October 3, 2006

Classiest Fans in the Nation - Part 2

Well Husker fans, you've done it again.

You've read on these pages over the past couple of years, I've tried to do everything I can to let YOU...the good sports fans of the Midwest, know about the fraud and false idol that is Husker fan. As seen in part one of our little story, Husker fan is certainly not above sending death threats to local weathermen who are trying to save their ass during a storm.

Just when you thought that was pretty bad...enter the complete scumbags who sat in the end zone of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln this past weekend.

Midway through the 3rd quarter, KU senior linebacker Eric Washington was making a tackle on another 1 yard plunge from Marlon Lucky, when he was suffered what appeared to be a severe neck injury. Instant replays showed Washington going limp from the moment his head made contact, as he fell to the ugly multi-colored turf of Tom Osborne Field. Medical personnel rushed to the field, and did everything they could to stabilize the young man, as his teammates and opponents stood over helplessly. Is there ANY more scary picture in sports than a young man in the prime of his life...paralyzed from the neck down, literally fighting for his life in front of God and everybody? Is there any more sickening feeling than watching paramedics scramble for an ambulance in the middle of what is supposed to be the greatest diversions we as Americans can have during our ho hum week.

The stadium fell silent for the nearly 20 minutes that Washington was down. People stared. People prayed. What else could Husker fan do in a seemingly hopeless situation like this?

Yes, the self proclaimed "Classiest fans in the nation"...the same people who throw a fit if you don't recognize their greatness...the same people who throw down everything and DEMAND your respect if you don't bow to them at the check-out line...decided that 20 minutes of down time just wasn't enough for them. What's that? They didn't know how bad the injury was? He was down for 20 minutes. Paramedics are scrambling. Players are praying. How the fuck do you not understand how serious this situation is? What sort of absolute fucking jackoff do you have to be to start the fucking WAVE...at anytime, let alone when a visiting player may have just received a life altering injury.

But wait...it gets better.

Enter the Daily Nebraskan....the University of Nebraska's student newspaper since....I don't know...forever. As most idiotic college kids are, this cartoonist decided to poke fun at both Nebraska fans...and for some reason, KU coach Mark Mangino. Here's the cartoon for you to decide for yourself here.

Now, obviously, we all know Mark Mangino is a bit plump. We all know Mark Mangino could use a couple of years locked away with Richard Simmons and a Stairmaster. But is a situation such as this a time to make fun of the guy's weight? You're talking about one of his players....paralyzed from the neck down...as helpless as a soldier dying on the battlefield, and your sorry, pot-smoking, charcoal tracing ass has to make fun of how fat he is? Are you on fucking crack? What the hell were you thinking? Aren't you people supposed to be the classiest fans in college football? DIDN'T YOU READ THE SIGN?!?!?

Even worse, was NU chancellor Harvey Pearlman got on local TV last night. You can find the video here . Notice in the video, Pearlman didn't blast the attack on Mangino. No, he blasted the cartoonist making fun of Husker FANS. THIS is what it has come to folks. The president of the university, pissed off and on TV...saying it's OK to make an extremely bad taste drawing of an opposing coach...but DO NOT BASH HUSKER FANS.

The gall of you people will never ever cease to amaze me.

In a related note...thanks to my good friend Matt for tuning me into this little tidbit. Apparently some assclown is buying radio advertising, selling himself as the "Anti-Husker". You can see his spiffy little blog here: http://www.hothuskers.com/ Apparently his advertisements (which I haven't heard) incorporate the tag line, "Meet the REAL anti-Husker". Uhhh..who do you think that is a barb at?

Major kudos to me for having a guy so pissed off at me, that he has to launch an actual advertising campaign to match up with me. The best part is...the guy thinks he's some sort of revolutionary, not "drinking the Husker Kool-Aid. Uhhh...have you seen this blog? Do you have any idea what sort of idiot you look like? Do you really need advertising so that you can tell people that even though you're a fan...you're better than normal fans because you don't subscribe to many of the Husker homerisms that a majority of people in this state do?

What a douche bag.


Anonymous bhg said...

You think Perlman has enough guts to stand up to anybody? In my opinion, he takes his cues from the athletic department, and the boosters. If there ever comes a time when the boosters and Darth P. ever disagree Perlman will probably resign vs. having to face that mess.

Let's see drunk students at a football game. I can't imagine that they would do something inappropriate. Let's think back to a group of kids that attend Missouri basketball games (personally, I thought the kids in the 80's were the best). I believe they were known for taunting the opponents, taking personal shots at players and coaches, both obscene and otherwise.

Colorado kids tossing beers onto players and opposing fans (days of the wet campus). Oklahoma kids cheering when Mickey Joseph had his leg broken in Norman.

