September 14, 2008

Order ReSnored

Hear that? No, not the strong wind this morning or the air let out of yet another titanic Ohio State disaster on a national stage…listen again real close? Hear it?

In case you don’t recognize it, that is the sound of Husker pride and arrogance slowly leaking back into the atmosphere. It’s something we really haven’t seen since the Nevada game last year, so it took me a few minutes to recognize it after last night’s epic win over perennial power New Mexico State. Nebraska's romp toward the WAC title took another huge step forward with an “old school” beat down of the Aggies on a perfect night in Lincoln. Actually an “old school” Nebraska win over New Mexico State would have been highlighted with 800 yards rushing and a 70-0 win…but I’m sure you’ll take what you can get now.

As many of you know, one thing I hate more than anything in the world is agreeing with Omaha World-Herald columnist and Husker homer Tom Shatel. Nowhere on earth are predictable columns met with wishy-washy flip-flopping. (“Frank Solich should stay!! Wait, I mean fire Frank! I mean….) But regardless of his past history of crappy takes for the sake of sheep-like readers, he did get one point correct this morning: The pre-season is over.

Despite your lowest talent level in years (don’t kid yourself), The Huskers have waltzed through a three-game September home stretch that would barely have challenged Omaha Westside High School. Granted, struggling with San Jose State is particularly noteworthy (and ironically forgotten this morning)…yet somehow that old feeling is back, despite the avalanche of reality forthcoming that says almost every single team you play from here on out has a decent chance of beating you.

But alas, we are pretty much exactly where I said we would be.

I predicted Western Michigan would have put up a bit more of a fight on opening day…and you ended up winning by 23. (I said 8…Oh and by the way, the Broncs barely beat Northern Illinois at home last week and struggled to put away mighty Idaho yesterday). Then came San Jose State, and the late game surge that gave you another 23 point win. Before the season I said you would win by 20. (Hmmmmmm…) And lastly, we have last night’s epic win over a team that gave up 30 ore more points NINE times last year. I said you'd win by 30...you won by 31. (Hmmmmm....) As one e-mail from a Husker buddy of mine who was at the game said, “New Mexico State looks like they’re starting 4 women’s gymnasts on the defensive line, this is the smallest team I’ve ever seen.” Yes, the WAC is known for their monster linemen and physical style.

So with a bye week upcoming and yet another 7 days to digest just how close you are to restoring the order, we will soon turn our attention to Virginia Tech. Now granted, the Hokies have more athletes on their practice squad than the three JV teams you just got done beating the past three weeks…but still, this is a team that is averaging a whopping 85 yards through the air. We do have time to break it down however, since Tyrod Taylor has a matchup in Chapel Hill next weekend to work out some kinks before his trip to the Corn Palace. But if you watched that game vs. Georgia Tech yesterday, you’ll notice the young freshman is extremely quick but has trouble throwing the ball more than 5 yards downfield. (Good thing you don't have a pass rush anyway huh?)

In the meantime, those of us stuck behind enemy lines will be inundated with over-analysis, debatable logic and plain old fashion Husker shortsightedness as we waddle through the bye week. I do have a question though. According to my predictions…and they haven’t changed…where are those extra three wins going to come from in order to grab that golden ticket to Shreveport? Ames? Waco and....? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime a couple of notes from a great day of channel surfing yesterday.

- Ohio State, go away. Take your slow, unimaginative offense, ignorant fans, your shitty…overrated as hell 5* defenders and go back to your rightful place on the Big 10 network at 11am on a given Saturday against Purdue. Beanie Wells or not, that team…like most Big 10 teams is a product of hype and daydreaming back to a bygone era where conference powers like Michigan didn’t get bitchslapped by crappy teams like Notre Dame. (Did they even play yesterday? I barely even remember seeing highlights.) What was my point? Oh yeah…I don’t care if they’re sitting at 11-1 and have beaten every crappy Big 10 team by 60 come the end of November…keep them away from the BCS title game. If they snake their way in there, the people should revolt. I'm not kidding.

