August 21, 2008

The Blame Game

This is the absolute worst time of year.

Oh I realize that college football returns in a week, and the constant over-abundance of crappy summer reality TV and constant baseball talk will eventually come an end with the sweet sounds of Mike Patrick, John Saunders, Lee Corso and the bunch. I get all of that, and I love college football season as much as the rest of you.

But what sucks about this time of year is…well…. you.

Don’t get me wrong, you’ve always been pathetic and annoying. You’ve always been egocentric and arrogant. And for the 23+ years that I’ve lived here, whether realistic or not...you’ve bent over backwards to convince me that THIS SEASON will be the one where you take your rightful spot on the throne the following January. It’s like clockwork, the sunrise and a 6 game Royals losing streak all in one; Completely, and totally predictable in every way shape or form.

But this year..unlike other years, you’re now swinging at me with swords made of aluminum foil. Instead of coming at me with stories about how strong your defense is…how tough your o-line is and how improved your coaching is ….you now come at me with….well, all of that. However, unlike years past, the rest of us have long since figured out what you all are still light years from realizing: You’ll convince yourselves of absolutely anything if you try hard enough.

Don't get me wrong...I expect nothing less. But what makes this even more ultra-annoying than usual is not just the fact that you’re belligerent and delusional, but you’re doing so in a way that insults the intelligence of the rest of us who have been an ounce of attention.

Case in point. A buddy of mine is a Husker blogger. I won’t mention his name, but it rhymes with “Husker Ike”. Anyhow, Husker Ike has always been somewhat of a pillar of common sense to me through the whole Great Raider Flunky Expierencment ® (see that?) But alas, I always looked to Ike to at least look at his team through somewhat realistic eyes. Ike knows his team is followed by bombastic idiots who will stop at nothing to get you to recognize their greatness. However, Ike was always one to roll his eyes and tell me like it is. I respected that, and I always have.

However, over the past month or so…for some strange reason, Ike is right back strolling with the rest of the cockroach colony, preaching to me how Husker players have dropped “10% body fat” (thank god he didn’t send me pictures like some of you did), and how "Bo’s new practice methods" are far and away superior to those of any other coach ever to hold a whistle. (Why does this sound so familiar?)

Now I kid Ike, but the message remains the same: You people have lost your goddamn minds and you'll pin the blame on anything or anyone you can find to convince yourself otherwise.

To be fair, this is different from last season’s delusions on parade, because unbeknown to you, there is absolutely positively no reason on earth for your blind optimism. Oh sure, last year you had the Big 12 North title to fall back on, and you had the unknown factor of JC Keller (which of course is different form this year, since you all know exactly how Joe Ganz and Bo Peilni are going to do), and yet you still were too dumb/blind/proud to see it.

But this year, EVERYBODY else sees it. (Ok, one AP voter from Utah or wherever might not…but still). Powerhouse programs like Ball State, Pitt, Florida Atlantic and Wake Forest are all saddled with more national expectations than you are. Teams like Missouri and Kansas are landing half a dozen players each on pre-season all conference teams, while Nebraska basically looks to be a one man show in terms of ANYBODY who can move the ball on offense.

“But hey idiot blog guy, in case you haven’t heard, the Huskers have all sorts of great talent who are going to thrive because they don’t have Billy C’s playbook to memorize this year.”

You think so? Really?

What in the name of God makes you think you’re soooooo right this year where you were so wrong last year? As we covered many many times over the past year, Bill Callahan won you as many games by playing not to lose as he did flat out cost you in defeat. If you recall also, we also saw…by a barrage of evidence…that YOU as fans caused your team to fall from the sky last season way more than he did. Your ridiculous, moonshine-induced daydreams soaked into the head of anybody and everybody who came in contact with your program. And then…right after they started playing games...you all started to realize that maybe JC Keller wasn’t going to win the Heisman. Right after they started playing games, you realized, ‘Oh shit…maybe Mo Purify DOESN’T really try on every play?” And so on and so on. The entire thing a well-organized scapegoat sacrifice that would have made King Louis the XVI proud. "Now that Callahan is gone, we can get back to using all this talent right"

