Shooting Point Blank

With Nebraska finishing a football season with a losing record for the first time in a long time, what is really ahead for the Big Red Machine? Are things really as dire as they seem or is the future a little brighter than some have made it out to be?

I suppose you can take this as a bit of an extension from what's been said in my recent Blog pieces along with random musings in and out of the chat room.  I've been called a lot of things during my career as a fan of the University of Nebraska.  I've been called blind, incompetent, a Pollyanna, thoughtless, gutless and useless.  Thing is, the only opinion I can offer is my own.  Ever since my days in my high school's debate class, I learned that you can only present the opinion you truly believe in and attempt to help others understand your beliefs.  Perhaps at that point, you will find yourself open to all of the ideas and possibilities around you and, thusly, open to the truth.


Now, you may be asking what this has to do with the University of Nebraska.  I caught some of the Home Depot awards show early in the morning at around 3:00 a.m. and it got me thinking.  More to the point, the shots of Bill Callahan and the team at the time from April got me thinking.  Despite all of the malice that has been pointed at the program, the coaches, the players, I've never had a moment where I've wanted to waver or hide my true colors.  I go into work every day with an "N" somewhere on my attire, so naturally I become a target for some good-natured or even malicious ribbing.  That said, I still take a lot of pride in what's going on down in Lincoln.


I suppose that this is a bit of a thank you to all of the folks who have taken the time to work towards the major undertaking going on down I-80 way.  I've always been the kind of guy who was a more "big picture" type.  Some folks can only really see what's going on day to day and that's just fine because honestly, without them, what I do wouldn't really accomplish much.  Many of you have seen the fruits of the efforts made by Bill Callahan and his staff in the recruiting class thus far.  It is my firm belief that this will continue not only towards February 2005 and the eventual signing day for high school seniors, but beyond that into future classes.


I never liked to lose, I never really have, honestly.  The thing about me wasn't that I'd lose but rather how I would lose.  Different people deal with it in different ways, but the way I always looked at a game was one of two ways: 1. We win, we take pride in what we did right and enjoy the fact that we've put forward so much effort which produced a solid win or 2. We lost, okay, what do we have to do to get better?  Many of you who have spoken to me know that I subscribe to the theory that talent on the whole hasn't quite been to the standard that we've enjoyed during our most fruitful periods.  That's a situation that I feel is being rectified as we speak and as you can plainly see.


I see a lot of positives from the current staff, some things that could be tweaked, too, but the majority of it is positive.  I like Bill Callahan and honestly, I think that his version of the West Coast Offense could be a really cool thing to see once the pieces of the puzzle are in place.  Suffice it to say that as one of the lucky folks who gets to cover the future of the program, I am excited about what I have seen and heard.  I truly find myself giddy at times over what I believe the future will hold for the University of Nebraska and her fans. 


I think that Charles Myers put it best regarding how I, and others, feel regarding the program and its current state.  "When our team isn't doing well, that's not the time to give them hell, that's the time to stand up and support them."  Of course, it helps that I tend to be a rather patient guy, but in the end, I think the hands are going to wave after many a touchdown and the scoreboard will light up like a pinball machine on Friday night.  So, much like Charles and his wife, I am choosing to stand up.

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