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Husker Heartbeat 2012

This Husker football year marks several firsts for me. It’s going to be the first full year since I got my blog, and the first year that I will be contributing to a site that provides Husker content. I don’t think the contributions I have to write will affect how I watch Husker football, but I could be wrong. Before when I’ve watched the Huskers play in the past, I take some mental notes, and process my own opinion. While I enjoy the columns and stories in the papers around here, they do not define my full countenance on the team.

The place of Husker football changed in 2005 after I returned to Nebraska from college in the greater Milwaukee area. That fall, I worked for Valentino’s in the bowels of Memorial Stadium and had a few fly-on-the-wall moments. Having not been to a home game since 2002, I’d forgotten a lot of the passion of being at game day, and over the next four or five years, game day became the highlights of my year.

Over these seven years, players have come and gone, but the question of “when will Nebraska be back?”, hangs in the balance. Indeed, the first teams that I remember where the teams of the nineties, and as I followed the teams through my growing up years, I came to believe that going undefeated in college football easy. I’m not sure when that dream got shattered: maybe in 2002, maybe when Solich was fired. But as I followed the team more closely, I came to realize that it was college football that changed, not Husker football. So many football programs get on TV and compete now, and the internet age has brought a level across the college football world.

So then, why does this wide-eyed twenty-something still put on his hobbit hoodie every Saturday September through November and go to Memorial Stadium or sit in front of the TV? This question drives me crazy, especially when I consider that I could be seventy years old and not see a Husker team better than the one that played the year I turned twelve.

Who knows. I can’t changed where I was born and what I came to like when I was a kid. Go Big Red.

4 responses to “Husker Heartbeat 2012

  1. Eric Epson August 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I’m not sure that it’s safe to vlog while driving. That video freaked me out hard core, plus the shakiness of the videography made me queasy. I bet if you got pulled over you’d get in trouble.

  2. Kenny Lasko August 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I have to first fire off some serious and concerned concurrence in that I too found it downright dangerous and even devious that you were vigorously “vlogging while driving,” which I think sounds more dirty than anything. LOL! Anyway, be that as it may, I was also quite confused. When I read “football” I thought you were musing about actual football, not the American sporting event in which oversized men punt around an odd-shaped, geometric oddity. Oh well. I’m really excited about the pending baseball playoffs too. Boom!

    I’m liking this blog. I think I’ll stay awhile.

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