But it doesn't stop there this off-season. Even when you’re done making stuff up about your own team, you somehow feel the need to attack mine for your shotcomings. Fire away, as it doesn’t bother me any. Why should it? You don’t’ think I know how rotten they’ve been in my lifetime? I think you fail to realize that not every fan grows up with delusions of grandeur that would make Donald Trump roll his eyes. Fact of the matter is, after looking at all the factors, I am not the only person who feels Missouri will win the North. (Christ even Lee Barfeneckt picks them to win the National Title this year) In fact, I’m pretty sure EVERY single logical human on earth picks them to win the north outside of this fair metropolis. But why is this so difficult for you to comprehend? I realize it’s extremely painful for you, (especially for those of you idiotic enough to torture yourselves by reading this blog…only then to blast me for writing it. That amuses me) but come on. Sometimes the good guys don’t win. Sometimes the guys in the white hats don’t save the day. Sometimes the bad guys break into your house, drop the hammer on your sister, steal the Old Style out of your fridge and leave the door open on the way out. That’s just how life is. I'm sorry you haven’t figured out all of these life lessons by now. But again, not my problem.

Ahh well, I digress…

No, this is by FAR the worst time of the year, because I can only give you the evidence so many times. I can only show you what you can’t see SO many times before I simply throw up my hands (yet again) and say, “Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.”

Well I’m sick and tired of warning you. I’m sick of tired of stating the obvious. I’m sick of tired of defending every single thing I've said which oh by the way…pretty much came true. (Cue some idiot comment about some single game prediction in October that I missed by 14 points). Point is, nobody predicted the Husker collapse in fiery and spectacular fashion as well as I did. Nobody else saw you for the complete fraud you were…especially not the talking heads in the media, who saw the ugly white helmets, remembered the glory days right along with you.

Take no credit you say? Just a series of lucky shots in the dark you say? A typical rant from a maniacal deviant who is just jealous of your success. (Somebody actually told me that the other day. I nearly wet myself laughing.) Well possibly, except for the fact that I give you actual REASONS why you’re going to suck. I don’t rattle off stats from games that were played when today’s players were floating around in a testicular sack. I don’t give you credit for your coach being a part of the National Title last year…because let’s face it: Over the 2nd half of the season, LSU was extremely average on defense.

You want reasons? You want me to go through ALL of this again ONE LAST TIME? Ok fine. Here's a couple:

1) Joe Ganz is 1-2 lifetime as a starter. There is no possible way on earth you can predict how he will react, let alone keep up a 50 pass per game pace that he had to end last year, which oh yeah…he faced two of the worst three passing d’s in the conference.

2) Marlon Lucky averaged less than 4 yards per carry against the Big 12 last year. Think it will be easier or tougher for him to gain yards when he is FAR AND AWAY the only playmaker on the field?

3) Your two best wide receivers wouldn’t crack the top 5 on the depth chart for Mizzou, Kansas, Tech, Oklahoma or Texas. Don’t believe me? That’s your problem. OH, and they also combined for 800 yards receiving last year as a team. That’s not bad for one guy, but not real good for 5.

4) Let me get this straight, ‘Billy C’s offense was great, but Shawn Watson is going to make it better? Huh? You all claim how great your offense was, but by your own admission, the guy who called EVERY play is gone. You are essentially starting over with a new OC, whether you can admit it or not.

5) Even if …as Ike says..all these great young players are going to step up this year…aren’t they still going to be young and untested? Same goes on defense. OK, you lost 7 guys from the worst defense of all time. But aren’t those new guys still new? Has anybody else thought of this? Will you finish 114th in the nation this season? Maybe, maybe not. Don’t be too quick to judge.

6) Bo Pelini’s press release started with “Tradition, passion and discipline.” Those are fine and great, but are not match for “athleticism, strength and speed.” Don’t believe me? Ask Bo’s boss, who couldn’t do squat with walk on’s from McCook until he sold his soul to Satan and recruited all of those three components. (Along with the three that sometimes go with it: thuggery, brutality and domestic abuse).

7) Your defensive coordinator has one whopping year experience at that position…from where youy ask? Try powerhouse University of Minnesota (Not the U...but Mankato).

8) Your head coach has one more game of head coaching experience than you or I do. Kinda early to predict all that greatness don't you think?

9) Your strength coordinator runs one of the most radical conservative groups in the country. His views are not only fundamental and borderline Neanderthal in nature, but….huh? Oh wait. Wrong James Dobson.