Let's face it, stupid fans abound. Give a retard an audience, and there's no telling what they will do. Is this the first time that something dumb and insensitive has been done in the name of the "home team", NO, and I doubt it will be the last.

I appreciate you bringing it to our attention, but if we had to put stupid insensitive people to sleep, it would be a lot less crowded at the mall. If you condemn those from one school who commit the insensitive act, then to remain consistent, you must condemn all that commit the same insensitive act to be credible.

Classless fans are found on every campus you go. Ever sat amongst the college baseball fans from Texas at the CWS? (Granted they all didn't show the same behavior.)

10:03 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Most fans don't walk under a giant sign when they enter that states how great they are either.

Just saying.

And no...the whole crowd wasn't doing the wave. Just pointing out that when you proclaim how classy and great you are...you're probably held to the highest of all standards.

The lack of outcry about this incident is mostly what I'm talking about.

And by the way..I completely understand what you're trying to say, which is why I never brag about what a great fan I am or my team has.

10:11 AM  
Blogger JP Anderson said...

I am so tired of the "best fans in college football" crap they keep spewing out on Huskervision and in TV ads. Nobody is any better than anyone else. It's just a game. The best one going.

Nobody was doing the wave celebrating this player's situation. Everyone at the game, near my seats in Section 3, was very concerned for the young man's well being.

Find something else to rant about, AJ. This is tired shit.

Let's talk about the NU midgets trying to stop Todd Blythe this weekend.


11:24 AM  
Blogger Cliffcat said...

Nobody ever claimed Mizzou fans had much class. I've made it a personal goal to make Nebraska and Kansas fans feel as unwelcome as possible when they come to Columbia. So ... I don't care what you think of Mizzou fans, but I suspect you care very much what others think of Nebraska fans.

They are as classy and classless as every other fan I've ever come across. No better, no worse.

I lived in Lincoln for ten long years. I forget what year is was, but when Colorado came to Lincoln and won during that night game (I think back in the late 80s), almost every car in the downtown area with Colorado plates had been "keyed". One or two were turned over.

I recall being at a Nebraska/Colorado basketball game when NU was beating CU easily. A group of NU fans held up a big sign that said, "Where's Sal Aunese now?".

Just a couple of examples. There are many more. I wasn't surprised at all to read about the "wave" incident. Completely in line with Husker fan behavior.

However, I'm beginning to think it has less to do with "class" and more to do with simple stupidity.

11:36 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Shit JP..where you been? I was beginning to think everybody agreed with me there for a while.

I'm working on a bunch of site redesign stuff, so finding new angles is tough. But I promise I'll breakdown ISU this week just for you.

Clif, I hear ya. Fans are fans no matter wehre you go. I went to a NU-Mizzou game a few years ago, and before I even got to my seat, got drilled in the back with a 1/2 Runza, and I hadn't even opened my mouth yet. Maybe they were familiar with this blog?

Either way...if you're going to declare how great your fans are..hold them to a higher standard. That's all I ask.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Obsessed Husker Fan said...

Oh come on AJ, dont be jealous. We know you are the ULTIMATE Husker Hater, no one, and I mean no one, can take that away from you. You could piss me off, but you dont, I am actually very entertained and honored by your ramblings. And that douchebag hothuskers.com or whatever cant even begin to measure up to you. You have my vote! Later buddy.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Dr. Buffenstien said...

This past weekend I got excellent treatment from Tiger fans, much much better treatment than I have EVER received in Lincoln.

I knew you would break this one out AJ, awesome as always.

BTW, that "REAL husker hater" blog sucks so much ass, it sounded pretty forced too.

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Valjean said...

just remember, nebraska is not the great J-School.... Mizzou is... though I take offense to his wearing the Boston sox cap, seems to have become a fashion statement as of late.

1:08 AM  
Anonymous bhg said...

Every time Buffenstein talks about the classlessness of Nebraska fans, I recall a football game that we roadtripped to in Boulder, CO where the Huskers were upset. During that game the students were dumping beers on Nebraska people, cursing, and shouting obscene remarks at them.

To add insult to injury, after that game, we decided to not induldge in adult beverages, but get the heck out of there. On our way to the car, I could not believe what I saw. There we saw two CU (I believe students)fans running up behind an NU fan and hit him in the back, knocking him to the ground. We got the heck out of there, fast.

When we got back, I visited with other people that traveled to the game. I heard a story of a car with Nebraska plates being urinated on. So, I'm of the opinion that among every fan base you have the "nut".

I was telling this story to my parents friend, and he said that was nothing. He said that he went to a K-State/Nebraska game back in the early 80's. Nebraska rolled over K-State, and this gentleman went to leave. Apparently a K-State fan had poured something into the gas tank to ruin the engine. Unfortunately for the fan, he was unaware that my parents friend was a K-State graduate living and working in Nebraska.

