January 5, 2009

The 2008 Big 12 North Season in Review

Well, you knew it was coming sometime. Yes, it’s time for probably the last football-related column (yes, column) here at BEL…and judging by the return of the scarlet-colored cockroaches covering the floor around here, it should be a pretty popular one.

Over the years, many of my fellow bloggers have questioned why I am so liberal in what comments I approve. One of the great things about running a blog by yourself, is that you can completely dictate how it looks and feels via censorship. However, as I’ve long since stated, I WANT to see you people get pissed at me for several reasons. First, it's fun. Second, it shows the rest of the world what complete jackoff hayseeds you clowns are. Nothing makes me laugh more than some idiot in a yellow foam hat, spending 6000 words, telling me how much he hates me and my blog. Apparently, the irony was missed on him.

The third reason I like to approve pretty much any comment you can throw at me is that I realize all of this is opinion. That’s one thing that gets lost more than any other when it comes to sportswriters, both professional and amateur. The first thing you learn in journalism school is a funny little four-letter word that is the basis of pretty much any and all reporting…both legit and editorial. The word is “bias”, and the perspective that delivers it is the most important principle to remember when reading a blog, newspaper article or Jason Whitlock column where he babbles on about how great KU football is.

You simply must put yourself in the writer’s shoes, and figure out WHY he/she’s saying such things, and what their true motives are. What is their background? What is their stake in the argument? That’s what makes me laugh the hardest, is when I make predictions or submit a power poll and you people lose your minds. I mean, the sign at the front of the website says HUSKER HATER. And then you get all pissed off when I predict you’ll win 4 games? What the fuck did you expect me to say? “Damn that Bo Pelini is going to have Nebraska back on top this year.”

I’ve said this since the beginning, writing about the Huskers is 1000 times easier when they are winning, than when they’re a steaming pile of shit and left to die in the North cellar. People get more uptight....expectations are raised....delusions grow like weeds. I mean, I used to bash Nebraska when they were 60-3 and my own team was 11-43 in that same period. What makes you think I’ll have a hard time dealing with a 9-4 season where your biggest win was a 10 point victory over a 5-loss Insight.com champion Kansas team? (At home) Wouldn’t you think that’s easier to deal with than smack talking with friends when their team just won a 3rd National Title in 4 years and your own team hasn’t gone to a bowl in 2 decades?

Next time you wonder why I’m packing up and claiming victory, go and think about that for a while. If you still don't get it; well..there isn't much I can do for you at this point.

Anyhow…let’s get back to the year in review. With the North season now complete following Nebraska’s yawn-inducing pillow-fight victory last week, we can take a look at the season that was. And yes, we’ll see just how I was wrong…and how I was right on several different fronts.


Iowa State Cyclones (2-10)
Predicted record: (5-7)
High Point: Still trying to find one.
Low Point: Having your coach win 2 games and he fires you..not the other way around.
Summary: The Clones did absolutely nothing this season, so they may as well just start looking forward. Paul Rhodes takes over one hell of a mess in Ames. Granted, any first year coach is going to struggle, but first year success depends a lot on how much talent is there when they arrive. (AhemPeliniAhem)



Kansas State Wildcats (5-7)
Predicted record: (8-4)
High Point:
Entering Big 12 play at 3-1 before being destroyed by Texas Tech
Low Point: Rehiring Bill Snyder and raising eyebrows across the nation.
Summary: I had no idea KSU would struggle so bad on defense. I also didn’t think Ron Prince would struggle taking over a BCS conference program the way he did. Gotta wonder how that loss to Louisville early effected the confidence of an already fragile program. A 1 point loss to Colorado was a death blow for the season and sent Prince on the road to the unemployment office.

Colorado Buffaloes (5-7)
Predicted record: (7-5)
High Point:
Beating a ranked West Virginia team in overtime on National TV
Low Point: Losing to Nebraska on a fluke 57 yard field goal by a gangly Husker nerd/kicker who is not only fighting acne, but appears to have never kissed a girl.
Summary: I don’t have the exact number, but I thought I read somewhere that Colorado lost 17 starters at some point to injury. I say this every year, but I still have a hard time thinking that Colorado won’t rise up again soon and start to compete. A win in Lincoln would have been a great feather in Dan Hawkins’ cap, as would a bowl game. If Cody Hawkins would have played the whole year as he did in Lincoln, the Buffs wouldn’t have had such a crappy taste in their mouth to end the year.