10) “Larry Asante, Major Culbert, Anthony West etc have all lost 500lbs between them and shaved 3 seconds off of their 40 time this fall alone.” Blah blah blah. I say this one more time…why in the HELL should we believe you even once this year? You have zero proof. None. And who said so? Some former player without a real job who saw them during a random Tuesday practice? And does lighter automatically mean stronger or better anyway? Sometimes I don’t think you guys even realize you say this shit, before it oozes out of your fingertips and into your keyboard.

Anyway, I could go on..but you get my point. College football has passed you by and you're to butt-ass dumb to realize it. And yes, for people like “Husker Ike” apparently sanity has passed you by right along with it. But you see as I stated earlier, there are no more people to fire. There is absolutely nobody else to pin your blame on. (Although I guarantee the next excuse we hear is how ‘Billy C’ left the cupboard way more bare than what great coaches like Bo could handle”. I can see it coming from here.) It's too bad the tire tread marks from last year haven’t healed completely. If they had, you’d at least have an excuse for your school of thought.

Same hot air.
Same fans.
Same time of year.

Ho hum.
The hate is building. I can feel it. 7 days to go.

27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ:

The season is right around the corner. And yes, this time of the year really sucks!

So let me just this it out of the way.

"Go Fuck Yourself.

Sincerely,

Gomer

GBR

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding point number 6, you forgot to mention that Tom Osborn had 10 Proposition 48 players as STARTERS on the so called greatest team of all time, the 1995 National Champs, the last national championship team that the folks in Huskerville were able to enjoy.

10 PROP 48 STARTERS! Including the Peter Brothers and Lawrence Phillips.

The Big 12 subsequently adopted a rule, allowing the recruitment of only ONE prop 48 player per year, over the objection of Nebraska.

The game has changed.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same hot air.
Same fans.
Same time of year ...

... same post every day.

6:29 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Gomer has replaced Corn Ridden Shit guy as my favorite Nebraska poster.

GFY to you too my friend.

PS - Same anonymous crap...too afraid to identify their posts in fear I will use their previous crap against them. Typical.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of people would think you're spewing some bs about people sending you photos of nebraska players showing off their bodies. I find that to be perfectly normal behavior for them. How many message board photos have we seen of hick players bare chested or wearing wife beaters? And we don't even have to go to gay porn sites to be subjected to this.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Husker_Engineer said...

AJ:

I am so ready for this season to begin. I am tired of all the prognostication. I too am ready to hear those familiar voices -- well, except Lee Corso who is an enormous douche nozzle.

A few things:

-Do you see Lee Barfeneckt's pick as the kiss of death for Misery?

-Old Style, eh? Has living in Omaha made you a closet Cub fan?

-If, in reflection, the 7 INT stat from Joe Ganz is more telling than the 10,000 yards he threw, the offense is fucked. I don't take much away from those three games because, as you said, we were 1-2.....and stats are for pussies.

-More on Ganz. If he does not distribute the ball well, find some playmakers, and keep the defense guessing, the offense is fucked. He did distribute better than Keller. However, stats are for pussies and even if they weren't, 3 games is not enough of a sample set to be significant.

-Ganz mentioned at Big XII Media Day that he wanted to average like 10-15 QB runs per game. Newsflash to those who heard him say that and got all goosepimply in a semi-sexual way, if that happens, we are fucked. No successful NU QB averaged more than 10/game. Frazier averaged like 8/game, while Jammal Lord averaged like 14/game. And they are light years better than Ganz in the run game.

-Watson has to find ways to get Lucky into space. Lucky also has to sack up and run hard between the tackles.

-Not worried about the experience at D-Coordinator because Carl is the DC in the same way that Watson was the OC last year....Plus, even if he was a drooling, massive-head-trauma victim, he would be an improvement over the previous guy. I never liked Coz, told anyone who would listen that he was mediocre in the Big 11, whose offenses are as dynamic as battleship gray paint, and that we would always be too slow in D with Coz to win on the big stage.

-You say Bo only has one game head coaching experience; I say Bo has a 1.000 winning percentage as a head coach. The two things to look for with Bo are how he reacts when the team plays like ass and how much being 'The Man' wears on him as we get into game 6 or 7....

