Yes, I realize that to a number of fans, I may have just committed blasphemy. However, a Spring Game rescheduling simply wasn’t worth the effort.
Many travelled from central or western Nebraska to take in the scrimmage, and I respect that. A good friend of mine flew in from Orange County, California to take in his spring ritual. While the severe weather may pass, what makes the annual Red-White game special would’ve been lacking if moved to tomorrow.
Let’s use said Orange County visitor. He could’ve extended his stay as no doubt several others who visited from across the country could’ve, but we’re talking beaucoup bucks to do so.
Per Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star, concessions would’ve been limited to pop and popcorn. No Valentino’s pizza, no runzas, none of the springtime treats that reminds returning pilgrims of home.
Food vendors wouldn’t have taken the chance of eating another day’s worth of profits. Athletic director Tom Osborne let the fans in attendance do that today anyway.
Would BTN have picked up the game? It’s likely, but that’s more money to go into employee pockets and it’s another bill that a participating company would’ve looked to avoid if at all possible.
Sipple also pointed out that there wouldn’t have been much medical staff on hand to assist with any injuries. Should anything unfortunate have happened to a player, the damage might’ve lasted longer due to less hands on staff.
The Husker football team would’ve likely relished the opportunity to play in front of their fans for what would be the last time until September, but the head coach relayed a final, disappointing message.
There will be no 2012 Red-White game. ”I had a show of hands of guys who had a problem with (Sun.) — you have projects, academic things, (etc.) — it’s not going to work,” Sipple reported Pelini saying.
It’s easy to see Pelini’s point of view.
He’s got several key members of his defense sidelined due to injury. With the aforementioned lack of medical staff, the risk of doing more damage to areas with an already razor-thin depth chart were too large to justify a postponement.
Regardless of the verdict, hopefully the vast majority of fans won’t be too upset.
This type of weather system is rare and if it means more wins for the Huskers come fall due to healed players, the sacrifice of a yearly scrimmage may be worth eating the cost of tickets.