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2009 Holiday Bowl: Out of the Snow & Into the Sunshine


Sunset from the San Diego Maritime Museum

I didn’t really start to worry until afternoon on Christmas Day, but that’s just my nonchalant nature. The Christmas snow of 2009 had blanketed Nebraska the previous night, and now snow plows were not even running because the snow would just fall right back over and make the street look like it hadn’t been plowed at all. The reason I was concerned this Christmas afternoon was because my father and I had a flight booked to go from Kansas City to San Diego on December 27th to watch Nebraska play in the Holiday Bowl against Arizona.

But surprisingly, when we started down the interstate to Lincoln the next day, we had no problems whatsoever. The day was clear, and there was absolutely no one on the road. Some light flurries came down after we passed Lincoln, but we made it safely to St. Joseph to stay the night and then on to the airport in Kansas City the next day.

Those three days in California were like time spent on an island paradise. Time moved so much slower there. We went to the beach, hit museums in Balboa park, saw restored ships, and visited Cabrillo National Monument and saw its lighthouse. I’d go back to San Diego in a heartbeat because there’s more there I want to do. If I could have only picked one place to see, it would have been the Maritime Museum, with all of its restored ships from all kinds of eras. Submarines, cargo ships, freighters, the whole works. (P.s.-if you come to SD for a bowl game, wear your team colors. They will give you a discount.

But by far, the best part of the trip was simply sitting at a coffee shop on Coronado Island, having a light lunch and reading Prey by Michael Crichton. It was a white-washed, 1840’s style house where they gave you letter as marker for your order. Time passed slowly, the people were so relaxed, it made me want to think about moving. No wonder people get lost out here

The game itself was a spectacle. Having to get there early because of the limited parking, then napping in the car. (Californians always tell you to get to an event way before it happens.) Qualcomm itself is a decrepit pile of concrete, that, if it were in any other state other than California, would have been replaced by now. (Subsequent to this trip, I have had the opportunity to attend an A’s game at the Coliseum in Oakland. Virtually the same stadium.) From a Nebraska perspective, the game on the field was an extension of the fine vacation we were having.

I have to confess, as it began to rain at the game, I felt like complaining about it. Seriously, San Diego must get rain ten year, if that, and it has to rain while I’m visiting and outside watching my beloved Huskers? All the while, there is snow on the ground in Nebraska.

Pregame festivities

Pregame festivities

During that game, it felt as if nothing could go wrong, which, when you have the immovable Ndamukong Suh in the middle of your defense, is actually realistic. Bo Pelini’s post game proclamation (“Nebraska’s back and we’re here to stay!”) had months to brew with fans. But at the end of a season where you win six of your last seven, don’t you automatically expect to get better, with a coach only in his second year? But that’s what it’s like when you have a coach having early success, before you’ve seen the players he’s recruited. Oh well. We are winning, and who would have known after that the quarterback who’d be leading the team wasn’t even on the field yet?

Should Husker fans have learned anything from that game, from the stalled drives that were leading field goals? Maybe; back then, it was to early to say

I slept little at our hotel in Orange County that night, staying up late to read the news on the game and getting up early to catch our flight back. I didn’t get a view of the sea on our way up and down because we drove in the dark, but I couldn’t care less. As we boarded the plane to fly back to the world of snow, I pondered our mystic journey as some of the best days of my life.


Huskers taking the field.

(More Husker Trips: Northwestern 2012, Minnesota 2011, Iowa State 2010)

BTN in New York, DC, and Baltimore: Why Jim Delany should have learned from the Longhorn Network’s shortcomings

In the summer, I spend 30-40 days on the road, mostly in the Midwest. At night I love to kick back in my hotel room and watch sports. If I’m lucky, BTN will have a classic football game from the previous fall on. In a way, I’m the ideal BTN viewer: a twenty-something male, plenty of disposable income who’ll watch any sports that are on. If only the twenty-something guys in New York and DC watched as many rerun sports as I did.

Jim Delany put his reputation as a brilliant commissioner on the line when he invited Rutgers and Maryland into the Big 10, the later coming without a great football program and backlash from its fans. Delany’s gamble is that he will be able to take his valuable network into DC, Baltimore, and Manhattan, and its value will go up exponentially, all the while upping the offer he will eventually make to Notre Dame. But pondering the subject, one has to ask: are there as many potential BTN viewers in the beltway as BTN gained when they expanded into Nebraska? It may sound absurd, but perhaps Delany should have learned a lesson from how two networks modeled after BTN have struggled.

