Mad Chatter: The Masters back nine, spring game questions, Husker baseball

Did the Masters disappoint because A) Tiger was missing; B) Tiger and Phil were missing; or C) there was little back-nine drama.

Depends whom you ask. TV ratings were down, suggesting it was more A and B (don’t discount Phil’s impact on ratings). But for me, the answer was C.

The Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday, right? Dan Jenkins’ famous line rang hollow in 2014. Bubba Watson’s four closest pursuers made a combined three back-nine birdies.

Jordan Spieth made zero.

Jonas Blixt made one (on 13).

Rickie Fowler made one (14).

Matt Kuchar made (11).

I loved the way Augusta National played this weekend. It was as firm and fast as I’d ever seen it. Just as Bobby Jones …

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Point guard Maurice Watson commits to Creighton

Former Boston University point guard Maurice Watson Jr. has told Creighton coaches he will accept a scholarship offer, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The World-Herald Sunday.

Watson visited Omaha this weekend.

A top 100 recruit coming out of high school, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Watson averaged 12.2 points in his two seasons at Boston U. He led the team in scoring, assists and steals this past season.

He decided after the season that he wanted to transfer. He will have to sit out next season and have seasons of eligibility remaining.

UNO’s doubleheader with North Dakota State canceled

The UNO baseball team’s Sunday doubleheader at North Dakota State has been canceled due to cold weather conditions in Fargo, it was announced Sunday afternoon.

The two games were originally scheduled as non-conference contests. In league play on Saturday, Omaha swept a doubleheader from the Bison with two shutouts, 2-0 in 10 innings and 10-0 in seven innings.

The Mavericks are 16-12 (5-3 Summit League) on the season and return to action on Wednesday against Nebraska at Haymarket Park at 6:35 p.m.…

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Pelini likes the Huskers’ spring, but says it’s time to look ahead

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini reiterated after the Red-White scrimmage something that he has said several times recently when evaluating the Huskers’ spring: The work has just begun.

Pelini told reporters that NU had a “very productive” 15 practices and was able to identify where the team is and where it needs to go. But he added that it has to make progress and not back off before preseason camp starts in August.

“We have a chance to be good, but I’m sure a lot of other teams do, too,” he said.

Some other wrap-up items from Memorial Stadium after the spring game:

>> Pelini said the Husker quarterbacks made their best strides over the final two weeks of spring practice. Tommy Armstrong will head …

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Creighton’s Fitzgerald records first inside-the-park home run at TD Ameritrade Park

In a ballpark that has yet to see a home run to center field of any kind in its history, Creighton’s Ryan Fitzgerald found a way to get it done — getting to home plate before the fielders could get the ball there.

Fitzgerald’s inside-the-park grand slam in a seven-run sixth inning Saturday helped break open what was a tight 6-5 Bluejay lead heading to the bottom of the frame. The Bluejays swept Georgetown.

It was the first inside-the-park round-tripper in TD Ameritrade Park history.

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Tom’s Takes: Nebraska’s spring game

1. I don’t know where this Bo Pelini has been the last six years, but he’s a welcome sight. Actually, Pelini can be good to talk to and flashes a sense of humor — when he’s not sticking his jaw out to defy the world. Fans and media, including national media — are taking to this “fun” Bo. The cat entrance was brilliant fun. Not very many college coaches would parody themselves like that. What does it mean? Pelini’s popularity will still come down to wins and losses, turnovers and playmakers. But this is how Nebraskans want to see their coach. They want a guy they can like.

2. Nothing really jumped out at me on Saturday, other than Nebraska has a lot of …

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Social Media Reaction: A cat, a proposal and more at Nebraska’s spring game

There was a lot for fans to see during Saturday’s spring football game. Get a recap of the social media reaction below.

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They said it: Key quotes from the Husker postgame press conference

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and Husker players Tommy Armstrong, Imani Cross, Kenny Bell and Nathan Gerry addressed the media after the Husker spring game. Check out the key quotes below, and click here to view videos from the press conference.

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Bo Pelini’s opening statement: “I thought we tried to have a little bit of fun today. I liked our spring. I thought we got a lot accomplished. I think we as coaches identified a lot as far as where we are and where we have to go. I just told the team that from here the work has just begun. We have to continue our development and work. We have to make progress until August to be the type of football team …

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Video: Bo Pelini, Husker players discuss Red-White game

Check out the video below to see Husker coach Bo Pelini’s postgame press conference following the annual Red-White game, as well as interviews with NU quarterback Tommy Armstrong and I-back Imani Cross.

Video: Pelini on the cat entrance:

Video: Pelini on the spring game performance:

Video: NU’s Tommy Armstrong and Imani Cross on the Red-White game:

Video: Sirles’ proposal another touching moment in Husker spring game

Late in Saturday’s spring game, former Husker Jeremiah Sirles broke up the game action with another emotional moment made at the Red-White game.

During a punt-pass-kick contest between former Huskers, Sirles — a Nebraska offensive lineman from 2009 to 2013 — turned around, went down on one knee and surprised his longtime girlfriend, former Husker women’s soccer goalkeeper Emma Stevens, with a marriage proposal.

She said yes.

Check out the video below:

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