November 22, 2008

Farewell Ode to the Buffs

Husker nation, I’m proud of you. You’ve managed to take a perfectly lame bye week and turn it into a biting, nasty altercation with Colorado fans who may not have much ammo to fight with, but hate your guts yes the same.

Yes, it’s Rivalry Week Light, and hate is back in the air…sweeping through the chilled plains with a biting sting that is meant only for the downtrodden. Don’t get me wrong…I still think your team is a sham and is benefiting from your name and a complete and total lack of competitive foes to play in the North…but nonetheless, you’ve hopped back on your high horse, and started flailing your arms at whomever you can find.

This is the last Colorado vs. Nebraska week for this blog, and I think I would be selling myself short if I failed to give a special shout out to my good friends and brothers-in-arms from the Rockies. As I’ve stated many times, I think I share a special spot in my heart for the Buffs and their fans…and not just because they are the largest collection of readers I have outside of Missouri and Nebraska. (Although KSU is close)

No, coming to Nebraska in 1986, it was clear to me at that time that Husker fans really only felt threatened by Barry Switzer and the Sooners. However, that same first fall saw the mighty corn fall 20-10 to Colorado in a game that saw the vaunted Husker offense rush for a whopping 123 yards. After beating Florida State, Illinois and Missouri that year, this was my first exposure to crying Husker fans up close after a loss. That indifference and whiney egocentric arrogance laid the groundwork for the Husker hating movement you see today, all those years later. Husker fans were pissed...but to most, it was simply a mild setback in the march to another 10+ win season.

Fast forward to 1989, when the Buffs quickly became something more than a nuisance to the Hicks. The Huskers had demolished everyone in their path, scoring at least 42 points in every game but one prior to the November 4th game in Boulder.

The two teams met as #2 and #3 on that day…fighting for a #1 ranking and most likely a trip to the Orange Bowl. Colorado rode the legs of J.J. Flannigan and Darian Hagan, but still found themselves clinging to a 6 point lead with 1:40 to go in the game. Husker legend and future Frank Solich lackey at Ohio, Gerry "The Fremont Capgun" Gdowski marched the hicks down the semi-frozen turf to the CU 40, but on 4th down, a pass across the middle was tipped away, sending Folsom Field into a frenzy, and propelled the Buffs to a National Title showdown with Notre Dame.

The Huskers finished outside the top 10 for the first time in 4 seasons that year…and wouldn’t see that rarefied air again until Byron Bennett’s 46 yard field goal sailed wide left in the 93’ Orange Bowl.

No, what that win by Bill McCartney’s team did was open up the opportunity for teams NOT named Oklahoma to move beyond simply becoming an “annoyance” and start becoming something far more piercing. Kansas State would pick up the torch later in the 90’s. By all accounts, Missouri now holds that title in the new millennium. But until that game in 1989, other teams within the Big 8 simply melted away prior to kickoff. There was simply no hope in beating Nebraska on even a given Saturday. But following that game in Boulder...there suddenly was was hope of knocking off the mighty red Goliath.

Marv Sieler and Iowa State did it in 92.
Texas and James Brown did it in 96.
Michael Bishop and K-State did it in 98.
Brad Smith did it in ’03.

And so it goes.

So as this blog comes to a close in the next few weeks ahead, a special thank you to Colorado and their fans, for paving the way for Husker Haters everywhere to show truly just how despicable and antagonizing the “classiest fans in the nation” could be. Thank you also for being a great fanbase wingman, in our quest to rid the world of all things Huskers. Thanks for reading, and thanks for all you do in the war against Husker nation.

Give em hell Friday and good luck.

**
I’ve a few serious and a few smart ass friends/readers ask me what I thought of the prospect of Nebraska actually getting a “better” bowl game than Missouri, if the process works out a certain way. I’m sure I don’t speak for all Missouri fans, but I will give you my take anyway:

Who cares.

The bowl system is so corrupt, so screwed up, that absolutely nothing surprises me. Notre Dame…as shitty as they are is guaranteed a BCS birth with 9 wins? Granted, they won't get there this year..but this goes right along with why I hate college baseball…if the outcome of a championship or final polls are somehow variant on the amount of money and/or fans you can bring to the game, then the process loses all legitimacy.