Kansas Jayhawks (7-5)
Predicted record: (6-6)
High Point:
Beating Missouri on a 4th down scramble in the snow at Arrowhead
Low Point: Losing to Nebraska on the road in a game they had no business losing.
Summary: KU was pretty much exactly where I thought they would be. Granted, I didn’t think they’d beat Missouri at Arrowhead (not many did), but gotta give them credit. Reesing played out of his ass and pretty much carried that team all the way to their win over a horribly brutal Minnesota team in the Insight.com bowl. The fat man can do a whole lot with not a ton of talent, and this season was no different. Having the whole team take a picture in front of the scoreboard after the Missouri game was pretty lame though..even for a guy wears a tent as a jacket.


Missouri Tigers (9-3)
Predicted record (11-1)
High Point: Crushing Nebraska and going on to win the North for a 2nd straight year
Low Point: Being destroyed at Arrowhead by OU in front of 40,000 OU fans.
Summary: Back to back 10 win seasons is nothing to sneeze at, and certainly no sane Tiger fan will discount that feat. But you have to wonder how the season would have gone, had the Tigers not laid a giant egg against a very beatable Okie State team in October. Granted, they weren’t going to beat Texas or OU this season, but you gotta think the KU debacle may not have happened if higher stakes were on the line at Arrowhead. Just goes to show you how big a part the mental game plays in football at this level. Right now, it looks like more Mizzou players will make the NFL out of this senior class, than the previous 15-20 years combined.


Nebraska Huskers (8-4)
Predicted record (4-8)
High Point:
Getting crushed by Missouri at home and then suddenly forgetting it ever happened.
Low Point: Kidding yourself that Winning 9 games means you’ve turned a corner, even though your very best wins include a 5 loss Kansas team and a 6 loss Clemson team.
Summary: Order restored right? Funny thing is …Callahan brings in TONS of talent (per you), and yet somehow Pelini got 9 wins out of a group of “nobodies” (as a friend of mine called them the other day.) Which is it? Pretty safe to say the whole “playing harder” mantra worked out for you...but I think deep down, I feel a sense that even you know that this is only a small…even tiny step forward toward you getting back up atop your throne. You still haven’t beaten a top 20 team in nearly eight seasons. Hell, even the Omaha World Herald, in a story about season highlights listed an OT loss at Texas Tech as one of the season’s high water marks.

Huh?

Don’t you think that's slightly telling if one of your greatest season “highlights” is a loss where your QB pissed the game away? And seriously, how many times are you going to lose to teams that are better than you? Granted, it’s better than losing to those teams…as you did last year. But still, it depends on what your expectations are. Next season, expectations are going to be sky high, despite the fact the vaunted CornCoast offense returns nearly zero playmakers for 2009. Good thing you guys don’t have a history of over estimating incoming talent huh?

Just a few years ago, you people hailed the executive motto that you absolutely will “not gravitate toward mediocrity”. Yet now, you celebrate it. Nine wins is but a number in days of 12 game schedules. This is especially true in a "great" fan base celebrating the non-choking of games away from such superpowers as San Jose State (81st in RPI.com’s final rankings), New Mexico State (140th), Iowa State (144th), Baylor (89th), KSU (85th) and Colorado (74th). Hell, even the Western Michigan and Clemson wins are considered mediocre according to the computers, who rank both teams in the mid 40’s….barely in the top half of the nation.

So maybe an OT loss to Texas Tech is what you should shoot for now? Perhaps this really is where you live these days? When I told you that your program lied in ruins all summer long, many of you mocked me for the simple fact that you know that Nebraska will never be a 2-3 win doormat…Hell, even I know that. (Not while Dr. Tom is in charge of scheduling) But what has changed in all this is how you define success. Even I will concede that 9 wins out of this group is a pretty major accomplishment. But make no mistake, the highway of college football is littered with programs who took a step forward, only to take two steps back. Bo Pelini isn’t blessed with a senior QB to save his ass in 2009. Remember the last time you had to break in an underclassman QB? Neither do I…it’s been a while.

So was this year’s edition of Husker football a success?

I guess it depends on how you look at it. Is listing an OT loss worthy of a season “highlight”? Is an unaccredited “co division championship” worthy of your mighty program? Now that mediocrity has been re-gained, is a division title the only acceptable outcome for Bo Pelini in 2009? Is it fair that this is where the bar has been set, despite the fact that not a single player he recruited has played a down in his system to date? I once told you the worst possible thing Pelini could do is have a good record in year one with very little to show for it in his first year. Right on cue, that’s exactly what happens. Now, he is forced to up that goal, with a complete lack of returning skill position players, and a defense that was improved…but still gave up a whopping 46 points per game in their 4 losses. 46 points...PER GAME.

