Forgive me if I haven't felt like spending much time dissecting the 2009 - 10 Husker football season, but in my humble opinion the season was essentially over after the Va Tech loss.
I know, I know what kind of true Husker fan could I be if I gave up on the squad after one loss early on? Let me explain.
I am a native Bronx New Yorker. I became a Husker fan after attending UNL from 87 - 90. I root for Nebraska first in all collegiate sports. But if we are not going to compete for the national championship then I am only mildly interested in the season. Spoiled? Yes I am.
I am accustomed to the Huskers being national powerhouses that struck fear in the hearts of their opponents. I remember the day when playing Nebraska's football team meant strapping your chin-strap up for four quarters because one thing was for certain, big corn-fed offensive linemen were coming to shove a running game down your throat for four quarters and if your defense wasn't physical they would be in pain and tears at the end of the game.
I remember when the Husker offense consisted of pretty much two play calls, left or right...period. We were running the ball 90 percent of the time and we were either going left or right. Our offensive coordinators were patient, knowing that the power running/option game was like playing soccer. more often than not there wasn't a helluva lot scoring and big plays happening but rest assured that whenever a linebacker or d-lineman decided to take a play off, BAM, 60 yards later our I-Back or QB was in the end zone. Nebraska used to take the 'will' from opposing teams with their physicality. But those days are long gone.
Our offensive game plans have been horrendous ever since Frank Solich was shown the door. Callahan was horrendous and Pelini has been at best 'ho-hum'. We will again finish 8-3 or 7-4 and out of the BCS picture.
Forgive me while I yawn.
I thought maybe Bo knew Husker football, obviously I was wrong. The other day Pelini defended Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson's questionable play-calling by suggesting that if teams were expecting us to be a run-first team they would crowd the 'box' and make it difficult for us to be successful.
Excuse me, but did Pelini ever watch any Nebraska game tapes from the '70's '80's, 90's, early 2000's? You're damn skippy we were gonna run the ball. The question was to opponents, what are you going to do about it?
I spent all last week defending another favorite team of mine to Lincoln locals.
I grew up walking distance from Yankee stadium. As a child I attended at least thirty or forty home games per season. I owned all the Yankee gear a kid could ever hope for. I am a true blue Bronx Bomber.
There's one thing that you know about the Yankees and the Steinbrenner family, who controls the purse strings, and that is every season we plan on winning the World Series. Do we win it every year? No. But every year, no matter what the expense, the Steinbrenners are trying to field the best team in baseball, bar none.
As Yankee fans we have come to love and anticipate that dynamic to the tune of 27 world championships. TWENTY SEVEN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS! You see in the Bronx, we don't have time for losers. Second place is just another name for the first loser. Either win the whole thing or don't bother asking me to show up. If you can't win it, at least be in the hunt down the stretch.
If I know that we were only a play or two away from winning the title, then you can count on me to tune in for the next installment because I know that your are indeed at least trying to win it all. Do you think I care that the Yankees spent 300 million dollars on three players and essentially fielded an All-Star team this season? Um...no. Ask Philly, Dodger and Red Sox fans if they wish their owners had bought them a World Series, if for no other reason than to not have to endure watching the boys in pin-stripes hoist #27.
It's like Al Davis said before he lost his mind "Just Win Baby". If you can't win, then "Just Call Me when You Can".
Right now Nebraska can't win. Our Head Coach doesn't respect the legacy that preceded him and his co coordinators are too busy trying to make names for themselves. Our best offensive player rode the bench for most of the season and now if he doesn't score a TD after running three plays we yank him for the guy who had no shot of leading us to the Big 12 title to begin with.
Our skill players on offense are soft and can't handle physicality...at Nebraska...blasphemy.
We are winning football games with one half of our team playing 'lights out' and the other half playing 'lights not on'.
Most importantly, it is obvious by the AP and USA Today polls that the rest of the country knows that as long as Nebraska is trying to be cute with their offense, there's no need to respect us.
Here's my prediction for the Nebraska vs Kansas game today:
Sincerely, a Husker fan.