August 22, 2007

Follow-up Post - A Lesson in Leadership

In the shady world of mysterious bloggers, we reclusive wannabe sports writers often separate our personal lives from our work. We are not professional columnists who have their faces plastered to the first column above the fold 4 times a week. We are often seedy glances from deep within a person's soul...often recognized by nobody. I can't tell you how many times somebody has sent me the URL for this blog, and said, "You gotta read this guy, he sounds like you"

If you were me, would you advertise the world who you were? Much like Chinese dissidents deep within the bowels of the communist regime, I expect red-clad masked men in overalls to bust through my bedroom door the second people figure out who I am. Hell, my wife barely knows I write this blog.

With that being said, I will tell you that the reason my updates have been scattered and several days apart is because I've been going to school for 3 years. Yesterday, my journey ended, and I am done with continuous education forever. I know, it doesn't mean a whole hell of a lot...but if you've ever gone through it, you would understand what sacrifices it takes.

However, you could give a rats ass about the degree on my wall, and personally I don't care that much either. However, the subject of my thesis involves something I think you all should be able to relate to. My thesis revolved around leadership in the 21st century, and how today's citizen must be in tune with how to lead others if they have any hope of moving ahead in life.

As is often the case, I listened to several of the media discussions yesterday again regarding Bill Callahan's decision to stick with JC Keller for the 2007 season. (I'm just as shocked today as I was yesterday.) Much of the conversation circled around Keller's rocket-right arm and his senior-fueled abilities to run the offense. Matt Perrault went on and on about how JC conducts himself far above any college athlete he's been around. That very well may be true on all accounts.

But what was stated next struck a chord with me, "Sam Keller is a natural leader. I think he's the type of guy players will get behind and go to war for."

(Insert the sound of screeching tires and grinding brakes here)

Why? Because he's a senior by eligibility standards? Because he wears his hat backwards? Is it because he can use big words in a sentence like "spontaneous"?

Truth be told, I don't know JC Keller. I've never met JC nor have I ever seen him around his teammates. I'm guessing 99.9% of you have either. Despite your claims that the kid discovered Iceland, wrestled the world's largest Gila Monster and holds the world record bench press for guys whos name starts with an 'S'...I tend to be a bit more skeptical than you. Call me funny that way. I realize the JC angle has been overdone and yes, I'm as sick of it as you are.

But two things drive me nuts: First, I don't understand why people underestimate leadership in sports. And second, it's absolutely insane how people in the stands can judge leadership.

I'm not a football player. I've never played the sport in my life, but I did play enough other sports to know what leadership is all about. When I was in school, we had a guy on our team who was a four year pitcher. The greatest guy you'll ever meet, he would always be the first guy to congratulate a guy after a home run. He was the first one with his arm around your shoulder if you pitched a bad inning. He wasn't given God given talent, but that guy battled his ass off day in and day out.

By his senior year, he had solidified himself as a great #4 starter, and throughout our regional was being held in the rotation. Once we reached the semi-finals of the double elimination tournament, it was his job to pitch the finals the next day...should we have gotten that far. All game long, our team fought their ass off to get to that final. Not for ourselves...not for our coach or God forbid our school. We focused a little more...concentrated a little longer, just to give him is one last shot on the mound.

We lost that semi-final game, and our captain never got his shot to finish his career as our leader on the field.

Every single guy on our team...from the clean-up hitter to the athletic trainer was devastated for days and weeks afterward. I remember seeing a teammate hugging him in the parking lot in tears (one of the toughest guys on our team..played with a broken foot all season)...saying nothing but, "I'm sorry...I'm so sorry" for literally 3 solid minutes.

That guy wasn't a leader because of the way he spoke or the way he performed on the field. He wasn't a leader because he "carried himself" correctly. That guy was a leader because he WAS our team. That guy was a leader because he cared about each and every one of us. He would drive out to pick you up if you had been drinking all night and couldn't drive. (guilty). He would tell you what you're doing wrong if you asked him to. He would rip his right arm off for you if you asked, and in turn...his team didn't even care that their season or careers were over...rather they felt horrible that they let him down.

How Perrault and others who can blather on and on about "leadership" is absolutely beyond me. Unless you're so close to that team that you can recognize that allegiance, you don't know jack shit. Even the reporters who cover those teams day in and day out hardly have a clue as to the everyday relationships that are built within a team surrounding. They're not leaders because they are assigned so as coaches. They are leaders because they earn respect in ways that you couldn't possibly realize.

JC Keller might be that guy. He might possess the tools to fire a ball at 900mph, and hit a moving target from 80 yards away. I don't pretend to know. Maybe this Husker team doesn't need leaders like that? Maybe just a new mohawk will do? Maybe they draw inspiration from Larry the Cable Guy and a variety of themed t-shirts? Again, I have no idea what is true.

But I do know that judging from Mr. Keller's actions in Tempe, he has VERY LITTLE chance of being that guy that dudes will bawl to in the parking lot, saying "I'm so sorry" when they just blew the Big 12 North title. Unless of course they draw inspiration from a flying plastic cup...in which case you should have no problems.