Whether that is restored order to you is not for me to decide. I just hope you can keep your focus when you find out that red is the only color that bridesmaid dress comes in.



37 Comments:

Anonymous Harry said...

Go back to Louisiana, buddy. It's not like your Tulane team can even compare to the Huskers. You couldn't even make the Husker practice squad. Tulane sucks, Huskers Rule.

1:23 PM  
Blogger A J said...

Heh

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Missouri beat one team in the RPI top 30. ***The 8 loss Southeast Missouri State Redhawks were not counted in the Tigers average RPI of 71.4.

3:00 PM  
Blogger A J said...

Semantics

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hawkins threw 3 picks and rushed for -33 yards in Lincoln. Yeah, where was that all year?

3:51 PM  
Blogger A J said...

Bullshit.

2 picks were tipped...one by the spitting thug that was returned for a touchdown.

The -33 were mostly on scrambles in the last 2 minutes when he wsa trying to make something happen.

You guys don't even make it challenging anymore.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"spitting thug" Chase is a whining bitch. Nobody spit on that fat, nose picking piece of shit.

4:22 PM  
Blogger A J said...

Yes, just like he made up those multiple personal fouls Suh is famous for too.

Keep spinning

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Semantics huh... I guess you live in a world where tipped picks don't count. I remember when Daniel stunk up the joint against OSU... 'he was shielded, it was tipped.' Whatever. I guess plays late in the game 'trying to make something happen' don't count either. Should you then forget about Mizzou's last minute comeback against Baylor? Whatever. Your homer transparency doesn't become you. You don't even make it challenging anymore...

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Runralphierun said...

AJ, Huskerh8er, My brother in arms,

I thank you so much for calling these idiots out for their over-the-top obsessive bullshit these past few years. You have done a tremendous job saying what everyone else is thinking. I remember the first time I heard of your website, it was on the midnight train out of denver en route to Lincoln to see my Buffs play the Huskers in 2006. Each of the past few years I've gotten plenty of laughs out of your quips and crazy rants. You have won a great battle, but the war is long from over. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Your brothers in Boulder will always be behind you. As a token of my appreciation, I bring to you a gift. Enjoy...

How can I respect a fanbase who does shit like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQmXV5QWBZY

Suck it hicks!

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right. He played a great game. 14-24-3 1 td.

Face it, Hawkins threw a 69 yrd td pass to a wide open TE and thats pretty much it. He was shit in the final game, just as he was shit the entire year.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A.J.

Please break down Missouri's 10 wins for us. You can't berate Nebraska for strength of schedule and tell us about Missouri's fabulous back to back 10 win seasons. The Tigers beat teh same teams Nebraska did with the addition of Illinois, South East Missouri High School, Buffalo & Nevada. Impressive.

Hypocrite.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only spit chase knows about is the spit in his hand to jackoff on his own face. We know why your stopping this blog...spin it however you want to. It`s your blog and you can say anything you want to. You`ll be back...you can`t kill cockroaches.

9:37 PM  
Blogger NE-Jhawk said...

I think this Hawkins posting sums up about every single argument we've had with Huskerfan in the past 5 years or so.

In Huskerfan argument:

NU dominated KU and all the points and yards earned by Reesing at the end of the game 'don't count' because the 'game was decided' and NU was playing not to lose at the time.

Hawkins yards, earned in the same scrambling trying to make anything happen style at the end of the game are counted....and counted with glee to try to paint Hawkins as anyone but a guy who embarrased the hell out of NU for 3.5 quarters.

Only NUfan gets to have it both ways.

And before anyone else can say it...

I'll miss you AJ.

Everytime you go back to Missouri and the wedding reception is at the Craker Barrel, think of me.

But for fucksake remember to free your slaves in your will you sub-human slaver.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KU's win over Mizzou in Arrowhead marked the end to Pinkel and Booger Eater's disappointing run to anything resembling a BCS Trophy or Heisman.

KU wins the North in 2009 in impressive fashion. Reesing, Sharp, and 2-1000 yard receivers in Meier and Briscoe lead the charge....

7 returning starters each on offense and defense and virtually everyone back in Special Teams.

Reesing for Heisman in 2009?

Don't laugh....

He'll be a candidate.

32TD/13INT this year with a terrible O-Line. The kid is a gamer....

Rock Chalk!

12:22 AM  
Blogger A J said...

