Why Cancelling the Spring Game Was the Right Call

By at April 14, 2012 | 3:21 PM | Print

Why Cancelling the Spring Game Was the Right Call

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.

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  • Guest

    Disagree with everything you wrote. This coach needs to think of the fans for once. Osborne wanted to play Sunday. they should plty Sunday. You also forgot to mention that there are no refunds. Some families spent over $100 for tickets.

    • Jrlrhouse

      If the $100 per family is going to break them, maybe they should have spent it on something more important. Write it off as a donation………….wow!

      • Terry, Class of ’86

        It’s simple. They sold tickets to an event. Now they are cancelling the event. Honor dictates that the U. refund the money. I have given money to the U. Money isn’t the point. It’s the principle of the thing. Pelini doesn’t like the game anyway. That’s evident.

  • http://twitter.com/eightlaces Brandon Cavanaugh

    I’d say not subjecting the fans to potentially damaging severe weather counts as thinking of them. Again, while I realize the cost was substantial for some, you can’t put a price on safety. That goes for fans and players. Push comes to shove, I believe this can be written off as a donation to the University.

  • http://twitter.com/eightlaces Brandon Cavanaugh

    I’d say not subjecting the fans to potentially damaging severe weather counts as thinking of them. Again, while I realize the cost was substantial for some, you can’t put a price on safety. That goes for fans and players. Push comes to shove, I believe this can be written off as a donation to the University.

  • Shep4912

    I understand that money was spent and problems caused by cancelling the Spring game today! But I AM a very loyal Husker fan and I do agree that this cancellation had to happen! Bo WAS thinking of the fans when he cancelled the game. That many lives sitting all in one place is far more to lose than even $100 for a ticket! How could anyone live with that kind of potential human loss if something were to happen tornado-wise?!!!!!!

  • Cornfedad

    It’s ok Bo. Found other fun activities in Lincoln for the day!

  • Gares_girl

    I agree with canceling the game, however I don’t believe it not giving refunds! We bought tickets as this is the only game my husband and I can afford to take our children too.. We waited an hour in the pouring rain (our seats were in south stadium) if you’re going to cancel the game, fine. But u sold tickets to a game that u failed to have, and not refunding the money is a crappy thing to do. I am so sad with unl today.