I know it's Ohio week and Nebraska is in the rearview mirror, but after re-watching the every snap videos, I'm once again very impressed by the class of the Nebraska team. I can't recall any other team in the last few years we've played that so frequently helped our players off the ground after a tackle, acknowledged our good plays, and generally carried themselves in a way that the B1G should be proud off. When our players ran out of bounds on the Nebraska sideline, they would get a tap on the helmet from one of the Nebraska coaches. It's especially impressive in a game in which I'm sure the entire team was very frustrated. I've had the same experience with Nebraska fans I've met. After the MSU game, it was quite a breath of fresh air. Thanks, Huskers, for doing it the right way. I look forward to a long and competitve rivalry.
Class of the Nebraska Team
I thought the same thing. On one play in particular, the tackler lent a hand to our downed player. Really nice to see that level of conduct from players. Glad the B1G can be represented by fine people like that.
Let's be honest with ourselves. Great rivalries aren't born of kindness and mutual respect, they are born of hatred and anger stemming from past slights and treacherous behaviors. Kindness and respect don't really lead to that place.
Getting to Lincoln from anywhere else in civilization is a real pain in the ass. Flights into Omaha are limited and often cost through the roof when big games are approaching. The rest of the conference needs to chip in and build a landing strip in Lincoln so the rest of us can put some dent in their home field advantage.
It is time our North Campus brethren geared up work on the first serviceable molecular transporter.
We'll get right on the molecular transporter project after we practice these three etudes, four orchestral excerpts, and work at Qdoba to make ends meet :-)
Shhhh! It was supposed to be a surprise!
At least according to Brent Musberger
An Rv and caravan out there with friends and family. Make a weekend out of it. I'm more excited for the trip to Lincoln from here Denver than I've been in a long time. A bunch of old buddies who still live in Michigan are flying out to make the drive. Gonna be a hell of a weekend.
The California Zephyr goes right through Lincoln. Granted it's around Midnight...but still.
There is an aiport in Lincoln. The runway is 12,000 feet long (the same as the longest runway at DTW) and was intended as an emergency airfield for the Space Shuttle. Unfortunately, due to airline budget cuts, you can only fly to Denver, Minneapolis, and Chicago from Lincoln.
Delta flies out of Omaha/uses it as a commuter stop, and I know another major airline (can't recall if it's Delta or another) definitely flies through Lincoln--but I think you're right re: the connectors for Lincoln. I have very recently flown there (past year) and I have had visitors coming from both airports to my local, albeit relatively regional airport. The flights aren't incredibly well priced, but they're not too unreasonable considering the price of airfare these days.
we go from classy to classless. beat ohio
I know Michigan fans are supposed to be "arrogant" - but I think we, as a fanbase, are quite reasonable and well behaved. Although I am sure there are enough stupid sentient beings as well.
Just based on my casual interaction with people, Ohio fans come across as abrasive/drugged/drunk, Spartans always behave true to the inferiority complex, Badgers are quite self absorbed (in a good way, don't much care for the rest of the world, except Minnesota), Northwestern behaves true to a superiority complex (academics). Have not come across enough of other fan bases in Chicagoland area. Just my personal impressions.
From my experience walking around, the Iowa fans hitting up the Iowa bar in San Diego are fairly laid back. Very non-confrontational.
Illinois fans (a few of my friends are Illinois alums) are basically harmless. They know their place in the Big 10 pecking order and like Cubs fans (unfortunately, I'm one of those), they are pessimistic about their chances in big games.
Does Indiana or Purdue have any fans? I don't know.
And I'm shocked you haven't met either a) overconfident Notre Dame fan who thinks they should win every game and the other teams/refs cheat or b) angry Notre Dame fan who bemoans the fact they don't win the NC every year and blames the coach/players/etc.
Both have "fans." At Purdue and Indiana the students generally get up tailgate/drink then head to nap once the game starts. The adults drink and go to the game. They obviously want to win, but hardly notice, pay attention when they lose. If they beat your team (especially if you're a Michigan/OSU) they'll let you know it as if you've been talking smack to them for ages. They only really seem to get up for a game when they play each other. This is more so due to the fact that each fanbase has many friends/family that went to the other school.
Where are you in Chicagoland where you run into Wisconsin fans regularly but not Iowa fans? In my neck of the suburbs there are a good amount of Iowa fans, but hardly any Wisconsin, at least as far as high school went.
Having my car break down in Neb many years ago, you could NOT find a nicer and more helpful people. Great to see this from three team, Class.
Car broke down in North Platte on my way to Steamboat when I was young and poor. Made it to the exit and put on my flashers. Three folks stopped to help before I could pop the hood.
On another note, It's an interesting contrast between the way Pellini and Dantonio operate their squads. They have more or less the same heritage, but one of these things is not like the other.
During the game I noticed Alfonzo Dennard (cb #15) helping our players up a few times. Something I would not expect from the opposing team's "star" player.
We have room on our plate for a mutually respectful but highly competitive Big Ten rivalry, and Nebraska seems perfect for this. I'm thrilled to have them in the conference.
I noticed one play where a Nebraska guy seemed to shove Denard after they were out of bounds. He may have said something to Denard, not sure about that, but Denard patted him on the helmet as if to say no problem it's cool. Very unusual given some of our other rivalries.
Also there was a post here after the game from a Nebraska fan that was one of the classiest, nicest things I've ever seen. She said she was at the game and it was a great experience, the ushers were nice, Denard and Fitz were phenomenal, the defense shut down Nebraska like no one else has, and wished us luck beating Ohio.
Welcome aboard Nebraska!
