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2019 Episode 22: 6.4% ABV Beer and The Wisconsin Game

2019 Episode 22: 6.4% ABV Beer and The Wisconsin Game

November 11, 2019

Since the State of Wisconsin is known for its beer, it's only fitting that Dr. Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice dive into and Infusion Brewing Company One and Done Series IPA.  This week on the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, Dr. Rob and Travis are feeling no pain at the end of this hour-long conversation that covers a lot of topics. 

The first being, how is Nebraska going to stop the Wisconsin running game?  The Badgers lit up an Iowa defense that was supposed to be one of the best in the country. Nebraska has had a week to prepare because they had a bye week, but will that be enough time to put the right game plan together? 

The Big 10 West is officially going through Minnesota. The Gophers have reached this point in just the 3rd season under PJ Fleck. Why the success? Well, we now have to admit he's a pretty good coach and he's a CEO that is not afraid to make a difficult decision like firing an assistant coach when it's not working out. 

We got a lot of listener email, we can't answer all of them but Dr. Rob tells a great story about Dr. Jack Stark and how he noticed something wasn't quite right back in the early '90s and what he suggested made all the difference in the world and most likely led to a National Title or Two. This is the value of having a good sports psychologist on staff.

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2019 Episode 21: Is This The Lowest Point In Husker Football

2019 Episode 21: Is This The Lowest Point In Husker Football

November 5, 2019

We seem to have this conversation every year; is this the lowest point Nebraska football as been since before Bob Devaney? That's very debatable, and losing to Purdue last Saturday is undoubtedly embarrassing. It wasn't that the Huskers lost the game; it's the way they looked losing. Throw in the fact that the Boilermaker's third-string quarterback went six for six on the final drive leading them to the win. 

On this edition of the Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, Dr. Rob Zatechka, and Travis Justice are drinking some Infusion Brewing Company beer as they try and make sense of what is going on.  Is the defense running the right scheme? Is Adrian Martinez the right guy to be running the offense. Is Scott Frost in over his head in the Big 10? Some of these may sound absurd, but with the possibility of not making a bowl game again, you have to throw everything out there. 

Based on the emails we are getting, fans want changes on defense, and it starts with coaching. Additionally, fans are rightfully upset that there seems to be a lack of discipline, a lack of fire, and sometimes a lack of readiness. 

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2019 Episode 20: Is It Time To Fire Assistant Coaches?

2019 Episode 20: Is It Time To Fire Assistant Coaches?

October 29, 2019

Losing to Indiana might be rock bottom for the Scott Frost era at Nebraska. It's not that the Huskers lost, it's the way they lost. It was uninspired football and a good reason Frost may have called out the effort of this team afterward (he has since apologized). 

In this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, we talk about loyalty. A head coach needs it from his staff and his players, and he must give that same loyalty in return... to a point. When loyalty becomes blind, it can lead to problems that leave a fan base bickering and opposing team continuing to rack up yards, scores, and wins. 

Frost was loyal when he brought all his assistant coaches from Central Florida. He wanted that trust and continuity in his staff as the rebuilding of a once-proud program was again going through yet another overhaul. 

Looking at the results over the past year and a half, is it time to start evaluating that loyalty and consider changes. Football is a business, not personal, and Frost has one job, to win games and compete for championships. The Big 10 is NOT the American Athletic Conference, and some Husker coaches before him were loyal to a fault, and it ultimately met their demise. 

Les Miles has fired an assistant at Kansas already this season, PJ Fleck did the same in the middle of the season last year. Both changes had a positive impact on the programs. Should Frost consider the same? Dr. Rob gives his thoughts.

Also, Dr. Rob came away impressed with Noah Vedral in the game against Indiana. So impressed that he thinks he might be better than Adrian Martinez! So is there a QB controversy in Lincoln? No, but Rob does tell us what he likes about Vedral and Luke McCaffrey over Martinez.

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2019 Episode 19: Is History Repeating Itself?

2019 Episode 19: Is History Repeating Itself?

October 22, 2019

Wow! Even without a game last week we find ourselves with plenty to talk about. Maurice Washington fills up a lot of our conversation this week as he is no longer practicing with the team and his future with the program is very much in doubt. 

Fans love to remember the 90’s, and with Scott Frost, they are hoping for a return of the good old days. Well, is history starting to repeat itself? In this case, we are not referring to winning, but rather, players who make poor decisions put the program’s reputation in jeopardy and still get second and third chances. 

This approach is a slippery slope for Frost, and the way he deals with Washington is something he can’t take lightly. Dr. Rob Zatechka says it best in this edition of the Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy; coaches hate drama! Washington has provided plenty of it this season, so what’s next? Only time will tell, but Frost indicated that if his sophomore runningback does return to the team, it will not be anytime soon.

So on this episode, we spend some time talking about Washington, Lawrence Phillips, culture, and the balance that coaches have to take when it comes to mentoring student-athletes. 

Oh, and what about Indiana? Nebraska does have a game this week as they take on the Hoosiers. Indiana can score points, but it gives up a lot as well. In addition to the game talk, Dr. Rob and Travis take a lot of listener emails.

