And you thought I only posted after MSU wins.........
In any event, I just got back from Lincoln, Nebraska. Obviously, the result of the game was disspointing, but what an experience.
From the time we arrived on Friday until the time we left, I was greeted about 7,236 times with "Welcome to Lincoln" and I didn't recieve a single taunt BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER the game. The Husker fans were the epitome of what a Big Ten host school should be. I think Husker Football is similar to the Green Bay Packers in that for the most part it is "the only game in town". As such, the residents treat it like their baby and they want everyone else to love it.
Their stadium was great and will look even nicer when they finish their mirror tower on the other side of the field. Their fans (young and old) stand up and cheer the entire game. Not sure if they do this everygame, but they realeased about 50,000 balloons into the air after their first score. Their intro/hype videos are great as they follow the team during their "tunnel walk" from the lockerroom onto the field.
They also play a 5 second highlight clip of each notable Husker currently in the NFL and how they did in the NFL the previous Sunday. One quick note...don't bite my head off, but I did crack a rye grin when they showed Suh's highlights. They chose to show a clip of Suh ripping Matt Ryan's facemask off and the place went nuts. Obviously, they love Suh, but given the Gholston saga, I did have to laugh a bit at the irony. Speaking of which, Gholston's performance got lost amongst the egg our offense laid, but he had 15 tackles and a sack. Pretty amazing tackle total for a DEnd. In that regard, I think our defense held up pretty well given that they were on the field for 55 minutes of a 60 minute game!!!! The offense.......not so much.
In any event, if you can make it, I really reccomend making the trek to Lincoln for a UM game. You won't regret it despite the LOOOOOOOOOOOONG drive.