I’ve spoken before of this, but I’m completely against a playoff as well. I don’t care how many Boise State’s and Utah’s get screwed in the process…if you go 13-0, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from making your own banner and proclaiming yourself National Champs. (Unless you’re Penn State in 1994 and you actually deserved it..but that’s another story.)

Anyway, back to the bowl process…last year’s pre-season poll told us EXACTLY why Nebraska could land a ½ decent bowl with a whopping 8 wins over crappy-at-best competition. Why? Because last season was proof positive that NOBODY in the national media is paying attention to how shitty you really were. If pundits and media types aren’t paying attention to you…how is some fat-ass CEO of a mid-level company wearing a bright orange jacket supposed to know the real you?

Pundits, bowl reps and the like have been blinded by your suckiness for going on 7 years now. Because your boring ass uniforms haven’t changed much since the mid-90’s…most writers and the like just assume that with your name and pedigree, you fit the bill of national power. (All the while missing the point that you start 5 walk-ons on defense and have two wide receivers who are as pasty as my ass.)

If you recall last off-season, Mike’L Severe of KOZN radio here in Omaha went off on me for 10 minutes last season because he claimed that National Powers will always be good. To a small degree, he is right. National Powers have long time donors who will build the facilities and pay the coaches needed to maintain a certain level of excellence.

YOU people on the other hand are led by a crusty buffoon, who hasn’t made a good decision since he decided to start recruiting thugs in the mid 90’s, and then lied to the world about how holier than thou he is. He is also the guy who skipped over hiring proven head coaches like Paul Johnson and Jim Grobe, and went with a whiney, sloth looking crybaby armed with sideline antics that would make Jerry Glanville roll his eyes.

So to answer the question..no, I would not be surprised if Nebraska ended up in lovely Jacksonville (ever been to that toilet?) or somewhere else, while Missouri and/or any other more deserving program (many of whom also kicked your ass by 5 TD’s earlier) will be going to a “lesser bowl”.

The fact remains..the whole thing is a beauty pageant…and no matter how hot you are or how hot you aren’t..the beauty queens who are in bed with the judges are the ones who are going to make it the furthest. That’s just how it is.

Enjoy the games…if you can find a ½ decent one this weekend.

35 Comments:

Blogger midzman said...

I like the Big 12 partnering with the Special Olympics commercials they have been running all year, though I didn't know they'd be so blatant as to why the sKerge are allowed to stay in the conference... Go Buffs!

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Jason said...

Did Colorado ever give you guys back that extra down they "borrowed" from Mizzou a while back?

8:41 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Doesn't matter, because Charles Johnson still hasn't crossed the goal line.

But that wasn't their fault.

Shitty call.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Paving the way for Husker haters everywhere." I love it. Thanks for the nice post and I hope we can get it done against the Huskers and knock those assholes off their high horse once again.

Go Buffs!

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear dumbfuck,

First, don’t try and convince us that you don’t care that Nebraska will be going to a better bowl than Missouri. IF you went to the Cotton bowl last year, you care and you found out how much of a dump that place is. AND if you don’t care, then why didn’t you congratulate the Jayhawks on the BCS bowl Missouri will never get to.

Congratulations on locking up GARY FUCKING PINKEL so that you can be assured that Missouri will beat most .500 opponents in the future and get pummeled by real teams. Let’s take a closer look at the TWO magical renaissance seasons PINKEL and the Tigers have put together. The fighting PINKELS have soared to amazing new heights in 2007 and 2008 right? Wrong!

The joke is on you and Missouri for locking up PINKEL. The teams Missouri beat in 2007 had a combined record of 76-73. Remove the Jay hawks and their cupcake 12-1 season and the record drops to 64-72. Congratulations to the Big 12 North champion Missouri Tigers! A division that is terrible with most of the teams going through coaching changes with the traditional powers experiencing their worst seasons in DECADES. PINKEL has Missouri performing like they always have; the only thing that has changed is that the rest of the North now sucks and has dropped to Missouri’s level or lower. Congratulations tigers! Champion of the weakest North division in decades!

