ROCK, SHOCK HUSKERS, 76-39
BIG WED WAP-UP
About 3 or 4 miles southwest of the Mahoney State Park exit on I-80
between Omaha and Lincoln, there is a stream that runs under the interstate
called (and I'm not making this up) Callahan Creek. After Saturday's
76 (gasp!)-39 butt kicking by the Kansas Jayhawks, Bill Callahan, his
coaching staff, the players and indeed, the Husker football program
are up that creek with no paddles in sight and with several gaping holes
in the canoe.
If you're looking for things to cheer about after such a loss, it might
be that (thankfully) this was a football game and not a baseball game.
Football is a timed sport. In baseball, the offense can keep scoring
Think of that, Husker fans. KU could have easily laid a hundred (or
more) on us Saturday. Just when you thought a nightmare like the Train
Wreck at T-Tech in 2004 was a thing of the past, bingo, KU lays 76 on
I won't go into all the records this crop of Huskers made this week.
You all know the cruel facts. Where does this football program go next?
It is inconceivable that there is a scenario in which this coaching
staff will remain intact after the Colorado game. The question is who
will coach the Huskers next year? The Internet is full of reports of
Bo Pelini sightings and of meetings Bo has had with Tom Osborne. "You
can go to the bank that Bo will be the next head coach at Nebraska",
one writes. Another insists that Turner Gill is the guy.
NOT SO FAST
But the candidate no one seems to mention, is Shawn Watson, the current
Offensive Coordinator. Tom Osborne was (and probably still is) an offensive
football genius. In Watson, he may see a younger version of himself.
To be sure, Watson has all the tools to be a head football coach. He's
young, energetic, talented, very classy, very confident and is a great
competitor. All I'm saying is that I wouldn't be surprised if gets consideration
for the position.
NOT TOO ROSIE
What happened to Husker play-by-play guy Jim Rose Saturday? He was conspicuously
absent for the Husker-Jayhawk broadcast. Rose ain't talking. The network
is mum. The silence is deafening. And why not Kent Pavelka? He does
the PBP for Husker basketball games. He could have filled in admirably.
You know things aren't going well for Coach Bill Callahan when a local
advertiser (First National Bank of Omaha) recently edited a segment
on one of its local TV commercials. The ad features several of the bank's
customers who offer testimonials about how they enjoy working with the
bank. At the end of the ad, Bill Callahan appears, thanking First National
for its support of UNL football. But since last week, the ad has been
running without the Callahan part. Sigh...
HUSKER DAN'S ARMY UPDATE
Dear Readers: On behalf of the Northeast Kansans For Nebraska and the
rest of Husker Dan's Army, I want to thank every one of you who have
donated to Husker Dan's Army. Your donations have enabled us to continue
to send Husker Care Packages to our men and women who are serving in
the armed services in the Middle East. Your generosity has helped provide
our soldiers with a touch of Nebraska football. Husker fans, you are
the greatest! (See the letters below.)
Our job isn't over by a long shot, so please, please continue to support
Husker Dan's Army. Make your checks to Husker Dan's Army. Send your
Husker Dan's Army
% Northeast Kansans For Nebraska
3405 SW Atwood Avenue
Topeka, KS 66614
HUSKERPEDIA TAILGATE PARTY
Johnny Rodgers, Gary McGirr and Kenlon Johannes (Northeast Kansans For
Nebraska) and I will be at the Huskerpedia Tailgate Party this Saturday
in Lincoln before the K-State game. The Party is located in Lot 8 just
north of Memorial Stadium-right under the pedestrian overpass. Be there!!!!
Note: The photos are of the Northeast Kansans For Nebraska tailgate
party that was held in Lawrence, Kansas last Saturday. There are two
Iraqi war veterans holding up the Husker flag in one of the pictures.
The man on the left is Jeffrey Boyden is one of the Iraqi soldiers you
helped send a Husker Care Package to. The other man, Patrick, is also
an Iraqi war vet. The second photo is of Kenlon Johannes (left) with
the Northeast Kansans For Nebraska (Topeka) and Ron Eilers who is with
the Kansans For Nebraska in Wichita.
I received a package the other day - WOW! Was NOT expecting that. Thank
you SO much! Inside were two Husker flags. I am going to have both sent
up with an F-16 on a combat mission on Veteran's Day (we are located
on an Iraqi airbase after all). I am going to be greedy and keep one.
Sorry. :) The other I want to give back to you all, with a certificate
stating it was on a combat mission. Who do I have this flown in honor
of and where do I send it?
You all are part of the Army and are an integral part of the war on
terror. Thank you again!
Go Big Red!!!
A/CoS, G5 Plans
Dear Col. Wojtalewicz:
I will forward your email to Gary McGirr, president of the Northeast
Kansans For Nebraska. Thanks, God speed and Go Huskers!
My name is SSG Mewhirter stationed in Camp Victory Iraq. I have been
a fan of the Huskers since I was a young boy. I remember growing up
hearing names like Jarvis Redwine, Roger Craig, Mike Rozier, and Turner
Gill on the radio on gameday. I was a young man, 10 years old, when
I locked myself in my room after we went for the win with a 2 point
conversion and failed. I was raised with the Big Red. I know that the
current situation with Nebraska is a hard pill to swallow, but in all
the years I have been a fan I always have been and will continue to
brag about the fact that I am a Husker fan. The only piece of civilian
clothing I have here is a sweatshirt from the '97 National Championship
game when we beat Tennessee. The funny part is my roommate as it turns
out is from Tennessee and is a Vols fan. We joke around a lot about
that game. As all Husker fans do, they let everyone know who their team
is. I have taken a lot of grief this year because of what has happened
with this team. I just continue to tell them that we will be back.
I write this letter because I want to thank you and everyone in Husker
Dan's Army for what you do. We lead a rough life in the military, but
those of you who support the military the way you do make it so worth
it. I am grateful for each and every moment I get to serve all of you.
When my career is over I will have fond memories of the support I received
during these difficult times. So once again I would like to thank you
from the bottom of my heart. One last thing, GO BIG RED!!!!!
SSG Jason Mewhirter
Camp Victory, Iraq
FOR THE GOOD TIMES
Ever since the Oklahoma State blowout in Lincoln last month, I've made
it a habit of wearing Husker apparel each day-the bolder, the better.
People who know I write about Husker football look at me in amazement.
"How can you wear that stuff when the Huskers are so terrible?"
I tell them that when I wear red, I'm cheering for more than the present
group of players, coaches etc. Husker football is much bigger than any
one person, coach, player, offensive scheme-always has and always will.
When I cheer for the Huskers, I'm rooting not only for this year's team,
but also for former Husker greats like Jerry Tagge, Jeff Kinney, Bob
Churchich, Bob Brown, Turner Gill, Mike Rozier, Johnny Rodgers, Dave
Humm, Vince Ferragamo, Jake Young, Wayne Meylan, Tom Novak, Bobbie Reynolds,
Brook Berringer, Eric Crouch, Bob Devaney, Zac Taylor, Adam Carriker
and everyone else who has come before the current bunch.
Husker fans, you still have a lot to cheer for. And you always will.
If you'd like to give Husker Dan a piece
of your mind you may email Husker Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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