Catch the Longhorn Network recently?

BTN’s markets made the network as profitable as soon as it did, and the respective markets of the Longhorn and Pac-12 Networks have kept those networks in check. Big 10 country is full of states where people have to stay in in the winter and thus watch a lot of sports, and not just football and basketball but fringe sports. Turn on local sports radio in Lincoln or Cedar Rapids in April, and the announcers are talking Husker or Hawkeye baseball and softball. Factor into that you’ve got a huge market like Chicago, where alumni of rural Big 10 who have migrated to better jobs turn in every night to catch some local flair on their favorite teams, and you’ve got the recipe for a successful network.

On the other hand, both Texas and most of the Pac-12 region are flush with year-round outdoor recreation, and transplants whose favorite teams are in the states they left. Who would want to stay in and watch Texas’ greatest 1980’s win over Oklahoma, a season preview of Utah volleyball, or another profile of Pac-12 legend John Elway when there’s another hike to go in or a a beautiful river to boat in?

So, with that in mind, let’s look at Maryland and New York. Granted, both regions have Penn State alumni, which should increase viewership, and New York has migrants from all over the Midwest. And Big 10 Football, while not the best in the country (certainly not this year), provides some of the greatest scenes in college football, AKA the Big House and the Horseshoe. Remember, we are talking about sports programming, stuff you can put on at least one TV in every bar in the corner.  And the region does like quality basketball, so that should do well as long as the Big 10 succeeds in this arena.

But here’s the fundamental problem: the number one thing that the Big 10 sells is football. As we’ve seen in the case of LHN and the Pac-12 Network, you can’t sell a region something it doesn’t want. With all the entertainment options in New York and DC, people aren’t going to want to watch Indiana-Wisconsin games and other third tier games that BTN broadcasts. Yes, occasionally BTN will get an Iowa-Penn State game that interesting, but that’s the exception.

DC and New York may have transplants, but Baltimore is as parochial and unchanging as Boston. (Read an Anne Tyler novel.) Of course, this means they’ll be calling their cable providers to make sure they get Terrapins basketball, but don’t count on them tuning in for every practice report. Whether the region gets excited as a whole about Big 10 basketball remains to be seen. Outside of Indiana and Michigan State, there aren’t a lot of Big 10 schools that are organically passionate about basketball. Michigan and OSU have good programs, but those have piggy backed off of their football revenue.

Yes, there’s an argument that the local profiles of teams will help elevate the Big 10’s profile in the region. It will be easier for Big 10 programs to steal New Jersey, Maryland, and DC area recruits when they can sell them that all their games will be on networks everyone gets.With Syracuse moving to the ACC, travel won’t necessarily be any greater for a New Jersey player deciding between Syracuse, Rutgers, and BC. But while it will help recruiting-wise, it won’t help the rich young adults of DC and New York (AKA, the demo advertisers crave), buy BTN add time.

But maybe Delany realizes that getting into New York and DC won’t automatically increase the payouts he’s making to all of his schools…yet. Maybe he just had to get on in those markets so he could make a bigger offer to Notre Dame. That is what all college football realignment about in theory, landing either Texas or the Fighting Irish, the later who has eluded Delany for years. Maybe now Delany can finally say to Jack Swarbrick, “When you join are league, we’ll be able to triple our ad rates in New York and DC.”

(More Realignment Speculation)

Coffee (without a maker), Cookies (barely), and Omelets

Makeshift filter

Makeshift filter

During the time that I was snowed in, I faced the dilemma of how to make coffee without my coffee maker. I racked my brain and remembered how certain coffee shops like Blue Bottle in San Francisco and Intelligentsia in Chicago would brew a single cup by drip. So I found a video on YouTube and figured it out. I had to get an ordinary funnel and filter and set them over a cup. I wet the filter with 400 ml of water first, then discarded that water. Then I put the beans in the filter, heat the water in the microwave. I had to pour the water slowly, but it worked as well as I could have hoped for.


Sloppy gingersnap dough

I also made some gingersnaps while I was snowed in, but somehow they turned out sloppy. I wasn’t able to roll the balls in sugar and had to drizzle the sugar on instead. They eat just as well.