At least Nebraska is an average team and we know it. We can accept that knowing that we are rebuilding. The big 12 North is down, way down, and all you naive Tiger fans can talk about your amazing climb to the top of the North division. This “Tiger team of the ages” has an amazing record of 9-2. Let’s look at the 9-2. If you remove the quality wins over Nebraska (7-4) and Buffalo (7-4) the rest of Missouri’s wins THIS YEAR came against teams that are a combined 31-50. Holy shit, make sure you lock up PINKEL so he doesn’t get away.

I’m glad we don’t have to listen to anymore national championship and Heisman trophy talk from Missouri fans. I can’t believe that Chase Daniel was even invited to the Heisman ceremony last year. Are you fucking kidding me? Talk about letting a little success against shitty teams go to your head. Even the Heisman voters bought in to the HYPE. Did you really think it was that easy? The Nebraska teams that won a MNC were the real deal; your best Tiger teams aren’t even close!

I will enjoy watching all of the bandwagon fans start jumping ship after they realize that Missouri is still Missouri. Next year, Columbia will be back to normal with Nebraska being the only sell out. This year the “Tiger faithful” proved that if anyone in Missouri actually gave a shit about the Tigers, they could sell out games other than the Nebraska game, but when the bandwagon fans are gone it’s back to the stadium being filled with the same 20,000 dip shits that have been following Missery for years.
I hope you enjoyed PINKEL & Missouri’s 14 months of dominance over shitty teams because after this year, Daniel will move on to his career in restaurant management, Coffman moves on to NFL, Maclin “gets paid” and Missouri will continue to be Missouri in a division where two of the three powers are starting to improve again. You can always remember the magical run when Missouri went 17-0 against teams with a combined winning percentage of .505.

Here’s to Missouri locking up PINKEL, a let down against the beakers and the guaranteed ass rape Missouri will get at Arrowhead. Missouri will always be Missouri and well, fucking pathetic.

9:15 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

*EDITORS NOTE*

Gary "fucking" Pinkel and his team have:

*Gone 19-4 in the past 2 years
*Is the 3rd winningest coach in MU history
*Has beaten NU 3 of 4 years
*Has beaten KU 2 straight years
*Has never had a sideline tantrum

Thanks for the novel.

Sincerely,
The management

PS - I don't care what bowl they go to. I'm not going. Besides, if Nebraska were to play FSU or Miami, they'd lose by 30+. Have at it.

PPS - That "shitty" cotton bowl matched Mizzou and the best running back and the nation..the same guy who the previous game beat the National Champs on the road.

You guys are so funny when you get all fired up. Please keep up the crybaby antics.

10:56 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

PS - Oh and one more thing...did you cut and paste that from right after Brad Smith left? Because a lot of it sounds awfully familiar.

Good thing you people never bought into Blaine Gabbert's hype, or you'd look real butt-ass stupid about now huh?

Funny

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!

AJ:

Once this blog finally winds down, and you check into the Psyco-Hospital for your anger management issues. Please post the address so those of us who want to send you a get well card, can.

NOT!

Gomer

11:06 AM  
Blogger DouglasCountyBuff said...

Thanks for the Ode to the Buffs today AJ. It doesn't look good for the Buffs this year, but I am pretty certain that even a young, injured, depleted Buff team "gets" that you go into stinkin' and bring it. Still disapointed the beaks absolutely did not take care of business there. KjucoState in years past, CU, and this year MIZZOU all show up and put the sticks down in their home field. Shame on the beaks.
Thanks for some fun reading, and GO BUFFS!

12:55 PM  
Anonymous saunders45 said...

"PS - I don't care what bowl they go to. I'm not going. Besides, if Nebraska were to play FSU or Miami, they'd lose by 30+. Have at it."

Just like we'd only win 4 games and are somehow in 4th place in your deranged standings. Whatever. Good luck against KU and Chokelahoma...

4:22 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

No, more like how J.C. Keller was going to win the Heisman.

