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2019 Episode 13: The Colorado Loss and The Changing Approach To Journalism

2019 Episode 13: The Colorado Loss and The Changing Approach To Journalism

September 10, 2019

The immediate reaction after the Huskers overtime loss to Colorado was all over the board. Some fans were ready to throw in the towel, others claiming it was par for the course, and others understand that the turnaround takes time.

We cover a lot of ground on this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy. So much so that we have added another voice to the conversation.

Dr. Rob and Travis Justice have talked about their love of The Athletic on this podcast many times. They believe the website is changing sports journalism for the better. It's not a knock against newspapers, its that The Athletic is taking a different approach, one that is subscription-based and advertisement free.

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For this weeks conversation on losing to Colorado, Mitch Sherman, the Nebraska writer for The Athletic joins us in the studio. Mitch has written for the Daily Nebraskan, Omaha World-Herald, and ESPN.

Mitch shares a beer with Dr. Rob and Travis but doesn't drop any f-bombs! (He hasn't been on the show enough, maybe if he comes back we can get him to swear). There are some in-depth discussions about the Colorado game, also we talk about position groups, and what to expect as the year progresses. Remember, Dr. Rob has been saying all long that nine wins would be huge! Hell, Bill Moos said six wins!

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2019 Episode 12: It’s Not As Bad As It looked

2019 Episode 12: It’s Not As Bad As It looked

September 4, 2019

Sorry, we are late! We promise the edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy will be with the wait.

The Huskers open the season with a win over South Alabama. However, the game wasn't a blowout, and the offense struggled at times, so many people started freaking out. Dr. Rob Zatechka is here to talk you off the ledge. His medical advice, take a deep breath, it was only the first game of the season.

The offensive line did not resemble the pipeline of the '90s and Center Cam Jergens making his first start at the position. This performance caused alarm with a lot of fans who were critical of the Redshirt Freshman. Dr. Rob knows the frustration, but after taking a second look, he says stop thinking short term and look a the long term payoff and upside that Jergens brings to the position.

Colorado is coming up on Saturday; this is a game Husker fans have had marked on the calendar for a long time. Chad Carr from Ticket Express expects Folsom Field to be a sea of red. There is no love lost between the two programs but is it a rivalry? Saturday's game is the 71st meeting between the old Big 7, Big 8, and Big 12 foes, Colorado has only one 19-times, and there have been two ties in the series. The "rivalry" was at its best from 1988-1995. Sprinkle in the beat down in 2001, and the Buffs don't have that much to brag about do they? Dr. Rob shares his thoughts on the series and what he likes about playing it.

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2019 Episode 11: The 2019 Season Opener Preview

2019 Episode 11: The 2019 Season Opener Preview

August 26, 2019

Are you ready for the season to kick-off? In today's 24/7, 365-day news cycle it can seem like an eternity between the end of football season and the beginning of a new one. Hell, this is our 11th podcast of 2019, and there hasn't been a game played yet.

The wait is over! The Husker take on South Alabama on Saturday. Now ask yourself, are you excited to see South Alabama or are you just happy to get the season started and start looking toward the Colorado game? Dr. Rob has some thoughts.

Dr. Rob Zatechka was a captain his senior season; he weighs in on the responsibility of the honor as Nebraska named its captains for 2019 last week.

Also, Dr. Rob has some thoughts on the "alternative" uniforms the Huskers will wear in 2019, here's a hint, he's not a big fan.

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2019 Episode 10: Does Nebraska Have Meaningful Gameday Traditions?

2019 Episode 10: Does Nebraska Have Meaningful Gameday Traditions?

August 19, 2019

Sports Illustrated recently put out its top 10 college football traditions. Nothing at Nebraska made the SI list. This topic got Dr. Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice thinking, does Nebraska HAVE any gameday traditions of significance? Anything the team or fans do that can get them closer to that top 10? After all, Nebraska is one of the all-time winningest programs in college football history; it has to have some great traditions, right?

On this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, we dive into traditions, those that made the SI list an those that did not.

Also, Dr. Rob takes lots of listener email questions. He spends a lot of time discussing his favorite position group, the offensive line. Is the talent and depth there to take the Huskers' offense to the next level?

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2019 Episode 9: Week One In The Books

2019 Episode 9: Week One In The Books

August 12, 2019

On this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy; Dr. Rob Zateechka and Travis Justice discuss a variety of topics about Nebraska football.  

