Right on Cue
Good question. Actually, the biggest part of understanding Husker fans…without (God forbid) becoming one, is to see through the fog of arrogance and understand their motives. Now some of you may have heard this before…and some of you may be relatively new. But for a refresher, lets talk about what drives Husker fans. And no, I’m not talking about family (gag), cohesion, unity or my favorite from Tom Shatel last month... hard work. All that stuff is complete crap…nothing more than a picture painted by people who either don’t understand their own souls, or simply don’t want to admit the truth.
The truth of the matter is, what keeps Husker fan going is their insatiable appetite for recognition and acceptance. Husker fans didn’t commit mass suicide of Guiana proportions last fall, because they believed that in their heart of hearts…it was simply a growing pain. Yes, the great Raider Flunky experiment was nothing more than a way to simply learn life’s lessons, as we bridge our eras of greatness. Oh sure, losing to Oklahoma State 38-0 stinks...but everybody goes through that right? (Uhhhh...not unless you're Bowling Green or San Jose State)
But you and I know different. You and I both know that these people weren’t lying when they honestly believed Bill Callahan would change the face of college football. These people were dead flippin serious when they taunted others about their highly ranked recruiting classes…all the while ignoring the fact that they were led astray by a complete idiot.
So what does this have to do with me being right? What does this have to do with me telling you all sorts of stuff that you already know?
Well like the swallows of Capistrano, almost in one fell swoop….the collective tide is turning here behind the red curtain. Slowly, with all the drama and predictability of a Rocky movie, the Husker nation has collectively…as one…shaken out the cobwebs, and climbed back in teh saddle. Gone are the days of being kicked around. Gone are the short-lived theories and batshit crazy stories about running a “pro factory” and how “other programs are jealous’ (Seriously…what on EARTH made you think running your team like a pro team was going to work? I mean..don’t you think somebody would have tried that by now? What the hell is wrong with you?) I've heard more positive outlooks on Husker football this week than I've heard in the past 7 months combined. The whining has stopped. The complaining has faded. Hopes are rising. Myopia is once again clogging the brains of the ignorant.
So thankfully…for the mercy of my own soul…the march of war echoes again faintly in the distance. The gridiron clashes are still months away, but the sound is distinct. Oh sure, instead of cannons and bombs they’re now wielding chopsticks from Hu Hot and a slingshot made out of Birchwood…but damnit, right on cue…Husker fan has picked himself up off the mat, dusted themselves off..and headed right back down the road to perdition…..just as I said they would.
I thank you for sticking with me these last five months or so before I go on the attack again. It was quiet and it was borderline maddening…but I can assure you…they are about to return….and right on time. And rest assured, I will be here to deal with them once again.
Let the summer begin.
Let the hype begin to slowly boil again
Let the myopic vision of red-clad millions begin their long road to madness.
We’ve been waiting for you guys.
** Real quick on the new stadium for Omaha…
I know I get a bum rap about “hating Omaha” and “hating the College World Series. And yes, the people who run that tournament are still evil, twisted and would saw a 5 year old in half with a hacksaw if it meant busting them for illegal t-shirt sales. But damnit, props to the city of Omaha for having some vision and getting the new stadium done.
Oh sure, some idiotic “lunatic fringe” of "Save Rosenblatt" as Husker Mike calls them have tried to make things interesting, but in the end, I think it was pretty safe to see that if Omaha didn’t make a drastic step to keep the series, the NCAA would have pulled out of here without so much as a wet nap and a kiss goodbye.
To those who helped get it done (other than MECA…who still sucks)…bravo.
To those who tried and stop them…I guess some extra hours working in the Wal-Mart outdoors department will have to supplement that $5,000 bucks you earned each summer parking cars on your lawn…..money you were only going to spend on crack cocaine or rims for your 1989 bass tracker boat trailer anyway.
** Coming up soon…the 10 greatest Huskers of all time. Stay tuned and have a great weekend.