Cutting the slog

If there is one habit of cooking that I love, it’s making a lot of one thing and eating for several meals. Thursday, I cooked a third of a pound of pork sausage (for those of you who live in Seward, Pac-N-Save makes great pork sausage). One of my meals with the sausage was a pasta dish, the other two were egg dishes, one of which included relish cooked right into the omelet. And this is how I get through my snowed in time, by taking care of myself with wooden cooking spoons.


Putting together lunch

Christmas is Coming…Wait, that Sounds Foreboding


3 hours into first big snow fall of winter 2012-2013

I am grateful I went advent service this morning instead of tonight-well, I couldn’t have gone this evening anyway, given that the first big snow of the year has started. As of right now, I’m packed in; time to get a photo show ready for the Noyes Focus room in February.

In the business of Blue River Hybrids, Christmas is time to close the office for a week and take a break from the fall test sample-grind. In my world, the only luxury of the Christmas season are the Starbucks seasonal lattes I enjoy. The world’s Christmas, for the most part, is a world that I am oblivious too. Every couple of years, I jump on a sale or two, but sales are for suckers.

It’s not intentional. For the most part, I lead a modest life, and the season of Christmas doesn’t alter that. I will buy gifts for my immediate family at the gallery (plug-Noyes Art Gallery offers a number of great gifts, and they are all originals), and I’ll give some people my pictures as presents. But if you were going to give me a gift and can’t decide, donate the money to a charity that helps needy families or feeds children, or to a missions society in my name. Tom Unger, you may have Christmas solved.

And I don’t care for how Christmas always seems to be celebrated two weeks before it actually happens. While it hasn’t been as bad this year, the networks have been trotting out Christmas programming the day after Halloween over the past five years. With school programs being moved up to December 17, Christmas feels over before it even arrives at times. Please, everyone go to Facebook and like Occupy Advent.

Over these next couple weeks, my family will eventually come back and leave. I’ll make some cookies and few other good meals. My father’s two brothers will cover for a meal, or we will go over there. We’ll exchange gifts, and may have some extra snow. At church, I’ll have some extra duties for Worship Committee, as we will be down to one service with few ushers over the next couple of weeks. Christmas doesn’t feel huge for me; it just feels like a big message in a small world.

In mid-December, I choose to live in Advent rather than look forward to Christmas. The picture in my mind isn’t garlands or trimmed trees, but of repentance. We studied Philippians 4 this  past Sunday in Bible class, and two words struck me: Paul’s exhortation to “rejoice” and his commendation of peace to the believers. At church this morning, Pastor Bruick finished our advent series on notable births, including Benjamin and Obed. Both themes welded themselves together: every birth is a time to rejoice and a time for peace, how much more so the birth of Christ! Thanks be to God!

(Christmas meditation)

Valuing College Through My Experience

Recently, I’ve read and heard Peter Thiel and Mark Cuban saying that education isn’t as necessary, and that people with visions should just leave college to work on their visions, and the education bubble will eventually collapse like the housing bubble did. There is some validity to this, but what their perspective doesn’t address is why higher ed is now bloated. While I graduated college, I have an experience that deals with

Over seven years ago, I received my college degree from Concordia University Wisconsin. My life at the time felt like a vacuum. I had no goals or long-term plans. I had planned all through college that I would go to seminary after I graduated and become a pastor, but in February of my senior year, I abandoned those plans. Being a rebel, I didn’t want to know what I was going to do with the rest of my life

Unfortunately, my plan had two critical flaws. First, I excelled in a field (ancient languages) which doesn’t pay in the real world, and I did need the extra work to get a degree and then find some way to make my expertise relevant, whether it be teaching or something else. Two, I was bored in college because I was so bright. I did get that when I moved back to my parents’ house and started shuffling through temp jobs. Even if it wasn’t seminary, I should have chosen another form of graduate school.

But what I’ve learned is, no matter what my situation is, I have to make something out of it. I wrote a lot, actually, but I continue to search for  passions. Working under my father in a self-supervised environment has been a real boon for me in accumulating, and my photography and work at the gallery has given me more passions. This blog has also helped me develop my writing skills and given voice to my ideas. Every day I have a motto: do something that makes progress on a project, and make the people in your world better at what they do.

But I haven’t let the question of graduate degree go, at least not yet. The one thing I wish I would have known back when I was how much harder it is to make life-changes when you’re in your late twenties.

