There's enough negative threads on the board right now, so how about one that's a little less depressing?
We've all heard about the legendary Husker hospitality, but it actually exceeds any expectations. Here are the 3 worst Nebraska fans I met this weekend in Lincoln, in increasing order of hostility:
3. The guy next to me on the plane to Omaha chatted with me pleasantly for most of the flight, but only wished me a good time in Nebraska, not good luck for the game.
2. A drunk guy at the bar on Friday may have talked some vague trash as he passed. It was loud, so I can't actually confirm he said something negative, but I highly suspect it.
1. An even drunker girl at the same bar poked the block M on my t-shirt fairly roughly and would not let me walk past her for a solid 5 seconds.
How was everyone else's experience in Lincoln? Did anyone manage to find a rude Husker fan???
Nebraska Gameday Experience
There's enough negative threads on the board right now, so how about one that's a little less depressing?
The entire Husker team was rude as hell, they ruined my saturday night.
I heard many racist comments in the crowd directed toward UM players. Granted, it was mostly from about 2 really vocal people, but no one said anything. It was pretty stunning. Really a shame since in general the fan base of Nebraska seemed very welcoming.
Are you serious? The vast majority of the Nebraska team isnt caucasian but you're claiming you were hearing people yelling racial epithets out loud in the stands?
Really? What exactly did you hear?
It's true man. As you said, at one pointed I was yelling out "who do you think is on YOUR team?" Several of the UM fans I was with were giving pushback, which was nice. Disappointed the other N fans didn't provide negative feedback.
I don't believe you.
On a happier note, I thought their fans were quite loud and really well coordinated with the chants and whatnot. Impressive in my opinion.
But maybe it was where we were sitting (sec 10 row 86), other than an occasional go big red or husker nation. We thought they were quiet, especially toward the end. Their band never took the field after the game. The team didn't go to the student section. Just a few things I noticed. A good experience and we will go back. 99% of fans were great
I'm having a bit of a hard time believing it too. I asked specifically what he heard and so far he's avoided answering that question. I have a hard believing that in 2012 people would yell racist comments out in a racially mixed crowd knowing full well that by doing so you are placing a "somebody please punch me and punch me hard" sign on your head.
Not saying it can't happen but I can say that ive never heard racist comments yelled out loud in any sporting event I've ever attended and I've attended a LOT *underline & capitalize the word "lot") of college and pro games in Detroit, Salt Lake City, San Fransisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and Cleveland in every major sport since 1977.
I really don't think I need to repeat. It's fine not to believe me, but why would I lie about it? I went with Nebraska fans from AA and met a ton of nice people there who were very generous, and it's a couple out of 85K that said some bad things; a few bad ones could be found almost anywhere, as has been said. I'll chalk it up to "oh well" and forget it. I didn't mean to cause commotion...
I am not stunned to hear that 2 people were racist in the stadium of X thousand. There are people who could have made racist commments that live down the street from me in Ann Arbor, but it is almost ignorant to chastise or comment on the environment of the stadium by referencing two people.
I remember being at St. Paul for the hockey national championship game a few yrs ago. Every Minnesota or Minnesota Deluth made a rude comment towards me. Every single person. Some people went to get the usher to try and kick out a row of our fans becase we stood too much during the game. If I referenced just that guy, it wouldn't represent their fan base. However, every Minnesota fan treated me in a similar respect, so it provides a clear example to the overall experience.
Did you find every Nebraska fan to be racist?
Moreoever, the people around the 2 could have quitely told them to refrain from making comments, which is what I would have done instead of getting in a shouting match had I been a Nebraska fan.
Racist comments are pathetic. But Michigan fans are not always angels either.
I have never heard racist comments at Michigan stadium. Never. And I've gone to games there since 1982, sitting in numerous sections of the stadium.
