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  1. 2011 Nov 07

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: The Evolution of The Nebraska Way


    By HuskerLocker

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    By Brian Towle

    Fans toss the term around like crumpled pieces of paper that eventually find their way to the bottom of a wastebasket. A constant reminder that how things are done at the University of Nebraska are carried out differently or are unique to our state and school.

    Included are: How to treat players, the media, those who to cheer for and how to adhere to it. This is “The Nebraska Way.”

    Somewhere along the line, one very important aspect was lost: How to win using The Nebraska Way. Saturday’s 28-25 loss to a Northwestern team that had far inferior talent than the Big Red (at least on paper) was a glaring example of the issues this team has. The more maddening, almost incomprehensible, other issue is the acceptance of performances like this.

    Some Nebraska fans say that a national championship wasn’t a realistic goal with this team, which is fair. However, with the loss to Northwestern, we made sure that two years are still relevant to Cornhusker football history:

    1999: The last time Nebraska fans bought conference championship shirts. In San Antonio, the Huskers took care of the Texas Longhorns and earned a Fiesta Bowl appearance.

    2002: The last time Husker fans paid for tickets to a BCS bowl game. Even though that team was arguably undeserving of appearing in the national championship game, Nebraska was in the national spotlight.

    The Nebraska Way includes excellence in player recruitment and development. Where has this gone? Ask yourself that as you see Ciante Evans whiff on defending a slant route resulting in an 81-yard touchdown scamper by the visiting team.

    Ask this again as Lance Thorell is torched time after time, and wonder why players such as Corey Cooper, Courtney Osborne, or Stanley Jean-Baptiste sit on the sidelines. Using your depth to maximize your attack on offense, this is The Nebraska Way.

    Where has this commitment gone? It seems a fair question to ponder as Ameer Abdullah, Jamal Turner, Braylon Heard and Aaron Green sit on the sideline as an obviously hurting Rex Burkhead gets bulldozed into a line that provided no daylight. Why is Tyler Moore not logging minutes as Yoshi Hardrick plays on a busted wheel?

    The Nebraska Way also includes taking every game seriously and to strategize accordingly. To be out-schemed, out-coached, and embarrassed on your home turf by a team that quite honestly had no business being on the same field with Nebraska is simply appalling.

    Don’t discredit Northwestern entirely, though. Pat Fitzgerald realized that Nebraska was to be had, kept his foot on the gas pedal and did what Mike Krzyzewski‘s Duke basketball teams are famous for: Running plays that work until the other team proves they can stop them.

    There were bright spots for Nebraska, of course. Taylor Martinez’s passing was a pleasant surprise, as was the play of defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler. However, there are no truly great performances in losses.

    That’s a shame, because the quarterback that several call a liability (author included) was an asset last Saturday, and his performance will be nothing but a random statistic as time rolls on.

    There should be rage over this loss. The defeat in Madison brought screaming, berating, and other rants to sports talk radio, message boards, and social media outlets. However, the tepid, melancholy response to this past weekend’s results is wide-spread.

    This, my friends and enemies, is the scariest thing of all. A sign that after years of expecting conference titles, bowl games played in January and double-digit win totals every season, the Nebraska Cornhusker fan base has come to a point where we’re alright with it.

    Much like we’re alright with a Blackshirt “tradition” that has gone from 11 black practice jerseys hanging in lockers two weeks before the season opener to 20 being handed out come Halloween.

    There was much talk about a Big Ten title in July and early August. That has changed to hoping the Capital One Bowl still is interested in a team that may get one more loss in the next three weeks. However, the feel good crowd will point out that if 2011 ends with nine wins, that result was good enough for Tom Osborne.

    Tom Osborne would have made this 2011 squad realize that there cannot be a single game taken lightly. Even against a team with their sights set on the Pinstripe or TicketCity Bowl. Coach Osborne would have also taken ownership of what happened in front of 85,000-plus first and foremost.

    Then there’s the matter of several students demanding better or even more seating from Osborne that couldn’t make a 2:30 PM kickoff or be bothered to stay around with ten minutes to go as their team needed them.

