H U S K E R D A N
FANS ADD TO THE 100 REASONS
Dear Readers: Your response to Husker Dan's "100 Reasons Why I'm a Cornhusker Fan" was over-whelming! HD heard from Husker fans not only from the United States, but from several foreign countries as well.
As Husker Dan promised, here is his list of some of the best of responses. For the sake of space, HD had to edit some of the letters. Once again, thanks to all of you who took time to write.
Dear Husker Dan:
Courtesy of the US Army, we have watched Husker football in Orlando, Florida with Johnny Rodgers; watched games at 2:00 a.m. in Germany with people who have become life-long friends; at 8:00 a.m. at the Peanut Farm in Anchorage, Alaska and this coming season, my husband will watch them from the scorched sand of Tikrit, Iraq (4th ID Steadfast and Loyal). We have met Husker fans in Munich, Germany, Pilsen, Czech Republic and right here in Morgan's Point Resort, Texas. One of the greatest things about being a Cornhusker is
Husker Pride, Worldwide!
Tina Schmidt (Morgan's Point, Texas)
I first started being a Husker football fan on January 1, 1941, during the Rose Bowl game in Pasadena. I was only 13 years old and going to a country school in York County at the time. I listened to the game on radio and have been a Husker fan ever since.
I attended many games in the knothole section and have had season tickets since the 60s. For the past 12 years, I've been living in Colorado. I still fly the Big N flag on game days. I will be in Lincoln for the season opener, God willing.
James "Denver Jim" McClatchey (Denver, Colorado)
Climbing the fence outside the south end zone to get into the games before the athletic office was built. I was ten years old when my buddy and I rode the bus from Havelock to attend my first Husker game. The date was November 23rd, 1963, the day after the Kennedy assassination. It was NU and OU for the Big 8 title and a trip to the Orange Bowl. Bud Wilkinson paced the sidelines and looked worried, while Bob Devaney paced the sidelines and looked smug. There were oranges on the field. We tore down the goalposts and I ran down the field. I got separated from my friend and had to take the bus back to Havelock alone. As I walked in the back door, my mom said, "What were you doing running down the field with that toilet paper?"
My first thought was, "Wow! They DO know everything you do!"
Major Lawrence McCeney "Biff" Jones (Georgians For Nebraska)
The reason I'm a Cornhusker fan is because of the Nebraska connection we former residents carry wherever we go in the world.
Brad Booth, (San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua)
There can be no doubt that I am the biggest fan of NU who doesn't actually live in the states. Huskerpedia is my homepage, my car is red and the license plate reads "HUSKRS" and the plate holder is from UNL. My condo has plenty of art related to Big Red football. My love for the Huskers began the night I saw Tommie Fraiser destroy the Gators...I learned more about the team, the coaches and the people of Nebraska and became hooked.
My dream is to some day come down and see a home game in the promised land.
Terry Collins (Victoria, British Columbia)
Since you mentioned Dana X. Bible, how about the really old-timers like Guy Chamberlain, Verne Lewellen, Dave Nobel and the greatest of them ALL, Ed Weir? They put Nebraska on the football map nationally. All Americans like Sam Francis, Charlie Brock, Lloyd Cardwell and Forrest Behm kept the Huskers great until WWII. We old-timers will always contend, "There Is No Place Like Nebraska"!
Ted Randolph, Class of '51
The Huskers' 1971 team was the best in college football history. What team in college football played AND beat teams ranked #2, #3 and #4 (Oklahoma, Colorado and Alabama) in the FINAL poll!!! Talk about "strength of schedule"! This means that by playing and losing to Nebraska in '71 you got ranked higher than if you never even played them!
Nebraska IS Cornhusker football!
By the way, I still have Husker season football tickets. It's about a 13 hour drive to Lincoln and I manage to get back to several home games each year.