Just like how Marlon Lucky was going to be the next great Husker I-back.

Just like how Bill Callahan was going to revolutionlize how coaching in college is done.

Yes, you won 3 games more than I thought you would. Here's your fucking ribbon.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Husker_Engineer said...

Uhhh......haaaaaaaaa.....

Dat Buffler fan said we was retarded.......

NU - 56
CU -14

5 days

AJ

I finally saw a copy of 'Sea of Red' in Borders. Looked for your and saw your contribution, but did not read it. I will sometime. Was mildly amused (although completely understanding) that you are the only one with an obvious 'pen name'.

I have been thinking about the idea of a Big XII North Hate Blog with contributors from each fan base, just blasting each other......but, then again, I have been on cold medicine for days now....

5:41 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I would have used my real name, but I get more hate mail and death threats than the other guys.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ--

Here is a new slogan for your new blog: Missouri Football: "A Winning Tradition since 2007"

*Gone 19-4 in the past 2 years (1-4 in games that really meant something...Losses: OU x2, UT, OSU...Win: KU)
*Is the 3rd winningest coach in MU history (that's like having the best looking girlfriend in Valentine...nice for you, but nobody else really cares)
*Has beaten NU 3 of 4 years (fair enough, although during the worst 5 year stretch in at NU since the late 50's)
*Has beaten KU 2 straight years (awesome...hang your hat on that one! Who HASN'T been the Fat Man in the past 5 years?)

9:57 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Counterpoints:

1) If you think beating KU is "no big deal" to any Missouri fan, you've instantly lost any credibility for your argument.

2) Not only did you steal my lines (lame)...but you also fail to make a point. The point is...dude is 3rd all-time in wins. Trying to be funny (and failing) doesn't not change that fact.)

3) Fine, but you only beat Missouri during their worst 3 decade stretch ever. That is the dumbest argument of all time. "Yeah, you beat us, but only when we sucked". Idiotic.

4) I say this again..you have no sense of rivalry whatsoever...as I have mentioned MANY times here and in other spots. Once you figure out what rivalry means..especially one where you actually went to war once with your opponents...you let me know. And no, Kansas State doesn't count dickhead.


Let me know when you get some new material and can actually make a valid point that I can't blast with my eyes closed.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This new post has slowly turned into a bash-mizzou thread. To stay with that theme, I think MU should be thrilled to keep pinkel. I personally think he's a dumbfuck who makes horrible game-time decisions and usually doesn't adjust to anything on the go, but he has figured out how to win in columbia and thats all that really matters. I also believe MU has topped out, meaning these last two years are probably as good as they're going to get. There's nothing wrong with that when you consider how shitty they've been for the last 40 years. They won't ever be title contenders on an annual basis but there aren't many teams that are. I thought the same thing with K-state in 98.

AJ, Spot on assesment of the building hate that teams have had for NE the last 20 years. I think i actually understand a little better why everyone fucking hates us. To me, it it still has that, 'Mom, the cool kids won't let my band-geek friends and I play in their fb game at recess,' feel to it, but after the last 7 years we would hardly be considered the cool kids anymore. I just picture MU,KSU, and CU fans sitting in their living rooms putting lipstick on, crossing NU off their people to kill list after they beat us.

I'm still laughing at the glanville reference, those fucking NFL Films clips of him on the sideline are priceless. The two proven coaches we passed up are both fucking old, and both would have brought completely new staffs with completely new offenses (bill callahan)and set us back even further. I doubt either one would have done better than 8-4, and i don't think either one has the potential upside of pelini.

Who the fuck is Marv Sieler?

We don't have a true rival but who the fuck cares. Like a previous poster noted before, you can't just pull out a map and proclaim the state next to you a rival. With NU/OU matchup permanently ruined, CU is the closest thing we have. The only reason we have that is because CU fucking hates us so much that when they win we hate to listen to all of their shit. We're still hearing about 65-51 last year, like that was some monumental win.

Congrats K-state, you make fun of NU for hiring a crusty old fuck as our Interim Athletic Director, then you go and hire fucking bill snyder as your coach. I'm sure recruits accross the country will be salivating at the chance to play for him.

internet tough guy

11:01 AM  
Blogger NE-Jhawk said...

