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Published Monday, July 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm / Updated at 2:54 pm
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Shatel: Hastings to Canton for Bill Parcells

A few questions before a last-chance vacation and then time to report for Nebraska football camp (no weigh-ins, please):

» Will Hastings College make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Don't be surprised. Bill Parcells puts on the yellow blazer in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday. Coach “Tuna” got his start at humble Hastings College back in 1964.

As he's given retrospective interviews on his career, Parcells frequently mentions his time as an assistant for the Broncos, where his job duties included lining the field with chalk and washing uniforms. Dean Pryor, the head coach at Hastings who hired Parcells, will be at Canton for the ceremony. Parcells says he still remembers the message that Pryor gave to him: Give your players a chance to win.

Hastings was also the subject of one of Parcells' better lines. In 1998, he drafted Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost in the third round to the New York Jets as a safety. Parcells told Frost, “If this doesn't work out, I'll be back coaching Hastings' defense and you'll be coaching the offense.”

» If you were a college football player, what would you do with $3,000 a year?

The idea that a stipend would go toward incidentals like dates and movies, laundry, a hot meal, etc., is well and good. I'm not sure it's reality.

How many players would buy themselves a 50-inch flat screen TV with that money? Or a new wardrobe? A night out clubbing in a limo?

That's fine. A stipend is basically discretional income the athletes can't get from working that average students can.

This is a complicated issue, and more than just football and basketball players would have to get something. But it sure sounds like the train is about to leave the station.

They're deserving of something. But let's be honest: This will benefit the student-athlete as the student-athlete sees fit, not necessarily according to the ideals of an older generation.

» Will there be a Madison Square Garden for Creighton to play in next March?

Yes. And at least 10 more years, apparently. But the New York City Council has given the Garden 10 years to find a new location. The city wants to modernize Penn Station, which is located beneath the Garden.

There's plenty of time and New York politics to be had here, but city leaders want future bullet trains to leave for Boston and Washington, D.C. This is the fourth location in the Garden's history. There may be a fifth, a brand new one with all the bells and whistles and not much of the history.

Wherever it is, I'm sure Creighton fans will find it. And I'm certain they'll get there by taxi.

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» What's the top story in Husker camp?

There are a lot to choose from, but I think the line is the thing to watch. The offensive line. If it's as good as the players and coaches are touting, that's big news. The defense is going to need time. A stout offensive line would open the door for a lot of things to happen this season.

» Does Bo Pelini have a Hy-Vee commercial yet?

If he doesn't, someone at Hy-Vee is dropping the ball, er, burger. Pelini's meat department spiel last week at Big Ten media days was off-the-cuff and some of the best advertising the store could get.

Then again, I just want to see a spot with Pelini standing in the meat department, barking orders. Get on that, Hy-Vee.

» Where did George Brett live when he played in Omaha?

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star wrote a column on the start of Brett's career in K.C. Brett told Mellinger he lived in an apartment at 84th and Q with teammates Mark Littell and Buck Martinez the day he was called up to Kansas City in the summer of 1973.

He packed his bags and flew to Chicago to replace Paul Schaal, who had been injured.

» Is there still going to be an Omaha Racers 20-year reunion?

Yes. It will be Aug. 23-25 at Ralston Arena. There will be a couple of private functions for the former players, such as Tim Legler, Jim Les and Rod Mason. The public events, which will be free, will take place Saturday, including a kids clinic, a 3-point shooting contest, an “Old Timers” game and an autograph session. Stay tuned for more details.

» What's the future of the Cox Classic?

There was nothing new to report from media day on Monday. However, the media members did not destroy the course, and there will be a tournament next month.

» Whatever happened to Bob Steinkamp?

The major league scout and former coach and manager of the Beatrice Bruins is going into the National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame on Aug. 4, according to Larry Bornschlegl of the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame. Congrats to Steinkamp on a well-deserved honor for his contributions to baseball in Nebraska.

» Have the Chicago Cubs ever won the World Series?

Absolutely, and if you were a Cubs fan on my Southwest flight to Chicago, you received a not-so-subtle reminder from the flight attendant. As our plane was about to land at Midway Airport, the flight attendant welcomed everyone to Chicago — “home of the 1907 and 1908 World Champion Chicago Cubs.”

The passengers laughed loudly. Well, except for the Cubs fans on board.

» One more and I'm outta here: What's the hit movie of the summer?

Before last week, I would have said “Sharknado” or “Teen Beach Movie.” But the boss (not the one in the sports department — the real boss) and I actually got out to see a flick last weekend and saw “The Heat.” Very funny. I wonder if Husker fans will get any ideas after seeing the paintings of Jesus.

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

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