September 12, 2006

Calm Before the Storm

We're just a few days away now from USC's nationally televised bitchslap of the Huskers, and I feel a great change in the air here in Omaha. Prior to the season, I heard over and over how NU was going to sneak up on USC. I heard about how USC lost everybody. I heard how the Huskers were going to make a huge statement and catapult toward a BCS bowl and a National Championship.

And I still do. (Have you taken a look at today's poll at At last check, nearly 40% of readers predicted a Husker win)

However, if you listen to local talk radio, including the Uber-myopic Unsportsmanlike Conduct on KOZN 1620 in Omaha, ( you might notice a slight shift in thinking. You may have notice callers now just hoping for a "moral victory." You might notice the articles in the Nebraska papers asking for a "good showing" as not to derail the Husker's march to the North Division Title. You may notice that some people are backing off the theories about the Huskers rolling into SoCal and sneaking out of South Central with a win.

Or perhaps they realized that USC is pretty fucking good? Funny what a 50-14 asskicking of Arkansas team on ESPN will do. Funny what the realization that La Tech and Nicholls State suck will do in terms of your confidence. Perhaps it was some other Husker hating blog guy who said over a month ago that USC was going to assplant you into the turf. Perhaps it was some other crazed internet guy who said that USC may have lost some key players...but they're still light years ahead of you. Perhaps.

Nebraska might be getting the hang of mediocrity after all. It takes skill to start spinning a loss before it actually happens. It takes a special sort of thinking to come out before the game and say, "Ya know, we just hope we can compete" just a few weeks after you say, "They have no QB, no running back or no defense". See what I mean? I guess we'll find out. In the meantime, let's hope Larry the Cable guy stays at home, so a National network TV audience won't see your biggest fan as an overweight, unfunny comedian who wears a cammo hat and the same shirt every single day. Why couldn't you guys stick with Tommy Lee?

- I've gotten some messages from friends and readers that they're waiting for me to start "jumping on the Missouri bandwagon" before they win a few games. There are a few things I need to address here. Number one...NOBODY chooses to be a Missouri fan. You're just born that way. I didn't just pick them out of a hat, or become a fan because I like black and gold. No, I was just sort of stuck there. Because of that, you won't see me pimp them because I know heartbreak is around every turn. I know New Mexico very well could beat Mizzou by 30 points next week, and it will all be for nothing.

Alas, I don't write about them or my connection to Mizzou on this board much because you can go anywhere to see a fan blog. That's what I hate about Husker fans (one of 195,305,532 things)...but that is very very very few are able to pick out the weakness of their own team. Not all....but most. This is because you have nobody around you to tell you otherwise. Look, the rest of the Big 12 is a brawl. Kansas City alone is a pool of thousands of KU, KSU and Mizzou fans...mixed in with every other team in the conference. I could go on about my favorite team...but what good would that do? I live 200+ miles from Columbia, and are usually the last to know when something happens. Meanwhile, the guy who reads my gas meter will talk my ear off about the Huskers if I let him stand there long enough. See what I mean?

- Is it just me, or does anybody else get the feeling that Doc Sadler is going to be a major failure as the new head coach at Nebraska? (In case you hadn't heard...rumor has it they're starting up a basketball team.) I'm not sure what it is, but I just don't get a good vibe from the guy. Maybe it's because he looks like Coach Lubbock from Growing Pains. Or perhaps it's because he made his son wear a giant foam cornhead on the field at the Husker football game this past weekend. No matter...good luck to him trying to compete in a conference with names like Knight, Barnes, Huggins, Self, Anderson and others. Good thing Husker fans don't give a shit....especially this time of year. Something tells me we're going to come back to this thought later...say February.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just the Ten of Us was a great show. How hot were his daughters? Man o Man.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it's just me, but it sounds like you live among some retarded Husker fans. I don't think you gave the majority of Huskers fans any great revalation regarding the outcome of the game. Albeit, your adjectives are a bit more off-color tham most.

