(PANTHERS HAVE NO ANTHERS, FALL TO THE HUTHKERS, THEVEN TO
HUSKERS MAKE A PITT STOP; EDGE PANTHERS 7-6
Saturday's Pitt-Husker game was so ugly that:
It would make an onion cry.
It would make Ray Charles flinch.
It would make a train take a dirt road.
If it were a home, it would run away.
If it were an old car, it would be an AMC Pacer.
If it were a new car, it would be a Pontiac Aztek.
If it were a shadow, it would refuse to follow you.
If it were a person, it would be Zasu Pitts in a thong.
If it were a newborn baby, the doc would slap the kid's mother.
If it were a guy walking by a bathroom, all the toilets would flush.
If it were food, it would be the main course on Thanksgiving Day.
If it were a kid playing in a sandbox, the cat would try to cover
If it were made into a movie, Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet
If it were a new born baby, the mother would get a letter of apology
from the condom factory.
That's how ugly this one was. Really.
THE HUSKER AW-FENSE
This is no big secret: The Husker aw-fense is, well, awful. Just awful.
It's pathetic, inept, disorganized, hard to watch or to even comprehend
at times and worse, it's ineffective much of the time.
The sobering fact is that 7 points won't win many (or any) of the
remaining games on the Husker schedule. Until the Huskers can develop
some offensive consistency and score even a modest amount of points,
this season is going to continue to be ugly. Kansas and Baylor are
not gimmes this year with this offense. (Ironically, this is the first
time this season the Husker offense has actually outscored the Blackshirts!)
Even the Husker faithful knew this year would still be one of transition,
but most of us also figured the Huskers offense would be farther along
at this point of the season, especially with a very favorable schedule.
One of the bright spots of the Huskers' offense was Pork Chop's steady
runs late in the game. He carried the offense and took the Huskers
down into field goal territory with 1:28 left in the game. But unfortunately,
the kick sailed wide left giving the Panthers one last chance.
What is disconcerting was the number of penalties committed by the
Husker offense Saturday. And this was the third game of the season,
not the first. (Go figure, in the opener with Maine, the Huskers had
The illegal formation penalties called on the Huskers Saturday were
hard to fathom. Shouldn't Nebraska be able to at least line up correctly
by now? Why doesn't Zac Taylor get rid of the ball instead of taking
a sack? And why all the shifting? The only people it seems to confuse
are the Huskers themselves.
The Husker offensive line is still not clicking. As of now, the Huskers
have no real threat either at running back or receiver. As I said
last week, Matt Herian's absence has had a huge negative impact on
the offense this season. We can only hope that if he's able to, Matt
ALAS, THERE'S HOPE
As the sign says at the end of the movie classic "On The Beach",
"There's still time, brother".
THE DEFENSE NEVER RESTS
Thank goodness we have a defense this year. As long as the Blackshirts
can remain healthy, and depth continues to develop, the defense will
be tough to beat.
Adam Carriker is a mensch. Barry Turner, Wali Muhammad, Blake Tiedtke,
Stewart Bradley, Corey McKeon, Danny Bullocks and Barry Cryer are
fun to watch as they continue to disrupt opposing offenses.
WELL, ISN'T THAT SPECIAL?
To go with our very good defense, the Husker special teams are also
a force to be reckoned with. They have quick strike potential. Terrence
"Second To" Nunn makes our special teams really sweet. And
how about Sam "You Send Me" Koch? His towering punts may
have been the difference in the game Saturday.
And you can't say enough about Adam Ickes, a Husker walk-on and former
8-man football standout at Orchard (NE) High School, making the game-saving
block of Josh Cummings' last second field goal attempt. What a play!!
If only the sure-footed Jordan Congdon could have hit his two field
goals, we could have all breathed a bit easier in the fourth quarter.
But, we need to remember, Jordan is just a true freshman. He has the
potential to be one of the great kickers in Husker history.
THREE AND OH
Let's count our blessings. Remember when I said Husker fans should
cherish every win this year? Well, rejoice in the fact that the Huskers
are 3 and 0. It hasn't been pretty, but we're 3-0. Go back to last
year's Southern Mississippi game. We had a nearly 2 to 1 advantage
in yardage (500-250 yards), had a time of possession advantage but
lost the game. So do we want "W's" or do we want style points?
I know most fans want both, but given a choice, I'll take scoreboard.
A win is a win is a win.
TURKEYS FROM THE PAST
If you're checking to see how this week's turkey stacks up with past
Husker "Uglies", consider the following:
1.) A 1961 0-7 home loss to Colorado.
In that game, the Huskers didn't register a single first down in the
entire mud-soaked game and finished the season a miserable 3-6-1.
2.) A 1960 6-7 home loss to Oklahoma State.
The Huskers finished the year at a cool 4-6-0.
