Shatel: Room for Bluejay hot shots in the tent - Omaha.com
Published Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 11:51 pm
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Shatel: Room for Bluejay hot shots in the tent

Welcome to the “Circus Show.” Step right up.

How’s this for a trifecta? Creighton leads the nation in 3-point field goals made (184), 3-pointers per game (11.5) and 3-point percentage (43.5).

There’s no shortage of folks who will tell you that the CU program is living on borrowed time. But what if this is the first season of the rest of their lives?

Three-point bombs. Wild home atmosphere. Scoring 80 points a game. There can’t be a better advertisement for recruiting than that show on Sunday afternoon.

Now, can the Bluejays win this way in the Big East? That will be interesting. You’ll always need big bodies inside. The shots won’t fall every night.

But the “Circus Show,” as Xavier coach Chris Mack said with awe, is an identity that Creighton can sell and use, until Greg McDermott figures out how to recruit the rebounders and slashers in the Big East. Maybe after that, too.

Three-pointers are not a new thing at CU. But the school records for 3-pointers made (307) and 3-point percentage (42.4) were set in the last two years. The Jays are on pace to break those this season. The circus may just be getting warmed up.

» NBA scouts have camped out at CenturyLink Center to see Doug McDermott. But CU coach Greg McDermott wants to sell them on someone else.

“I’ve told the (scouts) that Ethan Wragge can play in the NBA,” McDermott said. “He’s got as good a shot and as quick a shot as I’ve seen. You put him with the right team, stand him in the corner and get him the ball and he’ll make shots all night.”

» I know one thing: After the season, they should put a marker on the spot where Wragge made that running 3-pointer in the second half. Should have been good for four points.

» So Peyton Manning is in his backyard, standing over the grill. His wife asks him what he wants to make for dinner. He suddenly yells out “OM-A-HA! OM-A-HA!”

And then out come the Omaha Steaks.

Everyone has their theory about what “Omaha” means. Manning is changing the snap count. He’s telling his teammates to do the opposite side of the play called in the huddle. Eli Manning and Tom Brady have used “Omaha,” too.

I think, at least in Peyton Manning’s case, he’s trying to get another endorsement deal.

Or did he just happen to say “Bud Light” after the game by accident?

Omaha Steaks, get on this.

» Can we get @FauxPelini to do press conferences next year?

» The return of Ameer Abdullah changes the entire tone of the 2014 Nebraska football season. It brings hope, hype and credibility. It brings a running back who will ease the margin of error for a young quarterback and offensive line.

Does that mean Abdullah will be a leader? He needs to do it his way. You can’t force leadership. If Abdullah tries to be someone he’s not, it won’t work.

» Let the race up the rushing charts begin. At No. 8 on the NU career list, Abdullah is 1,803 yards behind Mike Rozier’s 4,780 at the top. If he stays healthy, he’s almost certain to get the 903 yards to catch Ahman Green at No. 2.

» That said, Abdullah caught 26 passes this season in 13 games. By my remedial math, that’s two per game. Seems like No. 8 could be used more in that capacity. That would help the offense and Abdullah’s draft stock. A win-win.

» We all know Abdullah is a sharp guy. But how about that statement? If anyone in the NU athletic department needs someone to write a statement, I think No. 8 is your guy. I might ask him to write a game column for me.

» When the topic was steroids, Bob Gibson once said he didn’t know what he would have done. For that kind of perspective, I’d like to see Hall of Fame players involved in the Hall of Fame voting process.

» For the record, I think Pete Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame. Don’t think it will ever happen. His crimes were committed after his playing career, which was gold standard.

» After I watched the “60 Minutes” story on Alex Rodriguez, I had to take a shower.

» Play some zone. Get some role players on the floor. Whatever Tim Miles can find that his Husker team does well, do it. Here’s another lineup change suggestion: more Penn State and Northwestern early in the schedule and less Iowa and Ohio State.

» Shawn Watson at Texas. What a small, small world. Wonder if he can get Joe Ganz down there?

» Nick Saban to CBSSports.com on Lane Kiffin: “I always thought he was a good coach. All his issues come from something we’re not asking him to do.” Nobody can make a back-handed compliment sound good like Saban.

» Somebody change the calendars in the UNO hockey locker room. Tell them it’s still 2013.

» I’ve still got San Francisco and Denver in the Super Bowl. But any of the four could be there. The New York Super Bowl can’t lose. Unless it snows a foot. Then, the viewers win.

» Norm Parker, Iowa defensive guru and philosopher, once said, “The game’s not rocket science. We sort of do what we do and believe in what we do.” That’s the gospel right there. Rest in peace, Norm. The game needs more like you.

» One more and I’m outta here: Does anyone have any advice for a gymnastics dad?

Contact the writer: Tom Shatel

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Tom Shatel is a sports columnist who covers the city, regional and state scene.

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