    How will the Take Back Game Day movement address that little matter? Can’t be beat? Won’t be beat? Do they know if their team was beat in the first place?

    Finally, Osborne would have realized the issues with this team over the last two years. The inability to stop dual-threat quarterbacks, an offensive line and play calling that can easily be liabilities, and the steadfast refusal to start playmakers who, while young, still give Nebraska the best chance of winning.

    There’s no reason to hold anything back in November. Teams that win constantly put the best 11 out on the field. Does anyone think the 1995 national championship season happens if Ahman Green is held back at all?

    Imagine that happening now and you see the frustration some have with Turner, Ameer, Braylon and SJB among others riding the pine.

    Welcome to the new Nebraska Way where losing games that should be afterthoughts are tolerable. Where handing out 20 Blackshirts eight games into a season, three or four losses, and a late December bowl game is considered a successful campaign. Where wins are a team effort, but losses are under-addressed, excuses are made and promptly accepted.

    For the foreseeable future, get used to your surroundings, Husker fans. Take in the atmosphere, and accept it for better or worse.

    Do you feel that The Nebraska Way has been watered down? Discuss it in the new and improved forums: Husker Locker Forums

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    Tags: the nebraska way, bcs, ciante evans, lance thorell, corey cooper, courtney osborne, blackshirts, capital one bowl, tom osborne, ahman green, stanley jeanbaptiste, ameer abdullah, jamal turner, braylon heard, aaron green, rex burkhead, tyler moore, yoshi hardrick, northwestern, pat fitzgerald, taylor martinez, baker steinkuhler

  2. 2011 Oct 13

    Husker Heartbeat 10/13: Crick's Draft Status Impact, Top 50 Cornhuskers Ever and Ahman Green's Legacy


    By HuskerLocker

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - With Jared Crick out, other defensive tackles work to fill the void

    - Crick's injury doesn't impact his draft status, but his size does

    - A list of the 50 greatest players in Nebraska football history

    - Tom Osborne isn't a fan of some fans' behavior in both Madison and Lincoln

    - Reviewing the halfway point in the Big Ten conference

    - Ahman Green checks in on the list of best Packers in franchise history

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    Tags: jared crick, ahman green, tom osborne

  3. 2011 Feb 16

    Husker Heartbeat 2/16: Can Any NU QB Match Taylor's Upside?


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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.

    *Bo finally confirms his hires over the phone - but says he's not quite ready to announce yet. It's Neverending Story that, at this point, might be working in Bo's favor.

    *Taylor Martinez had the best one-game performance of the year in the Big 12, writes ESPN's David Ubben, against Oklahoma State. He writes:

    1. Taylor Martinez vs. Oklahoma State. Nebraska's freshman quarterback went on the road and was unstoppable, bouncing back from one of his worst games of the year against Texas with his best. He threw for 323 yards and five touchdowns on 23-of-35 passing and ran for 112 yards on 19 carries. It earned the Huskers a much-needed 51-41 win in Stillwater.

    Here's a question this morning for Husker fans: Does NU have another quarterback on the roster who can come close to what Martinez did in that one game? And if not - isn't Martinez the guy worth hitching your wagon to?

    *Nebraska waits for an NCAA ruling on freshman pitcher Logan Ehlers, whose eligibility remains in question because he used an advisor during his process of deciding whether he'd play college baseball or in the Major Leagues. The NCAA is all over this one. Cam Newton and Reggie Bush? Not so much.

    *BRN says that the 2010 defensive line could be memorable.

    *Dr Saturday grades part of the 2010 coaching hires. He starts with the retreads. Then moves on to the upgrades, giving a strong grade to Minnesota's Jerry Kill.

    *Ahman Green heads to the CFL.

