September 30, 2007

When Shock Isn't so Shocking

Well that got real interesting real quick.

First of all, let’s get some things out of the way before Hate Week really starts to roll. First, huge congrats to my KSU and CU friends. Both schools got gigantic wins a couple hours apart; far exceeding what Bill Callahan has done in 4 seasons. (Although yesterday’s win over juggernaut ISU was huge…but I’ll get to that in a second.) The Buffs showed guts and a nasty defense in the final quarter or so. K-State basically used special teams and defense to beatdown an obviously uninterested Texas team. Neither of these wins can be diminished by their importance.

This morning, message boards, blogs and newspapers are now suddenly decrying that the Big 12 North is now completely wide open, with anybody and everybody having a shot (except for ISU) at winning on a given Saturday. I guess my only question with that statement is…

“Suddenly”?

Ummmm, in case you didn’t notice, I’ve told you for two years now that Colorado isn’t going anywhere. I’ve told you for two years now that although K-State struggles with inconsistency at times, they’ve got a wicked young QB and a lot of skilled players on defense. Does anybody remember this? Remember the snide remarks after my big 12 preview?

Truth be told, the North is absolutely no different than I thought it would be. Oklahoma obviously imploded against CU. Obviously Texas is one of the most overrated teams on earth, and was looking toward Dallas next week. Both the Buffs and Cats have more than enough talent leftover from their coaching changes to beat somebody…even good teams home or away.

Does this mean some new order has suddenly sprang up in the conference? Not especially. Both teams are still rather young, and have some rather significant hurdles to jump over. Does that mean that this Saturday’s Missouri vs. Nebraska game is diminished? Does it mean that we’re back to earlier in the decade, where CU goes to 3 of 4 title games, and Bill Snyder is still knocking people around? Not yet..at least I don’t believe so.

It does mean one thing however.

Nebraska is in deep shit. Not that any of them would notice of course.

Apparently, the blackshirts are BACK!!!! Apparently, all of the previous problems of last week have been magically solved with a 18 point win over the worst team in the Big 12. (Yes, the worst team in the Big 12. Baylor is better.) I do have a question though: How do you let up 415 yards to Iowa State when they’re the number 102nd ranked offense IN THE COUNTRY? Does anybody else find this odd? Funny, Kent State held them to 306. Toledo and Mighty Northern Iowa held them to less than 400. But 415 at home? The Blackshirts are back? Huh?

Funny how many preached the NU defense would be “vastly” improved, now scoff at the fact that the Huskers are sitting 67th in the nation in scoring defense. And yes, that’s nine whole points worse than Missouri..the same defense Husker fans have mocked since week #1. I’m sure that 98th in the nation in sacks, and 68th in the nation in tackles for loss is just a fluke.

Of the next three opponents, the blackskirts will face: The #5 Total offense in the country in Mizzou. The #5 rushing team in the country in Texas A&M and the #8 rushing offense in the nation in Oklahoma State. Now I ask you…if Iowa State and Ball State can roll up 1025 yards between them IN LINCOLN…what in the hell are those three teams gonna do?

I understand I’m a TINGE bit biased and I’ve obviously been wrong a lot…but would it shock anyone if Nebraska lost every game the rest of the way? Don’t laugh, look at the schedule. After those three games I just mentioned, things really get tough. Road dates with Texas (They’re overrated, but probably better than Ball State), Kansas (we know what happened in 2005 in Lawrence) and a home game with K-State all precede the trip to Colorado at Thanksgiving time. So the last four games consist of at least semi-difficult road games, and the one home game brings in the QB you all mocked and called his mom a bad parent. Do I think all that will happen? Probably not, but the possibility is there.

Good luck with that.

Finally, a special Hate Week “Jackass of the Week” to Husker beat writer Rich Kaipust, who apparently thought Nebraska should be ranked over Mizzou due to a marquee road-win against mighty 2-2 Wake Forest. In his vote last week, Nebraska was 20th, while Mizzou was off his ballot. In Friday night’s Omaha World Herald, Rich calls Illinois an “also ran” and defends his placing of the hometown Hicks by saying they’re the only ones who have “done something of note”.

