Oh, How The Mighty Have Fallen
I expect to get a lot of grief from this post, but what I have to say is important, so bear with me...
There's a lot of trouble going on in the world: wars and rumors of wars, natural disasters, and various and asundry examples of man's inhumanity to man. For us farm boys from Nebraska, though, all of this tends to goes away when fall comes, and we focus on what's really important: Nebraska football.
Nebraska climbed to 4-0 this weekend with an exciting 27-20 double overtime win over Iowa State, who was ranked 23rd at the time. You might expect me to hoot and holler over such a result -- if you do, it just means you haven't interacted with 'Husker fans very much. This season has been turning into a horrible nightmare for many Nebraska fans, and I'll tell you why.
You see, this is the 14th straight time we've beaten Iowa State in Lincoln, and the all-time series record is now 82-16-2 in Nebraska's favor. The fact that the game was close at all is just a further example of the depths to which NU football has fallen since we moved away from an option offense to the "West Toast Offense" that the evil NU Athletic Director, Satan, has forced on us.
Before this game, NU ranked something like 107th in the country in total offense -- this was after games against Maine, Extreme Northwest Wake Forest State Teacher's College for the Blind, and Pittsburgh. The Nebraska that I grew up with and loved would routinely run for 500 or 600 yards against teams like Iowa State.
Some people like exciting football games -- my Mom is one of them. I like exciting games, too, as long as they don't involve Nebraska. I like to see 'Husker games where the opponent leaves a demoralized, broken shell of a team. I like to see games against Iowa State like we had in 1997, when the score was 63-7 -- at the end of the first half. I like to see NU win National Championship games by 38 points. I long for a return to the times when NU went 60-3 in a five year stretch in the 90s and people complained because we didn't make it to the National Championship game in 1996.
It's not easy to satisfy a Nebraska fan...