I heard a racial slur last week in the student section (i'm a current student too) a couple people looked back nobody said anything. There are tons of studies that show people do not step up to say anything back in those situations. Bad things happen in every fanbase, racism is still alive and well and most people will not say much about it, i'm sorry to burst your bubble but a noose was hung outside one of my friends rooms this year in a dorm, doesn't mean michigan is a bad place, but this thing can and does still happen and i'm not sure why this surprises so many people.
Which is it:
"Many racist comments from the crowd"
"Two really vocal people" ?
The first statement paints a starkly different picture from the second.
It was fucking annoying how on tv they kept showing that damn cornhusker mascot
He's really creepy. Seriously. Not hating, but he makes me uncomfortable.
Um, yeah. You're cool.
EDIT: This was intended for someone else, but looks like the snide comment was removed.
Best post ever
Especially when he was shown in that corn maize
which one you talking about?
The Nebraska turf was very rude to Denard's elbow.
It walks around saying it's the Best Turf in the Nation, but after that cheap shot, I'm not seeing it.
Maybe in a couple of weeks I will feel better, but right now Lincoln and Columbus seem pretty much equivalent.
My experience with Nebraska fans was overwhelmingly positive as well. I'll start with the positives, As we were walking around before and after the game a few people, just walking past, said "welcome to Nebraska" and "Thanks for coming." I had a pleasant conversation with a Husker fan sitting at the table next to me at Dickey's BBQ. Even the drunk guy sitting next to me at the game was only slightly obnoxious, and even that was just of a general and occasional drunken boorishness--nothing negative aimed at Michigan or Michigan fans. I can only think of two negatives (aside from the game, that is). One was a drunken sorority girl type who made some comment about "observing the wildlife" when fans in the section started doing the Blues Brothers song. The other affected Husker and Wolverine fans alike, so it was more just general lack of common courtesy. We were sitting in the upper rows of section 40, and in the last minutes of the game, when Nebraska had the ball fans started heading down the stairs. But things came to a complete standstill because there were fans standing in the exit row watching the game. It did allow one last moment of bonding between Michigan and Nebraska fans though, talking about the selfishness and idiocy of those blocking the exits.
Except for the loss, I had a great time, and they announced the crowd as the second biggest crowd ever, so I guess that says something about Husker fans regarding Michigan, because the Michigan fans were not a huge contingent.
I had a great experience and would love to come back. They are just so nice I was craving to hear a "Fuck Michigan"
Me too. People kept leaning in as we walked down the sidewalk and I was just waiting for something resembling even some good natured trash talk. All I got was "welcome to Nebraska!" It was disconcerting.
The ever so important and obligatory question... Was she cute?
Beat me to the punch. If so, then I don't even see that as a negative
She was, but I'm married, so it does me no good. Hence, negative.
Well that is a negative. Atleast she was attractive though. Better than having a salami finger being pokes in your chest.
Unfortunately, there were at least 5 people within earshot that yelled "Hurt him! Hurt him!" every time Denard had the ball. When he got hurt, that's actually when they broke out a lot of the racist comments. It was ugly, and I was genuinely disappointed. It kind of ruined the whole experience for me.
It's possible that I was in the only section of awful people in the whole place though I guess...
Chances are those 5 people rode in together. You always have bad apples. That is unfortunate and annoying. I can't go to road games anymore until I can learn to control myself... at ND i flipped out on some d-tool who started yelling "Get up, it's FOOTBALL" at Devin Gardner when he dove and slid into the wall in the endzone.
He did apologize though.
Classy way to look at it.
Exactly who I would not like to encounter at a football game
before the game, we heard:
"Welcome to Lincoln."
"Hi folks, nice to see you."
"We're glad you came this far, good luck."