-I am intrigued by the DB's. In a few of the games I saw in person last year, I keyed on Asante. He has very good speed and he is like Kane from Kung Fu....what does that mean you ask? Well, when he hits, he hits hard....but he also has a tendency to wander the earth looking for fools to drop that wisdom on. If the coaches can keep him focused on his job, he will be very good. Write it down, I am on record as saying one of our DB's will end up on the 2-deep of the All Big XII team.

-The hate is building...which is good. It has been awhile since I have said it, so lest you forget:

I hate you AJ. GFY all day long.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, Knebraska sucks. I actually overheard "knowledgeable Knebraksa fans" whining about ISU fans. Knebraksa is falling like a stone and I love it.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.theindependent.com/sports/x590308080/EA-Sports-bullish-on-Huskers-in-2008

Look - video game dorks say Nebraska will finish #2 in the nation after beating OU in the Big XII title game and beating Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. What more proof do you need?

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it unbelievable that the average Nebraska fan is predicting 7 or 8 wins (or more) this season.

This season will be a tremendously rude awakening for NE fans - breaking in a new coach and exorcising demons is not an especially fun or quick process. Colorado learned that in 2006, Oklahoma did before Stoops, K-State - well, they may never learn... point being, it's going to get worse before it gets better.

NE fans are going to be scratching their heads at a seemingly impossible quesiton: "How do top 25 recruiting classes result in poor talent and no depth?" NE has poor talent and no depth, even though Callahan's classes were always ranked high. You see, you have to coach talent, and they need to feel as though the program is going in a particular direction.

Fret not NE fans, for perhaps in 2-3 years you will be able to see the dividends of cleaning house and starting over -- but those demons will still be around for at least this season. You can coach players to taclke and block better, but you can't coach speed.

NE will win 4 games this year, and may even lose Game #1 to W. Michigan.

Love,
BuffFan

PS - Colorado will finish 2nd in the North. Demons exorcised, talent back on the field. See you in the rearview, Cornhuskers.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More of your typical Bullshit.

"There is no possible way on earth you can predict how he will react"

Oh, but you can, right?

"Maybe, maybe not. Don’t be too quick to judge."

I guess we should leave that up to experts like you? Fuck off

"Kinda early to predict all that greatness don't you think?"

But not too early to predict failure huh AJ?

If what you're saying is; it's too early for Husker fans to be claiming that the team will ever get back to the elite of college football? Agreed. However, I think there is something deeper in your psyche that really fears that day and so you act, as I've told you before like some smelly homeless dude predicting the end of the world on a street corner, and everytime something bad happens you say see? I told you so. The sun comes up the very next day.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"you forgot to mention that Tom Osborn had 10 Proposition 48 players as STARTERS on the so called greatest team of all time, the 1995 National Champs"

I have always asked my nub friends how they managed to have more accademic all americans than everyone else, yet they fielded a team of dummies. They had more questionable students on their team than legit. That tells you all you need to know about getting an education in this state. Dumb dumbs are Acad. All Americans at UNL, UNO is...well...even nebraskans won't go there. Then there is UNK. you know the saying, what does drunk and flunk have in common? UNK!!

AJ do you think Nebraska had 'performance enhancers' for accademics just like they did for strenth??

fro

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ, have you seen this one yet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7_Z8ZQb1oM

5:19 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

I don't like all the whiners. I'm drinking the Nebraska kool-aid, I think we'll surprise a few people.
But I don't blame anyone for not believing in Nebraska this year. What reasons do you have? You don't believe Bo is as good as we do, and we've lost a lot of players. I see both sides.
Nebraska fans love their team. Love is blinding. Hate can be too.
The season will be somewhere between what you're saying and us Kool-Aid drinkers will say.
Sorry to all the immature pricks that bash you.

6:22 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Damnit Nate, you're giving Husker fans a good name again. Please stop.

Heh

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ:

O.K. here it is. No reason to joust back and forth anymore this season. It's all been decided! Damn, I thought Pelini season one was going to be a fun one.

So what's up for the 2009 season "Pelini the second year coach at Nebrasaka"?

By Terry Douglass
GateHouse News Service
Posted Aug 22, 2008 @ 12:28 AM
Last update Aug 22, 2008 @ 01:57 PM

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GRAND ISLAND — What started out as an excuse to legitimize a 30-something paying $8 for a video game rental has grown into a bit of a personal tradition for yours truly.

