My wife read my article last week
and made the observation "You should tone down all the talk about drinking
before everyone on the internet starts to think you're an alcoholic". After sitting through the
We started off with our best
tailgating position thus far. You
know where that pseudo-campanile sculpture near
We went strictly "keep it simple
stupid" for the tailgating fare this week. Cheese brats, pork burgers, and
regular brats were eaten in massive quantities, while I enjoyed a cooler full of
ice cold Shiner Bock while watching Minnesota/Penn State and Michigan/Michigan State on the ratty old bus TV.
"Bobby" got plenty of attention from bystanders once again, and several
people climbed up on the hood to have their pictures taken with the "grand old
hog of ISU tailgating". We had two
Nebraska fans visiting our group this week (one of them is a family friend of my
brother in law), and best part of the afternoon was watching one of them indulge
in a LITTLE too much Black Velvet and wind up wearing his stomach contents on
his shirt. He was carried onto the
bus and thrown on one of the couches to keep him from spending the night in the
My wife and I got into the stadium
at roughly 6:45, and got to see warm-ups and the National Anthem before
You know what? Screw it. That's all I'm going to write tonight
about our game experience. I've got
some green beans & Mrs. Paul's fish sticks in the oven, and I'd like to
enjoy a good meal while I watch the embarrassing butt whoopin' on the Mediacom
The defense let Nebraska run at will in the first half, but they manned up big time in the second half, forcing four "three and outs" while the offense kept crapping their pants. Tough news for Carper and possibly Raven, but their replacements did good work out there. The last drive did result in a capping touchdown for the Bugeaters, but my first impression (and the replay unfolding right now in front of me) was that our D was trying to strip the ball more than they were trying to make a defensive stop. Just like Charlie Brown, they kept trying to "kick that ball", even though our offense was right there to pull the ball away at the last second every freakin' time.
Keeler's article in the Sunday
Register (BTW, nice job (not) out of the Rag for failing to put the stat lines
in either Sunday or Monday's paper.
I could understand if the final was too late to make it into the Sunday
paper, but come on, why not run it on Monday? Too many articles about TO's
disappointing visit to Philly?
Puh-leeze.) It addressed the fan's disappointment with the offensive pass
interference call on Blythe in the third quarter. Good job with the concept, but to use a
golf metaphor; he lined up and hit a screaming 350 yard drive……………..right into
the parking lot and through the windshield of his own Yugo. I don't know of anyone who doesn't
realize that Blythe uses his hands sometimes, so Keeler's anger towards ISU fans
seems a bit contrived. Especially
when he failed to mention the (righteous) outrage over the officials' failure to
review Flynn's apparent touchdown catch on the next possession. Should we have gotten both calls? No. I figure that if you get 50% of the
calls that are questionable you're doing alright, but considering that every
call during that portion of the game went against us (the calls that "balanced
out the stat sheet" and made it appear that the game was called evenly mostly
happened on that last "mercy score" drive at the end of the game), I'd say that
ISU fans have a reason to gripe about the officiating. Would Flynn's touchdown have given us
the momentum to win the game? No,
but when you change one play, you never know how the rest of the game is going
to unfold after that point.
Nebraska might have taken more chances deep (causing them to score, or
give up an INT), we might have played for field goals late instead of always
going for the end zone, and our defense would have had another reason to keep
Nebraska out of the end zone in the 4th quarter. All in all, I'd have to say that Mr.
Keeler's article gave a good impression of what actually happened in
What is wrong with our offense? I don't know if it's a scheme problem, a personnel problem, a coaching problem, or if God just hates us; but whatever the reason, it's starting to really get me angry.
Jamie Pollard and the Athletic Department did a great job of getting the crowd out for this game, and the fans really stayed with the team. They didn't start leaving in big numbers until it became abundantly clear that our offensive game plan was about as effective as a North Korean ballistic missile. Kudos to you, ISU fan. Keep coming to the games and someday we'll have a full team to cheer for.
I'm going to go now, and I'll have
another "didn't see the game" review for you next week, because I'll be at a
I'll see you out in the lots, Clone fans. Go Cyclones!