Additionally, they have an interview with David Max, the founder, and publisher of Husker Max, he recently launched a new website, Footballpedia.com. 

Dr. Rob's nephew, Isaac was recently mentioned in the Omaha World-Herald.  Dr. Rob talks about Isacc's strengths and weaknesses and why he things the big-time offers will be coming soon.

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2019 Episode 8: Dave Ellis Interview

2019 Episode 8: Dave Ellis Interview

August 5, 2019

What does it take to feed an entire football team and make sure every player has the hydration and the fuel to perform at their very best?
We give you the answer on this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy.

It's all about science! This means Dr. Rob Zatechka is geeking out about the conversation we have with Dave Ellis, the Director of Performance Nutrition at the University of Nebraska. Dave was at Nebraska perfecting his craft (and his meals) when Dr. Rob was a player. A lot has changed over time, and a lot hasn't; we are confident you will find our interview with Dave, both educational and entertaining.

Note: This interview was conducted before fall practice started, so keep that in mind as you listen.

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2019 Episode 7: Let The Fun and Games Begin

2019 Episode 7: Let The Fun and Games Begin

July 28, 2019

Finally! It’s back to work, back to practice, back to football in America. College football teams across the country start fall camp this week. This means our time will be consumed analyzing every move by coaches and players from the first team down the scout team walk-ons.

On this episode of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, Dr. Rob Zatechka, and Travis Justice discuss several topics as the season gets started. 

It used to be that fall camp was a time to impress coaches and earn playing time. Is this still the case? With spring football, summer conditioning, data, analytics, etc.; coaches now have more information than ever on players and what they can and can’t do. But do the numbers always tell the truth? 

Don’t forget, Husker Fan Day is Thursday, August 1st at Memorial Stadium for 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. You can have pay to get Scott Frost’s autograph, and he’s only signing for kids.

Travis turned Dr. Rob on to some fantastic content this week. So amazing newspapers should be worried, very worried.  I’m talking about The Athletic. The website is running a phenomenal series on conference realignment. One of the stories that got the attention of Husker fans was on the “budding” rivalry with Iowa. Of course, this made Travis very, very happy but got under the skin of a lot of Big Red faithful.

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2019 Episode 6: Full Steam Ahead For 2019

2019 Episode 6: Full Steam Ahead For 2019

July 22, 2019

Big 10 Media Days are over, to us this means it's full steam ahead for the rest of the season!  On this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by The Rimington Trophy, Dr. Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice cover a lot of territories including:

  • Big 10 Media Days
  • Big 10 West Division
  • Big 10 Weast Division
  • Nebraska Facilities
  • Barney Cotton

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2019 Episode 5: Pipeline Camp

2019 Episode 5: Pipeline Camp

June 16, 2019

The famed and original "Pipeline" was back at Memorial Stadium for the 2019 Nebraska Pipeline Offensive Line Camp.

Dr. Rob Zatechka was there to work one-on-one with over 300-campers.  He's very limited on what he can say because of NCAA rules; he had to choose between being a coach/instructor or a media member.  Yes, even this podcast is considered media. 

Despite not being able to talk about individual players, Dr. Rob gives excellent insight into what went on at the camp and how the "Pipeline" connected with recruits.... errrr campers.

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2019 Episode 4: Husker Draft Blues

2019 Episode 4: Husker Draft Blues

May 5, 2019

Before we start this podcast, we want to point out that May is Mustaches for Kids month. Dr. Rob participates in this event every year as it raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities that focus on kids. This year the fundraising event will benefit Angles Among Us. The organization helps families with their financial support when a child has been diagnosed with cancer. You can help Dr. Rob meet his goal by CLICKING HERE and donating. Thank you in advance for your support.

Dr. Rob and Travis are back with another Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy. Yes, it's been a while, but when real life gets in the way, it's not as easy to get in the studio as you might think.

On this edition, we talk about the NFL Daft and the fact that no Husker player was selected; ending a 56-year streak that dated back to 1962. If you don't like the fact no player was selected this year, Dr. Rob says you better brace for a repeat in 2020 but after that, if all goes to plan a new streak will begin.

How about the spring game? Did Dr. Rob come away impressed with what he saw? Short answer, yes... and no. But keep in mind, it's only a spring game.

Finally, Fred Hoiberg is off to a fast start as the Head Coach of the Nebraska Basketball Team. We don't talk a lot of basketball, but we do tall about the fact we were talking about Fred being the Huskers head coach as far back as December or January.

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