!

There’s also brief conversation at the end that is PURELY SPECULATIVE about where the Huskers may end up in the bowl game scenario.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 13

First and foremost – HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!

The Huskers football team improved to 9-2 after a win over the Maryland Terrapins. But devastation strikes the Husker women’s volleyball team as they endure a five-set loss to #2 Minnesota.

Plus, we talk about #EvilIowa and their failures in recruiting. YES, WE TALK RECRUITING THAT ISN’T EVEN NEBRASKA!

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While you’re enjoying the drive home from family, let Brian and Greg keep you company and help you unwind. But if you’re one of those crazy people standing in line for something cheap – we appreciate helping you pass the time, but it makes yuo no less crazy.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 12

Brian fights through illness and injury and joins Greg once again for a brand new episode. The Huskers are 8-2 after knocking off Minnesota at Memorial Stadium.

There’s a lot less recruiting talk in this episode, but the guys branch out and talk about more than just the Husker football team. That’s right, the top-ranked volleyball team gets a few minutes at the beginning of the show. This episode was recorded Wednesday evening, a short time after Nebraska defeated #15 Penn State at the Devaney Center.

Also in the episode, Greg reveals his super powers of premonition, centered around this text conversation from Saturday night:

Greg's text conversation with his friend Josh. You'll have to ignore (or at least forgive) the poor use of grammar.
Greg’s text conversation with his friend Josh. You’ll have to ignore (or at least forgive) the poor use of grammar.

And we all know how that ended:

Kieron Williams intercepts the deflected pass (off of Aaron Williams). Credit: David McGee - Corn Nation
Kieron Williams intercepts the deflected pass (off of Aaron Williams). Credit: David McGee – Corn Nation

A LOT LESS RAGE from Brian in this episode – so that’s a plus.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 11

That did NOT go how we anticipated or hoped. 62-3.

Hell, the guys dislike that outcome so much that they barely discuss the Ohio State game at all.

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Tommy Armstrong leads the Huskers onto the field against Oregon. It remains to be seen whether or not Armstrong will be in Action Saturday against Minnesota. Credit: David McGee – Corn Nation

Instead, Brian and Greg talk about depth at several positions, but mostly the quarterback position. And speaking of quarterbacks (past, present, and future), the guys delve into legacies of players and what it means to be great.

And Brian doesn’t HATE the $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy, it’s just not the trophy he craves the most.

As a side note, Greg recently ordered a couple shirts for my son from Amazon. The name of the store is CornBorn. He bought two 12M shirts, but one was this design that you might enjoy:

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 10

Well, losing sucks. It does. And while you’d like to be able to say that a certain third-down play in overtime was the end-all, be-all reason for the Huskers’ first loss of the season, it’s not.

In Episode 10 of the Five Heart Podcast, Brian and Greg talk about missed opportunities. But what’s more important to realize are the opportunities that still lie ahead for our beloved Big Red.

Bednarik Award Finalist Nate Gerry had two fourth-quarter interceptions Saturday against Wisconsin, but the Huskers only came away with three points. (Credit: David McGee - Corn Nation)
Bednarik Award Finalist Nate Gerry had two fourth-quarter interceptions Saturday against Wisconsin, but the Huskers only came away with three points. (Credit: David McGee – Corn Nation)

Now a “mad” Nebraska team heads to the Horseshoe to face Ohio State. Can the Huskers string together four solid quarters to overcome the odds (two-touchdown underdogs) and shock the nation?

Well, to paraphrase some champions elsewhere…

“AWWWWWWWW HUSKER NATION! DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR YOUR WORLD FAMOUS 5-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPS, AND FEEEEEEL THE

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 9

Brian and Greg are back ahead of Nebraska’s trip to Madison this weekend to face the Wisconsin Badgers.

Can the Huskers invade Camp Randall and get a win? Why does the same media that puts Nebraska int he top ten bitch and moan about Nebraska being in the top ten?