Most of the people I talk to about Husker football are just hoping they hold to the spread (18 at this time). I think since Callahan got here many fans have been unimpressed with level of coaching, and none of them have thought we have a shot unless USC implodes between now and Friday night.

Your comments tend to suggest that you don't interact with too many Husker fans. Many Husker fans that I have visited with, overheard at the stadium, etc. are uncertain that Callahan is the one that can make the program a perennial power. The general comments seem to be that Callahan can recruit, but lacks the ability to coach.

Might want to try talking to more than just the retired guy across the street that doesn't have anything better to do than mow an "N" in his front yard, and put up his Husker flag on gameday.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, most dont feel that way. But, if he cant admit that. It would make this blog useless.

4:13 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Very good point.

People often say things like, "Hey asshole..I can't wait for us (NU) to be great again...that'll shut you up". it won't. It's not hard to piss off a Husker fan, even when you're winning. The bottom line is, this isn't about winning or losing. That's why I don't brag on my teams. (I know they suck is another reason)

This is beyond the score. This is about the psyche, the mindset and the lifestyle that Joe Husker fan deals out every day. The Anti-Husker movement is bigger than one game..bigger than one team.

You gotta look at the big picture that way.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see why you waste effort making fun of the NU basketball team. It's like punching a dude in a wheel chair, sure it's easy but you just come off as prick. Other than that great job exposing the true nature of most Husker fans.

8:14 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

"Come off as a prick"

You're just NOW saying that? Jeez...I'm slipping. And by the way..I wasn't making fun of him..I'm just saying his team sucks balls and he looks an awful lot like Coach Lubbock.

That's all.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

hey, who was the celebrity guest last weekend on your boozefest with the antlers or whatever the fuck they call themselves down there in Columbia...

8:48 PM  
Blogger JP Anderson said...

".. very very very few are able to pick out the weakness of their own team."



I understand why you just don't get it. You're not a Nebraska fan.
But, this is exactly why the Cornhusker fans with a clue were all over the fact Frank Solich was driving the program into oblivion. You see, AJ, Nebraska fans don't just sit by idly while the Gary Pinkel's of the world go about their business. That's why Nebraska has 5 natties and Mizzou has none. We expect more.

We Cornhusker fans with a clue were willing to sacrifice the short-term for the future. I know Nebraska isn't likely ready for USC on Saturday, but one thing I know for sure is we will NEVER have to listen to Kirk Herbstreit on national television describe Nebraska's offense as "like a high school offense" ever again.

Solich's bastardization of the Nebraska option offense was an abomination. Solich took an offense that had arguably run is course anyhow and turned it into a predictable QB keeper offense. An offense that would never, ever achieve more than big stats, a Heisman trophy, and wins against a crappy Notre Dame team.

It's fun turning the page.

Try it.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Husker basketball, what a joke, the program is a non-factor in the Big Twelve, criticizing that program is like a moron calling a retard, "stupid".

Criticizing how Jim Rose has his nose so far up S.P. backside, now that is something to rip on.

8:31 AM  
Blogger JP Anderson said...

I figured you wouldn't post my comment from last night

makes too much sense for this blog, huh?

what a joke!

9:26 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

I approved it JP. I was just late in getting to it.

I'll approve ANYTHING except the following things:

- Racism or stuff like that
- Revealing personal information about somebody. It's just a reason to get personal.

Othern that that...say what you want...I'll post anything.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some husker fans do follow husker basketball and the funny part is that they are on your side when it comes to the fans that don't. We hate the fans that sit around and talk about how great "their" football program is and then go to Creighton games and show up at Devaney dressed in blue and cheering and go home so pleased with themselves that "their" basketball program is better than that other one. It's fine to cheer for all things Nebraska if that's where you live and especially if it's where you grew up, but not AGAINST the same school you're a "die hard" fan for in another sport.

As for the basketball program, it seems like they're trying, but they're just not able to get over sub-par. Kind of like KU football. They make strides occasionally, but it's just not going to happen any time soon.