Walking to the stadium, we may have heard someone in a car a block away yell something derogatory, but could have been an Oregon fan listening to satellite radio yelling "TD again, ducks!"
vast majority of people are crazy nice and polite. like well trained customer serivce-but still very pleasant
stadium is old and poorly designed but kind of works. not dirty, not crumbling . concesions are old but lines flow and food is basic but actually high quality.
few drunk people who want to talk trash.
a lot of people who are unknowledgeable complaining about each and evey call aganist braska.
hotel way over priced. good food in lincoln seems hard to come by.
at "The Egg and I" 16th and Q streets; but yeah, restaurant-wise, Lincoln < Ann Arbor,
I managed to be surrounded by the drunk belligerent Husker fans despite being in the visitors section. Outside of the game people were really nice. Poor cell service, crappy beer, nothing to do outside of football, I don't think we'll bother driving through 8hrs of corn again.
It was borderline disconcerting. Almost like a cult, but a football loving cult.
We had some friends and connections. As we moved between a couple of tailgates, people insisted on getting us more beers and food!
We had several encounters with fans eager to discuss their trips to Ann Arbor last year. Seems that everyone looks forward to many more games to come.
We passed a painted bus that had a couple of Michigan dummies made up to look like Denard and Gallon. When we went to take a picture, they flipped us off. That was about the most negative thing that happened.
A the game we had a very loud, engaged female fan who apologized in advance that she would be loud and into the game. I tend to be the same way, and my buddy turned to her and said, "YOU are apologizing to HIM???" The banter and conversation during the game was really friendly. I was disappointed with the result, but the experience was great.
Was the guy in the bar in Thursday that wanted to fight us. Still not entirely sure why. When he shoved a friend the bouncers exited him promptly and the owner if the bar bought us a round because hey wanted to assure us a good time.
As far as the game experience goes,worst thing was the guy behind me that insulted Detroit because 'they shoot people there.' Same guy said Denard 'sucks d***'
They also cheered when one of their own players went down, but I was in the student section and we know how students are
Also, so many ads on the scoreboards.
I was just watching on TV, but I did notice the ads - and also the #HUSKERS thing on the field.
We give Brandon grief for floating those ideas, but a lot of other ADs will simply adopt them without even consulting the fan base. Brandon does at least give us a chance to issue our veto (most of the time anyway).
Was in a bar Thursday night in my Michigan gear of course. Some (I'm guessing drunk) girl came up and hugged me and said "welcome to nebraska." Which was nice of her. Until the girlfriend came back from the bathroom and saw. Then she
judo kicked told her to back off and well I got a stern talking to that night.
With a few minutes to go the place was almost silent, thought it would be crazy loud, not even close. All the fans were great except the 2 guys behind us that did not shut up the whole game and were clueless, taunting fans.
This is the absolute worst thing I heard during the entire trip: at the end of the flight into Omaha, the stewardess wished both of our teams luck, to which the guy sitting next to me replied, "That's wrong! Husker Power!" And that guy was actually pretty cool, because earlier in the flight, he invited me to his buddy's tailgate.
Classiest fans in the Big Ten, hands down. Respect.
Well out of a crowd of 80,000+, roughly 2 dozen a-holes isn't a bad percentage. Look at Columbus, where you have 90,000+ and only 2 dozen decent fans
Any of them express sympathy about what happened to Denard?
The people in front of us said it changed the game completely, and two different fans today told me the same thing and asked about his prognosis I overheard the barista at the coffee shop say Denard looked so sad standing on the sideline, it made her sad. Very nice people here in Lincoln.
In the student section a lot of kids felt bad for Denard, and it actually got very quiet in the stadium. However, most of the time was spent yelling towards the referees instead of any insults towards Michigan fans/players.
Going to be taking this trip every two years. We lucked out with our division - Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis, and Lincoln every other year. Too bad we can't trade East Lansing for Madison.
The most annoying fans were a family of 4 Michigan fans behind us, who spent the last 90 minutes insulting Bellomy and telling everyone around us how screwed we're gonna be next year.
Nebraska fans were unfailingly nice. I was slightly disappointed at the atmosphere at the game - I expected it to be more intense, but it was surprisingly laid-back when it wasn't 3rd down. Still, awesome experience and would absolutely come back.