You may go 12-1. (USC? Come on). You may win the North. JC or some other unforseen Husker may win the Heisman trophy. (Sorry..lost my mind for a second there.) But for the love of God, let the slobbery man-love for the guy be contained to things you can actually see...not things you can imagine.

Ten days to go.

75 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stick to blogging, Einstein.

The greatest leader in Nebraska football history was HATED by his teammates. But his TALENT on the field was what mattered.

Congrats on the degree. Now stop trying to use it on this stupid blog. That attempt was more painful than reading a post by BHG that was edited by BigRedFraud.

JP

1:44 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Thanks.

Would Frazier be considered the best leader if he was surrounded by Baylor talent?

You saw what happened when Doane's finest college atheltes attempted to get behind him.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous bigredfred said...

What we know for sure is:

JC Keller was voted off the team by his teammates at ASU.

JC Keller had no problem ditching his team and teammates at ASU for his own personal gain.

JC Keller has no idea how to treat a woman.

JC Keller has no self control to the point he will throw a tantrum for a lost parking spot.

JC Keller has NEVER played an entire season anywhere.

HE CAN throw intercetptions.

Keller DOES fit right in with Used car salesman Bill Callahan.

AJ you know as well as anyone the agenda of the local media. The free tickets they get and the VIP privileges from UNL. This is all a snow job on unsuspecting Nebraskans.

Unfortunately for Bill, the real test will be in front of EVERYONE on the field this year. Come January there will be no hiding from reality of the season as it progresses.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's your point? Keller won't be surrounded by Baylor talent.

JP

2:41 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

OK. I stand corrected..not Baylor talent.

Vandy talent.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

aj,

You hit right to the core of what it takes for a guy to be a leader.

It isn't just the team's best player. It isn't just the team's nicest or funniest or most experienced guy. To truly be a leader, a player has to inspire love amonst his teammates. He has to be willing to do anything for them. If a team knows its leader will do anything for them, they will do anything for the team.

You can lead by example, I guess, if you're the most talented player on the team. And maybe Keller will do that for the offense. But to be a true leader, it takes more...

3:21 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Thank you Shawn. That is my point. Leadership on the field is a quality that is extremely difficult to pin down by those on the outside.

Judging that by not even watching a person play a snap is foolish and lame.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And none of you saps have any idea how the current Huskers feel about Sam Keller or anyone else on the team for that matter.

Geezus. Pathetic.

Here's copy from the Arizona Republic article posted at the time Dirk Koetter screwed the pooch at ASU:

Senior receiver Terry Richardson said it originated as a "mutual thing."

"We wanted to share with (coach) how the team felt about the situation, speaking on the team's behalf so he could know," Richardson said. "He's not a psychic. He doesn't know what the team feels. He doesn't know what the team wants. We just gave him a better vibe of everybody's attitude about the whole situation.

"It wasn't necessarily negative (about Keller). It just kept going back and forth about one guy and the other. He's good at this, he's good at that. It went on and on. He said, 'OK I've got enough, thank you guys,' and went back into his chamber and made his decision."


You douchebags are speculating about what ASU's players felt last year and now about what NU's players feel this year.

Dirk Koetter didn't have the balls to stick to his decision to name the better player the starter and he capitulated. He let the team decide the starting QB. Guess what that got him? 14 interceptions and fired.. That's what it got him.

You should write an article about Dirk Koetter's leadership skills.

JP

3:58 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

So you're blaming it on the COACH...for not making a decision and NOT the fact that Keller's own teammates wanted Keller pushed to 2nd string?

Better yet Scoop...why don't you tell me what the ASU players thought of JC after he quit on them to go soybean farming on the great plains right before the season started?

I'm sure you know that teammates REALLY look kindly on guys who quit after all that summer work...all that fall camp work..right before the season.

Yeah..and they don't make stuff up for reporters either.

Koetter listened to teh guys who wanted Keller gone. the guy who took his spot wasn't ready. he paid for it.

At what point does that talk about JC as a leader? It doesn't..it just means he was a bad coach.

You're a master as spin, but that's a pathetic effort..even for you and the cut and paste tool you rode in on.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I'm saying is you don't know shit about the players at either school.

You think if Tom Osborne left it up to the players they would have chosen Frazier over Berringer?

The best player or leader doesn't need to be well-liked by his subjects to succeed. Ever read any WWII history? Oh wait, that wasn't your major was it? It was "leadership" or some other b.s. master's program.

JP

4:18 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

What hte fuck ever.

I'm saying he was surrounded by talent that even he couldn't fuck up and two....perhaps it wasn't the QB...because from what I understand..the Peter brothers ran that team.

I hate it when I know more about your team than you do.

4:37 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

OHF - Leave the one part of the comment out of it and try again.

I'll post it.

You know what I'm talking about.