    *LJS Sipple and Brian Christopherson analyze the running back situation heading into spring. In other words, the Rex Burkhead show. If Lester Ward and Collins Okafor ever wanted to show something, now is the time.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, taylor martinez, rex burkhead, brn, ljs sipple, david ubben, baseball, logan ehlers, ahman green

  4. 2010 Jun 29

    30/1980 BEST GAMES: No. 3


    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Locker’s “30 Best Games since 1980” portion of the Summer 30 series. Check throughout June to see our updated rankings; the previous rankings will be housed at the bottom of this blog post.

    Like or dislike our pick? Comment on it below. One key to remember throughout the “best game” portion of this series: Not every selection in this list is a win. In fact, more than a handful are losses. In gauging the “best” games we were not only looking for quality of play, but significant and memorable aspect. Hence, there are not a bunch of 58-3 wins over the Little Six on this list. Instead, it’s 30 games that mattered over the last 30 years - and some of those games NU didn’t win, although it played well.

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    Remember, too, to weigh in on the Best Individual Performances and also stay tuned for our ranking of every team, 1980-2009, at the end of the series!


    Jan. 2, 1996: Nebraska 62 Florida 24 (Fiesta Bowl)

    The definitive statement from college football’s greatest (and one of its more infamous) teams. NU’s defense was too fast, aggressive and mean for Florida’s spread passing offense, while the Huskers’ offensive attack, led by Tommie Frazier and Lawrence Phillips, bowled over the Gators’ overmatched defense after a quarter of uncertain play.

    Nebraska’s pass rush rattled Danny Wuerffel’s cage and never let go, sacking him seven times and forcing three interceptions, one of which was returned by Booker for a touchdown. UF head coach Steve Spurrier kept exposing Wuerffel to the pass rush with open, four-wide-receiver that couldn’t possibly protect him. The Huskers rushed for 524 yards- Frazier for 199, Phillips for 165 - and threw for 105. The game was a technical knockout at halftime - 35-10 - but continued for another two quarters as NU thumped the Gators in every way imaginable.

    What else is there to say about this game? Consider the sheer array of talent NU put on the field. Frazier and Phillips were among the best at their positions in Husker history. Ahman Green stepped in after Phillips was suspended and hardly missed a beat. The offensive line featured eventual Outland winner Aaron Taylor and All-American center Aaron Graham. The defensive line of Grant Wistrom, Jared Tomich, Jason Peter and Christian Peter was almost obscenely good. The cornerbacks, Tyrone Williams and Michael Booker, both enjoyed NFL careers, as did rover Mike Minter. The team had 11 players who were first-team All Big Eight. Ten more who were on the second team. That’s most of the team, comprising half of the league’s finest two teams.

    The game doesn’t stand atop our list because Nebraska was so good - and some would argue so compromised by the deeds of some of its players - that it nullified, to some extent, a fan’s ability to savor the “struggle.” The 1995 NU team has no logical modern peer. It was not challenged by any opponent after halftime. It did as it pleased. Its depth was unfathomable. The Huskers were, in the eyes of some, great villains. Maybe so. But they were our villains, weren’t they?

    Check out the whole list!

    Honorable Mention, No. 30, No. 29, No. 28, No. 27, No. 26, No. 25, No. 24, No. 23, No. 22, No. 21, No. 20, No. 19, No. 18, No. 17, No. 16, No. 15, No. 14, No. 13, No. 12, No. 11, No. 10, No. 9, No. 8, No. 7, No. 6, No. 5, No. 4

    Tags: 30 best games since 1980, tommie frazier, lawrence phillips, grant wistom, jason peter, ahman green

  5. 2010 Jun 10

    30/1980 BEST GAMES: No. 21


    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Locker’s “30 Best Games since 1980” portion of the Summer 30 series. Check throughout June to see our updated rankings; the previous rankings will be housed at the bottom of this blog post.

    Like or dislike our pick? Comment on it below. One key to remember throughout the “best game” portion of this series: Not every selection in this list is a win. In fact, more than a handful are losses. In gauging the “best” games we were not only looking for quality of play, but significant and memorable aspect. Hence, there are not a bunch of 58-3 wins over the Little Six on this list. Instead, it’s 30 games that mattered over the last 30 years - and some of those games NU didn’t win, although it played well.

