Tim Miles’ intensity sparked a major Nebraska comeback against Iowa Saturday.
By Randy York
How big was Dylan Talley’s Saturday matinee shot that enabled Nebraska to erase a 16-point halftime deficit, complete a 19-point comeback and throw a wrench into rival Iowa’s plans to spend March Madness inside everyone’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket
Big enough to convince a Nebraska football season ticket holder that it was time to become a Husker basketball season ticket holder. The second Talley made his dramatic shot in the second-to-last game ever played inside the Devaney Center, this devout Husker fan knew exactly what he needed to do – buy a boarding pass on the Tim Miles Energy Bus.
I knew where this new season ticket holder was coming from because we were communicating in real time on Saturday afternoon. Within seconds of Talley’s bulls-eye, Steve Sinclair said: “That’s it. I’m done thinking about buying season tickets. I’m buying them!”
And sure enough, on Monday morning, Sinclair, retired after serving most of his adult life at the Omaha World-Herald, including his last 14 years as sports editor, went straight to this important link on Huskers.com to begin the process. “We’re excited to get on the ground floor,” Sinclair said, referring to him and wife Kathy climbing aboard Nebraska basketball’s greatest adventure in what will be one of America’s finest arenas.
Criteria: Admiration, Appreciation, Anticipation
I ask Sinclair why he followed through on his instincts.
“First, my admiration for the way the Huskers have played all season despite their limitations, and then to see them rewarded by coming back the way they did to get the win against Iowa,” Sinclair said.
Second, my appreciation for Tim Miles and what he’s done since the first day he arrived. He changed the mindset for all of us who have always wondered why we’ve never won an NCAA Tournament game,” Sinclair said.
“Third, just the anticipation of moving into a new arena downtown and having the chance to be a part of something that will never happen again in our lifetime,” Sinclair said. “Talley’s winning shot was awesome. It was unbelievable, and I think Coach Miles and his staff will recruit the kind of players who are going to make more shots just like that one.”
Let the record show that Sinclair, who has attended several Nebraska home games this season, watched Saturday’s theatrics in Omaha, connecting to a live video stream to his cell phone. He appreciated the experience, even enjoyed it, but it wasn’t anything close to being there. “That new arena will change downtown Lincoln,” he said, “and as much as we enjoy TV, we’d much rather be there to watch it live.”
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