4:40 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Let the record show for everybody else that he posted that I like to jerk off to pictures of Keller and wouldn't know leadership if it bit me in teh ass...or something like that.

You all know..especially those who have been here a while...that I'll publish just about any comment.

OHF, you are forgiven.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous ohf said...

dont forget the part about me congratulating you on your intramural success!

love,
me

4:47 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Forgot about that. It has been noted.

PS - Who here thinks I should start a message board? Iv'e had quite a few people ask. I have no idea how to put it together..but if enough people want it...I'll do it.

AJ

4:48 PM  
Anonymous ohf said...

message board=great success
-borat

that would be good, then we could rag on each other without needing approval from the "JC" of this board, the great leader AJ.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all know Booger Daniels is the apple of your eye, AJ.

JP

p.s. I did mean the congrats about the degree.. I can respect my enemies

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ!!

I wanted to respond to AJ, but fucking Fraud got in the way.

"JC Keller was voted off the team by his teammates at ASU"

What an idiot.. he was not voted off the team (this is fucking D-1 football you tool, not Survivor)

"JC Keller has NEVER played an entire season anywhere."

Huh? How the hell did he ever make it to ASU then? He's from my neck of the woods, you're dead wrong Fraud.

"HE CAN throw intercetptions".

Ahhh.. your point? I guess if you are comparing him to anyone that's not a QB, that would be one of the things that separates them.

If not throwing interceptions is a requirement for QB, then there are none worthy at any level, but you're the football genious, I'm just a Kool-Aid drinker that knows nothing about football.

AJ,

I agree almost 100% with your assessment of what makes a leader and I don't think we know at this point whether or not Keller is one, but I also don't think we can say that he won't be because of what happened at ASU. I'm sure you read a post on TB from a Husker fan in AZ who claimed to have the inside scoop on that (there was supposedly a little nose candy issue that Keller had, that his teammates worked with him on to get him to knock it (behind Koetter's back), and was brought to Koetter's attention, by Carpenter, after he named Keller the starter). Now, I don't know how much of that is true, but if it is and Keller was a total shit, his teammates could have just as easily let that info slip out to Koetter instead of handling it themselves. That doesn't mean he's a leader, but it probably does mean that he is not the self-centered, "me before the team" guy that some are claiming.


BigRedFraud, the more I read your shit, the more convinced I am that you are on some form of medication, but please stay on it 'cuz God only knows what kind of crazy shit you'd post without it

Randy

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's unmoderated, I'm all for it ;-) And, that's not a knock on you, you've published all my stupid shit, but you do lose some of the interactive nature when you have to wait for someone to approve/publish..

Randy

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clarification... I don't mind a board being moderated. Just don't want posts to have to be approved to be published...

Randy

5:18 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Alright....here's the deal. I don't like approving comments. In fact, I hate approving comments. However, every once in a great great while, one of you gets loose about how they're going to hide in my bushes with a glock..and I have to turn it into the DCSD.

I think those of you who have been around long enough to know that I publish almost everything...unless it's racist, a direct threat or crossing the personal line. Even so..I've rejected MAYBE 5 posts in the 2 years I've run this blog. It's not a huge deal to me.

People don't agree with me. I kinda figured that when I started all this.

However, you all should also note that as vile and evil and ignorant and whatever else I am..I am at the very least fair. I allow you guys to have your opinons..call each other names..whatever. I never attack a player personally UNLESS it's a public incident..and even then, I would never go out of my way to say that somebody's mom was a bad person because of it. (CoughRoseCough)

This forum is based on being pissed off, and I welcome your pissed off thoughts. Just respect me a tiny bit..and I'll respect you. Overall..I think it works.

I'm not a monster. I'm not evil. I just like to piss people off and I'm rather good at it.

I'll work on the message board. Hell, we've come this far..why not go further. I've got nothing else to do at night now.

PS - JP, thanks. You're a complete ignorant tool most of the time, but I respect your tenacity and consistancy.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If by ignorant you mean I'm right and you're wrong and by tool you mean I piss you off.. Well then, cheers!

I'll be at the beach jogging.

Fire up that board.

JP

p.s. I monetize websites for a living. You can make some money to boot if you do this right. Unless you like that $1.75 in Google AdSense revenue you made last month.
:-)
Hey Fred and BHG. Go look up AdSense and RSS on the Internets and then maybe you'll know what we're talking about. Keep up, Dilberts.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JP,

You're killing me. AdSense, RSS, XML, Web Services, J2EE are all child's play for Fraud. He knows all about his Internet Machine. Every morning, after he puts his tooth in, he sits down at it, with both index fingers extended, and gets to work pounding out his next well thought out, non-juvenile post.

Randy

2:01 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I remember the old days when people used to get mad at me, and not the other posters.

Good times.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

JP, following your arguements is trying to make sense of an abortion.

Between AJ's THUGS=HAPPY FANS, and your statements that Frank ruined the program with recruiting lack of talent (see NFL draft past four years), I think you've got stupid down pat. Now check my grammar.

