MEN OF CORN WHIP THE SPUDS,
38-17 IN THE 2010 "CARBOHYDRATE BOWL"
What's Nebraska known for (besides great football, Johnny Carson and Warren
Buffet)? Corn. Butt loads of it. And what is Idaho best known for? Potatoes.
And when these two starch teams met in Saturday's "Carbohydrate Bowl"
the Men of Corn stalked and peeled (pun intended) the Potato Heads.
The win didn't come without its share of mistakes. In fact, at times the game
resembled last year's Iowa State debacle. As bad as the O's performance was
on Saturday, all the mistakes are correctable. And if the Huskers are to have
a chance of muzzling the Huskies this Saturday they're going to have to correct
the silly mistakes that have plagued them in the first two games.
The road to respectability begins this Saturday in Seattle. NU's defense and
special teams are among the best in the country. Last year, the missing part
was the offense. This season, the Husker offense needs to prove it has arrived
SPREAD THE NEWS
It's understandable that the odds makers have made the 2-0 Huskers a slight
(3.5 point) favorite over the 1-1 Washington Huskies this weekend. Those who
like Washington in this game point to their superstar, Jake Locker who looks
like he should be playing on Sundays. To be sure, he might be the best QB
in the country this year. And it's true that the Huskies beat Southern California
(16-13) and California (42-10) at home last year. And it's true that a win
over the Trojans does count for something. But if you'll recall, Arizona beat
USC last year (21-17) at L.A. and we all remember what happened to the Wildcats
in last year's Holiday Bowl (a 33-0 win by Nebraska).
Husky Stadium will be rockin' Saturday, but NU's defense, special teams and
its revamped offense will prevail Saturday-that is, of course, if the Huskers
don't leave the ball on the ground. Nebraska's defense matches up well with
the Husky offense. Look for Locker to have a rough day against the Husker
secondary-one of the best if not the best in the country. The Huskers will
beat the spread.
BIG RED ROCKY MOUNTAIN "WATCH" PARTY
Saturday at Jackson's Sports Bar in Ft. Collins, Colorado, I joined about
300 Colordans For Nebraska fans to watch the Idaho-Husker football game shown
on Direct TV.
Before the kickoff, everything was in place-there was plenty of beer, food,
and a sea of red clad Husker fans. Joining Mrs. Husker Dan and me at Jackson's
were our two grandchildren-four year old Will, wearing his Roy Helu, Jr. football
jersey, white pants and Husker helmet, and with him was his little three year
old sister, Ella, who was decked out in her brand new Husker cheerleader outfit.
But at 10:30, there was no game. 10:45, no game. 11:00, no game. 11:30, no
game. There were some technical problems with the satellite feed, we were
told. It would soon be fixed... Right.
So we waited. And waited. And waited some more. Finally, at the end of the
first half, just as Bo was being interviewed, the game came on. Cheers erupted.
It's too bad that the half we got to watch was the one that at times, was
DIARY OF A HUSKER
Among the Nebraska fans at Jackson's was David Kolowski, author of the book
"Why Husker Dan Rocks" (okay, I'm just kidding-he actually wrote
Of A Husker") I hadn't seen David in a couple of years. He, his wife
Lauren and their 2 1/2 year old son, Owen, moved to Colorado in April to open
a chiropractic clinic (www.centrachiropractic.com)
in Loveland. "Diary" is based on the experiences David had during
his five years (1998-2002) as a member of the Husker football program. If
you haven't read it, make sure you buy a copy. Pictured are from left to right,
my grandson Will, David Kolowski, in front of David is his son, Owen and on
the right is my granddaughter, Ella.
PIZZA AND THE HUSKER ELVISES
You do not want to miss the big event this Friday night (September 17th) at
Pizza Gourmet at 75th & Pacific in Omaha, Nebraska. There will be
a special performance by The Husker
Elvises on the "Husker
Beat Radio Show" broadcast live from the Pizza Gourmet Friday from
6-7 p.m. The show is hosted by veteran sportswriter, Steve Sipple and Mike'l
Severe. Severe's duties also include co-hosting "Unsportsmanlike Conduct"
with Kevin Kugler weekdays from 3-6 p.m. on 1620 The Zone in Omaha.
Bring your friends, family and your appetite. The pizza is fantastic.