Since 2004, I've rented the latest version of Electronic Arts Sports' NCAA football video game every August and published the results of Nebraska's simulated season. A couple of times the cyber-season has been very close to correctly predicting the final record for the Cornhuskers, while last year's projection wasn't even close.

In EA's defense, who expected a team ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press preseason poll to finish 5-7?

We won't spoil the ending of this year's simulation prediction, but let's just say that the NCAA Football 2009 programmers are either huge Cornhusker fans or they're very bullish on first-year head coach Bo Pelini's ability to turn things around in Lincoln.

All games were simulated by the Xbox 360. No resets or altering of the player ratings were allowed.



The season

Nebraska 41, Western Michigan 17 -- Trailing 17-10 at halftime, Nebraska scored 31 unanswered points in the second half to pull away from upset-minded Western Michigan in the season opener for both teams at Lincoln. The Cornhuskers gave Bo Pelini his first win as a head coach -- he was 1-0 as an interim head coach at Nebraska in 2003 -- in typical Pelini fashion, shutting the Broncos out in the second half.

The Huskers were limited to just 139 yards on the ground, but senior quarterback Joe Ganz had a solid day, completing 21-of-26 pass attempts for 238 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions. Grand Island native Tyler Wortman had a monster game in his first career start with a team-high 14 tackles, including seven tackles for loss with three sacks.

Nebraska 70, San Jose St. 3 -- Nebraska's offense built a 17-0 first-quarter lead and then tacked on 29 points in the fourth quarter in a rout of visiting San Jose State. The Huskers finished with 547 yards of total offense, including 276 yards passing and 271 yards rushing.

Grand Island's own Todd Peterson had six receptions for 77 yards for Nebraska (2-0) while Joe Ganz hit 15-of-25 pass attempts for 162 yards and two TDs.

Nebraska 44, New Mexico St. 20 -- Joe Ganz completed 28-of-38 pass attempts for 330 yards and five TDs with no interceptions as Nebraska improved to 3-0 at home and rolled into its bye week with a lopsided victory over New Mexico State.

Husker I-back Marlon Lucky just missed a 100-yard day, rushing 14 times for 97 yards, while Ganz rushed 14 times for 53 yards and a TD. NU senior wide receiver Todd Peterson had 10 receptions for 77 yards and three TDs.

Nebraska 34, Virginia Tech 31 (OT) -- Alex Henery's 39-yard field goal in overtime was the difference as Nebraska passed its first significant test of the season with a victory over No. 20-ranked and previously unbeaten Virginia Tech at Lincoln. Henery also booted a 34-yard field goal with nine seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 31-31.

The Huskers (4-0) led 28-14 heading into the fourth quarter only to watch the Hokies score 17 unanswered points. Nebraska got a huge boost from a pair of defensive scores as safety Rickey Thenarse had a 35-yard interception return for a TD and cornerback Anthony Blue -- apparently fully recovered from offseason knee surgery -- returned an interception 28 yards for a TD.

Nebraska 34, Missouri 26 -- Nebraska continued its remarkable revival, upsetting No. 3-ranked Missouri in the Big 12 Conference opener to improve to 5-0 on the season at Memorial Stadium.

Joe Ganz was again solid for the Huskers, completing 20-of-24 pass attempts for 200 yards and a TD with one interception. Marlon Lucky recorded his first 100-yard game of the season, rushing 16 times for 101 yards and a TD. NU's defense kept Heisman Trophy candidate Chase Daniel of Missouri in check as he was 19-of-31 passing for 233 yards and two TDs.

Nebraska 31, Texas Tech 27 -- In a marquee matchup of two Big 12 unbeatens, No. 18-ranked Nebraska pulled off yet another upset by beating No. 7 Texas Tech. The Huskers (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) led 28-14 after three quarters and survived a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Red Raiders at Lubbock, Texas.

Tech quarterback Graham Harrell was 27-of-42 passing for 425 yards and four TDs, but it wasn't enough as Nebraska intercepted him three times. The Blackshirts recorded six sacks and held the Red Raiders to 48 yards rushing. Backup QB Patrick Witt came in for an injured Joe Ganz to pass for 309 yards and a TD, but was intercepted three times. Marlon Lucky had 134 yards and two TDs.

