It'd made a heck of a story.
Downtrodden Husker team,
It would indeed make a heck of a story, but it's one that has been written already, 45 years ago.
It was 1959,
It was Bud Wilkinson versus Bill Jennings.
Yeah, not exeactly a spine-tingling match up. In fact, during Jenning's 5 years with the Huskers, he won 15 games, tied once and lost 34 times.
I'm sure that whatever media
there was building up to this game had
Ok, maybe not quite as much as they are now.
It was a down time, at least for OU and as they say, the timing couldn't have been more perfect, thus the upset took place.
Fast-forward to today and first
thing is first, this
Oh, and they are undefeated and ranked second in the country.
Then, there's the Huskers. A
record that at least percentage-wise is worse than that of the Big Red team from
the late-50s and to watch them play, you'd think that the heavy-footed style of
the early to mid post modern era was almost a doppelganger of
Face it, it's not pretty. Forget
the fact that you don't even know which
It's a team that is sub par in
overall talent, often below sub-par when it comes to actually playing the game
with a little verve and there's nobody outside of South stadium that think
Sounds like an upset to me.
Ok, hold on a second. Sorry, was laughing so hard I couldn't type.
Yeah, this isn't a fairy tale in the making. Even the diehard homer Husker fan isn't looking at this game as anything more than an opportunity to find yourself on the wrong end of yet another butt-kicking, this one though a payback for a few the Huskers dished out to others.
You just had to know it was going to come back one day. You had to think to yourself that it just wasn't right to hang 70 on our greatest rival mainly because that sooner or later, they would be in position to return the favor.
The time is now, as they say and I can safely state for now at least, that there has never been a more opportune time for the Sooners to not just beat NU, but throttle them
until they have all gone mad at the sound of hearing "Boomer Sooner" for the forty-fifth time.
OU can complete passes galore, NU
can't stop even
OU can't defend the pass real well and have been burned by mobile quarterbacks all year. It's too bad NU can't pass and NU QB, Joe Dailey who actually is mobile isn't allowed to be that, thus you get runs out of bounds two yards from getting a first down.
This is it. There's no argument
here. It's a final before the game has even begun. There is no way, not in any
fashion or anything short of an act of God that can bring NU a win in
So, since it's impossible,
That's right. Screw the moral
victories. Forget about keeping it close. Actually go into
Maybe that will light a fire
under a team that has been hot and cold all year. They have talked about energy
and at times showed little to none. They have talked about emotion, but at times
have been almost stoic in their play. There won't be a finer stage than
What better time to prove the old saying that games aren't played on paper, they are won or lost on the field.
It would be sad to think that they've lost even before they have arrived.
Maybe it's the dreamer in me that thinks history can repeat itself. Maybe it's that part within my being that says these kinds of upsets can and do happen all the time. The thing is, this is the first time in my life that I have ever known NU to be such a dramatic favorite to get their butt kicked, going away.
It makes me think of strange things, like that somewhere, somehow there's a miracle waiting to happen and if the stars are aligned correctly, the moon is sitting just so, NU can go into Norman and come out the better.
Yeah, I know. I need to stop inhaling gasoline. I know that the Huskers can't win. I know that before that game has barely begun, realistically, it will probably be over. You'll probably need a calculator to add the scores OU puts up as the game progresses. You'll probably need a bucket for the drool that's going to be churning out of Bo Pelini's mouth. And, when sportscenter is shown that night, it will be an afterthought, just a quick recap of the game and only because OU is so highly ranked.
They just weren't playing a very good team.
That's Nebraksa 2004 and that is the harsh reality. And, this game isn't going to be pretty.
What if, though? What if NU had fire throughout the entire game? What if they didn't go through one of their now patented lapses in tackling effectiveness? What if Joe Dailey could hit the open man?
It makes you wonder, because a game like this always sparks some thoughts. After all, this is a rivalry, right? This is one of those games where you are supposed to throw out the records and everyone just throws down and goes at it for a full 4 and 60.
Who's to say and it's only Husker fans that can even ponder the impossible, but that's what makes them indeed fans.
It's about thinking of what can't be done. Pondering the impossible and wondering just what would happen if such and such occurred.
waiting around in
I can't say
that I think
We have seen
some pretty cooky things happen in this great game of sports. Some pretty
unbelievable upsets, even just this year. Baylorover the Aggies
It probably won't be this time, but call it the homer in me, it's always nice to sit back and think ‘what if'.
Ok, now back to my can of gasoline.