- I respect Oklahoma and their fans. Hell, I even respect Bob Stoops for being a brilliant coach..especially considering the massive beatdown he gave Washington yesterday. That team is ridiculously scary and has speed and size at every single position. But is it really necessary to emulate the 86 Miami Hurricanes? I mean Jesus, I almost expected Luther Campbell to be standing on the OU sideline as the camera panned. Starting fights with hapless Husky players in the tunnel? Cheap shotting linemen in the back after a play is called dead? And yes, I haven’t forgotten the class act of swinging by the Missouri locker room in San Antonio last year, taunting the team through the door. You’re supposed to be a National Power…feel free to act like it. (And not circa '95 Nebraska either in case domestic assault is on the plate for later this season)

- Kansas….oh Kansas. First off, Sod Reesing has serious skills at eluding the rush; I will readily admit that. That is extremely important when your offensive line can’t stop anybody from getting past you simply by blinking. They’ve got a couple of nice receivers and even a few decent linebackers. But if you’re going to survive Texas, OU and Tech by simply having Reesing run for his life for 60 minutes, you’re probably going to find yourselves in a bit of trouble. KU has convinced themselves of their greatness, which while annoying….is probably a good thing for them. This will allow them to get by the lower-tier teams of Nebraska and ISU with no problem. The hobbit can’t win games by himself though…and you better find yourselves a running back (and not slow pasty ones or a guy who likes the younger ladies...allegedly)

- Good win by Mizzou yesterday, albeit over a fairly crappy WAC team. (Better than some of the WAC teams that played Big 12 teams the past couple of weeks..ahem…but I digress). Anyway, Chase Daniel is ridiculous as is the rest of the offense. The key for the Tigers on offense is going to be Derrick Washington. Why? Because somebody down the road is going to get cute (as Arkansas did in the Cotton Bowl) and play with 9 DB’s or something like that. At that time, Daniel, Maclin and company are going to have to diversify just a bit to keep things level. And yes, I realize how ridiculous this is to nitpick a team that hasn’t been good for 30 years.

On defense there really isn’t anything new to dissect, other than the prevent coverage has got to get better when the other team is heaving a Hail Mary with :00 left in regulation. William Moore should take a week off to rest his ailing foot, and it was nice to see Van Alexander back in the lineup a bit yesterday as well.

Hate week is on the horizon. At over 57 points per game so far…the visions of gassed Husker linebackers chasing Missouri receivers like a group of 4 year olds at an Easter egg hunt is too great to ignore. However, Turner Gill’s bitchslapping and a battle of has-beens in Lincoln stands in our way. We'll get there eventually. Buckle up.
(Photo Credit Lincoln Journal Star and Washington Post)

32 Comments:

Anonymous Coach Bughead said...

AJ... When should Nebraska fans start making reservations in Tampa for the Super Bowl....and who do you think they will play now that they have proven themselves over the past 3 games?

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ:

Where did you buy your "Smart Pills"?..........Ebay?

I once knew a kid who lived down the street from me while growing up, and he always knew everything about everything, especially football. But we all knew better, he was a Minnesota Vikings fan.

Have you changed teams?

Gomer

1:06 PM  
Anonymous UD3312 said...

Beautiful job AJ,

Our defense needs to get better fast IMO.

Oh but they are getting extremely excited in Lincoln. Only to lose to Va tech by 3 in 2 weeks.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Art VD said...

I saw where the nubs played NMSU yesterday. Was that my alma mater Northeast Missouri State University? Glad to see the Bulldogs could keep it so close vs a D-1 juggernaut.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to pat yourself on the back for beating a top-tier Patsy. If the Booger-eater and his boys show up at the Corn Palace in 3 weeks, they will be forfieting to NU because the Corn Palace is in Mitchell, SD.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow 12 hours later and zero comments
what a great blog you have here
must be making you a fortune
thank God you skipped J-School
you write not well
your topics are so tired
you say the same thing over and over year after year
why don't your write about Missouri?
nobody cares about them I guess
LOL
loser

-James Wilder

8:12 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

574 posts, you tend to run out of names to call the big cement pile of shit on 10th and 180 in Lincoln.