610 yards to Ball State at home? (It was written before the Huskers let ISU roll up 400+ yards on 102..yes ONE HUNDRED AND TWO plays. )

DONE SOMETHING OF NOTE?!?! If that doesn’t paint an entire picture with one broad stroke, nothing else will. And THIS is a guy who actually helps decide a national champion? I’m well aware of slander laws in this country, so I shall withhold my true thoughts on this Kool-Aid drinking douchebag. This is the typical Husker arrogance and ignorance that define the most shameful and pathetic excuse for media in any market in the United States. (I would say in the world, but there’s probably some idiot in Turkey or somewhere who has a 0-5 cricket team ranked too high).

More to come tomorrow in what I’m sure will be a very interesting week.


Photo Thanks - Des Moines Register, Kansas City Star and Philadelphia Inquirer

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Mizery fans are so ignorent. Marlon and Cody will run all day on that defense.

You'll be crying in you're Midol by Sunday.

Kevin
GBR

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Coach Bughead said...

The one thing that is lost in all these close games to the "Little Sisters of the Poor" schools is that in the past these games were scrimages and the 2nd and 3rd string players got a chance to get some experience on the field. Now the starting players have been forces to play the entire game just to pull out a win. Not only do the reserves get no playing time, but the starters spend more time on the field and get banged up even more than need be. At this point, Ganz should have at the very least, 4 quarters under center. He will get some playing time this year, because Keller is going to spend time in catch-up games and his bell is going to get rung more than once. Oh, by the way, when AJ said that CU could win the North, I was the first to say that his statement wasn't that far fetched. The guy might be a little off the wall, but he's not completely nuts. Right now the way things look, I can't see NU being favored in any of the games coming up for them. Give me Ball State and two points and I'm a winner. What a decline!

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aj:

Oklahoma "implode", no they did not implode. They came in over confident and gave the buffs opportunity. They will be back. If there is a time to lose a game it is early in the season (B12 season in this case). The take in the buffs is that the jury is still out. I hope they are back to at least average for the good of the B12 North.

Texas however just got their heads handed to them in a basket. What else is there to say.

Oh yes, I know.......the Huskers. We will see. After what happened in the game with Iowa St., I bet they will just come to Tiger land and go home with a "L" without much else to do, except jump off a cliff.

Damn, the way thing are going the B12 North will probably have a National Champion contender this year.

Sincerely,

GFY, KMY and GBR

11:05 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Did that dude just spell "ignorant" wrong?

Please tell me he did.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He also doesn't know the difference between your and you're.

11:16 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

OK, that's funny.

I'm gonna let that one go.

:)

11:20 AM  
Blogger Georgia Husker said...

Good luck this week. In a battle of semi-retarded coaches, here's hoping ours screws up less than yours.

I somehow doubt it, though. That's why I write the Fire Bill Callahan blog.

Go Big Red!

2:36 PM  
Anonymous bighuskermav said...

"Kevin" is probably some huskerpedia poster who thinks Callahan, Pederson and Cosgrove are the greatest thing since sliced bread. If you want a laugh, go read the posts on that board.

2:43 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Your coach is way worse than our coach.

4:48 PM  
Blogger bornred said...

Hello.. is this thing on?
I'm not feeling the hate yet... has this thing started yet?

Since it's Mizzou week, and you're ranting on our D, which, I'll give you, has more gaping holes than a porn star convention, there's no way in hell you can feel good about your D when you are giving up 433 yards/game (holy shit, was one of those teams a D1-AA team.. at home?). If your passing D ranking were a body temperature, you'd be in the hospital with a high fever (really, 104th? Jesus Christ (or, Sam Keller, if you prefer), there are only 119 teams in the division). You gave up 17 points at home to the 64th best scoring offense... in D1-AA. Hmmm.. you're right, numbers and statistics can be fun...

