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2011 Nov 06

NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Knee-Jerk Reactions - Northwestern


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By Brandon Cavanaugh

- Can’t quite put my finger on it, but something was off yesterday. The Huskers looked a few steps slower than they did against Sparty.

- It’s a shame that Taylor Martinez’s best game of the year (and one of his career) had to end in a loss. His play is encouraging for the remainder of the season, however.

- Jamal Turner’s absence is inexcusable. While Coach Fisher clearly has his methods, it’s hard not to question getting a playmaker of Turner’s caliber on the field.

- Was very happy to see Brandon Kinnie in sync with his quarterback.

- Wishing Kenny Bell would’ve snagged those drops. Not only for the sake Martinez and his team, but it would’ve made his performance even bigger. Regardless, when Taylor sees the 'fro, he has to throw.

- If Nebraska could keep Bell back with Abdullah on kick returns, that’d be just grand.

- When Lavonte David is missing tackles in the backfield, that’s a bad omen.

- While Lance Thorell’s interception against Michigan State was huge, getting scorched like a marshmallow pre-Smore is, too.

- While Nebraska may not have the overall talent of Alabama, the Crimson Tide would’ve killed for Brett Maher last night.

- Have to think the Capital One, Outback and Gator Bowls are all smiling on the inside. Their reps keep showing up to Husker games.

- Controversial thought alert: Taking away the Blackshirts following this loss would be an absolutely horrible decision.

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Tags: taylor martinez, jamal turner, brandon kinnie, kenny bell, ameer abdullah, lavonte david, lance thorell, brett maher, capital one bowl, outback bowl, gator bowl, blackshirts

Comments (4)

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We're happy to do so. Challenging the norm isn't always easy, but we do what we can and you shouldn't be afraid to do the same. We appreciate the thanks, too, by the way.

– Nov 8, 2011 at 10:16 am

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What I was referring to is, what the fans say, or the media says, doesn't matter in this particular instance, or any instance. whether the blackshirts are given out, taken away, or retired forever, the players on the Husker defense will be referred to as the "Blackshirts" by the fans and the media. The head coach is going to do as he sees fit, regardless of how the tradition was, or devolved under callahan. did the "reward" of the blackshirts as a performance-based merit promotion result in the players preparing well for their next game? all appearances would point to an emphatic NO! would the taking away of the blackshirts result in the players preparing well and playing with more passion in the next game? who knows until it is tried. Hence my point, it just doesn't matter because this head coach and this team seem to defy any kind of conventional logic or rationality. they are what they are. i really dislike this reality, but other then offering up some critical analysis week to week, what am I to do? I do thank you, Brandon, Brian, and the HL crew for the most part, for presenting an un-jaded viewpoint of how you think things are. you are one of the very few outlets that do this.

– Nov 8, 2011 at 9:55 am

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It mattered when Callahan allegedly changed traditions. Why shouldn't it matter now?

– Nov 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm

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What does it matter? The tradition has changed as to be unrecognizable. The fans and media will always refer to the defense as the blackshirts, anyway. It just doesn't matter.

– Nov 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

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