by David Max
I made the trip to Austin for the game and before I left friends and co-workers
were asking me why would I want to go to a game where we were 3 touchdown
underdogs. At the beginning of the season I wouldn't have thought we would
have been the biggest underdog in distant memory. When I bought my plane
ticket we were 4-1. Now we are 0 for October for the first time since
before I was born in 1951 (1948). What a difference a month makes. Steve
Pederson is gone, Tom Osborne is in and Bill Callahan can't make any promises
to recruits because he is uncertain about his future at Nebraska.
you have never been to a game in Austin you should put it on your schedule
four years from now. The Texas fans go out of their way to make Nebraska
fans welcome. They still talk about the standing ovation given to Ricky
Williams and the Texas team after the 1998 game in Lincoln. I made the
trip in 1999 with mom
and had a great time. Robert Agnor and the folks from Hornfans.com
rolled out the red carpet again this year. Thank you very much. When Texas
comes to Lincoln in 3 years you are all invited to be our guests at our
tailgate in Lincoln.
did have one interesting encounter with a Texas fan named Jerry Davenport.
He walked up to me and said "Are you the one?" I said "Which
one?" He said "The Callahan supporter!" When I hesitated
he took my response to be a "No." I saw him an hour later and
he was still looking for the first Nebraska fan to be willing to give
Coach Callahan a vote of confidence. I didn't see him after the game so
I don't know if the results of the game had any effect on his one man
survey. It remains to be seen if Coach Callahan will be back next year
but I think it is safe to say Vegas wouldn't give him very good odds.
The speculation and rumors about big boosters negotiating a resignation
are still out there and will most likely continue in spite of the great
team effort in Austin.
went to the game with Kent Wiedel who preceded me as President of Californians
for Nebraska and we decided to stop by the Chancellor's reception on our
way to the game. We ran into Coach Osborne on the way in and talked with
him about being our guest speaker at our Founder's Day banquet. Hopefully
we can match up with his schedule when he makes a trip to California in
January. We have already lined up our academic speaker. It is none other
than Willa Cather. No, we didn't resurrect the famous Nebraska author
that passed away in 1947. It is her niece with the same name and she has
lots of interesting stories about her famous aunt. It would be real nice
to have her and Tom on the same dias.
was so nice to see the all out effort by the entire team in Austin. It
was a totally different team that showed up compared to the previous three
games. In spite of the loss I see it carrying forward into the next three
games. The Nebraska fans at the game were into it throughout the entire
game. I was in the "can't hit a cheerleader with a deer rifle"
seats reserved for the visiting team in the upper deck block. Kind of
reminded me of the great seats that USC rewarded us for buying them early
for the game in Los Angeles. There were three guys a few rows in front
of us that I am sure had no voice left this morning. The guy pictured
above did his share of leading Husker - Power cheers. Brenden Stai and
his father were sitting in my row and Arleen Heibel's daughter Julie sit
next to me. Behind me was BBS poster BaylorMatt's mother and two sisters.
We had our own little slice of Nebraska there.
remains to be seen what November will bring for the 2007 version of the
Cornhuskers. This has been a season unlike any other that I can recall
since becoming a fan in 1962. I do not see the team going 0 for November
as well and believe they will use this game as a turning point and play
with the reckless abandon that they exhibited in Austin. I can't make
the trip to Lawrence or Boulder due to a commitment called work but I
will be at the home finale in Lincoln against Kansas State and Josh Freeman.
We will have our biggest tailgate ever and I would like to extend a special
invitation to the parents of current players and former players to stop
by for great BBQ by Marlin. That game will be the first game that mom
will attend in person in two years due to health reasons. I have made
arrangements for indoor seating with wheelchair access so she won't have
to walk any distance. She will be at the tailgate and would enjoy seeing
all the HuskerPedia™ friends she has made over the years. Johnny
Rodgers will also be there for an autograph session. Let's send this senior
class out on a positive note by showing our support for the entire game
just like our little group did yesterday in Austin. Come early to the
tailgate, give the seniors a standing ovation as each one is introduced,
stay for the whole game no matter what the score and let them know they
have our support as they leave the field for the last time in Lincoln.
the Colonel always says "Keep the Faith." Nebraska will be Nebraska
my 2 cents. What about yours?
More pictures from the Texas game are
here. Responses are here.