Big Red Cobcast Ep. 227: What Now?

I’ve had two conflicting pieces of wisdom kicking around in my brain since the weekend.

Back in the mid 90s, after I grounded out to lose a baseball championship game in junior high, my dad told me that I’d learn more from that defeat than I would have if I had hit a game-winning double.

Years later, I broadcasted games with a guy we’ll call Doug (because his name was Doug). He loved nothing more to repeat his mantra, “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”

And neither one of them was wrong. When it comes to life and picking yourself up off the mat, nothing can replicate the learning moments of taking a sock full of nickels to the ‘nads (in the proverbial sense, of course; please don’t hit me in the nuts with any hard objects). If this Nebraska team can learn something about itself from two difficult losses and three weeks of insane adversity, they might be better equipped for success in the B1G season and beyond. Sneaking away with victories in which you didn’t 100% earn them might build confidence, but that bubble will eventually be burst. It may not feel like it, but these losses may be what this Husker team needed.

All that said, my old pal Doug had a point, too. Eventually, the taste of losing can become all too familiar. Though this week’s game against Michigan is undoubtedly the toughest task these Huskers have faced this season, it also might be the most important. We’ve eaten nothing but Ls for what feels like an eternity. It’s time to start seasoning our food with something else. This is a team that’s won just six of its last 20 games is 20-24 over its last 44 contests. We’re Doug’s biggest fear: good at losing.

So here we are: at a crossroads. Maybe not an end-all-be-all crossroads. I have complete faith that Scott Frost can turn this thing around. But this week is probably the point where we find out if there’s light at the end of this season’s tunnel walk, or if it’s another couple years down the pike.

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