Thursday, August 16, 2007

Sea of Red

The Real Deal


Since I moved back to Nebraska from Seattle, I have acclimatized to the attitude I get from non-Nebraskans about the state where I reside. I'm a big boy, so I can handle the crap, but at times I feel obliged to give back. This is one of those times.

No matter where you are in the world, you will not find more loyal, intense or crazed football fans than in Nebraska. There exist no greater fans in all of college sports than Nebraska fans. Do you want proof? Check out this article from the Kansas City star about the upcoming Nebraska at Missouri football game in October.

It's one thing for a team to sell out 282 consecuctive home games when their stadium seats 80,000 people. Nebraska has done this year after year. On game day, Memorial Stadium is larger than every other city in Nebraska except Omaha and Lincoln. It's larger than any city in the entire state of Wyoming. Love the Huskers or hate the Huskers, that's pretty damned impressive. People can say it's because we have nothing better to do out here, but I will remind you that as long as you have a mom and a sister, I will have something to do.

What's more impressive, and what the above cited article refers to specifically, is the experience that many teams have had when Nebraska comes to town. Notre Dame in 2000. USC in 2006. Major teams with giant fan bases and home games against Nebraska who are nearly outnumbered in their home stadiums! No other team can pull this sort of thing off. It makes me proud that our team forces opposing fans to take drastic steps to prevent us from turning their home stadium into a Nebraska annex. That is top shelf.

6 comments:

Lord Bling said...

I don't doubt the voracity of their fans. Then again, if there were anything else to do in the state besides drink and watch football...

Ryan the Angry Midget said...

Says the guy from Texas. Did you come up with that all by yourself?

kj said...

I would have to say Tennessee football fans are a bit more crazy than the Nebraska fans. But then, it is another state where there is nothing else to do but watch the VOLs and drink....those southern good ol boys are crazy!

miles said...

Bugeaters are repressed homosexuals.

Lord Bling said...

Midge, while you were thinking of a witty response, I was out enjoying life in a big city ... even if it IS one in Texas.

Ryan the Angry Midget said...

Is that why I am always calling people fags and hiding my love for ballet?