BHG

12:49 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

AJ, congrats on thesis. What's the title, and will it be published is periodical? Wrote mine on organizational and leadership structure of a local company, about 10 years ago. (Glad I did it, but always tell people to take the non-thesis option.)

12:52 PM  
Anonymous bigredfred said...

AJ don't you just love it, they hate me worse than you!! :) You're not doin your job man!!

By the way Randy P, the last Solich team had 10 WINS you ignorant FOOL!!

By the way it's HTML across TCP/IP using SSL through the cloud. Randy P you are dumber than a bag of hammers!!

AJ I think I need a cut of the $1.75 Randy P said you make....

1:30 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Sorry guys...family emergency. I'll get updated tonight or tomorrow.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous RedGreen said...

I enjoyed your article, it was funny. I understand you are trying to just get people ticked off, but a normal fan of any team likes to talk about their favorite team, not constantly tear down another. I am a husker fan, and I cant stand KSU, but I spend less than 1% of my life talking about them.
Let me guess, you are a missou fan. Why dont you have a blog about how much you love the booger eater, and how much of a leader he is. His leadership is going to be needed this year, because they will underachieve once again.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Fraud...

The last Solich coached team had 9 wins in 2003. Please show this to someone that can add these up and have them tell you what number they ended with.

Oklahoma St
Utah St
Penn St
Southern Miss
Troy
Texas A&M
Iowa St
Kansas
Colorado

I mean, come on, it's not like it's hard to figure this stuff out, even if you aren't a Husker fan (and we all know, you aren't)


Randy

PS.

C'mon.. seriously?

By the way it's HTML across TCP/IP using SSL through the cloud.

Don't do this.. it's clear from this one statement that you are in way, way over your head (ya, as if I didn't already know that's the case with just about any topic).

Enjoy trying to turn 9 into 10...

AJ, on a serious note, I hope things are okay with your family.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a non-Nebraska fan and I firmly believe that someday most of you will regret the way Solich was fired so you could hire the only man desperate enough to take the job. When Nebraska ran the option (even Dr. Tom's I-option) it gave all those Nub farmboys hope that their hard work could pay off someday. Now it's 100000 offers to every blue chipper out there. Guess you have to hope those JUCO transfers keep coming in to play QB because the WCO isn't so special anymore.

Tradition, and the way it was built, should matter. I know it's a dying offense, but you can still get kids who want to run the option. It is the most exciting offense in football if run correctly. And all those old coaches aren't wrong when they say "no one can stop the option". At the very least I used to respect Nebraska. Now? With Pederson and Billy C? It's like a 40 year old woman trying to pick up a 21 year old stud. It just screams desperation.

10:24 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I don't care one way or another, but do you know what a white-trash redneck you sound like mimicing an 8th grader and the "booger eater" card? Seriously, I like to allow such interlectual conversation around here, because it lets everybody else know who I'm dealing with.

As for "spending my life bashing somebody I hate" card. I've explained this blog thousands of time. Go through the archives and find out why, if you can figure it out.

Piss off

PS - Thanks for the well wishes for my family. It's rough sometimes in life, but we are forced to go on. Hug your kids, and live every minute like there's no tomorrow.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous bigredfred said...

Randy P it gets old having to babysit you imbeciles..... the Solich team of 2003 also won their bowl game to finish with a 10 win season. Do you realize how childish you are trying to hide their 10th win? Would you like to tell any of them they didn't win 10 games? You make being stupid an art!!


And another thing, what kind of moron is so insecure in life they need to play make believe on the internet?? Who are you trying to impress , all your imaginary friends...?? So, you can look up technical jargon wtih google? who cares?? Find something to do with your life.

AJ, thanks for the board here and the work you do. God Bless your family.

11:33 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Who says I don't live in Iran already? Hard to tell sometimes.

PS - Thanks Fred.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon LittlePinkFraud,

Solich was not coaching the 2003 team at the Alamo Bowl, so it wasn't his team, so you can't credit him with 10 wins. You keep blathering about how he had 10 wins his last season... he didn't, he had 9.

Thanks for playing.

Randy

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In his last season Frank Solich coached games 1 thru 12, winning 9 and losing 3. Bo Pelini coached game 13 and got the 10th win.

Check your stats before you post Fraud.

If you want Solich to get credit for the win he didn't coach against Michigan State then surely you want him to get those losses in Callahan's first season. After all, it was his team. Right?

JP

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fraud,

In your next post, please either acknowledge that you are full of shit and couldn't argue your way out of a "bag of hammers" or make some case for how the following are up to your Husker standards.

