It must be said at the outset that these thoughts come from someone who owns a Big Eight Conference T-shirt. It is comfortable and worn occasionally during gardening work, which has more time left this Saturday in particular.
I love this old logo. It takes me back to my youth, and I honestly think about Saturday afternoon basketball games and Studio 66 halftime shows with Doug Bell as much as I do old-fashioned football games every time I do. see. Of course, I can also imagine the old Big Eight rankings in the newspaper and some of the 1970s and 80s-style mascot logos. Even today, I remain curious about what Oklahoma is doing on a Saturday. fall, or the state of Iowa or the state of Kansas.
This is also where my nostalgia ends. Even during weeks like this where the Huskers pushed for an opportunity to play ball and the league still refused. To that I say push back hard. In the field.
All right, let’s stop at this corner for a moment. What an affront to our sensibilities, right? Well, not ours. But I guess it bothered the same crew who have the same group thought holds made for clicks and sound bites. Different opinions coming from outside our Husker bubble are welcome here, as are harsh criticisms for any Big Boy program. But a lot of it seemed to become more for the show and knowing that Nebraska fans are passionate enough to vigorously respond to the same overcooked take that was written a month or two ago.
For a program, some experts say that no one cares anymore, a lot of words are certainly devoted to it.
Never mind, Nebraska’s alleged villainous behavior is based purely on the Huskers wanting to give their student-athletes who have sacrificed a whole lot for months another game to play. I don’t want to be too poetic about this. Losing a week of football isn’t the biggest blow in the world, especially with the prospect this season’s obstacles and COVID-19 present. But excuse the loyal Husker for being on the defensive against those who continually denounce their team just because they are trying to find ways to play. Nebraska offered an option for an opponent and asked if it could be done. (By the way, you’d better have an opponent’s option and some things in place before you submit a legitimate request in such a short period of time. If not, how can you get someone to sign it? ?) arrives, the Huskers continued without any footing for those who read the statement yesterday.
Nebraska officials said they respected the decision and “are delighted to move forward with preparations for the remainder of the season.” I wouldn’t call it too dramatic or the continuation of a big public water balloon battle. But everyone has a copy to write, and what was given was enough to keep words flowing.
Granted, aren’t there much bigger questions you could get worked up about this season? Like the volatile Big Ten decision-making over the past few months and the lack of flexibility their revised schedule has lost? Or, could I say, uncontested?
I don’t envy anyone having to make really tough calls during this strange situation. But it wasn’t exactly the top leadership that was displayed at any point in this process, including any sort of response from Kevin Warren or B1G about the situation in Wisconsin that called Saturday’s game off. You also wonder how much of a say Warren really has. Aside from a tweet from the Big Ten showing the Week 2 clashes, not counting Nebraska-Wisconsin, you would have thought the game was still on since they ended. Some foreigners might not like Nebraska, but the Huskers have been ahead of the curve, not late like the conference leadership has been, and I would say they have a better plan. test in place only for any sports operation.
Bottom line: The Huskers could have played football on Saturday in as safe a test situation as any game across the country.
So naturally Nebraska fans are PO with the Big Ten leadership and I’m sure it’s the other way around – but not all of the Big Ten leaders, with Ohio State and Michigan in the less supposedly in the Husker corner to play. Now, living here for most of my life, I know full well what conversations this is leading us to: many don’t think Nebraska and the Big Ten are suitable. There is certainly ammunition to this argument at the moment. I would sip my drink while you talked about it, and nod my head.
But I’m also of the opinion that wherever you play from now on, life will never seem as picturesque as those Big Eight days. This will not be the case. I remember the summer of 2010 well, and the steam coming out of the ears of Husker fans with the Big 12, especially Texas. To date, I believe it was the right decision for Nebraska both financially and given the changes in the terrain that were occurring with the conference realignment at the time.
People tend to forget this, but there were people in K-State and Iowa State who worried about being left out in the cold with no Big 12 at all, and outside watching Power-Five lectures. . The Huskers put armor around them when they made this move. Now that the Big 12 is still standing, it’s easy to have a revisionist story and say, “Well, that was a mistake.” Lazily accepted accounts failing to accurately recall the situation in 2010 lead to this. When Nebraska and the Big Ten made a bold move together, the former League of Huskers was on the brink.
So the Huskers are here now. Win here now.
Has it been jerky? Not always in my mind, but yes. Much more since the recent change in leadership of the Big Ten, if we’re honest, and perhaps this unprecedented situation has just drawn attention to the fact that Nebraska athletics and its supporters have always had a spirit. independent. Meanwhile, this conference might be more about getting your hands in the clique and saying “B1G” of 3. I don’t think it’s that easy either. Nothing is yet.
It might be a misreading of the situation, but I also think there are probably more Big Ten athletic directors, and certainly coaches and athletes, closer to Nebraska than some. of those headlines don’t suggest it. It’s just not as easy of a story to grab and put in 1,000 words, like building a Nebraska-Big Ten feud. Plus those clicks, man. And not many people without the influence of someone like Ryan Day are going to say out loud what other people think about Big Ten decision making.
Here’s another thing, and this is where some of you will part ways with me: I’m no longer nostalgic watching Big 12 football. Not in a while. It also doesn’t get quite the same attention from the league that Nebraska is in now. The Big Ten, and the way the divisions are set up, provides the right competitive space for Nebraska to try to rebuild itself.
And frankly, now is not the time to go away. Want to make the critics laugh more? Vanish. So don’t do it. To defend oneself. Not to mention, this is a time when the Huskers actually seem to be creating the right look in the trenches to hold up in this league of great players, something they have sorely missed for years.
Every Nebraska hot take seems premised on the idea that the Huskers are going to stay in quicksand. Obviously, Scott Frost and his team think differently. They love their last two recruiting courses. They are bigger. They could be better. A game against Ohio State did not return a verdict in either case. The list is tough in 2020, but the first Saturday of Big Ten football showed anything can happen.
Nebraska’s best response to everything that has happened this week doesn’t have to be a dramatic quote, but rather be prepared to play a little against Northwestern on November 7 in the shadow of those Big Ten offices. Go put a “W” in your pocket, then start collecting more. No retort can carry more weight than that.
OK, back to the construction projects.