Good god can we stop renaming the teams and towns they play in?

Things that were never funny...not once...

Stinkoln
sCUm
Methzouri

I hate these teams and still think this grade school shit is beyond retarded.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all AJ thanks for the shout out. We are fusker-hater brothers from different school mothers. Because of this blog, I always pull for Mizzou when they're not playing the Buffs. Hell, it's not that hard, they're black and gold.

Two years ago when the fuskers won the Big XII North, I did not hear any talk about how much our division sucked. All I heard was, "We're back" and Calihan is the man and we're going to "restore the order".

Remember that talk fuskers? How did all of that work out?

Fuskser fan has mailed this game in. It's a lock that they'll finish 8 and 4.

All I can say is the Buffs are coming bitches and you'd better be ready.

As for Mizzou -- kick sorry ku's ass in Arrowhead then knock off the Big XII South Champ. Mizzou can do it. It's going to be a nasty, hostile venue for the south opponent. Here's hoping it's cold as hell.

Buffalo Phil -- A huge fan of the Big XI!

p.s. fuck knebraska

p.p.s. fuck, fuck, knebraska

12:09 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Look at internet tough guy coming on with a decent post. ( I agree with most of it generally speaking).

However, as a Husker fan, you absolutely positively need to know who marv seiler is.

If you don't...here is a lesson:

http://ajthoughts.blogspot.com/2006/08/top-10-husker-losses-of-all-time-8.html

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading a few of your posts from this year and one from 2006, I am convinced you are the type of jackass that throws batteries at opposing players.

You really need to get a life. We are talking about a game betwen 18 - 23 year old kids. You seem to think it is something more. You are a pathetic, sad twisted fuck.

P.S. Missouri will get that pussy pounded at Arrowhead.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

history lesson noted..had no idea that was the dude who made that run.

Fucking buff fans, you're going to bring it? just like you brought it at Iowa St and A&M? Did all your players magically get off injured reserve? I'm sure your players will try really hard and ours will lay an egg on senior day because fans like myself have already chalked up a W.

Here's a pat on the back for stomping us in '01, and it should be a good game next year in boulder, but you are absolutely fucked this year.

internet tough guy

1:08 PM  
Blogger NE-Jhawk said...

Oh Jesus....

Add Fuskers and Kneebraska to that list....

People learn how to insult someone. When I want to insult AJ...I call him a Slaver. I don't have to make up fucking words or pretend I'm some kind of fucking poet that has figured out that 'NEEE'braska can be spelled 'KNEE'braska.

So everyone....this is how its done.

Hey AJ.

The slave market is going to be closed from Thursday until Monday. Sell early in the week so you don't have to worry about the random Jayhawker burning down your house, raping your family, and freeing your property when they are in town for the game.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You beat me to it AJ, Marv Seiler was a soon-to-be-car salesman (at least he doens't sell copiers) who had never started a game before demonstrating his 6.8 sec/40 yd speed down the sidelines of a stunning 1992 upset over the Huskers in Ames.

It's amazing that Husker fans can be so drenched in history, yet have a selective recollection of the past sometimes.

Thanks for the blog AJ, it's been great. I'll post my offical hate week rant soon.

--BuffNut99

2:22 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

wait, I'm "sick and twisted" because I can write and I don't like Nebraska football? People have blogs about their cats or decorating their bathroom...yet I can't write about a team that pisses me off?

Thanks for reading the whole blog douchebag. Thanks for missing the point, and thank you mostly for being exactly why I hate you people.

Oh, and Mr. NE, it's fucking on. I'll see your slave market joke, and raise you a rape pillage and plunder of a women's prison in 1861.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO: kne jaycock.

"Lighten up Francis"

Bufffalo Phil -- A huge fan of the Big XI!

3:06 PM  
Blogger colo4nu said...