Way to go with the metaphor dipshit.

PS - The original term "Booger Eater" is funny to me. (Especially when used by the ultra cosmo people who live here.) Please use it more often so that you may show your sophistication further.

Isn't that right Dingleberry Dufus face?

8:13 PM  
Anonymous ohf said...

yawn.

same old same old for years now, i read your blog when i need to take a nap.

big 10-little 11 sucks, we can agree on that.

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an OU fan here, I have to agree that the OU players are starting to get the thuggery look to them and I don't like it. But in all fairness, both UC and UW gave their fair share.

That said, after beatdowns from BSU/WVU etc. where the OU team looked flat, I have to say, with the pep they have in their step, I find it hard to criticize them as a fan.

This "attitude" is something OU has lacked since '04 or '05.

Anyhow, you are a talented writer, regardless of rather I agree or disagree with you. It's one of the reasons I continue to read this blog.

Anyhow, Thanks!

10:59 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Wow, and OHF sighting. Blast from the past.

- Still pissed about James Wilder? Fine, how is Jarvis Redwine's snapped tibia? Oh, and apparently you aren't smart enough to actually look at the comments section..or figure out that I have to approve them for them to show up. Idiot. Oh, and if you don't like it, don't read it. Nobody made you.

- OU to me is funny. Almost every single OU fan I've ever met has been great and although I'm sure they have their few (fans are fans overall)...I think they are pretty grounded in terms of being a great team and knowing it.

I just find the players on the field these days easy to dislike. Not that they aren't extremely talented and hands down the best team in the conference right now..probably even the country. Just something about them..not sure what it is.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous jhawk-in-nc said...

Can't argue too much with your assessment of the Hawks. Need a running game. Going to have to blitz a little more often and let the secondary fend for itself, because the four-man rush isn't getting there. KU went into a coma for more than a quarter (much like the first-half Arrowhead coma in November) and still nearly won, but that will not play well in the conference.

God help me, though, I do love it when they play the PR ad for the school during the game and they flash that shot of the Orange Bowl trophy and the NCAA hoops championship trophy sitting side by side. That is some high-quality TV viewing.

Missouri offense = very scary.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ,

Keep it up, I love reading the blog. It always amuses me how much some of the Husker fans bitch and moan about how tired your story is but they come back week after week to read it....

12:13 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I give Reesing all sorts of credit. He doesn't have a hell of a lot of skill, but he's a player and there really isn't any price you can put on that.

That being said, I think you're going to miss McAnderson more than people thought. Your defense is still above average...but not sure how theyr'e going to withstand the big 3 from the south.

As for Kerry Meier, there is no earthly way a slow, stiff, pasty white wide receiver should be able to catch that many balls...but he does.

Ahh well.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So everyone, who has the better conference? SEC or Big 12? I would definitely take OU and Mizzou versus the field (as far as winning the National Championship).

A lot of people are writing off KU after Friday's defeat.... I wouldn't do that just yet. The schedule sets up nicely to be 5-1 going to Norman.

Winners of 11 straight at home, KU should at least go 1-2 versus the "Big 3" of the South. That could put them at 5-2 in conference heading into the Border War.

If MU is tripped up along the way (Longhorns? Dare I say Huskers? *SUICIDE WATCH FOR AJ) you never know....

P.S. Are we going to find out if KSU is legit Wednesday?

12:50 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

IF (God forbid) Nebraska should beat Missouri this year..I don't think I'll be on suicide watch. Oh it will suck and be extremely dissapointing. And yes..I will have to put up with 365 days of crap around here and everywhere. But I've seen balls bounced over people's head and into the arms of a guy 8 yards away.

Nothing would shock me.

As for the game itself..I'll get into this later...but the ONLY way NU beats Mizzou this year is if they get some fumbles and Ganz goes absolutely apeshit. He certainly has that ability...God knows teh MU secondary isn't THAT great. But still..it's going to take some special circumstances to get it done.