Trust me, you don't need to have a second coming for a QB to light the Mizzou D up. Your best bet is to buck convention and try to force the run. Lucky is averaging 113 a game, but, seriously, he's still way too indecisive in hitting the hole so you are better off taking away Keller. However, I predict that there'll be more balls in the air in this game than an all male, nude rendition of Cirque Du Soleil. This game might not get over until around midnight your time, later if it actually gets into OT (OT.. hmmmm.. you know, Matt will be at the game...)

Probably wise to focus on your offense this week, 'cuz neither of these defenses are going to be mistaken for the Steel Curtain.

Could come down to special teams and coaching... Special teams might go to Mizzou (but, only because of Macklin, would love to have that guy, any chance you'd be willing to trade say, hmmmmm, I don't know, Franz Hardy for him? ), coaching.. hmm.. throw a dart at the board and let me know, both have their share of moments of making you scratch your head like a bad case of Psoriasis...

Since it's hate week..

Fuck you with a fork,

Randy

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are both equally bad. Callahan I believe is 3-7 vs top 25 and pinkel is 1-15.

6:33 PM  
Anonymous irafreak said...

Don't be so hard on all husker fans. They're not all kool-aid drinking fools. I'm a fan on hold until Steve P. gets tossed and nebraska can go back to being a college football team instead of this pro-no ties to anyone-team. But the only way for that to happen is a total meltdown. Your boys better finish nu off.

7:00 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

bornred:

That's why people like you don't write blogs..or if you do...only your wife and mom visit them.

"more gaping holes than a porn convention?"

Speaking of not even trying.

And by the way...7 of the 17 Illinois State points were off of turnovers, so it was really 10 points in 60 minutes..which last I checked wasn't that bad.

Trust me, you and other inbred douchebags will get yours this week, although to be honest with you...I'm really more worried about Oklahoma.

This won't even be a game.

PS - Be sure to leave a mailing address when you post next time. I might not see you around much after Saturday night.

8:41 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

PS - You lost your ability to rip on other people's defense when you gave up 610 yards to Ball fucking STate.

600 yards

Ball

Fucking

State.

Back to your DVD of Delta Farce.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/specials/collegefootball_front/votes/KAIPUST.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME

Hello Husker Hater,

I would have emailed you this link, but couldn't find an Email address on your site. If you follow the link, you'll find how the Omaha World Herald voted in this weeks AP poll. Just thought you could have fun with this retards rankings. I understand being biased to your alma mater, but not giving a proper ranking to MU and arguably CU and KSU hurts the Big12.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a husker fan that reads your blog from time to time. I've been trying to figure out why your innocent tirades bug me so. Then Friday I saw something that made it all clear.

Those people who protest at military funerals thought it would be a gas to protest at random corners in Lincoln on Friday night. As I drove home I saw these people holding up such inspirational signs like "Thank God for 9/11", "America is Doomed" and "God hates your Gay sons". It was pure anger and hate.

I thought of you.

These people are clearly angry and upset at something. What? I can't say because their message is so garbled and nonsensical that nothing comes through but a disquieting sense of madness. A much more intense, but none the less similar feeling I get from your blog.

So I should thank these worthless jerks from the Westboro Baptist church for showing me the way. Every time I read your blog from now on I'll imagine a feeble old toothless woman proudly holding up a sign stating that "God Hates Fags" standing beside her 10 year old son stomping on the American flag.

So, as we embark on your "Hate Week", please, proudly stand on your little corner of the internet and freely express your madness, obsession and hypocrisy. It'll make me smile a little.

GBR

11:49 PM  
Anonymous iowa bart said...

AJ,
Good to see that you are still kicking!!
After the past two performances, I've been waiting for the complete Nubbie-fan meltdown but for some reason they just don't see it (or at least won't admit to it in public). Just like Manfred Mann once said - blinded by the light, wrapped up like a corndog in Memorial Stadium Saturday night......

Anyway, I just wanted to point you to a Texas blog. Their fans actually see and speak the truth. Unlike the Kool-Aid kids that you are surrounded by.
__________

http://www.barkingcarnival.com/scipio-tex/texas-football-liveblogging-texaskansas-state

Best line of the blog:
"KSU walked in our house, slapped our wife on the ass, put their feet up on our coffee table, and watched Hogan’s Heroes reruns while picking their teeth and making us bring them cokes."