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    Remember, too, to weigh in on the Best Individual Performances and also stay tuned for our ranking of every team, 1980-2009, at the end of the series!


    Oct. 28, 1995 - Nebraska 44 Colorado 21

    This game appeared to be NU’s toughest regular season challenge, with a talented and offensive-minded Colorado entering the stadium through the bleachers, led by warriors screaming “War Time.” Nebraska quickly silenced the capacity crowd at Folsom Field with a 57-yard touchdown run from Ahman Green on NU’s first offensive play.

    The seventh-ranked Buffaloes hung with Nebraska midway through the second quarter before the Huskers scored a crucial ten points right before halftime. After CU cut the lead to 31-21 in the third quarter, Nebraska iced the game with 13 more points.

    Quarterback Tommie Frazier was nothing short of brilliant, throwing for 241 yards on just 14 completions. His best play was withstanding a sack to fire a laser to Ahman Green down the sidelines.

    Check out the whole list!

    Honorable Mention, No. 30, No. 29, No. 28, No. 27, No. 26, No. 25, No. 24, No. 23, No. 22

    Tags: 30 best games since 1980, tommie frazier, ahman green

  6. 2010 May 18

    30/1980 BEST PLAYERS: No. 11


    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Locker’s “30 Best Players since 1980” portion of the Summer 30 series. Check throughout May to see our updated rankings; the previous rankings will be housed at the bottom of this blog post.

    Like or dislike our pick? Comment on it below.

    Not a member, but would like to comment? Join Husker Locker today - it's free!.

    Remember, too, to weigh in on the Best Individual Performances and Best Games since 1980. Also stay tuned for our ranking of every team, 1980-2009, at the end of the series!

    No. 11 Running back Ahman Green (1995-1997)

    Second on NU’s all-time rushing list with 3,880 yards, Green’s excellent freshman season - in which he stepped in for Lawrence Phillips without much of a drop-off and gained 1,086 yards - is at times forgotten in the overall greatness of that particular team. His sophomore season chopped short by a difficult turf toe injury, Green rebounded with an extraordinary junior campaign, rushing for 1,877 yards.

    He finished with 42 career touchdowns and averaged nearly seven yards per carry during his career. Because Green’s playing career happened to coincide with two of the most prolific running backs in college football history - Texas’ Ricky Williams and Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne - he didn’t win as many awards, nor did he appear on a first-team All-American squad. No matter; Green’s effortless style and big-play ability was only marred by his occasional fumble; even still he only lost one game that he played in during his college career. In the NFL, Green was a five-time Pro Bowler for Green Bay, where he may play again in 2010.

    Check Out the Entire List!

    Honorable Mention, No. 30, No. 29, No. 28, No. 27, No. 26, No. 25, No. 24, No. 23, No. 22, No. 21, No. 20, No. 19, No. 18, No. 17, No. 16, No. 15, No. 14, No. 13, No. 12

    Tags: 30 best players since 1980, ahman green

  7. 2010 Apr 06

    CLASSIC CHALKTALK: The Counter Trey


    By HuskerLocker

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    Check out Husker Locker's New Chalktalk Series! Samuel McKewon breaks down one of the great plays from Husker Playbook Past, the Counter Trey. Why does it work? When is it most effective? And how might the Huskers incorporate it out of the shotgun? Insight you'll only get at Husker Locker! Enjoy with a 14-day free trial of Husker Locker Pass!

    Tags: chalktalk, tom osborne, ahman green, lawrence phillips, tommie frazier

  8. 2009 Aug 24

    50 Husker Fans, 50 States: A Husker Fan in Dixie Land


    By HuskerLocker

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    The next in our series of 50 Husker Fans, 50 States comes us to via Wade Williams, who grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and yet has been a Big Red fan all of his life!

    Known as 0510914D on our site, Wade brings a tale of what it really means to be a Nebraskan, and how it’s about a spirit, and not just where you live. It’s about fathers and sons, integrity, a team attitude and appreciating the leaders of the program, like Tom Osborne. We think you’ll enjoy his moving comments as much as we did.