Nebraska 38, Iowa St. 10 -- No. 11-ranked Nebraska broke open a tight 10-7 game at halftime by outscoring Iowa State 28-3 in the second half at Ames, Iowa, to improve to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in Big 12 play.

Quarterback Joe Ganz, injured early in the previous week's win at Texas Tech, returned to complete 24-of-33 pass attempts for 210 yards and four TDs with two interceptions. Tyler Wortman's six tackles led a stingy Nebraska defense. Iowa State managed just 214 total yards, 111 yards coming through the air.

Nebraska 37, Baylor 3 -- No. 7-ranked Nebraska improved to 6-0 at home on the season with a lopsided win over Baylor, holding the Bears to just 140 yards of total offense. Converted running back Cody Glenn had his best day on defense, recording a team-leading eight tackles with four tackles for loss and a sack.

Todd Peterson had 10 receptions for 110 yards and a TD for the Huskers. Nebraska's Joe Ganz was 26-of-40 passing for 336 yards and three TDs and also rushed 11 times for 83 yards.

Oklahoma 42, Nebraska 31 -- It wasn't quite Game of the Century material, but top-ranked Oklahoma won a shootout over No. 5 Nebraska to knock the Huskers from the ranks of the unbeaten at Norman, Okla. The Sooners trailed 28-21 heading into the final quarter, but used three TD passes from Sam Bradford in the final period to pull away.

Bradford finished 19-of-23 passing for 246 yards and five TDs for Oklahoma. Joe Ganz countered with a 22-of-32 passing day for 273 yards and three TDs with one interception for Nebraska (8-1, 4-1).

Nebraska 24, Kansas 21 -- No. 11-ranked Nebraska bounced back from its first loss of the season with a narrow victory over No. 13 Kansas in a key Big 12 North Division matchup at Lincoln.

Once again Joe Ganz was a double-threat for the Huskers (9-1, 5-1 Big 12), passing for 210 yards and two TDs and rushing for a team-best 97 yards and a score. Middle linebacker Phillip Dillard and defensive end Zach Potter each had seven tackles to lead Nebraska's defense.

Nebraska 24, Kansas St. 14 -- No. 9-ranked Nebraska used a pair of field goals from Alex Henery and Joe Ganz's 15-yard TD pass to tight end Hunter Teafatiller to overcome a 14-10 halftime deficit and beat Kansas State at Manhattan, Kan. The Wildcats came into the contest with a 3-7 record.

Nebraska's defense's defense sacked Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman six times and limited him to 155 yards passing. Tyler Wortman paced the Blackshirts with eight tackles, including four for loss, and a sack.

Nebraska 27, Colorado 7 -- No. 7-ranked Nebraska put the finishes touches on its Big 12 revenge tour with a 27-7 victory over Colorado on Senior Day at Memorial Stadium, breaking open the contest with 17 straight points in the fourth quarter.

Marlon Lucky led Nebraska's ground attack with 103 yards rushing on 16 attempts, while teammate Nate Swift had nine receptions for 103 yards. Defensive ends Zach Potter and Barry Turner combined for 12 tackles for loss, including five sacks for Nebraska (11-1, 7-1 Big 12).

Nebraska 27, Oklahoma 24 -- Nebraska's improbable turnaround continued as the No. 5 Cornhuskers upset top-ranked and previously unbeaten Oklahoma 27-24 in the Big 12 championship game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. NU survived 17 unanswered points by the Sooners after taking a 27-7 lead with 9:52 left in the third quarter.

Joe Ganz was 17-of-27 passing for 241 yards with two TDs and three interceptions for Nebraska (12-1). Defensively, Phillip Dillard had seven tackles, including four for loss as the Huskers avenged their previous loss to Oklahoma.

Nebraska 45, Clemson 28 -- The dramatic transformation from a 5-7 record in 2007 to the second-ranked team in the nation concluded for Nebraska as the No. 3 Huskers defeated No. 11 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl at Glendale, Ariz.

Marlon Lucky made his final game as a Husker his best of the year as he rushed for 187 yards and four TDs. Joe Ganz passed for 244 yards and a TD -- an 84-yarder to Menelik Holt in the first quarter -- for the Huskers (13-1).