A) 1998 - First 4 loss season since 1968 (take a second and subtract those two years and I think you'll come up with 30 years)

B) 2001 - Giving up 62 points to Colorada, the most ever by a Husker team (so, roughly a streak of 110 years)

C) 2001 - Getting blown up by Miami at the Rose Bowl (I was there, it was hard to watch.. we were never in that game, it was 34 - 0 at the half)

D) 2002 - Most losses in a season since 1961 (The Bill Jennings era), which included a 40-7 pounding at the hands of Penn State (who was unranked, while we were 8th), a 36-14 drubbing by Iowa State (yes, I said Iowa State) and a 49-13 loss to K-State

E) 2003 - First loss to Mizzou since 1978 and it wasn't even close (41 - 24)

F) 2003 - A 38-9 bitch slapping by K-State, the first home loss to them since 1968 and by the largest margin.

Guess what Fraud? These are all things that happened on Solich's watch and these are just the things I remembered off the top of my head. If you want, I'll go do some real research on how many of the Huskers traditions and streaks ended with Frank.

Bitch all you want about Callahan, but it was Frank that forgot to tighten the lug nuts and let the wheels come off.

As usual, I won't hear back from you with any response addressing any of these things, which tells me all I need to know.


Bag of Hammers - 1
LittlePinkFraud - 0

What do you know.. another shutout.

Randy

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and before I forget Fraud... aren't you the same bigredfred that said in a series of posts back in June how you are "always behind the players" when I originally called you out as a fair weather fan?

Care to explain how your derogatory comments about Keller in this thread supports that? He's your fucking QB, dude.. what the fuck is wrong with you?

Go back to your Frank blow-up doll and toss his salad... What a freak.

Randy

11:55 PM  
Anonymous bigredfred said...

Randy P or is J Randy??? No matter I guess, You are dumber than a bag of hammers and I am glad you like the term so much I see you using it now!! Way to go there young blood!!

Now 'wet behind the ears' , (thats you Randy P) , check earlier posts, I said the last Solich Team won 10 games you IDIOT!!! See.. I had to capitalize in hopes it will sink in (loser)!!! Anyway, just because Frank was fired before the season ended, doesn't negate the fact his team won 10 games that year , how stupid can you be?? Pretty stupid as you keep showing everyone.

FOR THE RECORD , and you can bank this, the 2003 Huskers, who were Frank's last team, won 10 games!!! I will say it again slowly for you, the 2003 Huskers who were Frank's last team , won 10 games!!!

What part of that do you not understand? You see why you are dumber than a bag of hammers???

Records broken that MATTER by Bill Callahan.

First losing season in over 40 years.

WORST LOSS in Nebraska History!!

Coach with the biggest MOST LOSS percentage in 40 plus years.

First Husker coach ever to threaten an NCAA official on the field of play.

First Husker coach ever to establish the gadget play as his bread and butter.

First coach ever to be hired by Nebraska that had just been run out of the NFL.

First NU coach ever to swear at opposing fans on the field of play.

First new NU coach openly committed to eliminating anyone and anything connected to past husker traditions and past husker staff.

The list goes on and on, and only a loser husker fan like yourself , who actively supports an ANTI Husker site with his posts by the way.... only you could swallow a coach with those credits.

I promise you this Randy JP or whatever your name is, enjoy the program that has been sold and trashed by Bill and Steve, ... post till your hearts content , find all kinds of cute ways to insult other Nebraskans, but I promise you this, I will always be here to call you what you are , what everyone can see you are, and that is stupid!... you are dumber than a bag of hammers!

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, unlike you, Fraud, I'll address each of your "points"..

First losing season in over 40 years

True. 2002 was the first non-winning season in over 40 years. Is 7-7 sooo much better than 5-6 that you can consider one coach a saint and the other the devil? At least one of those coaches was in his first year of a rebuilding project. If nothing else, then you are just admitting that Frank was no better than Callahan, which is my point.

WORST LOSS in Nebraska History

Funny how you look at the 70-10 loss in Lubbock with one set of eyes and the 62-36 slaughter in Boulder with another. The Boulder game ended a 110 year streak. At worse, the Lubbock loss ended a 3 year streak and again, at least one of those coaches was in the first year of rebuilding.. What's your excuse for Boulder?

Coach with the biggest MOST LOSS percentage in 40 plus years

Not applicable until Callahan is gone. If you want to judge a coach on a portion of his coaching gig, let me know. I'll gladly show you how the end of Franks tenure here went.

First Husker coach ever to threaten an NCAA official on the field of play

Proof please. I need a link or something to prove that he is the first Husker coach ever to threaten an NCAA official. Until then, it's just your opinion.

First Husker coach ever to establish the gadget play as his bread and butter

Funny how Dr. Tom is heralded for his Fumble-roosky and how Frank was a genious for calling the reverse pass to Crouch in the 2001 Oklahoma game, but if Callahan calls a fake punt or halfback pass, he's desparate. Every coach has them, most use them. What is your point?

First coach ever to be hired by Nebraska that had just been run out of the NFL

Wow, a coach fired by an NFL team. That almost never happens.
There are alot of coaches that are successful at the college level that didn't pan out in the NFL, it's an entirely different game. See Dennis Erickson, Pete Carrol, Barry Switzer, etc.. Again, this is a bad thing how?