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2019 Episode 18: Time For  A Much Needed Week Off

2019 Episode 18: Time For A Much Needed Week Off

October 14, 2019

Husker fans are not a patient lot. When Scott Frost was hired, some (not all) expected a quick turn around, much like Frost was able to accomplish at Central Florida. It’s safe to say that Nebraska is not living up to those lofty expectations.

On this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, Dr. Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice discuss the latest disappointment, a 34-7 loss at Minnesota. Many people agree that the way the Huskers lost to the Gophers might be a new low for the Frost era. Minnesota ran through, over, under, and around the Blackshirts. Racking up 322 rushing yards on 49 attempts, that’s 6.6 yards a carry. 

Dr. Rob has been preaching for over a  year, the turnaround every fan wants is going to take three, maybe four years.  Injuries are starting to mount for Nebraska, and Dr. Rob points out to a major factor in the meltdown, depth, there isn’t any. 

There are a lot of questions from listeners on this podcast; a lot of them revolve around the strength and conditioning program. If the Huskers are bigger, faster, and stronger, then why are the results showing on the field? Well, Dr. Rob has an answer for that as well.

In the last half of the podcast, we get into paying players. If players start making money off of their name and likeness, does that open them up for criticism that they may not have been exposed to before? After all, if a star player is raking in thousands of endorsement dollars, he is no longer just a student-athlete who’s considered a kid between the ages of 18 and 22. 

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2019 Episode 17: Dr. Rob Says The Nebraska Offense Sucks

2019 Episode 17: Dr. Rob Says The Nebraska Offense Sucks

October 7, 2019

Yes, Nebraska is 4-2. That's a lot better than it was a year ago. But on this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, Dr. Rob Zatechka offers and unpopular opinion, he believes the Huskers offense sucks. Yes, you are reading this right, and when you listen to the rest of the podcast, he goes into the reasons why he has come to this conclusion.

Despite not having an offense that is going to strike fear into opposing defenses, Dr. Rob says Nebraska should beat Minnesota this weekend. Looking at the Golden Gophers, Dr. Rob sees a lot of smoke and mirrors with Minnesota. If the Gophers are rowing their boat, it's against the stream, and their luck is about to run out.

As the Huskers get ready for Minnesota, they could be playing with a back-up quarterback. Noah Vedral is prepared to start if Adrian Martinez is still nursing his knee. Dr. Rob gives his diagnosis and prognosis on Martinez and what he expects if Vedral does get the start.

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2019 Episode 16: Is Adrian Martinez Thinking Too Much?

2019 Episode 16: Is Adrian Martinez Thinking Too Much?

October 1, 2019

Has the Ohio State hangover subsided yet? In this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy, Dr. Rob Zatechka says don't sweat this loss too much. Why? Because the Buckeyes just had better talent, there's no other way to look at it.

Did the loss look bad? You bet. Can things get better? Yes. Now Dr. Rob goes into detail of what he expects the rest of the season, here's a hint a total seven maybe eight wins.

Also, what about Adrian Martinez? Dr. Rob agrees that something isn't right, and he gives his professional diagnosis what the sophomore should do in the offense. Here's a hint, it has a lot more to do with instinct than following a set of checks and progressions.

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2019 Episode 15: Talk Football and Beer, Not Religion!

2019 Episode 15: Talk Football and Beer, Not Religion!

September 24, 2019

The message after last weeks episode is loud and clear from many listeners, talk football and beer, stay away from religion. On this edition of the Husker Doc Talk Podcast presented by The Rimington Trophy Dr. Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice address their critics and then dive into what happened at Illinois and move onto the Ohio State showdown.

Nebraska has a unique opportunity Saturday against the Buckeyes.  All eyes will be on the program with ESPN College Gameday in town, this kind of exposure is exactly what Scott Frost, Bill Moos, and Ronnie Green want and need. But there's a catch, you have to go out and perform. Does last years 4-point loss in Columbus translate into a close game in Lincoln? Twitter traffic might have that optimistic view but Dr. Rob's diagnosis is much different and he addresses it in this episode. 

To prepare for a discussion on Ohio State, Dr. Rob has been watching lots of game action, mostly from the Illinois and Northern Illinois games. He breaks down what he is seeing in great detail and offers both words of hope and of concern. 

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2019 Episode 14: Boy, Illinois Sucks!

2019 Episode 14: Boy, Illinois Sucks!

September 17, 2019

You never know what the topics of discussion on the Doc Talk Podcast presented by the Rimington Trophy.

One can make the safe assumption that Dr. Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice will talk about Nebraska's win over Northern Illinois, and its upcoming game with Illinois. But Infusion Brewing beer can play tricks on the mind if you drink enough of it. So on the edition, you might hear their thoughts on UFOs and even ghosts.

Don't worry; it's not all science fiction and horror stories. Dr. Rob does breaking down the offensive line and what he liked and didn't like in the win over Northern Illinois. Also, does a blowout win mean the tide has turned for the rest of the season, or are fans merely looking at a mirage?

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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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