Final analysis

Admittedly, the EA Sports simulation of Nebraska's 2008 season was a little surprising. Even the most optimistic fans probably aren't counting on the Huskers winning a BCS bowl game and finishing only behind national champion Southern California in the final polls.

A somewhat more "scientific" sampling where the 2008 season was simulated 10 times produced slightly more believable results as the Huskers finished anywhere from 7-6 to 10-3. Nebraska's average was slightly above 8.5 victories per season.

In our original simulated season, Bo Pelini was selected as the Big 12 Coach of the Year -- he'll be Coach of the Galaxy if he actually goes 13-1 -- and was offered a four-year contract extension at Nebraska. Interestingly, he was also offered the head coaching job at Michigan as apparently the Rich Rodriguez era went south in a hurry?

It all seems a little far-fetched here in the dog days of August. Then again, what do you expect for eight bucks?


Terry Douglass is sports editor for The Independent.



Gomer

10:01 PM  
Blogger Husker_Engineer said...

AJ do you think Nebraska had 'performance enhancers' for accademics just like they did for strenth??"

Where the fuck do I start here?

fro, brother....seriously....stop acting like Tarzan swinging from AJ's nut sack.

If you are going to bag on UNL for academic standards, please do us a favor and employ a spell checker.

Jesus H. Christ. It is friday, getting towards midnight, I am shit faced, and I caught your fucking spelling errors.

Come correct bro. This is a Division I Blog. This is the Big 12...go play intermurals.

Fucking Haters.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

Well I live in Oklahoma, so maybe it's excusable. Living here I don't see OU fans as being as great as everyone says they are. Like your situation.

But I always thought of it being spelled in my head "dammit" not "damnit". Plus spellcheck registers the former as a word. IDK.

12:48 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

One year wonder eh?

First, I realize there are lots of big words, but if you took the time to read the archives (or if you just took the time to learn to read), you'd not that I'm WELL aware of my team's shortcomings. Fuck, I didn't even pick Mizzou to win the Big 12, so I don't know what you're crying about.

Second, go compare the records of both teams over the past 5 seasons. I think you'll find "1-year wonder" a bit dubious, considering they have a better record than NU, and judging by this year..the difference isn't going to get much closer.

Regardless, I could give a rats ass if you think I picked MIssouri out of a hat and just started cheering for them last month. I've put up with shit that would make the typical Husker fan's head explode. I'm well aware of what has happened over the past 30 years, just as I'm well aware of what could happen.

But alas, 51 out of 51 sportswriters at the Big 12 meetings tend to agree with me about winning the North..so I'm guessing it might be just you. I could worry about your feelings and how you're incapable of handling the current state of your team...but quite frankly I don't care and it's not my problem.

Boo hoo for you buckeroo.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jag





Off.




Whats even funnier, the Buff fans who predict 2nd placein the North for the Convicts of the Rockies.

You see that defensive backfield last year? They were criminal.

2:25 AM  
Blogger NE-Jhawk said...

No kidding AJ. Great point. NU fans could not handle the ammount of crap a fan of a team like MU (or in my personal experience KU) has recieved over the past years.

A few level-headed posters here...but most are completely traumatized by what Callihan did to thier team did in 3 years. The next time they want to take the 'who do they think they are?!?' argument (which is all this bullshit posturing about 'tradition' really is) to MU or KU fan, they should contomplate how they would feel about any moderate success thier team might have after giving Terry Allen 5 years to see what he can do.

11:42 AM  
Blogger broker0625 said...

Love the blog AJ. Huge Husker fan. Will be there Saturday. Can't wait to see what you write to piss off the masses. People need to relax a little. Or not, because I get a lot of laughs off of this site.

Trent

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as we're in Ms Prunella Tightass's homeroom, the reference is "intramurals". Intermurals refers to games between two different schools.

I guess I-80 is the "intrastate" highway that crosses hundreds of miles of banality.

Dumbass Nubs.

3:41 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Thanks Trent.

And NE, you are correct. I was just looking over some boxscores from MU-NU during the 80's and 90's. If you ever wondered why people like me exist...look no further than 1991.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Andy P said...

FYI..

Scott Strasburger DE 1983, currently MD Orthopedic surgeon and NU team doctor

Pat Tyrance LB late 80' early 90's currently MD

Rob Zatechka OL mid 90's current MD of anesthiology

Judd Davies FB 2001 Resident MD

Dane Todd FB 2005 4.0 GP in biological sciences and current medical school student.