I was also most annoyed with a group of Michigan fans who was sitting right behind me. These 3 were a walking embodiment of the Walmart Wolverine as envisioned by Sparty. Repeatedly caling Denard a pussy for not coming back into the game was their shining moment.
I went to both games the last two years. Many more neb. fans in ann arbor than michigan fans in lincoln. I had the unfortunate pleasue of sitting next to a neb. fan who was also a spartan grad. He wasn't too horrible but you knew from sitting next to him that something just wasnt right. I think the tailgating is about the worst along with iowa city. Fans overall were nice. I did find it funny though I ran into the same husker fan outside the stadium twice who kept swearing and telling me to take off my michigan jersey. I asked a lot of neb fans last year ( including my father) how they were treated in Ann Arbor, and all of them said michigan fans treated them fine and they liked being in ann arbor. good all around fan experience i think for both fan bases.
I'm worn out from having to smile and say hello to everyone. They kept giving me drinks,too.
Now if I could only get home from the storm, that would be nice...
Poking you in the chest and not letting you pass? You likely could have nailed her... The last girl to poke me in the chest married me.
I suspect you are correct, but my wife wouldn't have been a huge fan of that, especially since she was all of ~10 ft away.
My wife and I were given passes to the Champions Club. Two story building full of TVs and bars. Food was provided by Misty's, great prime rib. We were given lots of free drinks all night before and after the game. Pretty fun time in the lions den.
My experience with Nebraska message posters is that Michigan fans pretend to be them for some reason.
How do we know you are not RDT?
I don't usually post but I can't say enough about how great Lincoln was. The people couldn't have been better and they have a lot of great tradition. Made me appreciate Michigan's lack of advertisments though. They had an ad run on the big screen between every play and every replay. Absoultley incredible environment.
Remember when another visitor comes to our stadium. Treat them with:
Welcome to Michigan
I hope you have a great experience in this town.
Here are some great places to eat..etc
We can all learn from the good example of others
How about we're about to kick your ass?
Only if it's accompanied with a beer.
I believe they are the nicest fan base that I have ever experienced. I was decked out in Michigan stuff so many of them wanted to get pictures with me and all of them asked if I was having a good time. They all wished Michigan luck and thanked us for making the trip to Nebraska. They were concerned about Denard and when the game was over they even came up to me and wished him well and wished us luck for the remainder of the season. The only bad experience sadly was the couple of Michigan fans behind me screaming profanity throughout the first quarter. I actually turned around and asked them to watch their mouths out of respect for others around them and a couple of N fans thanked me for that.
I can't say enough about how nice these people were.
The Stadium was ok but definately not the Big House. The advertising was pretty bad all over the place and it really had an NFL feel to it. The tailgate scene was nothing to write home about either and there did seem to be quite a few Michigan fans there. For some reason they were mostly wearing Blue so they didn't stand out against the red like Maize would have. I always wear Maize for that reason.
Overall it was an amazing experience outside of the results which I feel would have been different if Denard had played. I think we would have likely scored a TD on that drive that he got hurt and I think we would have grinded that game out on them. We had a 21 to 9 minute TOP advantage in the first half. Very Unfortunate that he went down.
I have lived in Nebraska for quite sometime now and I have experienced the gameday atmosphere in Lincoln several times. Generally the fans are very welcoming on game day knowing that all the visiting fans will be leaving the next day.
Living here and not being a Nebraska fan has absolutely been brutal however. They are not as nice during the week. I have literally been told by several fans that if I can't support Nebraska I should just leave the state. I have taken an ungodly amount of crap already today and there is no end insight. I am not one to talk a bunch of crap pre/post game no matter the result.
If you get out of the Omaha/Lincoln area you will run in to some of the most irrational/misinformed fans on Earth. I realize I am pretty biased from years of living behind what I would consider enemy lines.