HUSKERS BUFF THE STUFFALOES, 30-3
Prior to Sunday's announcement that the Huskers were headed to San
Antonio to meet Michigan, speculation ran back and forth all week
that the Huskers were headed for either the Holiday Bowl in San Diego
or to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Holiday? Alamo? What's
a Husker fan to do!
IT'S MICHIGAN, GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don: "Hey, Napoleon. What did you do last summer again?"
Napoleon Dynamite: "I told you! I spent it with my uncle in Alaska
Don: "Did you shoot any?"
ND: "Yes like 50 of 'em! They kept trying to attack my cousins,
what the heck would you do in a situation like that?"
D: "What kind of gun did you use?"
ND: "A freakin' 12 gauge, what do you think?"
VOTE FOR NAPOLEON
don't know what the Huskers will use to head off the those pesky Michigan
Wolverines in San Antonio, December 28th, but one question remains:
Will Bill Callahan insert Napoleon Dynamite into his starting lineup?
"Maybe I will, GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
The Michigan-Husker game will be a match-up of two of the nation's
leading college football programs. Those pesky Wolverines have been
established, rightly so, as a 13 point favorite. Even if the Huskers
don't win the game, they are already winners. The Huskers get the
benefit of another 14 practices to prepare for the game-that's the
equivalent of an extra spring practice. And for this young, inexperienced,
and sometimes erratic football team, that is great news.
I'll have more on this game in a couple of weeks.
The only criticism I had following the Colorado game was the response
from some journalists who were quick to temper the Huskers' win, pointing
out that fans shouldn't get too carried away with the victory. Instead,
what the Husker football program should be thinking about, they said,
is winning division and conference titles.
THE BOTTOM LINE
It's true Nebraska's victory over Colorado isn't significant when
compared with past Husker conference and national titles, but considering
last year's losing season and no bowl game, a 7-4 regular season record
and a bowl invitation with a very good opponent in a very good bowl
environment is very nice, indeed. Husker fans, players and coaches
should enjoy the win over Colorado, a divisional winner and who, prior
to the Husker win, had been 5-0 at home this season. Bottom line,
no matter what happens in San Antonio, the Huskers are assured of
at least a winning season. And who knows, maybe the Huskers have one
more surprise game in them this season.
As I said after the Husker's last minute loss at home to T-Tech, if
all three phases of the Husker game were to show up during the same
game for all four quarters, the Huskers could play with most any team
in the country. The win over the Buffs proved my point. And throw
in coaching-Billy C's game plan and on the field adjustments during
the game were spectacular.
And how about Wags' O-line boys! Thanks, coach. You did one helluva
The one unexpected benefit of Turner Gill's resignation from his role
as receivers coach last year, was that his replacement, Ted Gilmore,
used to be the receivers coach for the Colorado Buffaloes. Ted's knowledge
of the Buff's secondary was a key to the Huskers offensive success
in Boulder. Thanks coach Gilmore, and thanks to Billy C for hiring
THE LOW BLOW BUFFA-LOWS
I'm not going to bother saying much about the dippy Buff players and
their obnoxious "fans" who further tarnished the already
damaged image of the Colorado football program. What's even more disgusting
is that the Buffalo program has been getting away with this boorish
behavior for decades. It didn't just begin November 25th in Boulder.
AN SOS FOR FRANK
Last week during KFAB's morning show with Jim Rose and Gary Sadlemeyer,
UNL Athletic Director Steve Pederson was the guest during the 7:30-8:00
a.m. segment. The first question asked by Rose, was, "What do
you think of Frank Solich's arrest for DWI?"
"It's a very unfortunate situation," Pederson replied.
Then there was a very long pause.
"Is that all?" Rose said, expecting to hear more from Pederson.
"That's all I'm going to say."
Reading between the lines, you wonder if there was more than just
Solich's won-loss record that went into Solich's firing two years
ago. (And by the way, Solich was arrested Saturday, November 26th,
which was two years to the day that he was let go by Pederson.)
You have to wonder what was Frank, at age 61, doing in a bar by himself
on a Saturday night, getting hammered? Isn't this the time of year
in which most head football coaches are supposed to be traveling around
the country in search of football recruits? Shouldn't Solich have
been sitting in a prospect's living room selling the Ohio Bobcat program?
How does Solich do a sell job on a recruit's mother when he has admitted
to being drop down, passed out drunk behind the wheel of his car?
Alcoholism is nothing to snicker at. If Solich does, indeed, have
a problem with drinking, all Husker fans hope and pray that he seeks
treatment. Frank is a good man who made a terrible mistake. Let's
all hope he gets help. Good luck, coach.
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