Mark Blazek S late 80's currently JD practicing in Lincoln

Jeff Mackovicka FB 1995 currently JD practicing in Lincoln

Grant Wistrom DE 1998 nearly a 4.0 GPA in Pharmacy among all the on field honors that he achieved.

Trev Alberts DE 1993 NCAA top 6 Award winner. The highest academic award that any athlete can earn!

And I could go on and on and on about the high number of NU football players who were in rigorous academic programs and achieved a great deal of success off the field.

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Andy P said...

1991 NU vs Missouri boxscore shows NU ran the ball 68 TIMES and completed only 13 passes!

It's not as if they kept first string offense in late in game and were taking shots down the field with long passes! That would be something equivical to running up the score!

That's clearly not what NU did that day in 91 and maybe you need to look further into the boxscore before complaining.

They played 3 Qb's and 4 Rb's that day and probably every offensive line rotation available.

And probably same amount of defensive substitution when game got out of hand!

If you have issue with that too damn bad! Maybe MU needed to make a tackle or stop someone!

1:01 AM  
Anonymous Andy P. said...

Hey, Anonymous, Regarding 10 starters on 95 team were prop 48.

On offense. 1-Lawrence Phillips

On defense. 2. C. Peter
3. J. Peter
4. J. Tomich
5. T. Williams

5<10

That is 5 of 22 starters not including kickers, who were Prop 48.

And this garbage about more "questionable college students than legit" is dubious at best.

Offensive line was full of solid students who have gone on to have succesful careers in real estate and business.

C. A Graham, Real estate sales in Omaha.

G A. Taylor, business owner and insurance sale in Omaha.

Qb T Frazier, Omaha businessman working for energy company.

DE Grant Wistrom, nearly a 4.0 in pharmacy.

SS M. Minter a FS T. Veland both graduates of a very rigourous engineering program.

LB Phil Ellis, graduate of business college now in business with father-in-law in Grand Island.

LB D. Colman, very successful New Jersey high school football coach after 5 yr NFL career, now back in Lincoln working under T.O. in athletic dept.

94 All American LB Ed Stewart, now I know he wasnt on 95 team, was a member of 94 NC team. But, just another example of a Husker athlete doing well off the field also.

Ed Stewart is currently 2nd in charge at Big 12 offices behind Steve Weiberg. Stewart earned a masters degree from MSU in 2000 and worked in Missouri athletic dept. for 7 years before current position with Big 12 offices. Stewart will be high on list of candidates to replace T.O. at end of his AD term.

Yeah, 95 NU just had a bunch of dummies and losers! ROFL MY FREAKING ASS!

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Andy P. said...

AJ is complaining about 1991 NU beating Missouri 63 - 6.

On the surface, it looks like NU might have run up the score. But, anyone that folows football and NU football knows that it's sort of assinine to accuse a team with run based offense of running up the score.

Looking further into the boxscore of that 1991 game it shows that NU ran the ball 68 TIMES! They completed only 13 passes for 170 yards and not one pass td.

Not only did NU run the ball 68 times! They also did so with 2nd and 3rd string Qb and 3rd and 4th string RB!

AJ, Would it have made you feel better if after the game was out of hand had the QB taken a knee after every snap with maybe a qtr and half of football reminaing??!! How's that going to look on ESPN later that night? Much worse than a 63-6 loss. Or reserve QB turns around to give ball to 3rd string Rb and that RB falls down, or runs out of bounds or just doesnt allow MU to tackle him? NU just stops competing completely.

I can see the headlines on Sportscenter now. Nebraska beats Missouri so bad that they stop playing. Can you imagine the headlines? Can you imagine how ridiculous MU players might have felt knowing that they got beat so bad that NU just stopped playing??!!

Dude, lately NU has taken plenty of those same lumps and I can handle those lumps because I know they have handed plenty out. It was bound to happen sooner or later and the worm will soon turn again!! I have no problem taking a little of the medicine that NU dished out for years. I don't care that Missouri has kicked NU's butt more than a couple times lately. Oh well, it happens!

Probably going to happen again soon!! But, who cares and GROW UP!

1:59 PM  

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