    And remember: If you want to be a part of the fun, or know someone who might be, just email us at sam@ne.statepaper.com , and we’ll shoot out the questions – leave the Big Red light on for you.

    Go Big Red!

    Q: Tell us a little of your personal history as a Husker fan. Were you born into the Big Red Nation? Did you attend school there? Just decided to follow the program from afar? Did you grow up in Nebraska? How did you get to living where you are today?

    A: My late father was a graduate of the University of Nebraska so yes, I was born into Big Red Nation. I did not attend school there as I was born and raised in Mississippi, and at 18 years old out of high school it was a bit too far away from home for my comfort zone. But because of my dad I grew up watching the Huskers and being a huge fan. He was so passionate about it and about the work ethic and the quality of the people in Nebraska, especially Tom Osborne. With those kinds of things being instilled in me at such an early age, it was absolutely impossible not to be a huge Nebraska football and Tom Osborne fan. It's a little like being born into the mafia. The difference is, you stay because you want to.

    How hard, or easy, is it to follow the Huskers from where you live? Do you watch the games at home? Listen on the radio? Use the internet? Is there a “watch site” in town you like to frequent? Also: How many Husker fans are there in your area?

    I was born in 1970 and up until about the early 90s we didn't get too many Nebraska games on TV in our area. In fact, the typical weekend consisted of about 3-5 games on TV and I guess that was pretty much the way it was with the whole country at the time. We have come along way since then haven't we? Now, everyone all over the country can literally watch college football games from morning to midnight. I watch all the games that are on and if it is a pay-per view game I buy it every time as I am currently batting 1.000 on those. There are three this year and I will again be buying all of them. I can't wait!

    I can remember back in the early 1980's when Huskers Illustrated magazine was this little tiny thing about the size of a TV guide. Back then, with no internet, that was the only information we could get on the Huskers and when it arrived I read it cover to cover without putting it down. Unfortunately, we don't have any watch sites in the Jackson, Mississippi area that I am aware of. As far as the number of fans in my area goes I would say it's miniscule but the few who see my license plate frame always honk and acknowledge their fellow Big Red faithful.

    How often do you get back for games? What’s the last game you’ve been to? How has the Husker experience changed over the years? Will Nebraska be playing a game in your area any time soon?

    The last time I saw a game in Lincoln was the Pigskin Classic against TCU in 2001. It was the first time my wife had ever been to Lincoln and while not a sports fan, she really enjoyed herself at the game. How could she not? It's Nebraska and there's no place like Nebraska! The last game I went to was when we played Southern Mississippi in Hattiesbur. I'd have to say that's probably the smallest stadium Nebraska has ever played in but it was great for me as that is only about 90 minutes from where I live. We are not scheduled to play a game in my area anytime too soon, unfortunately!

    What’s the predominant college or pro team in your area? How is that fan base similar or different to Nebraska’s fan base? Hear a lot of trash talk about the Big 12, or anything like that? Give us an example of how Nebraska fans might be the same or different from some of the fans in your area.

    Well, there are 3 Division I (sorry, I'm a traditionalist) schools in Mississippi which are Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Southern Mississippi, so fans are spread out among those as well as a smattering of fans from other SEC schools like LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama and a few Florida State and Texas fans as well. The closest pro team that fans identify with and have for years is the New Orleans Saints.

    In my opinion, the fan base of any one of the three universities here is nothing like the Nebraska fan base at all. In fact, there simply isn't a fan base anywhere in the country that is similar to Nebraska's. I don't say that because the fans are so much better, although they are in many, many cases but rather because the saying, "there's no place like Nebraska," is true. Its uniqueness is in the fact that it's the only Division school in the entire state and therefore, the population is not splintered into different fan bases for different teams fighting for supremacy over the same territory.

