Crashing the Party Part II - The Husker Roundtable Continues
So just as I did last fall, let me take the bait, hook, line and sinker and give you my take on the epic Husker football blog-round-table that took place a few days ago. And yes Mr. and Mrs Husker fan…I’m not doing this for any other reason other than I think you need the perspective. You NEED people like me to keep you in check. Why don’t I move if I hate it so much? Simple…because without a voice like me, Big Red white-hot myopia would run wild for centuries. I can only hope that someday, when I'm long gone...somebody will look back and say, "that crazy bastard was right."
My friends….the envelopes please:
- What's your interest in the 'other' Nebraska sports those beyond Husker football?
Answer: I love ALL Husker sports. Not because I actually like volleyball or swimming or tennis or anything that is hard to do, yet completely devoid of all interest. No, I love ALL Husker sports, because that is where my favorite person…Husker fan hangs out. Don’t get me wrong, Husker fan won’t just hang out at any old event where a big ugly N is present. Oh sure, you’ll have your token 2,000 AARP members who pack into the NU Coliseum to watch volleyball like they're at an Art Linkletter seminar on term life insurance at the North Platte Holiday Inn. No, those Husker fans are harmless. The Husker fans I love are the ones that wear Tommie Frazier jerseys to baseball games. The Husker fans I love are big time “Volleyball” fans who have been fans “forever”, yet couldn’t tell you why they now score all the way to 30 in a game rather than 15.
Sure football rules the roost (farm reference, get it?) around here, but Husker hypocrisy and idiocy can be found pretty much anywhere. I’m sure if I went to a speech and debate meet somewhere near oldfather hall on campus, there is bound to be one idiot parent screaming “GO BIG RED” after their nerd son just finished their 3rd place Dramatic Interputation piece.
So to answer your question Mr. Moderator, my heart belongs to football, but my disdain lies in any and all Husker sports that attract the best and worst in Husker fans. Quite frankly if the Huskers had a squad of mentally challenged water polo players, I’d probably boo them too until my throat stopped bleeding.
- In which sport besides football would you like Nebraska to succeed most and why?
Answer: Who’s to say I want football to succeed the most? Why is that automatically part of the equation? What if I was the parent of a 300lb co-ed from Sydney, NE who was a member of the rifle team? Wouldn’t I want to see them succeed more than the over hyped, over-analyzed, over-rated football team who’s every practice, walk-through and film session is documented, filmed and put on NETV, only to be hosted by Kevin and Adrian?
But alas, that’s not part of the question, so I shall answer it properly. I think if I had to sit back and think about it, I would want the men’s basketball team to succeed the most. Not because I think they ever will (zero NCAA tourney wins in 70 years will give you that impression), but because that will do a lot of mental damage to a lot of people. Those people I’m talking about? JayHuskers.
You know who I’m talking about don’t you? Wouldn’t Biff and Chaz from row 3, seat 4 and 5 in the Creighton student section be left in a tizzy if they had to choose between the out of control Creighton bandwagon, and the right of the fatherland, that is says every Nebraska son must root for the Huskers in all cases? (Unless a rival university that doesn’t have a football team gets really good in a sport that isn’t football and plays in a great new arena that serves beer.) I mean, the little spats between Husker and Bluejay fans now are pretty lame…how incredible would the slap fight be if there were TWO bandwagons to fight over? People’s heads would explode, and the rest of us would find it incredibly entertaining. Oh sure, we’d have to put up with Travis Justice 24 hours a day instead of only 18, blathering on about the Jays and Huskers, but at least us non-natives would get some humor out of it at your expense.
Some Husker fans have the attitude that former athletic director Bill Byrne focused too much on 'other' sports which hurt the success of the football team. Do you agree with that statement?
Answer – Well let’s see. Steve Pederson probably doesn’t even know where the Devaney Center is, and what’s that gotten you? A 10am game on New Years day? A Big 12 Title game loss over Oklahoma? Your basketball team is still the 10th best team out of 12, your baseball team lost to San Francisco and Manhattan at HOME last spring to end their season. The Volleyball team won the national championship, but how many schools compete at that level of volleyball? The Pac-10 schools and…..???? Besides, didn’t they win that tile in Omaha? Not much of a home court advantage there.
Anyhow, I can’t possibly see what Bill Byrne could have possibly done to damage the football team, any more than Steve Pederson is currently doing. He practically built Hawks Field from the ground up. He took your baseball team from barely better than Peru State to CWS in a matter of a few years. (Sure Dave Van Horn dumped you like a drunk prom date..but hey, you got to go a few times didn’t you?)
As an avid hater of all things Husker, I for one applaud Steve Pederson for not only destroying precious Nebraska football “tradition”, but also neglecting all other Husker sports (except volleyball), to the point that I don’t have to deal with arrogant fans as much anymore. But then again, now we have the same fans wearing Creighton t-shirts, so really what difference does it make? Next question please.
And as a follow up to the previous question, do you think that the 'other sports' detract from or compliment Husker football?
Answer – Is this a trick question? “Detract” from Husker football? What on earth could “detract” from Husker football between the Sand Hills and the Henry Doorly Zoo? If the pussycat dolls were playing nude team handball in jello at mid court of the Devaney Center, you still would only draw about 1/20th the crowd that you would if Kevin Cosgrove was breaking down film in the same gym. It’s not a bad thing…well…it is. It’s just expected. Football will always be first here, and there’s nothing anybody can do about it. (Although Steve Pederson and Bill Callahan are trying.) Hell, if the football team did go down the toilet and people stopped caring, what the hell would I write about? Anna Nicole Smith all day? Uhhhh…no.
I can’t wait for the Husker baseball round-table. I’ve got a brand new Tommie Frazier jersey, and I can’t wait to show it off to all the beer gardens on 13th street during the series.