Now that we are part of the Big Ten its pretty obvious to see (region wise) why you accepted our application. I have never really considered us a "western state." We are more southern than anything although if you take a look at our flag it doesn't really show it unlike Miss, Alabama and Arkansas lol. I like this choice because I feel like in a way our state is a Mid Western state. It borders Iowa, is northwest of Missouri and is closer traveling distance for some of the big northern schools in the Big Ten like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan etc. And because Lincoln borders Iowa so well yall can get here sooner! Though I will warn you come games when we are away we will flock to your stadiums lol we travel where ever the team plays and set up the red and cream! I won't lie that white sounds so much better instead of cream.
Region Wise We Are a Good Choice
A quick primer on being in the Big Ten:
1. Apostrophes are used in this conference. For example, were is generally we're. Works better so people know what you're talking about (not youre)
2. Spelling well is generally liked. For example, boarders is really spelled "borders."
3. Knowing geography is paramount. No matter who you ask, Nebraska is not a southern state. You guys are most definitely midwestern, or for a better term, a "Plains State"
Welcome to the Big Ten. Looking forward to playing you guys, especially in Football.
I'm looking forward to playing their basketball team.
I thought southerners were slack-jawed locals who were dumb as a box of rocks?
I have to admit, when I read your posts I imagine a hy-uk rednecky Iowan accent. Can't help it.
And since I haven't said it yet, welcome to you and your school. I am truly glad to have Nebraska aboard. Call it cream or call it white though, Wisky is going to probably get an inferiority complex at some point.
When you say we.... specify Nebraska. In mgoblog, we means Michigan.
I think the big block "N" and name "husker4life" might tip everyone off as to who he means by "we."
But when you read the topic on the side...you don't have a clue.
Ahh, i see your point. That actually affected my clicking as well. Lo siento.
oh the wonders of being anonymous...
"lol" after every friggin' sentence didn't give her gender away? Who else does this?
That clarifies some things.
lol @ negged for "she"
Gotta love mgoboard.
More likely negged for gratuitous self-'lol' (I personally make a conscious effort not to use that here, it's not facebook.)
You guys are an outlier, but not by much. Getting to Nebraska and Minnesota from Penn State or OSU is roughly the same, and Iowa is just down the way. If we actually stick with 12, you guys are definitely the best in the profile:distance ratio at any rate. Missouri is closer but not as good, Texas is better (at least for now) but too far away. You could say Nebraska is just right.
Although, again, that assumes we're done. We might end up with Texas and/or Missouri anyway. But for a 12th team and POTENTIALLY only addition, you guys are the right pick.
I don't want 16, but I'm not Jim Delany. If we can get our paws on ND and/or Texas, I'm betting 16 will happen. I'd say both and 14, but nothing I've read anywhere suggests that anyone wants to do 14 teams, so I've got to assume its going to be either 12 or 16, 16 meaning Texas and/or Notre Dame, then after that maybe Texas A&M, definitely Missouri, and then however many Big East teams we need to get to 16.
maybe northwestern will actually sell out a game when they play nebraska
Any word on how your OOC scheduling is going to be affected? if at all? Any chance you guys renew your rivalry with Oklahoma on a yearly basis now that you seem destined for separate conferences?
The thing with the big ten I always thought was stupid is the lack of a bye week, its normally straight games every weekend for 12 weeks, hopefully it is something they change when they redo all the schedules for 2011. Big ten teams currently all have 4 OOC games; and most of the time play 3 in the first 3 weeks and then the 4th in 6/7th week, looking at UN's past schedules that seems to be about the same. I really hope OU can make it onto your schedule annually after everything gets sorted out, its always a great game to watch.
Oh and be careful with the "you guys" line, ND hasn't been sucked in yet =)
Michigan does have a bye this year, on October 23rd. I've got a kid due two days prior, so my wife needs to be punctual.
Actually, the bye week has already been implemented. Starting this year, the Big Ten is extending play to the 13th week of the season with each team having a bye week. This pushes the Michigan-Ohio State game to Thanksgiving weekend, which could affect attendance (don't get me wrong, I still expect 110,000+ sellouts, but it's going to lead to some students skipping UM-OSU who attend the games for social reasons primarily).
The Big Ten made this change to deal with criticism that B10 football ends too soon before the other conferences.
I stand corrected
We've had bye weeks in the past, it just usually depends on when Labor Day and Thanksgiving fall, since the Big Ten schedule always ends the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It's a weather thing. If I'm not mistaken, the game that you guys play as your last game of the year is almost always away, usually somewhere warm (and often @ USC).
For instance, the '95 Ohio State game was after Thanksgiving.
That's one game, two teams, in the last 15 years. For all intents and purposes, the Big Ten schedule always ends the weekend before Thanksgiving.
1995, 1990 and 2001 (although 2001 doesn't count because Big Ten games were postponed a week because of 9/11). They played a full schedule after each one.
So no, it's not all that common, but don't act like it never happens. Going through the schedules it looked like it happened 3-4 times in the seventies and eighties as well.
Wow, way to nit pick there - are you my wife? I think you knew what I was getting at.
I think it's reasonable to point out that the Big Ten has played games after Thanksgiving and the world hasn't end.
yeah its either Stanford or USC depending on the year, but its only 1 more weekend. I have a hard time believing 1 more weekend makes that huge of a difference, and I have been to ND games when it was a high of -10 and there was 12" of snow overnight. The championship game will likely be played in a dome anyway, so why not give all the teams a weekend off during the season to rest up and get healthy. I bet Forcier would have loved a bye week around the 6th or 7th week last year. It just seems as likely to be 50 and sunny as 0 with 4' of snow on the ground at the end of November in Michigan but I don't know about Minnesota, or PSU, so it might be a big factor as you said.
Well, it's not a good idea to have the last game of the season (often a big game for many teams) to be over Thanksgiving weekend since most all students are off campus for the weekend and many other fans are out of town for the long holiday weekend. Many people would still show up at the major football schools, but whatever the bye week is (likely some weekend in October with nicer weather) would likely draw a bigger crowd. The Big Ten teams have always allowed the players and coaches to spend Thanksgiving with their families as well, and there's value in that.
I like the idea of bye weeks, but for the years when it doesn't work out, it's no big deal.
Picturing a Nebraska game day invasion. Optimist that I am, kinda hoping most of you are like Penny from The Big Bang Theory.
Couldn't find a good image of her in the jersey - she does wear it well
Pardon the obscure reference if you don't watch it.
Y'all (I've lived in Louisiana half my life) have a great tradition, regional location, great academic attitude. I will be looking forward to the first Nebraska game in Ann Arbor. I will make an effort to fly up there for that. And now I have even more reason to see a game in Lincoln when Michigan plays at your place.
the day that Nebraska upsets an undefeated Michigan team in the conference championship.
I live in South Carolina and the OP makes me feel like a rocket scientist.
Nebraska, welcome to the Big Ten. We are happy to have you here...BUT the honeymoon is over. We played all kissy-kissy Friday but I still haven't forgotten 1997 or 2005.
I'm still okay with "kissy-kissy".
...a little bit of white space would be nice, too.
If you are having trouble deciding where to separate your paragraphs, try this:
Take a fairly deep breath and read your post aloud. Every time you pause for a breath, give the reader a "pause," too, by starting a new paragraph. This will work until you get a better "feel" for where the breaks go.
...one of your posts since I enjoy getting to read an opponents' fan's perspective from time-to-time. But, given my signature, I had very little opportunity to do so.
and you can have fun invading Minny and Northwestern. The rest of us though are almost always sold out so good luck getting your hands on tickets.