Daniel is playing at a ridiculous level right now. 2 steps back and he's hitting recivers without hardly looking. It's a bad matchup for NU because of their inexpierence at LB and lack of depth at DB.

If Mizzou stops the Hicks just once..they'll win.

But no...I will not kill myself if they lose. I can promise you that.

2:48 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

By the way..the SEC isn't as great as everybody says.

Watched Georgia for 2 hours and was hardly impressed.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I don't see Auburn holding Mizzou to 2 points.... And for that matter, I'm not sure Auburn could score 20!

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bo Pelini is less than two weeks away from being schooled by a real defensive coach. Look at VTechs defenses over the last 5 years, they are absolutely scary dominant. Hate to tell you corn fans, but Bud Foster has been producing way better defenses for a lot longer than Saint Bo, and with far less talent than OU and LSU. Go check the statistics if you don't believe me.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the problem A-nother J-ackass. You don't want anyone else to know about your ZERO NCs. If this were a real blog you would not censor the posts.

8:01 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

And what censorship would that be?

I'd like to know.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I posted this morning in regard to your post on the cement piece of shit at 10th and 180 in Lincoln. I said that NU has at least had National Champion teams play home games in Memorial stadium. How many home gave have been played, by NC teams in Misery's kitty litter box? Let us count them. ZERO!!! Although you did have a nice run of conference titles in the late 30s/early 40s, don't expect another title, NC or B12 Conference, anytime soon. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that NU will win another one of each before MU wins their first of either.

I'm also glad that you think that the Booger eater is funny. I also think it is funny to watch a grown man consume crusty nasal mucous on national TV. $3.99 all you can eat at the Proboscus Buffet! I wonder if he also, like a dog, eats the cat turds out of the litter box. Personally, I think he should leave the shit eating for you!!!

Oh, and apparently you aren't smart enough to actually look at the comments section..or figure out that you have to approve them for them to show up. Idiot.

I guess that is in place so you can disallow any post that make you look more foolish than you do yourself.

Have a nice day!!

9:24 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I allow all posts and havn't rejected anything in 6 months. Why? Because contraary to the Jim Rome-esque call you've typed in your head..your attempt was weak and pathetic. "Booger buffet". Wow, that's pure comic gold Jerry.

I can't figure out how to approve them? I've run this blog for four years, I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing.

Oh, and your stadium does suck..especially when you try to squeeze into the middle of a row full of 250lb fat asses who enjoyed a nice pregame triple runza with cheese.

I have posts in my stool that are more clever than you. Stop trying.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear James Wilder,

You are amazing. I love you. I really do. I think it's just cute that you got so pissed off from reading AJ's blog that you had to comment. That is totally cute! This blog really mad you mad! Look honey, a pissed off Husker fan! It's pretty amazing just how right AJ is! So AJ, good job on yet another Husker fan you cracked!

James, if you keep reading I guarantee that you'll have to comment more...mainly because AJ will say something absolutely 100% correct and it will bug you sooooo much that you can't sleep and have to write a comment back. Now doesn't that feel good? Yeah. Yeah it does.

Ok, well I have to go now. Good job on your comment, and as a long time reader I will be looking forward to your awesome retorts! Oh and good job at skipping J-school......wait, what is J-school?

Anyway, good luck on keeping your blood pressure down. I have to get back...I'm running the fryer at Runza at noon.

As my favorite movie quotes:
"We love you when you're mad!"

Sincerely,

Eric Crouch

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. I've come onto this blog regularly for about two years now. I'm a Kansas fan and leave comments fairly often. AJ doesn't censor anything because . . . try to follow me here . . . censorship, by definition can only be practiced by the government. Honestly, this gripe that he "censors" what goes in here is tiresome and shows you to be somebody that was educated with a banana and an inner tube. Get out of the pool and let the grown-ups play.

By the way, the little bit of seen of Mizzou this year makes me think they're even better than I thought they were. They certainly have weaknesses, but so what? Most teams I've seen aren't likely to be able to exploit them regularly enough to make a difference. Right now, the only team I've seen that I think has a good chance to beat Missouri is USC. Other than that, I expect the Tigers to be the better team against anybody they have on the schedule or a hypothetical matchup with OU.