First NU coach ever to swear at opposing fans on the field of play

Again, proof please. I'm not from Missouri, but show me.

Thanks, I will enjoy these Huskers, just as I've enjoyed them since the late 60s, regardless of who is coaching them and who the QB is.

Now, are you going to address each of the points in my original post?

Ya, that's what I thought. This is so damn easy. Can you at least put up a little bit of a fight and make an actual point somewhere?

Bag of Hammers - 2
LittlePinkFraud - 0

Randy

10:58 AM  
Anonymous bhg said...

Is JP a fan of the Cornhuskers? or Callahan? I think his past statements point to his allegiance being with Callahan/Pedersen and not Nebraska football.

JP has posted that Frank is still adversely affecting the program four years after his removal and while a couple of states away to boot, rivals.com is the end all of college football, Callahan is the smartest guy in football, Frank couldn't recruit talent (see NFL draft previous four years) and blah, blah, blah the list can go on of over-generalized and baseless statements. People agreeing with JP and his statements, are like retards agreeing with morons.

People with a mindset alogn the lines of JP's don't accept facts and reality (see THUGS=HAPPY FANS), instead they reason using inuedo and feelings. They take out of context a specific incident, word or phrase, and try to transplant it into a general statements. To offer proof for their arguements they offer, "because" as an arguement. People like this are a lost cause, doomed to be stupid for the remainder of their lives, unfortunately there is no law limiting their ability to reproduce and infect the remainder of the gene pool.

I just had a conversation with a JP'er type fan. He's so confident in Nebraska football this year, he's giving me USC+4 points for $100.

JP, if you be so kind to comment on my grammar and your inability to understand anything that was written.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bhg,

If you stand to make money off it, then what are you bitching about? Seems like it's a pretty good deal for you. And please, do you really think the over confident, "we'll go undefeated every season" fan mind set started with Callahan? You're about 30 years late on that one.

Maybe it's perspective, but I'm not seeing JP tout Callahan over the Huskers. Ask me if I'm a Callahan or Husker fan, and at this point, I'd say for me, to be one is to be the other. If/when Callahan moves on, my allegiance will still be as a Husker fan (that's the difference between LittlePinkFraud and I). When I read your description of what you think a "JP'er" is, I'm hearing you describe exactly what bigredfred posts on his anti-Callahan rants. There are zero facts, just a bunch of his opinions that when questioned on, he conveniently skips over and fails to address. All I've seen from JP is pro-Husker. I guess that makes me a me a lost cause and stupid, but I can live with that. I'll continue to read everything that I can about the Huskers, watch every game that I can and attend the ones that I have the opportunity to, just as I did before Callahan, and before Frank.

Randy

9:27 PM  
Anonymous bigredfred said...

BHG it looks as though your comments are more upsetting to Randy than JP.. Guess you can't comment on one without the other taking offense. Good thing Jp has a big brother to watch out for him....

Beware of people who tout their blogging as fact and dismiss what others say as opinion..

First losing season in over 40 years -fact

WORST LOSS in Nebraska History -fact

Coach with the biggest MOST LOSS percentage in 40 plus years -fact, Bill Callahan averages 5 losses a season and EVERY coach, no matter what college, gets performance appraisals and reviews. No one gets a pass till they are gone.

First Husker coach ever to threaten an NCAA official on the field of play -fact Bill Callahan was reprimanded by the NCAA .

First Husker coach ever to establish the gadget play as his bread and butter -fact Bill Callahan used 6 trick plays to beat a 2-9 CU team. Bill used one of the same trick plays to LOSE to Auburn when we were clearly beating them. All televised so can't be disputed.

First coach ever to be hired by Nebraska that had just been run out of the NFL -fact no need to explain this one.

First NU coach ever to swear at opposing fans on the field of play- you might have me on this one although from everyone I talk to it is a consensus.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm defending a point of view. People that are still crying about what happened 4 years ago, need to let go. I love all of you that point the finger at Callahan, yet fail to recognize that Frank was letting things slide (how things like the 2001 game in Boulder, the Rose Bowl, the entire 2002 season and the types of losses in 2003 are getting brushed aside is beyond me). I've laid the challenge out there to compare the two coaches, admitted the places where Callahan has failed, yet none of you can defend the end of streaks under Frank. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm not a Callahan apologist, but if you want to say that Frank was so much better then defend the points I've raised or admit that he's not. Which of the items I've listed are opinion, Fred? Please, defend them, I'd love to see your responses.

Randy

11:02 AM  
Anonymous bhg said...

Randy/JP,

A Husker fan is still a Husker fan despite being realistic.

I've been a Expos now Nationals fan for close to 30 years now. Going into this year, I commented to my cousin in D.C. that this could be the worst team in baseball due to a triple A pitching staff, and no one consistent on offense. Was I not being a fan, heck, I've traveled to nearby cities to attend their games. I watch their games (when broadcasted), but I'm under no illusion that this team should be in the world series.