11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares what Herbstreit says about your offense? How vain is that statement? Who gives a crap if you run the wishbone, veer, I, spread, etc. so long as you execute effectively and efficiently.

Cripes, I'd rather have a defense that mames people, than some offense that put up 56 points on a lame duck opponent. You don't get points for looking pretty when you score. And I'm pretty sure you don't get points for what Lee Corso likes about you either.

One should know something about the game of football before making definitive statements on it. (Don't be lumping Cornhuskers fans that have a clue with you. More appropriately, those comments should be associated with the fans that can't locate their backside from their elbow.)

11:34 AM  
Blogger JP Anderson said...

"Who cares what Herbstreit says about your offense?"

I suspect recruits care. Everyone I know cared and was embarrassed by the comment, but more so by the play of Solich's offense and his pathetic play calling.

"Who gives a crap if you run the wishbone, veer, I, spread, etc. so long as you execute effectively and efficiently."

What offense were you watching in 2002?

As for the rest of your retort, Mr. Anonymous. I'll take the high road and just say "nice try my friend."

Lee Corso

2:22 PM  
Blogger Tee-dub said...

I hate to agree, but I agree with JP to a point. I didn't think Solich was a bad guy, but he and his staff didn't recruit very well, and the already-outdated offense degenerated into a predictable and ineffective collection of about three plays.

Solich sucked recruiting. I got tired of the myopic, idiotic Omaha World-Herald bullshit every spring about the "hidden gems" in our shitty recruiting classes. Those recruiting analysts don't know anything, we were told: look at these great players we signed from Scottsbluff and Tecamah-Herman! What horsehit. If the recruit weren't from Pierce or Grand Island or Kearney, Solich couldn't sign him. By 2003, the once-great offensive line looked like a church softball team, and the defense was giving up forty points to unranked opponents. It's why Solich was replaced.

But I don't see how that somehow makes Nebraska's fans any better than Missouri's. Or how that makes Gary Pinkel an inferior coach to Bill Callahan. Last I saw, Pinkel kicked the shit out of Nebraska two of the last three years. Pinkel has nothing close to the resources or support at Missouri that Nebraska gives its football program. Pinkel also doesn't have the tradition, the facilities, or the TV exposure Nebraska has. Despite that, Pinkel has the upper hand over Nebraska the last three years.

But what the hell do I know.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep telling yourself Callahan and Cosgrove aren't getting outcoached, that'll help ease the pain.

Since when did Herbstreit start recruiting for Nebraska? I must have missed that announcement. If I recall, winning national championships was generally a good recruitment tool, but if you think Herbstreits endorsement is better, I'm sure you have other great ideas.

This is the type of fan that believes that going 7-7 and going to a bowl game is worse than going 5-6, being humilated by Texas Tech, and ending one of the longest streaks in the nation. (And then to blame it on a guy who went 9-3 with essentially the same personnel the year before.)

My advice to fans like this, stay on your meds!!! I love to see you in the stadium, but you shouldn't be allowed to interact with the remainder of teh population, and never, never procreate.

3:54 PM  
Blogger JP Anderson said...

I agree with you tee-dub.. Nebraska's fans are no better than Missouri's or Ohio State's or anyone's. Fans are fans. Too many Cornhusker fans think they are the best fans in America. There is no such thing.

As for Pinkel, he has a nice team this year, but so far he has been a classic underachiever. What I meant to illustrate by using his name was the fact underachievers do not last long at schools with National Championship history.

As for Callahan's "lack of ability" to coach. Jury is out on his success at NU, but you don't get a team to the Super Bowl if you can't coach. That just don't wash.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe Frank was as bad at recruiting as many have labeled him. He did recruit some guys that the NFL gave a shot to. Kids like, Ross, Bullock, Bullock, Washington, Johnson, Ruud, Bingham, Larson, Kelsay, Groce, Smith, Williams, and I'm sure there are more. Granted their on the defensive side (you would think with the defensive talent that was here Cosgrove should have done a better job), and Frank did have a guard who left after his sophmore year.

So saying Frank couldn't get talent is not accurate.