"Rallying the Troops," the Huskers prepare to take the field last Saturday against Purdue. Credit: David McGee - Corn Nation
“Rallying the Troops,” the Huskers prepare to take the field last Saturday against Purdue. Credit: David McGee – Corn Nation

Despite their flaws, this team just keeps winning. The guys talk about the upcoming opponent and what the ‘Skers can expect.

The dynamic duo (that’s probably copyrighted) branches off and has a lot of other discussion, and a corn-related pro wrestler gets mentioned from the Twitter feed.

Go Big Red!

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 8

Well, the Nebraska Cornhuskers survived their first trip to Bloomington in Big Ten play, topping the Indiana Hoosiers 27-22 and ruining Homecoming.

The Huskers jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, but were held scoreless until the 4th frame, where they continued to outscore the opposition, this time 10-7.

What stood out in the Week 7 game? Brian and Greg share their thoughts on the game and Number 8 Nebraska’s 6-0 start (bowl eligibility, no doubt about it)!

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Photo Credit: David McGee – Corn Nation

Make no mistake…this team is perfect in record only. What needs to improve? Well, getting healthy would help. Big games loom in the near future, but Brian warns not to look past Purdue. 2015 ring a bell anyone?

Enjoy the show, and remember you can get it on iTunes, as well as on Stitcher (that’s new as of this week).

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 7

Brian and Greg keep it short and sweet today in the Five Heart Podcast, Episode 7.

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Greg is fighting a cough, so forgive him. But, it’s been a long bye week and the boys talk Indiana vs. Nebraska. Why are people worried about this game? We discuss that, as well as Nebraska’s Fourth Quarter ways. Plus, a quick glimpse in the whole advanced stats vs. box scores and whether you should trust one, the other, both, or neither!

AND WE DIDN’T EVEN MENTION THE CANDY STRIPE UNIFORMS FOR THE HOOSIERS!!!

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 6

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 5-0 and debate rages as to whether or not they’re the worst undefeated team. But we have faith that they are right where they need to be.

The Huskers got to be 5-0 after their 31-16 win over Illinois last Saturday. Sure it was a long dry spell without a score, but that second half was a thing of beauty.

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Stanley Morgan Jr. reaches the ball forward as his knee hits the ground, extending the play and the drive, which gave the Huskers the lead for good. (Photo Credit: David McGee – Corn Nation)

With a bye week this week, the Huskers have a few players out who need the time off to get healthy. Here’s hoping Tanner Farmer, Alonzo Moore, and a couple others are ready for Indiana, as all indications are that Cethan Carter and Jordan Westerkamp will be out.

Terrell Newby races to the endzone in the fourth quarter against Illinois. (Photo Credit: David McGee - Corn Nation)
Terrell Newby races to the endzone in the fourth quarter against Illinois. (Photo Credit: David McGee – Corn Nation)

AND NEBRASKETBALL PRACTICE HAS BEGUN…without a particular individual who left the program in late June.

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Nerds United Episode 69: Excuses, Excuses

Well, I’m still alive.

And in this episode, I have a litany of reasons why I’ve been slacking, from reading comics to watching comic book-related entertainment materials, to bringing you more award-ignored podcasts.

So here’s what I’ve missed:

Luke Cage

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X-Men Apocalypse

Or did I miss it? I don't know!
Or did I miss it? I don’t know!

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You may remember me writing about this a few months back (back when I wrote blogs). Well, it’s topical again!

This is what I call a truck episode. Meaning I was in my truck on the way to work when I recorded it.

And like I said in the show, I am excited for my upcoming guests. It’s all about scheduling and such now. But we’ll see how it goes.

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 5

Greg and Brian are back talking recruiting, recruiting, a little about the road win over Northwestern, recruiting, and I think Illinois is mentioned once or twice.

