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    by Published on 09-17-2013 05:59 AM  Number of Views: 10096 
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    Note:This was written before the Deadspin bomb, which wonít help Pelini, but at first scratch doesnít seem to sway opinions from either side about the most divisive man in Nebraska. The following was not altered.

    The firestorm is raging over defunding the Pelini experiment and Iím sure many have tuned in to read this writerís Affirmative Constructive for this debate, but there are two reasons not to argue this topic.

    One. ...
    by Published on 09-17-2013 01:31 AM     Number of Views: 7597 

    By now, you are familiar with the (NSFW) bomb Deadspin.com dropped on the state of Nebraska, Bo Pelini, and the 2013 season. Having read the article, listened to the audio, and witnessed the media explosion that followed, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the situation. Here are some of my random thoughts as of Monday night:

    You have every right to be pissed off. I was upset when I first heard it. It was unsettling. Disturbing. Hurtful. As Nebraskans and fans, we have a deep pride in the program. Over the years, we've come to expect that our passion will be mocked and ridiculed by outsiders who don't understand what we have and why we treasure it. When the barbs come from some east coast media member or fan of a rival school, it is easy to deflect their words ...
    by Published on 09-16-2013 03:34 PM     Number of Views: 7620 
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    In the wake of Nebraska's ugly 41 - 21 collapse to UCLA, lots of strong statements and opinions were issued by fans, media, and alumni. As one might suspect, most of these opinions were not very positive towards Bo Pelini and his coaching staff.

    But among the millions of opinions spoken, printed, or (in this case) tweeted, one stands out:
    "After letting it sink in for about 4 hours I still struggling. It's time to get rid of the defensive play caller, the Dc, lb dl and db coaches. I hate saying this but this crap is getting old. How in the hell do you not make adjustments or put your players in the position to compete? If this is what is going to happen for the remainder of the season, count me out. I don't care if we lose a game but the way we are losing is just not what #Nebraska fans deserve. I have fought, bled, and cried over this program. I didn't do all that for the program to become what it has today. Time for change!"

    Those are strong words from anybody, but they didn't come from Joe Fan. They came from ...
    by Published on 09-15-2013 02:43 PM     Number of Views: 7272 
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    This Just InÖ
    (U)nderperforming (C)oach (L)oses (A)gain.
    18 point lead evaporates, Huskers squashed 41-21

    Huskers are red, Bruins are blue, our defense is bad, but is our coaching staff too?Ö

    Well that was a head scratcher. Maybe itís to be expected these days. I found myself in the middle of the second quarter pinching myself as our Huskers sprinted out to an 18 point lead. Was our team on the verge of a breakout, blowout win against a ranked opponent? Was it Nebraska on the receiving end of the other teamís misfortunes?

    I guess I pinched myself too hard because when I awoke, I found the same defensive meltdowns ...
    by Published on 09-15-2013 09:53 AM
    Sep 14, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive coordinator John Papuchis and head coach Bo Pelini watch their team during the final minutes of the game against the UCLA Bruins in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. UCLA won 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

    When Bo Pelini did the EPSN car-wash of interviews this summer, he sounded exhausted and unengaged doing Nebraska football's biggest publicity opportunity of the year. My mind went back to December of 2011, where I had thought that Pelini should have hired an elite defensive coordinator to replace his brother ...
    by Published on 09-15-2013 09:51 AM
    Sep 14, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive coordinator John Papuchis and head coach Bo Pelini watch their team during the final minutes of the game against the UCLA Bruins in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. UCLA won 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

    The jury is clearly still out on whether or not Bo Pelini will become a great college head coach. But I am now starting to get the feeling that the jury will have to continue deliberating while Pelini is at another university. Perhaps we will never know. I have always felt that Bo Pelini's matter-of-fact, business-like demeanor was better suited for the NFL. I believe that Bo ...
    by Published on 09-14-2013 04:44 PM
    UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17) runs away from Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Randy Gregory (44) in the third quarter.

    This is hard to say, but it has to be said. Don't buy into the promotional sound bites produced by Bo Pelini and the HuskerVision staff. Right now, Nebraska does not play tough, physical football. In a discouraging 41-21 loss to UCLA Saturday, Nebraska played leaderless football.

    It's puzzling. Nebraska got off to exactly the kind of fast start it indeed to win this game Ė partly because the Huskers benefited from two lucky breaks. The Big ...
    by Published on 09-13-2013 11:07 PM     Number of Views: 1953 
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    Okay...I'm going to talk about something that will be considered trivial by the vast majority* of my readers. I'll completely understand if you want to read something a little more meaningful like this or this.

    *Of course, the last time I wrote about a niche subject like this, it ended up being one of my most read pieces.

    There is a growing controversy among Nebraska football fans. It started during last week's win over Southern Mississippi and has been growing stronger throughout the week. Lines are being drawn. Names are being called. Generations are being divided.

    What could possibly cause such a rift within the "Greatest Fans ...
    by Published on 09-12-2013 11:22 AM     Number of Views: 4102 
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    In the wake of the 56-13 win over Southern MIss, I'm sensing two different opinions on this Cornhusker team:

    1. The rough edges from the first game have been smoothed out, the defense is getting back on track, and the offense is starting to get hot.

    2. This was a nice win, but reserve all judgment until after the UCLA game.


    What amuses (and frustrates) me is that many of the people who believe #1 were the same folks who thought the sky was falling after Wyoming put a big scare into Nebraska in week 1.

    As for me, I'm closer to #2. I believe Nebraska is not as bad as they looked against Wyoming, but not as good as they looked against Southern Miss. The truth of the team - and how far they can go in 2013 - is still unknown. And I doubt the UCLA game will reveal any conclusive answers.

    Let's face it: the defense still has issues. Big issues. Southern Miss has a slightly below average offense (and that's probably being kind), yet they were able to complete passes to ...
    by Published on 09-10-2013 05:15 PM
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    We all know what happened last year when the Huskers took on UCLA in the Rose Bowl. No, not the New Year's Day version but the one in Pasadena last September. The Huskers lost 36-30, and in the process, surrendered 344 rushing and 309 passing yards for an NU opponent record of 653 yards of total offense.

    And unfortunately Husker fans found out that this was
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