This whole thing is irrelevant and stupid for two reaons: First, is it supposed to shock and surprise me that somebody playing under Bo Pelini is being accused of playing dirty? This is the same team that is 115th in the nation in penalties. This is the same team who has piled up a very Oakland-like 8 personal fouls in five whopping games. This is the same team led by a coach who threw a 5 minute hissy fit during the Va Tech game over a call that he admitted he didn’t see. This is as shocking as walking into the shower yet somehow getting wet. Second, The mere discussion of this takes away from the fact of just how big of an atomic beatdown your team got to the side of it’s head on Saturday.
Look, I realize getting your brains beat in on a now-consistent basis is maddening. Hell, why do you think this blog started in the first place? But is it really necessary to soil your already dingy reputation even further by going after a guy who owns three wins over you in his career? (Averaging 45 points a game over those games.)
Now that you find yourself a perennial non-factor in the world of college football, it’s high time you figure out that what you’re feeling is completely normal. The sense of helplessness and the ability to constantly avoid reality is simply a symptom of flat-out sucking for an extended period of time. None of this should be shocking to you or me or anybody. It’s the natural ebb and flow of becoming a conference doormat. If you don't understand this now, you most certainly will in the coming weeks.
But ARE you really a dirty team? Are you in fact taking on the undisciplined and over-simplified idiot nature of your new leader?
Many of you are already bitching about the number of mistakes and penalties your team is making and yet have failed to connect the dots leading to the arrogant hothead jackass that now calls the shots? And while your coach is throwing tantrums over correct calls….your players are yucking it up…talking trash after they get a two yard gain up the middle. Does this alarm any of you? Any of you at all?
I told many of you last season after the nuclear bomb was dropped on the Husker program that rock bottom was still a ways away. Although you were lead by an aloof NFL snob and his hyper-active lunatic boss…you are now heading down the path of not only sucking…but sucking and looking like a-holes while doing it. Late hits, talking trash while giving up 5000 yards, undisciplined tantrums…it’s all a sign that Tom Osborne made yet another patented miscalculation in judgement: He brought in who you wanted instead of a guy who was ready for the job.
Meanwhile, while the Pelini Brothers and Barnum and Baily circus screams at players and officials alike up and down the sidelines…bringing to light that all-wanted “passion” you crave….Turner Gill is bringing Buffalo to life by playing hard nosed, mistake free football. When he is rightly named a BCS conference coach soon, your first pick will be spending his post game press conferences the way the pattern goes this season; explaining personal fouls, dumb mistakes and accusations of dirty play. How will that taste?
If you didn’t know what rock bottom meant before…perhaps look no further than your student section starting the wave in the wake of an apathetic 35 point home loss. No, trust me. You aint seen nothing yet. Chase Daniel may be hated by the Hick Nation, and that’s fine. It’s expected. But even the accusation brings to light a not-so-startling trend that will lead you even further into the quicksand of perpetual suckitude.
Speaking of rock bottom….if the writing hadn’t been written on the wall this past Saturday night in bright florescent orange paint…I may have been able to brush it off. However, after witnessing the complete and total destruction of Husker Nation in person, I really don’t have a whole lot more choice.
This war against Husker nation, this four year journey into the black dark center of the soul….has come to an end. After four years of fighting the enemy behind enemy lines, I am going to call off the dogs…pack up my things and declare ultimate victory.
Like most retirements, this is not an easy decision. I have very much enjoyed taking my struggle to cyberspace, because I think it was a story that needed to be told. Despite my ongoing 23 years of oppression, I felt that it was important that the fans of college football and citizens of the world in general…needed to know what kind of idiotic theology flowed through the veins of the citizens of this state. It has been a long war….it at times has been an ugly war. But like all wars, this one has come to it’s end. Nebraska football has been destroyed. The program lies in complete and total ruins in a Dresden-like state. There is no one left to accept surrender but the cockroaches. Apathy has moved in and taken the place of pride and relevance.
In the next few months, we will continue to chronicle the downfall of Husker nation and dance triumphantly among rotting corpses of successful seasons gone by. We will not waste one second laughing at Husker fans…because as you and I both know…they deserve it.
But in the end, my struggle has simply ceased to exist. After returning to work this week after a once-in-30-year ass-pounding of the Huskers…not one single person even mentioned the game to me. No front page story. No breakdown of stats or discussion of what the key plays to the game were. Deafening silence has filled my world, and trust me when I say that nothing could sound more sweet.
More to come on this as the season goes on…but I wanted to make sure you have been warned. (nothing I hate more than visiting my favorite blog, only to have the author say at the end of a 3 page column, “Oh yeah..this is it…thanks. Goodbye.”) Screw that…if we’re going out…we’re going out with a bang and a party representative of the victory we as Husker haters have won. Thank you for taking that journey with me, and I hope you stick around to witness then 3 month funeral that is to come.
Power Poll Time
1) Missouri (5-0) vs. Oklahoma State: Mizzou looked deadly on Saturday night, although against Junior High type competition. The regular season comes down to the next two games. Environment at Faurot on Saturday should be electric.
2) Colorado (3-2) at Kansas: Battle for second in the North and a ½ decent test for Colorado. Their schedule has been brutal so far this season, and you’d think it should serve them well. A win would be huge for CU’s bowl hopes later this season.
3) Kansas (4-1) vs. Colorado: KU is going to have to find somebody…anybody to run the ball. Colorado will never be confused with USC, but they do have the ability to jump up and bite you if you’re not careful. Reesing’s ability to not throw INT’s will be key here.
4) Kansas State (3-2) at Texas A&M: A must win for Ron Prince, as the JUCO experiment is running out of time. A&M is absolutely awful, and KSU sometimes seems to play better on the road. Freeman should have a field day scrambling against a hapless A&M wacking crew.
5) Iowa State (2-3) at Baylor: Good match up here of teams who make make some noise in the past couple of hears. Gene Chizek’s teams always seem to improve as the year goes along, and should pull through here over a Baylor team that is still a year or two away from .500.
6) Nebraska (3-2) at Texas Tech: Unzip. Bend over. Enjoy.
1) Oklahoma (5-0) vs. Texas: Huge game that may not necessarily decide the south with Tech and Okie State looking strong. OU always seems to be up for this game, and you gotta give Stoops the edge over Mack Brown on a neutral field.
2) Texas (5-0) vs. Oklahoma: A win here for the horns would be the biggest for UT since the National Title win a few years ago. A date with Missouri looms next week, and victories over #1 and #2 in consecutive weeks might look pretty damn good on a resume. Just a guess though.
3) Texas Tech (5-0) vs. Nebraska: Tech continues to bury putrid competition, and this is no exception. This could be even worse than the 60 point bloodbath from four years ago. Thank God it’s on TV so we can all enjoy the carnage.
4) Oklahoma State (5-0) at Missouri: Okie State fans seem pretty confident going into Columbia. Most of the Pokes’ yardage this season has come off the ground (300+ ypg) but Mizzou is 15th in the nation against the run. Lack of depth may hurt them later in the game..especially against a rabid and hostile crowd.
5) Baylor (2-3) vs. Iowa State: Baylor somehow doesn’t seem like such a pushover anymore. A win over ISU here would help them take one more step past the dregs of the conference in ISU, Nebraska and A&M. Griffin reminds me a lot of Brad Smith only in an uglier uniform.
6) Texas A&M (2-3) vs. Kansas State: Seriously…Mike Sherman? WTF were you people thinking? That’s the BEST you could do?