Couple of replies:

- I'm not going to breakdown Mizzou's 10 wins. Go to Rock M Nation if you want to read about Mizzou. They do a great job. Funny though, you rail on Nevada and Buffalo, yet both were bowl teams. (San Jose State and New Mexico State were not)

- Reesing will not be a Heisman candidate because you have to be a top 5/10 team to even be considered. With KU's schedule, no way that happens. (Although I do think they are the early close favorites next year)

- NE JHawk is a redlegged bastard and a bitch, but I will miss his slaver comments.

- The blog is shutting down and going away. I am not. Take that as you want.

- Hawkins moved the ball fairly well I thought that game. Funny...how did that Tight End get so wide open? How did lowly Colorado come within a fluke FG of beating you...at home?

- Ralphie, thanks. Appreciate it.

- The Semantics line was a joke ya fucking douchebag. I'm well aware of where Mizzou was in all those computer rankings..but the point remains: Even if their seasons were similar..their head-to-head meeting...on YOUR home field, was not. You got destroyed, whether you choose to remember it or not.

I probably won't get in another post until the last one this weekend or perhaps Monday.

FYI

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I think the TO comment about NU's scheduling is just way way off base when comparing to Mizzou's killer non con schedules. (Actually it is way off base when comparing to any teams Non con schedules in the country.)

NU plays the likes of VA Tech, Tennessee and Miami on future schedules while Mizzou plays?? Toledo?

Oh that's right you guys are still clinging on to an Illinois team as a good non con opponent. Illinois has gone to 12 bowl games since 1964. No not a typo, it's not since 1984 it's 1964.

I have looked at Mizzou's future non con schedules and well...it looks pretty (KSU'ish). You guys should be able to fatten up on some nice easy non con wins in the future.

Hate to see ya go, cheers.

10:51 AM  
Blogger A J said...

As I stated last year...I'm all for easy schedules...IF you have a shot at a national title. Mangino proved last year, you can play nobody in the non-con, and still earn enough respect in conference to be there at the end.

Since Nebraska is in no way a title contender...I suggest they schedule better.

There ya go

10:55 AM  
Blogger Big Head said...

Thanks for knocking these panzees off the red unicorn.

Ironic that Bill Callahan interviewed and may be the favorite for the Jets gig on the same day that BEL posts the last football post? I think not.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to post here because NE Jayhawk nailed it in his comments on the previous post.

And I quote,

"Is there anything more jealous than firing a 10 win coach because someone else dared win a football game (only NU gets to win!)?"

This is what fusker fan believes.

"Only NU Can Win"

That's why fusker fans are hated throughout what was the old Big 8.

The rest of the Big XII will understand soon enough.

Just a note -- their jealousy is also exposed when they bitch about all of us siding with Texas to have academic admission standards for student athletes at the founding of the big XII.

How dare we take away their bullshit edge!

I'll quote fusker fan here. "We told you this was going to happen, waaaaaaaah."

What did you tell us? That now that you had to recruit from the same pool as everyone else you were probably going to suck? Who gives a fuck?

If you want to compete with Texas and OU, then sack up and get it done. Quit fucking crying about what you used to have! (That first part goes for all of us in the north by the way.)

You say you're back. We'll see. If you can ever beat OU or Texas then that will be a measure of something.

Until then, shut the fuck up you jealous, whiny, crybaby, bastards.

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

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ-

Thanks for many great years of sharp wit and smart humor mixed in with some "go fuck yourself's" for good measure. As a CU fan, I have really enjoyed this blog and it was great to know that my intense hatred for the Nbreds is understood and shared by others.

If you ever come to Boulder for a game, let me know and you will be a guest of honor at the tailgate and have all the shots you want from the shot-ski. It's the least I can do for all of the laughs this site has give me while witnessing the fall of the Corn.

While I know the blog is going away, the hate never will.

4:48 PM  
Blogger A J said...

Thanks for the kind words. The anti-Husker movement started in Boulder. You guys be sure never to lose your venom for the hicks who invade your town every other year.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shotski, is that you?

Whether it is or not, I concur with my fellow Buff. You will always have a home in Colorado A.J. Any CU tailgate will treat you like a god.

These fuskers deserve all the hate you gave them and more. Thanks for all the laughs and the sharing of the universal truth that is fusker hatred.

Go Buffs, Go Mizzou.

Here's to the utter downfall of all things fusker.

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

7:43 PM  
Blogger daddyact said...

aj,

Sadly I wish you a fond farewell.






Seriously, leave already.







What, you're still here? Go away!








Just go, ya moron.