Bill Simic (Minocqua, Wisconsin)
I think you should add to your list:
The Bob Devaney & Tom Osborne 200 Wins celebration in 1984 with Bob Hope as the featured speaker.
And the fact that Nebraska continues to produce great teams even though the home state's population is about the same size as the city of Dallas, Texas.
Shelley Schwarz Dallas, Texas (formerly from Bertrand, NE)
In the 2000 Orange Bowl, Tennessee tried an onside kick with 7 minutes to go (after Husker drives of 97 and 99 yards) because they knew they would never see the ball again.
Scott Pocock (Town Not Listed)
Broderick Thomas, the keys to Memorial Stadium, "Whose House? Our House?" Even though I was like 10 at the time, I will always remember and love that. Before HuskerVision, there was Broderick Thomas!
Jay Saunders (the state of Kansas)
The reason I'm a Husker fan is because the great memories of watching the games with my grandfather. I was 2 when the Huskers beat Oklahoma in the "Game of the Century" in '71. My father, who was working on his Ph. D. at UNL, managed to get a football autographed by that team. When my grandfather passed away, my grandmother gave me the ball.
Bill Baker (Olathe, Kansas)
The look on Gary Barnett's face after #54 on your list! (the last second field goal by Josh Brown to beat the CU in 2000)
Crouch levels the Iowa cornerback in the '99 game.
Holding OU without a touchdown in the rain at Norman in '88.
Mike Rucker's block on Mike Fullman's punt return against K-State in Lincoln in '95.
Wistrom and Rucker sacking Corby Jones to end the '97 ("Miracle In Missouri") game at Mizzou.
Frank Costa picking grass out of his helmet the entire second half against the Blackshirts in the '95 Orange Bowl.
The "deaf applause" for Kenny Walker on Senior Day in '90.
Jeffery Springer (NTL)
Big Red beer before the game and Runzas during the game.
Matt "The Turmanator" Turman at K-State in '94-one start, one win and one important performance in a National Championship year.
Ron Norden (NTL)
How about the heart, determination, and never quit attitude displayed in the '94 Orange Bowl against Florida State? The Huskers were heavy underdogs, people didn't think we belonged. Had some questionable calls gone our way (the phantom "clip" on Cory Dixon's punt return), it would have been 3 straight National Championships.
Aram (from New York)
How about adding the fact that Nebraska hung 63 points on Arizona State and Jake "The Snake" Plummer in the first half in Lincoln in '95?
Hans Johnson (NTL)
The week leading up to the annual battle with the Sooners. I couldn't get the game out of my head all week and the actual game was an excruciating release of bitter-or-sweet emotion depending on the results.
Gifford E. Rogers, Jr. (Detroit, Michigan)
How about adding Steve, The Red Clad Loon, to your list?
Shawn Nelson (Chandler, Arizona)
I'm a Husker fan in California because Grandpa has season tickets and for one great day in the fall, we drive across the plains honking at everyone we see in red, then scream 'til our lungs are gone while counting pancakes and pitches. You see, on every game day, though I might be many miles away and listening to a scratchy radio broadcast while throwing lures at abandoned stumps, our Mighty Huskers provide more than an afternoon's entertainment, they are a link back to every day I have spent with my family from Nebraska and a reminder, as corny as it sounds, of what really drives this great country-PRIDE!!!
Jonathan Kafka (San Jose, California)
Here's one I'll always remember: The '83 Colorado-Husker game in which the Huskers blew open a close game at the half (14-12, I think) by scoring 7 TDs in the 3rd quarter. I don't think the Huskers had a drive longer than 2 1/2 minutes in that quarter.
Jay Schultz (Connecticut Husker Fan)
The security guard hopping up the large steps by the student section while the entire east stadium counted in unison.
The incredible plastic cup chains (now outlawed) from the late 80s and early 90s which erupted spontaneously with a little kid running around with a large stack of used soda cups (it grew to thousands of cups which stretched from the bottom of the stadium to the top and started back again as fans relayed cups like mini-footballs from around the stadium. The event was funny and memorable; it captured the fun-loving spirit of the people of Nebraska).