Where a lot of Thiel and Cuban’s criticism should be directed is toward the quality of higher education; with more people demanding it, professors simply have to make their course work easier to accommodate student’s extracurricular activities and generally low minds. And due to tenure, professors don’t face the reality of constantly having to adapt or loss their jobs if they don’t. So much of college is about being young and enjoying, not getting ready for the realities of a harsh world.

Wish someone would have told me that.

(More Experience)

Better off out here?

Better off out here?

Is Husker Nation Travel-ed Out?

Today, I checked flights from Omaha to Orlando around the time of the Capital One Bowl on a whim, and surprisingly, there were now some flights for under $500. Guess some bigwig must have noticed Nebraska fans weren’t buying their allotment of bowl tickets.

If the Big 10 Title Game was under-attended last year, this year’s attendance poor showing by Nebraska and Wisconsin (two-thirds of last years attendance) makes the early woes of the ACC Title Game look trivial. Carrying low momentum into bowl season, numerous Big 10 teams are selling paltry amounts of their ticket allotments. Granted, Nebraska, Michigan State, and Purdue are in worse bowls and/or have less momentum than a year ago, but still, the decline is startling.

Perhaps Jim Delany now questions adding a couple of East Coast outliers to his conference; just examining the travel habits of Nebraska fans, one of the country’s top traveling fan bases, should give the bowls attached to the Big 10 cause for concern.

Traveling fans are a huge part of the college football, both to bowl games and to opposing stadiums. I’ve made many of these trips myself, and while they’re memorable, they are also expensive and time consuming. The average tab for two from Omaha to Chicago runs around $1500-$2000; when my father and I went up from his apartment in Ames to go to Minnesota game last year, our expenses were around $300, but that was without hotel.

While fans in the past had short drives Lawrence, Manhattan, Columbia or Ames when Nebraska was in the Big 12, now Husker Nation has only two conference neighbors that are within a six hour drive. A large reason that Husker fans didn’t journey to Indianapolis was similar to why the NCAA had to go to pod seeding for March Madness: they were saving up for the bigger game. But beyond that, it’s clear from Nebraska’s huge presence in both Minneapolis and Chicago meant that fans now madk their plans further in advance, when costs were less. It also could indicate that traveling Husker fans are more likely to congregate at the easiest road game for them to get to with a surplus of tickets. This year, it was Northwestern, last year it was Minnesota, next year, it could probably be Purdue.

It will be interesting to see if schools like Minnesota and Northwestern start to follow the plan of Iowa State and make it harder for visiting fans to buy tickets to their team’s game without scholarship donations. This is doubtful; Northwestern is so bashful about their bowl ticket sales they don’t even release such data.

Looking at the Big 10, travel is even more of a concern for schools like Wisconsin and Ohio State, who look as if they will be giving up an annual road game in the Midwest to take a trip to Rutgers or Maryland. This arrangement will likely not hurt Nebraska, as they will only make the Rutgers or Maryland trip once every ten years, assuming the Big 10 stays at eight conference games as the SEC and ACC are doing. Still, with the Big 10 opening east coast offices, the question has to be asked, is it too much travel?

With the disappointment at the Big 10 Title Game coupled with the travel anxieties of Nebraska fans mean that Nebraska’s travel reputation will be taking a hit in the coming years? For the first few years of the Big 10, that’s possible, as Husker fans feel out the new locales. But after seven or eight years, Husker fans should once again rule the bowl scene. As I wrote last year, inevitably Nebraska will be getting drop in the Big 10’s bowl order to go to Phoenix and play a Big 12 team in what used to be the Insight Bowl. But super-conference are about the television eyeballs and not about fans waiting in long lines at Eppley Airport.

Memorial Stadium East?

Memorial Stadium East?

The Seed Lab

The chambers-cold is on the left

Many of the you probably wonder, Derek, what is it you do for a living? I mean, this is America; everyone has to get paid. The truth of the matter is, I am in fact one of those people who is always doing something but no one quite knows what exactly it is I do, myself included. As I tell everyone, most of my time in the winter is spent doing germination test on corn. It took me about a year or two to learn how to do it well, and now it goes like clockwork.

Every year, I prepare for samples arriving by ordering kimpak, an oversized, tougher paper towel, and cutting the sheets half. I also dig up soil to use and mix it with sand to plant in.