Don't you get it? Nobody really cares what you think anymore. You don't matter …

And frankly, neither do the Missouri Tigers.

Time to go. Really. Please.




Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.



It might damage the door.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Every Tiger Loves a Heisman Chase"


Pity clap.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous SDHusker said...

Well I will say what I have to say and leave for the last time.

AJ, you just as well shut this shit house down now because you have lost it. You followed a lame article up with another pathetic article. You sound like a babbling idiot rambling on as much as you did this time.

For the last time, go fuck yourself!

Take care!

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Bump said...

"…but still gave up a whopping 46 points per game in their 4 losses. 46 points...PER GAME."

Missouri's average margin of defeat in their 4 losses?

Anyone?

Anyone?

46.5 points

9:29 PM  
Blogger A J said...

Yes, and that 46 ppg isn't skewed by a Championship game loss to OU who is averaging 60+ points a game.

Idiot.

And SD, you can't quit me. You're going to be more devestated than anybody, so stop trying to hide it.

I do find it funny that all the, "Good riddance and fuck you" comments all focus on me, and yet nothing to defend your own team. Nothing. I don't care if Mizzou loses by 46 ppg....I'm not the one who is mentally ill with delusion. There's a big picture in all of this..and that picture is this:

You can call me what you want; obviously I can handle it. But the fact remains, you stupid fucks are still the ones reading it. If nobody read it...I would have stopped a long time ago.

The more macho and lippy you get, the funnier it is. I'm not sure why you never got that.

8:27 AM  
Blogger A J said...

Oh and PS, 52-17 you fucks

8:28 AM  
Blogger NE-Jhawk said...

You should just leave this blog I can't stop comming to! Why don't you just leave??? Are you still here (I ask...as I stop, read, comment, and come back the next day to stop, read, comment)

Lets put it this way you fucking retards. If AJ was wrong and you were right YOU WOULDN'T FUCKING BE HERE IN THE FIRST FUCKING PLACE!

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Bump said...

"Yes, and that 46 ppg isn't skewed by a Championship game loss to OU who is averaging 60+ points a game."

Nebraska's 46 point avg margin of defeat is skewed by a blowout by the same time, smart guy.

Good thing you're hanging it up because your arguments are getting weaker by the day.

"...you stupid fucks are still the ones reading it."

Everyone loves a train wreck.

11:27 AM  
Blogger A J said...

I'm just happy Mr. Bump is identifying himself. Not that he's said anything groud-breaking.

Train wreck.

Riiigghhht. Got it.

Oh, and the day a Husker Living Beaker defends me and calls the rest of you out (he's right btw), is the day I should shut it down.

Oh wait...

It's coming. Get your final shots in now.

11:55 AM  
Blogger broker0625 said...

Aj,

It's been fun. I have laughed my ass off at this site. Good luck in your future endeavors. It will suck next year when you only have your co-workers to mouth off too on a daily basis about Nebraska steamrolling everyone in the Big 12and VA Tech, en route to their 6th National Title. Oops sorry, I just woke up. Somebody slap me.

I'm sure they wont be that good. But as a true fan I hope for the best no matter how bad people say we are.

Trent

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Bump said...

Just promise me this...when you publish the final post do not allow comments. Just walk off into the sunset silently. And when you reach the ocean...keep walking!

I was just enlightened to this turd a couple of months ago and I've enjoyed your twisted logic for what it was...entertainment.

3:06 PM  
Blogger A J said...

Technically, you wouldn't be walking..eventually you'd have to swim.

7:08 PM  
Blogger daddyact said...

what I love is that you got every single fucking prediction for the records of the North teams WRONG!!!!!

And we're delusional?

Pity you're going away, I'd love to see what you predict the Tigers to do next season. I suspect you think they'll be in the mix in the North, but I'll tell you right now, they'll be lucky to break even.

Mizzou for 2209: 5-7 and that's giving them the benefit of the doubt. I see a minimum of five losses in conference.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first off, i didn't read all the posts in this blog so, sorry if i say something thats already been said.

well, to all the "spit" comments... Daniel did mos def get spit on, but not by a player. he was spit on by a drunk college kid, security even chased him for a while before he got lost in the sea of red.

and to the analysis of the Huskers season, aj, you suggest that the Huskers were shooting for a 9 win season, or should be satisfied with it(thats just wrong. we were shooting for a NC)... although 9 wins is an accomplishment, if we were to be happy or satisfied with it it would mean we're "okay" with mediocrity. which would just leave you with ammunition to verbally attack our program even more. your blog is rigged, thats all.

1:11 PM  

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