And read the fans' comments at the end. Cracked me up... They don't really have a lot of love for Mack and the Brownies.
___________

And just like Nubbie, Texas gets 5-star players but it just doesn't seem to translate to the field.

But at least their fans get it.

My only question is, if BC is so great, why does it look like Nubbie has 3 or 4 players on both sides of the ball that were picked from the practice squad?? I'm serious, a few of these guys would be second teamers at Kearney State.

Final note, can you spell M-U-N-C-I-E?? Now someone besides David Letterman has heard of it.

Good luck this weekend. I am picking Misery but am taking the under. This will be the best defensive effort by both teams this year and Misery will finally show up in the 4th quarter.

1:15 AM  
Anonymous bigredfred said...

Ahhh some NU fans will be the first to admit that their defense sucks. They admit this with a smirk as they think their QB and offense are awesome.

You must admit AJ, Sam Kellar is consistent though. Since Nevada Sam has been the second(2nd) best QB on the field in every game! Wake Forest, USC, BALL STATE, and now Iowa State, all had a quarterback who led their team to more total offense than Sam Kellar and the Huskers.

However, if you attend one of Bill Callahan's press conferences, or listen to 'Husker Fan', the 'coach speak' and the disillusionment are astounding..

AJ you really need to feel sorry for the husker fans. Counting today, they have six more days to count themselves as a ranked team. After which, all future Polls as far as we can see into the future, will not have the Nebraska Cornhuskers even mentioned...

7:26 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Wait, did that guy just compare me to Fred Phelps?

A+ do you for creativity.

Haven't heard that one before.

7:39 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Fred, I will admit that Keller has not been a total failure. I've said all along the guy has talent..he's just not Joe Montana as many people figured he would be.

Imagine if he wasn't here and Joey Ganz was running your team?

I will also admit this and add to what you said...

Missouri is going to put up 700 yards on that defense. It's not going to be pretty.

7:50 AM  
Anonymous ohf said...

"hate week" is boring.

RED 42 Missery 28

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Blankman said...

A.J.,

Technically, I believe the AP pulled from the BCS, so Rich's views on Mizzou are somewhat irrelevant. Well...not that this wasn't the case before.

12:30 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

OHF, you whiney fucking idiot. How many times does it take you to figure out new posts come out at lunch?

Dumbass.

12:49 PM  
Blogger bornred said...

That's why people like you don't write blogs..or if you do...only your wife and mom visit them.

"more gaping holes than a porn convention?"

Speaking of not even trying.


Ummm.. okay, so I need to try hard to come up with a catchy phrase when ripping my own team's shitty defense?

I guess you're right though. I never could have hoped to reach into the bag of creativity and extract a gem like

"you and other inbred douchebags"

Now that's trying... I smell Pulitzer...


PS. Why is it that I won't be coming back after Saturday? I'm still here and my team gave up 600 yards to

Ball

Fucking

State.

I'm not trying to tell you how to do your job or anything (I think we've already established that I don't have the skills), but shouldn't you be ripping us for giving up 40 points to BSU rather than the 600 yards... just a thought

PPS. I guess giving up 400 yards and 17 points to the 64th best offense in D1-AA, in your own house, gives you all sorts of room to talk about someone else's defense. I see your point and concede... no more talk of Mizzou's D

PPPS. (Fuck, sometimes I really hate that people like me can't write a blog 'cuz I don't know if PPPS is the write way to prefix this. Can I ask for some guidance here?). I'll give you that 7 of Illinois State's 17 points came off of turnovers, if you'll concede that they likely would have scored 10 more on you (potentially 14) had they not turned the ball over to you once inside your 3 and another time inside your 15. Damn... I lied before, but now, seriously, no more talk of your stellar D (at least in comparison to our shitty D.. ummm.. let's see, do I pick the Yugo or the Pacer?)

Have a nice day

Lovin' my first Hate Week.. thanks for inviting me to your little party

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Douche Bag

10:17 PM  

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