I too wanted to check out who Seiler was and found this fun little prognostication:

Montana State @ Colorado (NL)
The Hawkins era has a nice fat appetizer to start the season off with. It's strange to see the Buffs playing an actual dog on opening day. That doesn't last long though as a killer three game stretch awaits. No brainier here.
Huskerh8er Pick - Montana State 10 Colorado 51

Montana St 16 CU 10. I don’t care who you are, That’s STILL funny!!

Oh, here’s another one for anonymous and Buffalo Phil:
Q. What did the Colorado graduate say to the Nebraska graduate?
A. "Welcome to McDonald's. May I take your order, please?"

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW,

Internet Tough Guy, you're pretty funny.

If all fusker fans (get over it ne-jayhawk) were like you I probably wouldn't hate you as much.

Some pretty funny posts out there.

Buffalo Phil -- A huge fan of the Big XI!

3:24 PM  
Blogger Husker_Engineer said...

The Buffs can't bring any real smack this year. Their team is the suck.

Let's talk about their offense for just a minute. It can be done in a few words: Worst in the conference.

Now, AJ likes to rag on the fact that we have the 6th best QB in the conference. Well, 6th best in this conference also equals 14th in the country. Our offense is also 6th in total offense in the conference, which is 9th in the country.

So, 12th might not be bad, right? Wrong. Cody's 12th makes him 78th in the country. So, he is on the bad end of the bell curve. The Big XII is the best offensive conference in the country, so 12th in total offense in this conference might be pretty good....right? Not for CU. Their 12th in the conference makes them 91st in the country. 91st!

Turner Gill's Buffalo Bulls are 41st. Frank Solich's Ohio Bobcats, which is a bad team, are 72nd. You guys are a fucking MAC team.

I fully expect you to come back with your superiority-complex smack. The only superiority you can claim is in douchebaggery. If it weren't for the fact that you guys have mountains and snow, no one in the country would even talk to you assholes. Hell, if it wasn't for the blessing in geography that put you in between the East Coast and Southern Cal, you would be Montana.

NU - 56
CU - 14

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Missouri Husker Fan said...

Every week you say "I didn't catch the game." And every week you say NU sucks. How would you know, spewbag?

5:22 PM  
Blogger NE-Jhawk said...

One word.


Branson.

7:40 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Yes, because I'm the ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD who thought Colorado would beat Montana State.

You got me.

PS - When does Sam Keller's Omaha Beef career start?

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It burns you up doesn't it? The fact that Pelini has made so much progress in a short amount of time, despite using a bunch of walkons to do it... I only wish we would have played Moo later in the year, so our team actually knew what the hell they were doing on defense. Feeling pretty good about that prediction of 4 wins for the Corn, are ya? Don't look now, but we "may" just exceed that by a bit...

Throw in a few scholarship players at LB, 8 starters back on defense, Missouri losing "Fatts" at the QB position...and things will be back to normal in Columbia next year. I'll go slumming in your downtown district (like I have a choice while in Columbia) and then venture off to your tinker toy stadium to see the Tiger fans mourn the loss of their program. I'll thank you in advance for the W in your stinky little berg next year...because gawd knows you'll be in hiding for another 25 years...

But hey, good luck with stone legs Gabbert in the backfield. He looks every bit as agile as the most mobile post-polio victim. Trust me...put a few pounds on him and, have him hit the sled, and he'll make a great guard. Or perhaps you can run a spread offense with a true freshman that has a 53% completion percentage in high school. And as we know, if he's having trouble completing passes in high school, he's destined for success as a college QB (snicker).

8:24 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Yawn.

You people said the same damn thing when Brad Smith left...loudly I might add.

I'm sure your unproven QB is better than our unproven QB. Then again...it wasn't you guys who slobbered all over Blaine Gabbert for a full year before he came to his senses.

By the way..he may not even start next season. But I'm sure Zach Lee is WAY better. (rolling eyes)

Funny stuff. Perhaps we can go back and re-print some of the comments from after Gabbert signed with Nebraska? That would be fun.

8:31 PM  
Blogger WoodrowWilson said...

Lots of hate coming from the Buffs this week: http://ralphiereport.com

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aj:

Remind me.

When does this thing end?

Gomer

10:17 PM  

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