4:24 PM  
Blogger JP Anderson said...

Dear Anonymous (HuskerMike):

1997 was the last championship year. 2002 was five years later. Recruiting based on 5 year old successes did not work. Obviously.

Same personnel in '04 as '03 is completely irrelevant. A new system was put in place.

You are the only person in Nebraska who seriously wants Solich back. It's mind boggling.

Texas Tech is history, man. NU is already ranked ahead of them again less than two years after the fact.

The coaching change was about the future. WHY CAN'T YOU GET THAT!

Sorry for yelling.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JP says: It's fun turning the page.

Then turns around and rips on a guy that was fired 3 years ago.

Turn the page, JP. Turn the page.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Callahan was the one that put the team together that made it to the Super Bowl? He did that it one off-season? Is that correct? Then why the hell is it taking him so long to right the ship here?

Gruden put that Oakland team together, all Callahan had to do was not stab himself, and let Gannon lead the offense. Callahan took all the credit for a lot of veteran leadership.

4:39 PM  
Blogger JP Anderson said...

oy vey!

I can hear AJ laughing

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not utilizing the talent that you have, is that just because, or another form of stupid? Maybe that's why his tenure barely lasted two seasons in Oakland.

Does Pittsburgh run the WCO, how about New England, Seattle? Apparently you don't have to run a WCO to be successful in the NFL, it appears you have to be efficient, take care of the ball, and have a good defense.

5:03 PM  
Blogger JP Anderson said...

More valuable insight from Mr. Anonymous.

Thanks buddy.

8:18 AM  
Blogger JP Anderson said...

By the way, Mr. Anonymous, Seattle runs about the purest form of West Coast Offense in the NFL at the present time.

So, to use your vernacular, your comment "should be associated with the fans that can't locate their backside from their elbow."

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The kool-aid drinkers have used the "turning the page" arguement since Frank was canned. Frank had one bad year (7-7), and did something about it. He improved his FIRST year after the changes.

Callahan was brought in for the "new" direction. We were told Callahan coached in the biggest game in the world (a game he lost). We were told how great a coach he was because of how great he was at Oakland. We've been told how great Callahan is with the players, because according to kool-aid drinkers, Jesus ain't got nothing on Callahan. Callahans FIRST year here, he ended a win streak, consecutive bowl appearances, and handed Nebraska it's ugliest defeat ever (Callahans first year didn't even keep the status quo). And we got the excuse, "these aren't my players". In year three what can we expect with Frank's players that still remain, although there can't be many, with JUCO players, and underclassmen playing, that excuse should carry no weight.

Pete Carroll, what did he do with the players he was left with at USC. He won a national championship in the third season he was there, and he didn't coach in no super bowl. He wasn't handed a team that went 10-3. If I recall, the USC teams a couple years previous to Carroll were generally .500 teams (or a game above). His FIRST year, they struggled, and then made a run at the end of the season to make a bowl game, WITHOUT HIS OWN PLAYERS.

Did Herbstreit recruit USC's Heisman trophy winners for Pete Carroll before he got there? The fricking media doing the recruiting, what a stupid farcking statement. You malcontents that believe that type of tripe are the reason farcks can write crap about you.

JP, stop giving yourself the left hand salute in the mirror. These statements here show how farcking naive, and stupid you are. Sound like you want to be a big shot, but you haven't got the set to make it happen. I'm certain you got a circle of big chiefwannabees the keep each others egos stroked, but because your momma says your smart don't make it so.

About your Seattle contention, what about the other teams, evidently the point was missed. I'll bet you've missed many points, and will miss a hell of a lot more. How long have you been riding the short bus?

3:03 PM  
Blogger JP Anderson said...

Dear Mr. Anonymous:

You say "About your Seattle contention, what about the other teams."

You mentioned Seattle, New England and Pittsburgh. Only Pittsburgh doesn't run the West Coast.

Keep running from your inaccurate statement. All the way to Athens, Ohio. You obviously have a thing for Solich.

Big Chief Wannabe

11:14 PM  

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