3.) A 1981 6-0 road win at Missouri.
The Huskers started the season at 1-2. Turner Gill played in the second
half of the fourth game of the season (a win over Auburn) and started
the next week, when the Huskers beat Colorado 59-0 and finished the
year at 10-2.
MORE FROM THE EMAIL BAG
HUSKER ELVISES (THE MOVIE)
Spent all Tuesday morning with a film crew from LA; doing a documentary
film on "America's Greatest Fans". I had to dress up in
my Husker Elvis outfit. They did an extensive taped interview and
taping. They were going to go directly to Lincoln but I talked them
into going to Alliance first and interviewing my bro Steve. They are
touring all the big games interviewing fans and coaches and will finish
at the ACC championship in December.
Ft. Collins, CO
Larry: Let us know when Husker fans can see this film. Thanks for
I know you really like Husker football history. And as you know, I.M.
Hipp was maybe the best known walk-on in Husker history. But few people
know he had a twin brother, Knotso, who also played for the Huskers.
I was wondering if you knew what ever happened to him.
Dear Brad: And some people think I make up these letters...sigh.
HUSKER DAN'S ARMY (continued)
As many of you know, Husker Dan's Army has been formed so that Husker
fans can provide letters, care packages, football tapes/DVDs etc.
to our men and women in uniform who are serving their country throughout
Husker fans and alumni groups, are you listening? To learn more about
how to join Husker Dan's Army, please click
Last week, I posted a letter sent to me by Sgt. Nick Hornig who is
stationed in Iraq. He requested some game tapes/DVDs. Here are some
responses to his letter.
Just wanted to send greetings from Southern California where we have
a great representation for the Huskers. I know that Husker Dan will
do everything possible to get copies of the game to you folks. Knowing
that we have fine Nebraska young men and women serving our country
in far off Iraq, our prayers and continued best wishes go out to you.
I'm proud to have been born in Nebraska and truly believe that you
and your buddies make up one of the finest HUSKER teams to ever take
the field. In my eyes, each and everyone of you are a true ALL AMERICANS
and when you hear the 80,000 Cornhusker fans yelling each Saturday,
they are definitely cheering for you.
God Bless each and everyone and may your tour be over soon. Thanks
for all that you are doing for us at home. Go Big Red.
San Juan Capistrano, Ca.
Comment: Husker fans who wish to help, need to send their letters,
care packages etc. directly to the soldier who is requesting the assistance.
I am with an alumni chapter--NE Kansans for Nebraska. What types of
things can we do for you and your crew? We will be having our first
game watch this Saturday for the Wake Forest game. There will probably
be 50 to 75 members there for the game. We will see what we can do
to assist your group in any way we can.
Thanks for what you are doing to help us and the people of Iraq.
Dear Husker Dan:
I want to enlist in your army. I am a native Nebraskan, UNL graduate
and Vietnam Vet. Oh yeah, I am a rabid Husker fan too. We can't do
enough for our troops, whether you believe the U.S. should be in Iraq
or not. I currently live in Casper, Wyo. Unfortunately I am unemployed
at the present time but being out of work is nothing compared to the
sacrifices our men and women are doing for me overseas. Give me my
As an Air Force officer that has been stationed "in theater"
in the past, I just want you to know how much your call to arms on
Huskerpedia means to all of us that serve. Currently, I am serving
at STRATCOM here in Omaha. However, I know what it's like to be a
world away and not know what is going on back here. Thanks again for
your support of our men and women in uniform.
TODD S. SCHUG, Capt, USAF
Dear Husker Dan:
I just sent a note to Nick (from his e-mail you posted. I offered
to send him a DVD...or a number of DVDs with last Saturday's game
with Maine. Not sure if you need to know that, but in the interest
of not overloading Nick with DVDs of the same thing, I am also letting
you know. Thanks, Dan, for what you are doing for these great folks...and
for your contribution to Husker football...
Captive in Arizona, but looking to get back to Nebraska...
Husker fan for over 50 years...
MORE LETTERS FROM SOLDIERS:
Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 1:19 AM
Subject: A HUSKER FAN
Dear Husker Dan:
Hey Dan what's up. My name is John Janssen and I am in the United
States Navy and I have been a Husker fan for as long as I can remember.
I am stationed on a ship called the USS BATAAN based out of Norfolk,VA
and I have not been able to watch a husker game since I joined the
service and since there are not any games shown on TV in Virginia.
The 2003 and 2004 seasons I was in Iraq and I am not able to watch
the beginning of this season because we are setting in the Gulf of
Mexico for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. I would like to know
if someone could send me DVDs of the season so that I know how our
new QB is doing and how my Huskers are doing. I would greatly appreciate
it and thank you for your time.
my address is 220 Oak Leaf Court Apt F
Chesapeake, VA 23320
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