To prep for planting, I take a tray and pour 400 milliliters of water on it and set sheet of kimpak on the water and load the trays into carts. I leave them overnight in the cold chamber, and the next day I press 200 seeds into the kimpak, now evenly saturated with water, and cover the seeds with the sand-soil mixture.

Trays read to play

Trays read to plant

Tray in the midst of planting

Tray in the midst of planting

The trays lay dormant in the cold chamber for a week at 50 degrees, and then are moved into the warm chamber. After four or five days, I count how many plants have germinated, and then record and send the numbers to my father. Then I dispose of the waste and wash the trays and the carts with bleach.


Plants that are about a day or so away from counting

This is what I do when I’m not shuffling our companies profits off to offshore accounts in the Caymans to hid our money from the greedy agents at the IRS.

(More odd work I’ve done)

Why Pelini’s SEC Interest is Keeping Nebraska Stuck in Neutral. And Why Certain Coaches Stay Under the Radar

Bummed Bo

Another end to a Husker season, another round of Bo Pelini-leaving-Nebraska rumors. This year, the rumor was less reliable than in years past (Football Scoop tweeted Arkansas was on the verge of hiring him), but still, Pelini was again linked to another high profile job. After Nebraska’s meltdown in the Big 10 Title Game, Pelini’s constant flirtations for the SEC causes begs the question if Pelini’s wandering eye is hurting the program. To judge that, one has to ask what Nebraska is and what works there, and what Bo Pelini is, and where he works.

Nebraska is an outlier, both from major cities and major recruiting hotbeds. Major changes in college football have gone against Nebraska: more games being on TV, fewer recruits wanting to come north because of the weather, more committed programs in the middle of college football. But to succeed at an outlier, you need to find a coach who gets the outlier. Consider Tom Osborne and Bill Synder: both grew up in smaller cities in smaller states and went to smaller, non-DI colleges. Both achieved long-term success by molding average players into stars. Who else fits that profile? Chris Petersen, who grew up around Sacramento and went to UC Davis, and Charlie Strong, who went to Central Arkansas, in his native state. Pedersen has stayed at Boise State (in a city that is the exact mirror of Sacramento), and Strong looks like he’s turning down Tennessee to stay at Louisville.

Now look at Pelini. Pelini went to a large Catholic high school in Ohio, then to Ohio State, a major program in a state with lot of FBS-ready talent. He’s friends with Bob Stoops, who turned down his alma mater (Iowa) and instead found longevity at Oklahoma, surrounded by the best high school football talent state in the country, Texas. Pelini worked for Michigan alum Les Miles, who has now twice turned down his alma mater to stay in talent-rich Louisiana. Pelini knows he’s got a rawer deal then Miles and Stoops by the players who sign for him.

Husker fans, why do you think Nebraska’s seniors laden defense got completely worked by Wisconsin on Saturday night? Kansas State’s defensive talent is no better, and the Wildcats were shutting down offensive juggernauts in the Big 12. Reason: Pelini had a fire when he first came to Nebraska, and the players then had the motivation to embrace discipline after the Bill Callahan-debacle. After an initial burst with Callahan’s recruits (and Ndamukong Suh), Pelini was left with a bunch three-to-four star recruits who needed coaching. For stretches in 2009 and 2010, Nebraska had to play perfect on defense just to stay in the games, including two against Oklahoma. After nearly three years of having to win without any mistakes, Pelini was exhausted from coaching up Prince Amukamara and Phillip Dillard, and had no energy to develop Sean Fisher and Alonzo Whaley.

Consider also how Pelini’s post-game press conference demeanor has changed: in his first few years, there were times after losses he looked like he wanted to fight a reporter. Now, he looks relieved after wins and despondent after losses. Watching this change, I have wondered if he’s the kind of coach who burns bright for a couple of years, but burns out after seven or eight years because he’s all motivation and no innovation. He has innovated: changing Nebraska’s offense after the 2010 season gave the program a huge edge coming into the Big 10. But again, look at the defense, where Pelini puts in most of his time. There isn’t one star, sure-fire high NFL draft pick on that unit.