The Huskers have not proven themselves worthy of the national spotlight. They have not beaten anybody the shouldn't have, they've lost to teams they shouldn't have. The coaching staff hasn't proven themselves to be above average. Despite that, our program has two things going for it, the wide base of fans, and the alumni willing to donate cash.

With Callahans fifth year beginning, Nebraska has not had one lineman, linebacker, running back, or quarterback up for a major award. So if he is bringing in better talent (than Frank as the rivals geeks would have you believe), where are the results on the field? If indeed Callahan is bringing in better talent, these athletes are not performing up to their potential, and that would be a coaching problem.

Leadership on a football field, by JP. The best athlete is the leader. (Hell, that sounds like some retard from Lincoln Northeast talking, maybe that's why the Rockets suck in football.)

JP, since you didn't understand anything I wrote, check my grammar.

Remember THUGS=HAPPY FANS

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leadership in the classroom, particularly 7th grade English, by BHG.

Once again perplexed not by content, but by form and structure.

I'm in my 40s, Dilbert. Relevant examples from my years.. LNE Football 2nd in state, LNE basketball 1st in state, won legion invite tournament mid-season, 2nd in state legion tournament.. Need any other examples? Where did you play? Crofton, O'Neill, Wayne, Benkelman?

I could care less, but you brought it up. To quote Randall Pink Floyd from Dazed and Confused about high school, "If I look back on this as the best days of my life, remember to shoot me."

Remember NORTHEAST IS CLASS A = YOU COULDN'T HAVE MADE THE TEAM

JP

6:31 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

John Patten or J.P.,

I'll beat you guys lost at the buzzer in the championship game? What was the final of the game?

Cripes at Northeast if you went out, you made the squad. Going to the playoffs in class A when there were only about 20 teams back in the 80's meant you were barely in the top half of the teams in the state.

Pretty pathetic when you're bragging about a 34-0 game as an accomplishment.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BHG,
What in God's name are you talking about?
Learn how to type or talk or shut the fuck up.
Between your misuse of the English language and your references to British Education Secretaries (check wikipedia.com if you're confused) I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Geezus H. Christmas you're a moron.
JP

6:30 PM  
Anonymous bigredfred said...

Beware BHG , if you make JP mad , he will start correcting your grammar! Don't you just hate grammar nazi's on the internet? It is suppose to be a place where 'ya shuldn't hav to tipe rite if ya don wanna'

Besides, the intelligence is in the message, not in the grammatical errors or typo's we all make, although I'm sure JP didn't like your message either....hehehe

Actually I just wanted to post again to get JP to insult my wife!!:) KInda funny when a guy is so desperate he insults your wife when he has no idea whether you drive a lamborghini or a yugo!?

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You drive a fat chick.

JP

2:55 PM  
Anonymous bigredfred said...

JP you're too funny.. stick to correct grammar, young man!!!

6:05 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

Bigredfred,

JP's "Second in state football" team got blown out 34-0 in a state championship game (the game was over before the first quarter was complete, meaning NE had no business being in that game). Despite being humiliated on the football field, JP has turned that experience into a badge of honor, or if you'd like to rephrase, altered the reality of the past events.

If JP can remember an experience like that with a positive spin, you'll never convince him of anything with logic and fact.

(Cripes I don't meet too many guys that despise Frank like JP does, maybe JP is still lamenting that Frank Solich's SE teams beat the piss out of NE in the 70's.)

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you're still talking about it because while in high school you never..

1) got laid
2) played sports
3) popped so many zits

I can only imagine how pathetic you really are, BHG. I'm flying in for USC and Ball State in a couple of weeks if you want to talk about it in person. You have my e-mail address somewhere here. Lemme know tough guy.

JP

2:44 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

JP,

You're correct on the first one, wrong on two and three.

You might be the expert on talking tough. Telling everyone that would listen that your team finished #2 in state. What you didn't tell them tough guy, is how badly you got pounded in that game. It's a bit shocking since you spout so much information on every other subject, yet somehow forgot to mention how pitiful your team performed in that game.

How the frick can anyone believe a word you write when you seem to pass over such HUGE facts as that.

Cripes, there's only one person here trying to impress people by lying about past accomplishments. If you're willing to lie about something as silly as a high school game, there's no telling what else you're willing to lie about.

I think Bigredfred deserves an apology from the likes of JP. JP and Randy are calling him a "fraud", but as it turns out JP is the fraud.

So tell me who can we rely on, Bigredfred, or a guy that has misrepresented his athletic prowess and inflated the version of himself?

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me spell it for you.. M E N T A L.. M I D G E T

JP

7:14 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

Yes JP, mental midget would accurately describe someone of your caliber. JP you just happened to omit a fact that a "second in state" team got their asses handed to them, but yet feels right at home calling someone else a fraud.

Even funnier is JP had an excuse for getting pounded, Westside was ranked #23 in the nation. The ass pounding his team took, conflicts with his depiction of how great of an athlete he was. For if he was as great an athlete as he portrayed, NE wouldn't have lost that game, at the very least they should have scored. I think that JP likes to tell people that Noonan was on his high school team, and it would appear that JP has ridden those coat tails for some time.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous bhg said...