Kory Barr (Spokane, Washington)
Walking through downtown Lincoln on a Saturday and hearing the game coming from every business (including the women's lingerie department).
Alan Christian (Snoqualmie, Washington-formerly of Seward, NE)
(Alan: Tell me you were just shopping for your wife, right?)
Being at the Holiday Inn in Shreveport, LA and watching the staff and players talk and I mean talk, with my boys. Lannie Hopkins in particular will always be a special person to me because of the time he spent talking to them.
Living in Arkansas and being able to say that "I'm a Husker Fan!" Because no matter how bad it gets, at least I'm not a Razorback fan.
Knowing that a return to dominance is imminent.
Knowing that a return to dominance is imminent.
Hearing people say, "Nebraska Fans are the greatest" even when those people are your opponents.
Tommy Reshel (somewhere in Arkansas)
I thought you might be interested in this story. I am a member of the Northeast Kansas For Nebraska Alumni Chapter. One of our members was on a plane recently with Broderick Thomas. He told our friend that each Blackshirt defender has a mentor this year. Broderick said he was Demorrio Williams' mentor. He asked, "Remember the intensity of the 1995 defense? That's how the 2003 defense is going to play."
Gary McGirr (TNL)
NU heading to the 2002 Rose Bowl and seeing Colorado head coach Gary Barnett cry about it.
Kelby Dickey (Kansas City area)
Charlie Packard from Houston, Texas took exception to my #54 (the NU-CU 2000 game) as the most dramatic Husker home win. He thought the 1970 NU-OU game was more dramatic and then forwarded me a write-up about the '68 Wyoming game won by the Huskers, 13-10, with Paul "Golden Toe" Rogers kicking a 51 yard field goal to win it. I said that while that game was exciting (both Charlie and I were at that game but didn't know each other until now), it still wasn't as dramatic as Josh Brown's last second field goal that beat the Buffs in Lincoln in 2000.
But HD's thinking has changed. And here's why.
What may have been the most important win in Husker history, in both drama and significance, may have been the '68 Husker-Wyoming game.
The dramatic finish was set. The game was tied at 10 (the Huskers had trailed 10-zip) and there were only 21 seconds to go in the game (there was no overtime in those days). Rogers' kick got an assist from Mother Nature that day. Rogers was kicking with the wind (to the north-there was a stiff south wind that without it, the kick likely would have fallen short). Had it not gone through, the Huskers' record that year would have been 5-4-1.
The Huskers had just come off a disappointing 6-4 season in 1967 and there had been serious attempts to get Bob Devaney fired in '68. A 5-4-1 record, while still a winning season, probably would not have saved Devaney's hide. If a new coaching staff had come in, we likely wouldn't have had the two National Championships in '70 and '71, no Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers and his Heisman trophy, and (gasp!) no Tom Osborne. It's an awfully scary thought.
So Charlie, thanks for your "detective" work. The '68 Husker-Wyoming game indeed, may have been the most important victory in Husker history. Thanks for writing.
Charlie Packard (Houston, Texas)
I was a late bloomer as a sports fan in general. College football was last on my list. I was 23 when I became a Husker fan. It was the '96 Fiesta Bowl that hooked me on college football, and most importantly, on the Big Red. I love the running game and I loved overpowering the opposition. Since that '96 game, I've learned a lot about Husker football and I've become an even bigger fan. I was glad to see my neighbors in New Jersey produced such players as Mike Rozier, Irving Fryar and Jammal Lord.
Steven Turaniczo (New York)
Your #97 is incorrect. It should be the '77 Husker-Alabama game.
Johnny Moran (TNL)
Thanks for writing. I knew that...I purposely made the mistake...yeah, that's right...I did that to see if you were paying attention...yeah, that's the ticket!
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