As we all know, though, the best team doesn't always win . . . thank God.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!
(See, if he was going to "censor" anything, it would be that. But of course, he isn't the government.)

Bob

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chase Daniel could eat a booger sandwich with two slices of butt cheese on a poppy-turd bun and polish it off with a drink of sweat from the OL jockstraps where he would then throw up 25 times on the sidelines, run to the toilet 15 times for some nasty shits and STILL be able to throw over 350 yards. And for some strange reason he comes up short...we (Mizzou) can just hand the ball off to any one of our ear wax eating halfbacks...or better yet, just put in Blaine Gabbert who said, "Fuck you Nebraska...I'm playing for Mizzou."

My point is; it doesn't matter what you say. It just doesn't. We (Mizzou) is better than you (Nebraska) and it's eating you alive. Let's face it...there's nothing that I personally or AJ, can do for that matter to help things...we're not on the field. Neither are you. So just deal with the fact that it sucks to be you.

Sucks doesn't it.

PS--stop gritting your teeth...people in your office are looking at you funny and wondering why you're crying.

2:01 PM  
Blogger KSTATER said...

Nice post!

Yes, you have taken KSU place of being at the top of the North, and now Nebraska hates you like they hated us. Keep kicking them while their down, it has been a few years now.

Kudos to AJ for keeping the salt handy to rub it in the wounds! I will be a Tigger fan next week when "Hate" week starts!

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ, you have posts in your stool?? Now I know why you’re so angry! Try hanging out at different bars.

o ya..you do delete posts crickets & personal info have hit the floor.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Oh, and your stadium does suck..especially when you try to squeeze into the middle of a row full of 250lb fat asses who enjoyed a nice pregame triple runza with cheese."

It's a concept pretty foriegn to MU fans. It is called a sellout.
267 consecutive at NU!! You may have a few of the as of late a MU, but once the BE leaves and you return to your true form of suck you can have all the room you want in the Kitty litter box. With your hatred of husker fans, why would you subject yourself to 84,000+ of them by stepping even a foot into Memorial stadium on game day. I guess your the kind of idiot that will plop his dumb ass down on a fire ant hill and have a picnic. Boogers and cat shit of course.

Oh, by the way Boob, let me remind you that your do-do birds have not won shit in FB since Pepper Rodgers led them to a conference co-championship in 1968!! So shut the fuck up until BBall season.

Have a nice day!!

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please put in Gabbert, I'm glad you pukes have him. He obviously has no vision, he jumps ship just when things are about to get great. I look forward to NU knocking the cat shit out of him for his entire career. His legacy will be just like that of the BE's, 0 conference titles and 0 national championships. People will talk about these two for minutes after they're gone. At least the BE got to beat a down NU team a couple of times, so he has got that going for him. Gabbert won't be able to say that, although he probably could have if he stayed commited NU.

Have a nice day!!

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also A-1 J-erk off

It is the "Proboscus Buffet" and not only are there boogers on the menu, there is snot. You'll see in a couple of weeks when NU knocks it the fuck out of the BE and the rest of his pussies!!

Have a nice day!!

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boob said: "try to follow me here . . . censorship, by definition can only be practiced by the government."

Have a nice day!! says:
"Government comes in many levels. For instance, this piss-ant blog is governed by a piss-ant dictator, who decides if a post gets a 1 or a 0. I'm sure your pea-brain doesn't understand binary code so I'll help you out. 1 = on and 0= off. Why would a piss-ant dictator censor anything from a KU fan? You guys have an all time winning record over an impressive total of 2 big 12 teams. KSU( 63-37-5) and ISU(47-34-6). Wow!! You own those guys!! The Kitties have got you by a game(53-54-9), something they should be extremely proud of.

Have a nice day!!

2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that I too am a Husker-hater and I too live among them...in Big O-town...I have been a die hard Mizzou fan for 37 years...

2:52 PM  

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