Hey JP, I just got a reply from an e-mail, NE didn't win the legion tournament, they did finish second in the JUNIORS tournament. So the football team got pounded, the seniors team turned out to be no good, what will we find out about the basketball team?

You just can't write material this good. Apparently this guys life isn't fulfilling because he's trying to pass himself off as something he's not.

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

geezus bhg you are pathetic and if you say "ass pounding" one more time my suspicions will have been confirmed

JP

5:57 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

JP,

Pathetic is lying about a high school career that wasn't.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you can't get past this, please point out the EXACT QUOTE where I lied about anything.

LNE got bitch slapped by a good team. Big deal. Get over it. You trashed LNE and I stuck up for my boys. What is your major malfunction, Poindexter? Do you have a point?

JP

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look back at my post you pathetic no-talent-ass-clown. I said 2nd in the legion state tournament. Lost to Creigton Prep. Do some more research. Another legion tournament mid-season was what I referred to about winning.

And JUNIORS was the top level of legion ball in 1982 you fucking Dilbert. In 1982 LNE clearly won the state basketball tournament, but you'll say it was a down year in hoops in Class A. You better do a little research on that one first though.

Now go away or agree to meet me so I can kick your fat ass into the dirt of your trailer park picnic area.

JP

3:18 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

Hey show us the paper clippings from your high school super star days.

Let's me see, who if anyone was any good in 1982, is his name Dave? If anything, 1982 LNE basketball team was a very good team, they executed and guys played their roles well. (Wouldn't take anything away from that team, and if I recall they embarassed an Omaha team badly in the tournament run.)

You dumbass, the only Lincoln team to play in any JUNIOR or SENIOR legion tournament around your high school days was in 81, unless you forgot the dominance of the GLADIATORS and PREP (hell, maybe you played for one of those teams in the summer while training to be an astronaut). You fricking retard, you wouldn't know your head from your ass, why don't you go read Rivals.com and stop bothering the grown-ups.

JP why wait to kick my ass, just lie about it, and tell everyone you already did it. Isn't that your M.O.? (I'll bet you lied to people about $1/carload night at the Starlight.)

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be more fun to do it and then tell people about it.

Why don't you check with Bill Fagler, Northeast's coach in 1982, American Legion Baseball Coach of the Year (1982). Ask him if he coached in the state legion tournament against Prep. Go ahead. Get back to me after HE kicks your ass.

JP

10:25 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

JP,

A relative sent me the website for legion ball for the state of Nebraska, guess what? Apparently the legion ball association is trying to screw Fagler. In 82, Prep defeated Northwest for senior title, and for the junior title it was Northwest defeating Grand Island. (Coaching in the tournament against Prep is a far cry from coming in second in the tournament you retard.)

Did you miss the reference to the $1/carload night at the Starlight?

Sticking up for your high school, and lying about them are two different things. Kinda like saying Callahan is the smartest coach on the planet.

What a fraud and liar you are.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prep beat us.. I guess it was the semis then. I don't remember exactly, other than they were awesome and Bill McGuire was incredible. He would remember us because we put up a helluva fight. Coach Fagler was coach of the year because we were gritty and well coached. It was over 20 years ago. I only brought this stuff up because you bashed Northeast. Now go away or be man enough to meet me in person and we'll hash things out.

JP

4:35 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

JP,

Meet me at the old entrance to the Starlight 10:00 a.m. on the 15th.

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forget where that Drive In was exactly. Pick a new spot.

JP

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like I suspected.. Pussy!

JP

6:47 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

JP,

If I were you, I wouldn't want to remember where the drive-in entrance was either. Again with the talk big, but no action to back it up. Ask one of your buddies the location, not terribly hard to find.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. See you then.

10:00 a.m. on the 15th.

JP

2:03 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

JP,

I know you're not bright, but in an earlier post (pink tutu or something) I was hinting that I need a phsycial description so I don't approach the wrong person. Apparently you didn't get the hint.

Myself, I'm 6'2", 270, black hair.

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6'0 .. 215 with a shaved head and a helluva lot less fat than you I guarantee it

I put in about 50 miles a week

show up.. see what happens if you take a swing

JP

11:58 AM  
Anonymous bhg said...

JP,

You called this thing, I don't take first swings. Learned my lesson from a pussy frat rat back in college. You're the one that has something to prove, you called me out, so you better have a big enough set to take the first swing.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

see you there

JP

p.s. that pussy frat rat was blowing you

1:07 PM  
Anonymous bhg said...

And the excuse was...., poor map reading skills, can't tell time (posibly California time), flat tire, what?

You've lied about everything else, so I shouldn't have been suprised on the no show.

Of course, I'm certain given your grasp of reality you were victorious in your ten round fight and bragging about beating Tyson at the bar.

10:04 AM  

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