This leads to the question of whether or not Turner Gill would have been a better hire than Pelini. Indeed, some have written that Gill should have replaced Osborne as head coach in 1997. (Perhaps Osborne forgot how Bob Devaney choose him as Nebraska’s next head coach over many of his veteran assistants). At the time, Pelini was a hotter commodity and Gill had only a 7-17 record at Buffalo, but that wouldn’t have been a determent to a Husker fan base who remembered Gill for his playing days and his work with Tommie Frazier, Scott Frost, and Eric Crouch. As Osborne and Gill were such good friends (Osborne was the best man at Gill’s wedding), it may not have been the ideal situation for Osborne to hire a coach he was so close to. But given Gill’s steady hand, he may have been the better fit long-term.

Pelini’s not headed to the SEC if he continues to have looses like he did on Saturday. But in any case, fans have to wonder if his heart is in his job 100% and how many sorry press conference they may have to endure.

Husker-Fall: Where Have all the Good Players Gone?

We’ve all been there at one point or another. We work hard for a promotion at work, study for a degree, or take steps to accomplish a goal. We invest hours, days, weeks, and months in a single minded focus, and then, when we are a stone’s throw from the summit, we abandon the quest and thoughtlessly leave the hard work for nothing, telling ourselves we didn’t care about that goal to begin with. That’s what happened to Nebraska football on Saturday night: a team that had begun to move the attitude of the fanbase from pessimism to optimism once again surpassed their own disappointments.

It wasn’t just a loss; this Nebraska team looked like it was a mid-level program playing a paycheck, body-bag road game ten years ago, before such teams believed they had chances against top teams. It wasn’t like the 70-10 Texas Tech loss or the 76-39 Kansas loss, bad losses by bad teams. It wasn’t like the 63-36 fall from grace at Colorado, where Eric Crouch had a great statistical game while Nebraska’s defense was impotent against Chris Brown and Bobby Purify. This was a good team that had come back on the road showing no character in the battle for a conference title. At points, it appeared as though Nebraska could have allowed 100 points or more.

Failing in games, even big ones, is explainable at times, but not here. Nebraska had two weeks to set the rotation while the opposition banged with Ohio State and Penn State. A healthy and rest Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah weren’t given the chance to help Nebraska get out of the hole they’d dug. As soon as they got down, Nebraska choose to let Martinez throw on every down, the same way they had last year in Madison, the results shockingly more disastrous. Usually, Tim Beck is conservative to a fault.

But the defense is more liable. There is no way any team with an inexperienced quarterback should be able to run on you when you can sell out to stop it. It’s one thing to get shredded by Brett Hudley or Braxton Miller, athletes you have to account for. Making it easy on Curtis Phillips is another story. At least Nebraska was able to limit Hudley and UCLA for most of the second half; Montee Ball and James White were never limited.

Twice, Bo Pelini has had an emotional game that mattered to the heart of fans, this and Texas 2010. In both situations, his team laid inexplicable eggs. Now, many fans are offering to drive Pelini to Arkansae or Auburn, and it’s fair to talk about firing him. You just can’t look inept in such a big spot, when you have these weapons on offense and so much experience on defense. Now Iowa State 2009 and that game’s eight turnovers have a companion piece.

Two years ago, when Nebraska lost the final Big 12 Championship Game to Oklahoma, I did think they’d get a look at a conference title like this for a long time. Well, two years later, they got one and couldn’t pull it off. They may never get as close aswhen officials put a second back on the clock for Texas. Next year, Urban Meyer and Braxton Miller will be eligible for the game, and in retrospect, Nebraska really wishes the Buckeyes had taken their postseason ban last year.

To the other team in red, I’m not even going to acknowledge your championship that you received because Nebraska didn’t show up. You are my programs biggest enemy as of right now, and I want to play you every year until we beat brains in 70-0.

What really summed up last night’s loss is Bo Pelini’s press conference, where the coach spoke in a beleaguered manner and offered up no explanation for the lopsided loss. It as if he want to go to sleep and dream of being at LSU or Oklahoma, or another program whose talent would offset many of the mistakes he made as a coach. Because he makes a lot.

But whether Pelini stays or goes, Husker nation will be left to deal with the continued fallout. While Nebraska columnist rerun their letters of woe today, the other side’s media never talked down their team to begin with, the gamers who kept fitting even when they lost close. After so many close comebacks, Nebraska destroyed the fans’ new found belief that their team could overcome their mistakes. It’s like 2001 all over again-an 11-0 start to the brink of glory, then a giant fall off the cliff.

What is it good for?

What is it good for?


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