    I do hear some trash talk about the Big 12 because that's just SEC fan for you but for the most part, they realize that pretty much year in and year out, the two best conferences are the SEC and the Big 12. Also, when they realize I am a Nebraska fan they don't say too much because despite our recent struggles, they remember all too well how Nebraska beat their league’s elite regularly in bowl games.

    As far as an example of how NU fans might be the same or different from some of the fans in my area I would have to say that it's just an entirely different dynamic altogether. Where I'm from the fans spend a lot of their time arguing amongst themselves over stupid things and making baseless predictions about the upcoming year. They simply don't comprehend that the people of Nebraska live and die with the Huskers and that the morale of pretty much an entire state is dependent on the performance of a football team. Not necessarily whether they win or lose, although we do much prefer to win, but rather on whether or not the team plays with the kind of effort, grit, heart, determination and perseverance that makes up the majority of the population in the state. Therein lies the difference. NU fans look out onto the field and see an extension of themselves, a kind of extended family, and they want that part of their family to play in a way that represents them honorably, win or lose. The fans in my area and really, any other part of the country, look out onto the field and they see 70-80 kids, strangers who are there to entertain them for a few hours and if they lose they would just as soon cuss them as anything. There's no comparison!

    What’s one or two unique things about where you live? What makes it stand apart from other places?

    Well, if you like fried food you are in the right place and we have some of if not the most beautiful women in the country. If anyone reading this has never been to an Ole Miss game in Oxford, you need to go one time. Go tailgate in the Grove and you will see more gorgeous women in 2-3 hours before the game than you will for the rest of the year. I guarantee you that! Just ask the guys on the College Gameday crew, they know exactly what I'm talking about.

    Give us one or two of your favorite Husker memories. They can be from any time period.

    Well, I can remember going to the NU vs. WSU game in Lincoln with my dad during the 1995 season, a 35-21 Husker victory in which a freshman by the name of Ahman Green happened to have a pretty darn good game. For me this was really special because despite being 24 years old at the time, I had never been to a game in Lincoln before. My dad was ill with cancer and here we were together watching our beloved team in person. It was the greatest experience in the world and I was really glad we got to do that as he would pass away less than two years later.

    Another thing that I'll never forget goes back to the 1994 season. It was the night of the national championship game in Miami and dad was sick and I went over to the house to watch the game with him. Early in the third quarter we both started kind of getting that sinking feeling of, here we go again syndrome, when Miami made it 17-7 with a TD. When it was all over and Nebraska had finally done it for Osborne (although we got robbed the year before by the officials against FSU) I saw my dad's eyes tear up and I didn't even need to say anything. Although he was extremely happy that NU had just won the title, those tears were for Tom Osborne, a man he had never met, yet loved and admired so much so that his success meant that much to him. My dad got to see the back to back titles and I am eternally grateful for that. Unfortunately, he didn't make it for the 1997 championship. I miss him a lot, but during football season, when I'm watching the game and I'm jumping around cheering by myself, I know he's there with me. I know he's saving me a good seat up in heaven because we are definitely going to all of the games then.

    Besides Husker football, what other Husker sports do you like to follow? How do you follow them?

    I enjoy the men’s basketball team, especially now that Doc Sadler is the coach and it's much more exciting to watch. I think he's going to do good things at Nebraska. I don't really follow college baseball too much, but I keep up with how they are doing as well as the women’s volleyball team.

    Feel free to add anything you like. It can be a story, an anecdote, a saying, or a simple “Go Big Red!”

    I got to meet Osborne one time in Jackson, of all places. He was there to speak at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes luncheon and this was shortly after my father had passed away. I got in line and waited to shake his hand. I didn't realize that he was a much more physically imposing person than what you imagine just seeing him on TV or from afar. Big hands, a firm shake, and warm smile with what seemed like the most sincere, genuine eyes I had ever looked into. I got to tell him about my father and his reaction to the end of that Miami game, how much it meant to him that Osborne had gotten the championships and had the success that he deserved. It was interesting because even though I had never met the man before, it felt like I had known him all my life.

