JUST KICK THE DAMN THING OFF ALREADY
I can’t take anymore. There comes an uncomfortable time during all Hate Weeks where you have to shake out the cobwebs, step away from the fray for a moment…and re-adjust your thinking. From a taunting standpoint, look no further than my comments section to realize that Missouri fans are ready to get on with the bloodletting, while Husker fans are simply flailing away verbally, hoping to strike anything that moves; Most everything that can be said has been said. Booger smack, history lessons you name it…and now it’s come down to four words posted on Blaine Gabbert’s Myspace page. What’s next, you get all fired up about a term paper Chase Coffman wrote while in 8th grade? When does it all end?
As you know, we here at BEL find ourselves on the front lines of this little tussle on the plains. With 50+ hours left to go til kickoff, there are only so many ways I can describe the death blow about to be delivered to a once mighty, and now extremely frail fan base. Two days prior to the game, I can only remind you so many times of your past superciliousness that toyed with you like college football bloggers and Erin Andrews pictures. But the giant elephant is still in the room, and because the floors are about to cave in, we must spend another post or two regarding the best week of the year.
With that being said, in terms of Hate Week, I understand that you expect more when visiting this corner of cyberspace. I know you are looking for unique perspective and are either waiting for me to pile on God’s favorite football team just a little bit more….or your head is about to explode as I push the boundaries of your consciousness and explain to you in not-so-many-words that your team is a fraud and a sham. You are looking for direction, as the world tries to figure out just what the hell happened to the Nebraska football team…and what…if anything…can be done to save your soul? What could you possibly do at this point to make it all just go away? If Missouri rolls, as many think they will…will true order be restored? Will Hate Week as we know it cease to exist? Is Baylor involved in any do-or-die epic clashes between civilizations? I’m guessing no.
So if this actually is in fact the last hate week for the foreseeable future, what will the lasting legacy be of a “rivalry” between two fan bases who I think it is safe to say…don’t particularly like each other very much? How exactly did we get to this point and why did it take 30 years?
As is the case with many complex questions, the answers for this particular case is simple and straightforward. I’ve stated this many times to many people, and predictably, you either have refused to listen, or have pushed the truth to the back of your brain. Stop me if you've heard this before from me once, twice or five thousand times.
You did this to yourselves.
Your arrogant attitude and holier than thou mantra over the years should have been your first clue that when…not if…your program came back to earth..there would be hell to pay. You should have known that 30 years of pity claps, campus invasions, unbridled loyalty and an all out annoying persona that would make the most dedicated nun stick a pistol to her head… would lead to retribution of the most vengeful kind.
This weekend, 5,000 or so Missouri fans will decend upon your sacred cathedral of egotism and demand payback for a generation of sand being kicked in his preverbial face. These 5,000 or men and women dressed in gold will be expecting that their team take not lightly the responsibility of retribution for every single moment you’ve bestowed upon them in your ominous road to perdition.
The players themselves may not see the game for what it truly is….nor would coaches, trainers or university personnel. But you and I both know what is at stake here. You and I both know that your program can either take one last gasp of air from under 10 feet of endothermic radioactive ash….or you can be driven back to the bowels of hell from which you crawled out of so many decades ago, led by Satan's minions named Devaney and Osborne. You may not like it, you may not agree with it…but for those of us who have put up with your exhausted act for so long…we know better.
To answer your question...yes. Yours truly will be in attendance, ready to take the battle to you…the greatest fans in college football. Perhaps you will walk by me during the second half, heading to your ’94 Ford F150 as you prepare to head back to Cozad, Wisner or whatever humble po-dunk burg you reside from. Perhaps you will ignore my light applause as I wish you safe travels and a successful rest of the season? Perhaps you will simply stare through me as I proudly salute your team’s valliant effort as they trudge back through those huge ugly glass doors that make you look like a 3rd rate Arena League team? Or Perhaps you will be doing 75mph on the interstate when the clock hits :00 and I, and my fellow fans, truly celebrate the termination of pure evil? Perhaps you will be watching the Discovery Channel at home while I shout to down to your players below, “It’s OK Huskers…you played well.”
Watching the nuclear destruction of your program first hand last season in a swirling ball of golden hate in was indeed enjoyable. Walking into your living room and distributing 30 years of payback….ripping the pictures off your walls and defecating on your furniture…will be indeed priceless, and most likely…the end of a movement literally decades in the making.
Buckle up and hold on.
The end game is very very near.