Seriously…

Recruits gather for a group picture during the Oregon game. Photo Credit: David McGee - Corn Nation
Recruits gather for a group picture during the Oregon game. Photo Credit: David McGee – Corn Nation

A simple question of “which recruits are visiting Nebraska this week” (paraphrased) turned into a 35-minute breakdown that included commits planning on joining the Huskers in 2017, athletes on the schedule for visits down the road, and yes, who will be in Lincoln for the Homecoming Game.

Other high points of the show were discussing the following:

  • Tommy Armstrong (Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week)
  • A difference of opinion on the four defensive linemen who departed during the off-season
  • Nebraska vs Illinois in the return of a year ago
  • Greg is interrupted by his dogs, including when his one dog “attacks” him. It’s all saved for posterity.
  • And Brian sings!

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Corn Nation’s Five Heart Podcast Episode 4

Senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong leads the team onto the field before Saturday's game against Oregon. (Photo Credit: David McGee - Corn Nation)
Senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong leads the team onto the field before Saturday’s game against Oregon. (Photo Credit: David McGee – Corn Nation)

THREE AND OH, BABY!

The Nebraska Cornhuskers remain undefeated after a 35-32 win over the previously-ranked Oregon Ducks.

STRIKE UP THE BAND!

Two words…Tommy Armstrong. That kid (he probably qualifies as an adult by now) battled through cramps and dehydration to will the Huskers to victory. It certainly wasn’t the Tommy Armstrong Show, as he had plenty of help from a Terrell Newby and Devine Ozigbo, his reliable receiving corps, and an offensive line that has grown leaps and bounds.

The defense played great against the team speed of Oregon, and this guy had a couple solid plays, one that really contributed to his growing legend.

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, etc etc." (Photo by David McGee - Corn Nation)
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, etc etc.” (Photo by David McGee – Corn Nation)

Listen in as Brian and Greg talk about the Oregon game, look forward to the game at the Wildcat Jungle in Evanston, and and touch on a few other topics in the newest Five Heart Podcast, available on iTunes.

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*Featured Image – The Husker defense celebrates after making the stop that preserves the win for the home team. Photo Credit: David McGee – Corn Nation

Five Heart Podcast Episode 3

In Episode 3 of the Five Heart Podcast, Greg and Brian talk about the Wyoming game and all the goodies that went on, like:

  • Tommy Armstrong setting a new record for touchdowns thrown in a career
  • Jordan Westerkamp being on the receiving end of the record-breaking pass

Credit David McGee - Corn Nation*
Credit David McGee – Corn Nation

  • Nate Gerry penalized for handing a football back to a quarterback
  • Devine Ozigbo continuing his hot start to the season
  • Ryker Fyfe with a nice TD pass
  • A defense that kicked it into high gear as a Wyoming QB self-destructed

Also, there’s a great discussion at the outset about Ski Soda and Cracker Barrel.

Predictions for Saturday’s game against the Oregon Ducks.

And remember…Five Heart is all the heard you need.

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*Featured Photo – A University of Nebraska Marching Band Member having a good time during halftime of Saturday’s 52-17 win over the Pokes. Credit David McGee – Corn Nation*

Five Heart Podcast Episode 2

We are back! The censors did not take Brian or myself off the air, so we decided to come back for another round.

Brian and I talk about what we saw in the Fresno game, as well as some recruiting thoughts I coaxed out of the jolly old man himself, as well as the touching tribute to Sam Foltz.

I talked about #runtheballguy and I think, just think, that Brian got a little terse about it. Finally, we discuss the upcoming Wyoming tilt tomorrow and talk about the visit from the Oregon Ducks next week. 

We appreciate each one of you as we get this podcast going.

Subscribe to the show on iTunes and receive each new episode downloaded automatically each week.

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Brian Towle
Greg Mehochko
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*Featured Photo – The Huskers and their fans remembered and honored punter Sam Foltz last Saturday night in Lincoln. Credit David McGee – Corn Nation*