    To this day, it still bothers me how the media and fans of other schools threw him under the bus for the way he handled the Lawrence Phillips situation. I know he is a Christian man and did what he thought was right and in the best interest of a young man’s future. It was not about personal gain but that was the way it was portrayed of course. I think the team pretty much proved during the six games he was suspended that they didn't need Lawrence Phillips, Lawrence Phillips needed Nebraska, and apparently a whole lot of psychiatric help as well.
    Osborne said something once that I'll never forget because it really is so true and it's a valuable life lesson as well: "It's interesting to me how quick people are to formulate opinions based on very few of the facts." I immediately became more cognizant of this fact and can just about bet you that if you pay attention, you can point to an example of this from the people around you at work every single day of your life. It's so very good to have T.O. back at Nebraska where he belongs.


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    Tags: 50 husker fans 50 states, tom osborne, ahman green

  9. 2009 Jul 09

    12 for 12: Best RBs of the Big 12 Era


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    Who makes No. 1 on our list? And where does Ahman Green rank? Find with a 60-day free trial to Husker Locker Pass and get a cool poster to download and tack to your fridge!

    Tags: big 12, ahman green

  10. 2009 Jun 29

    Business Partner Spotlight: Pet Doctor


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    Hey there Husker Locker members! Starting today, we’ll be giving you a spotlight on one of our business partners, which provides our great deals for the Locker Pass discount.

    Periodically, we’ll be letting you know not only about the history of our business partners, but the great deals you can get with them. Remember that only a Locker Pass gives you access to these terrific deals, so don’t delay in picking one up!

    Today, we look at Pet Doctor, Lincoln’s premier place to buy the perfectly-bred dog – a dog bred for companionship, and not just looks. And, when you come in with your Husker locker Locker Pass card, we will give you 10% off anything in the store except dog food!

    Enjoy the story written by Ryan Boetel, also known as Boetel on the HL site!


    Tina Hurst guarantees she’s got the goods when it comes to top-of-the-line pooches.

    Hurst, the owner of Pet Doctor in Lincoln, is very hands-on with the dogs she puts up for sale at her store. She can trace the bloodline of every dog in the kennels back four to six generations and all the dogs come with a two-year life insurance policy.

    That’s why doctors and veterinarians in Lincoln get dogs from her, Hurst said.

    Pet Doctor has a full kennel of dogs in stock. But what makes the company unique is that they also work with a long list of breeders, so they can hunt down dogs for people with a certain species in mind. They can also have dogs bred just how the owners want.

    “Provided it’s a good cross,” Hurst said. “And it takes about a year.”

    Hurst said when a couple came in with a picture of their old dog that died and wanted another one, she found the right breeders. One year later the couple got a dog that was the same mix as their late pet.

    The breeders Pet Doctor works with are different from those that breed show dogs, who focus mainly on the looks of the dog.

    “We’re more concerned with how healthy the dog is, rather than how it looks,” Hurst said. “We’re concerned with temperament, health, and then looks.”

    The top selling dog at Pet Doctor: A shiatsu/poodle mix, modeled after Hurst’s two dogs. One is going strong at 19 years old.

    At the Humane Society, said co-worker Erin Hemmingsen, “those (dogs) need homes, but we are going to offer a better guarantee.”

    Besides offering a two-year guarantee on all the dogs sold at Pet Doctor, the company also gives free vet exams, where the vet has “the right of rejection” if they notice something wrong with the dog.

    Hemmingsen has been an employee at Pet Doctor for 17 years and the store has been at its current north Lincoln location for 20 years. She is one of the few people from outside Hurst’s family that works at Pet Doctor.

    Hurst and three of her children make up four of the six full-time employees. Two of her grandchildren also clean the kennels sometimes.

    The dogs sold at Pet Doctor are scattered across the country because people from all over call Hurst trying to find their dream dog.

    Some of the dogs have made homes with Husker heroes as well. Ahman Green bought two dogs from Hurst but she didn’t recognize him until later and Tom Osborne’s dog was originally from Pet Doctor and bought at an auction.

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