15 Year Member
2012 HM Awards: Post of the year
State of the Union meets Groundhogs day.. coincidence?
This is an ironic juxtaposition of events.
One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication.
The other involves a groundhog.
How can we sum up the coaching issues? (RedPhoenix is nominee)
Interesting that no one was able to refute any of the coaching issues. Apparently, we have a fan base that is content with losing 4 games per year...that's fair enough...for many to have low standards for our football program.
We can't refute something that doesn't exist.
Obama lies about increasing taxes on everyone?
That is simply a false choice. Only one justice out of nine believed that the constitutionality of the mandate derived from the authority to tax. Two appellate courts had previously determined that the mandate was not a tax. The four liberal justices believed that the authority derived from the commerce clause, but signed off on Roberts' opinion to keep the ACA legal. All nine justices believed the mandate was not a tax for purposes of the anti-injunction act.
Roberts clearly handed Republicans a nice talking point by saying that the mandate is derived from the authority to tax. But to say that means Obama is either a liar or incompetent is ridiculous. This was a decision that was ground breaking in many ways, and Obama was neither lying or incompetent for believing the mandate was a penalty rather than a tax. In any event, people who are responsible and do not wish to be free-loaders have it in their power to avoid having their taxes raised by Obama ... all they have to do is what they should have done in the first place, and that is buy health insurance so they won't be in the position of having to force others to pay for their own health care.
What it means to be a Husker
I've been re-reading the book What It Means To Be A Husker by Tom Osborne (and many Husker greats). Yes, it's a wonderful book full of past players (going back to the 20's) talking about the games and plays that stand out most in their minds, so you can certainly read it just for that.
The power in the book is noted in the title - what it means to be a Husker. What it meant, in that time and place, for that person, to be a Husker.
You read about the Depression from Forrest Behm - who graduated from High School early because his school didn't have the money for all the students. He worked at a telephone company digging holes and attended UNL and tried out for the team because his friends thought it would be fun. No helmet and he broke his nose in the first game he played in. The coach was Biff Jones. He also talks about race relations at the U and in football. "I remember walking down the street and seeing the president of my high school class, who was black. I asked him, "Why don't you come out for football?" He told me he was too busy with his studies and so forth. We had no racial problems in Nebraska then, but what I realized much later was that he hadn't come out for the team because Oklahoma and Kansas and other teams wouldn't play us if we had black players." All this is packed into 5 pages of Behm's chapter. There 48 more personal stories by other well known Husker players.
You can map the changes in the game. When they started wearing helmets. Why Nebraska was proud to not have been invited to a bowl game -ever. When players no longer played both sides of the ball. Changes in coaches, changes in the game, changes in attitude, changes in recruiting. Changes in our country. But always...they talk about what it means to be a Husker and how that affected their lives. And they talk about football.
I know from a fan perspective what it means to be a Husker.
I'm fine if well meaning, but misguided, people call me a fanatic when it comes to the Huskers. When I started dating my husband I told him it was ok that he was an atheist, but he had to convert to the One True Faith of Husker football. He was amenable to that. After the Miracle in Missouri, and the miracle that happened on the floor in front of the TV to celebrate after the game, he was even more amenable. After the pilgrimage to Memorial stadium, he was a true believer, so the marriage was on. The marriage has been a happy one as it is based in shared core beliefs - that this year, this year, we'll play for the championship. Or at least a decent bowl game.
It means I want my team to win, but win or lose, it's about how the game is played. In The Deed, The Glory. That's how I try to live my life and I'm not the only Husker who takes inspiration from that inscription. Husker fans are known for being good sports. It's become a legend. What non-Huskers don't know is how much we care for one another. How deep the bond is between Husker fans. How we find each other all across the country.
If I'm at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival on a Fall Saturday I know I'll hear, "Gooooooo Biiiiiiiiiig Reeeeeeeeeeeed" coming from somewhere in the crowd. I also know I'll hear, coming from various points around me, "GO BIG RED!" back. And then we smile and nod at one another and chat a bit about who's injured, what we hope to see, and what the other team's players have been doing. I've had that happen at Oktoberfests, amusement parks, tradeshows, and the Mall of America. We find each other. There's a bond. It's like a more expansive way of waving at each other on a dirt road or a flat highway.
We find each other on social media and sports bars. We celebrate and mourn with Husker fans we may have never met in person or only see on the bar stool three down from us on game day. Weddings, funerals, new babies, new jobs, divorces, and graduations. We've donated to each others causes and prayed for each other and helped each other financially and emotionally. It's the 2012 version of being neighborly. In the deed, the glory.
So while I was greatly moved and fascinated by reading the book What It Means To Be A Husker and those guys were football greats living a life none of us will live - so much of what they wrote about and the emotions they expressed are expressed and lived by my fellow Husker fans. No matter where you live, if you are a Husker, you are in Nebraska. And there's no place like Nebraska.
Go Big Red.
Romney accused of cheating during debate (Chitownhusker is the nomination)
You don't blow your nose with the hankerchief you keep in your breast pocket, which is decorative rather than functional. You would expect that even liberals would know this, even if they don't have the opportunity to wear suits all that often.
Obama's Win turning to Anger, Get Ready Congress
Yep...it's pushed me away. The I'm going to take my ball and go home attitude stonewalled a lot of things during Obama's first term and may do the same the second term. Granted, that doesn't mean the Dems get to run all over the Pubs...it would be awesome if they quit acting like Dems and Pubs and started acting like Americans...or better yet, decent human beings