Is it odd for a fan of a school to not believe that they possess the greatest fans? I would say that if you talked to the students that attend Mizzou, and Kansas basketball games, they might say they are the best fans. And on, and on, and on....

Each school has a share of brain dead fans, to state that one school has a monopoly on insensitive fans, is similiar to a retard calling a moron, "stupid".

I do concede that Nebraska puts Jim Rose on the air, and if you're a delusional fan to begin with, listening to Jim ain't going to help you figure out where reality is at.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the plug for www.HotHuskers.com, and no, sorry, we have never heard of you! But, you are more than welcome to join in our Forum called Husker Talk at HotHuskers.com.

The Anti Husker!

2:01 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

K...I gotta ask.

HOW...on EARTH...could you POSSIBLY be more anti- Husker than me?


2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all know you are THE ultimate Husker hater, but isn't there room for plenty of 'em?

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Section96 said...

Not to mention that in tonight's dish rag, the vaunted Blackshirts say that the HOME CROWD NOISE caused them to miss defensive calls, and otherwise mis-communicate with each other.

Haven't heard that one before.

No, it couldn't be that you're starting Verne Troyer at cornerback, could it?

9:09 PM  
Blogger Dr. Buffenstien said...

BHG, nothing says class like a t-shirt that reads "SAL IS DEAD< GO BIG RED".

Or chucking durralogs ad my 50 year old texas A&M alum father?

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey AJ.

Totally off topic, but I was curious on what your opinion of Omaha sports radio is. Justice, Perault, Kugler, etc. or none of the above. I am a Husker fan and personally like Kugler the best, but wanted to know what a Husker hater liked.

P.S. Your level of hatred is unmatched. Along with your writing skills and sarcasm.

6:13 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Good question I guess.

Personally, I have met Kugler and Justice. (Although several years ago.) I think both of them are extremely good at their jobs, especially Kugler who could go a long way in this business. The only thing I don't like about him (despite loving the Cubs), is his whole Opie Taylor "Aww shucks" persona. If he would just be himself, (or stop with that annoying part of his personality), he'd be very very good. Severe with him, I have no problem with, although the guy loves the NFL way way too much. But to each their own. Travis Justice likes to stir up discussion, which he does very well as well.

I enjoy listening to Perault when Kugler and Severe go on their homer rampages such as, "Tell us about your first Husker game" or some other lame topic...although it seems like Perault does the same thing at times to keep up.

All in all, I think we're very lucky in Omaha with the radio personalities we have..despite the homeresque qualities. You could have much much worse, such as Bob Fescoe, Danny Clinksdale or Nate Bukakty on 810 in Kansas City. Those guys are absolutely brutal. (I enjoy Keitzman at time, but his pro-downtown stadium act gets old as well)

7:39 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

So it sounds like Buffenstein is saying, Nebraska fans are classless, and the actions of all others are justified.

Let's all pray that type of logic never rules the world. Although that type of logic would explain many things in the federal government.

To gain credibility one should be consistent. If you condemn one act, then the others of similiar nature and action also need to be justified. Otherwise, you're demonstrating the difference between knowledge and information.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Dr. Buffenstien said...

I have yet to go to a school or meet fans of a school who make commercials and post signs up saying how great their fans are, and how they have a tradition of having class like Nebraska does.

That's my reasoning. Sorry to spell it out for you. Colorado doesn't make goofy Joseph Goebbels-esque commercials about the "Power of Black and Gold". Sorry. By no means am I saying what ANY other fans do that is classless is justified, although EVERY husker fan I have brought this up to this week has a spin on it, and JUSTIFIES this. Usually with "Yeah well, Colorado threw bottles on the field" Yeah, one student section not 80,000 fans took part in poor sportsman like behavior. I was at that CU/kNU game in November, I remember standing and applauding security with many others when the students got bounced, it was sickening, I didn't pick up bottles and join in.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous bhg said...


You're still condeming the entire Husker fan base for the actions of a small minority.

Did I some how justify the actions of the Husker fans that have abused you and your father, no? I also know that all Colorado fans are not as pure as the snow that falls in the Rockies. I AM NOT THAT NAIVE!!!

"because my father...", "because the...", "because the fans...", all Husker fans are classless and poor sports, is generally what I hear from you and others. Let's take that line of LOGIC and apply it in other situations.

Let's apply that line of logic to another situation. All Colorado football recruits rape women during recruitment. It happened once, therefore it must be true for all Colorado football players all the time.

Because Lawrence Phillips beat up his girlfriend, all Nebraska football players must beat up their girlfriends. Because Dwight Gooden did cocaine, all professional baseball players must be doing cocaine.

See how absurd that line of reasoning is?

Making specific instances and making general statements is a profession general reserved to lawyers and politicians.

11:16 AM  

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