All this respect is cool. I wonder if it will last through situations where this game means more. Maybe.
or if we lose :P
This game was nebraska's only hope of making the B1G Championship game so I'm pretty sure it meant a lot to both teams.
You mean they did not try to turn our quarterback into a quadrapalegic? Or maybe they did but they were very nice about it. I just assume that is normal behavior based on the actions of our existing rivals.
That's the point: it's totally abnormal behavior, given our rivals. The guy gave Denard a shove (and not much of one at that) and he seemed… actually… apologetic?! I could be reading too much into it but as the OP and others have noted it seemed to be going on throughout the game. When we've been dealing with Ohio and MSU for decades, decent sportsmanship is shocking.
I actually went onto Big Red Network and commented on how classy the fans were. I didn't mention the players but should have because you are right. This can stay as classy as we make it. I would love to see a team act like total dicks with us and have our players be the total opposite. My job sometimes puts me in a position where some people can be totally obnoxious asses. The calmer and nicer I "act", the more pissed off they become........it's kind of fun.
William Gholston watched the highlights, and was thoroughly confused.
Who is this William Gholston? Does he have any relation to Tom Gholston by any chance?
Tom Gholston is his drunk uncle from Rose City.
Second rival. Classy. Real history not Rudy. Just cause we want, why not? They play hard and so will Hoke teams.
I agree Nebraska can be our second rival. I see them as your best friend from elementary school that ends up on a rival high school team.
Second rival? Did ND, MSU, and Minnesota just spontaneously combust? Did the Alaska polar bear fighter pilot have something to do with this?
Let them jin the Big Ten or leave the Big 10's schedule. This pandering to them has gone on for far too long.
Did ND, MSU, and Minnesota just spontaneously combust?
I think Minnesota's spontaneous combustion occurred about 50 years ago. Other than having a cool trophy, that game isn't even remotely close to being a rivalry.
...and it seems that the behavior of the players has improved quite a bit since the Icognito/Callahan era and the Missouri spitting allegations. But then again, it's not going to be that friendly. Pellini obliquely accused us of faking injuries in order to control the tempo of the game, and the Cornhusker media is all over it (http://huskerextra.com/sports/football/article_df0849b7-2676-50af-bfd3-e17d3d07cdd6.html).
That was an Oscar-worthy performance by their punter on our punt block.
Going from MSU and OSU couldn't be more different. No Whiskey tango, Nebraska fans are polite and smart about football. I was very impressed with their fans.
...you should meet some South Dakotans. They're like the Mister Rogers of America.
As a native South Dakotan, I, and both of the other residents of the state, thank you for commending our friendliness.
It appears that all three of us are MGoBlog users (speaking for my brother and I, both SoDak raised, grass-fed). Uncanny.
They had a guy on the sidelines whom everyone was calling "Sue." I don't know why you'd name a boy "Sue" but he seemed like quite a gentleman. I saw him again the next day and he was trying to give bear hugs to the visiting team every 20 to 40 seconds or so. What a nice guy, that boy named Sue.
Good thing there were no QB's around when "Sue" was. He might have been find for coughing them up....just kidding. Great player, even though I'm not a Lions fan.
Every fan we encountered at the game was very nice as well.. I did get one report from someone who's father played on Nebraska's team and is now in NU's hall of fame. He generally didn't like michigan before hand, and his report of his trip to the stadium was that we are the most disgusting classless fans he has ever encountered..
I lol'ed quite a bit, when his biggest complaint was that we were classless for booing the team as Nebraska entered the stadium...
Not sure how many sporting events he has attended, but just about every away team get's booed..
Then he says tons of people kept saying "fuck you" to him and his friends which i doubt
I too was impressed with the Nebraska team and coaches. They played the game like too few do today. I wish more teams could play with competitive fire without making complete asses of themselves. Looking at you, Sparty...
Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl about 20 years ago. They haven'c changed, they have always been a classy program. Great addition to the Big Ten.
but it seems to me that toward the end of Osborne's career he started to "Switzer it up" a little. That Fiesta Bowl team bathed in steriods and I think we all remember Frosty the Snow Job. All that said, I couldn't agree more about the board's opinion about how Neb's fans and team conducted themselves.
I posted about this in the open thread on gameday, I was very impressed with that too. I liked how they would stick it to you then help you up, this is the way the game should be played. I noticed our guys doing the same in return, I loved how Denard and Teo did it in the UTL game too. It shows dignity and respect. I get so sick of seeing a guy tackle someone then want praised for it. That is one of the reasons I hate the NFL.
Though in all honestly, even Big 12 wouldn't want MSU
kewl thread to post. with all the garbage spewed about in college football it is nice to hear some positive stuff once in a while.
sportsmanship: its a place we all should start.
good job Mr. Poster. finest kind.
I was impressed with those I ran into both before and after the game. The only ahole i saw was Pellini.
Not to detract from the positivity of the thread too much, as I agree that most Nebraska fans I've run into -- especially the ones who travel to games -- have been very nice, but as a Colorado alum, I feel obligated to note that they are not always quite so classy (not that our players and fans haven't had their moments too). An example from an SI story about the 1990 game:
"There were signs of residual ugliness from last year's contest, a 27-21 victory for the Buffaloes in Boulder as they rode a swell of emotion following the death from cancer of quarterback Sal Aunese. At the time, the Buffaloes had been enraged at remarks by Cornhusker linebacker Jeff Mills, who implied that Colorado was using the tragedy to its advantage. This year, motorists from Colorado were treated to this tasteless piece of graffiti painted across two lanes of Interstate 80 just beyond the state line: SAL IS DEAD. GO BIG RED."