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  1. 2010 Oct 29

    Oklahoma State Game 2010

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    By Casker

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    This was a great experience. I met my dad and Uncle in Oklahoma City to watch this game. We arrived early and tailgated with the Oklahoma Husker Club. They really did a knock out job of arranging this tailgate including the Sidetracks band, Famous Dave's BBQ and shuttle service to/from the game! This was held at a local high school which was kind enough to let us use their facilities (parking lots and restrooms).

    The game was also awesome. It was great to see T Mart show the nation he can run AND pass! We all agreed that we watched T Mart mature as a player throughout the game. He made some very smart decisions as the game went on, which gave us more confidence in our QB.

    The main thing I want to comment on is the players. I flew from CA to OK just to watch them, so obviously I support them 100%. What bothered me was the casual attitude the players had towards the fans, to the point that they basically ignored us. I realize they don't care if I personally fly to watch them play a game, but what bothers me more is watching the players - the entire team - walk into the locker room while ignoring the thousands of screaming and cheering Husker fans. A few players looked at the crowd and only 2-3 players actually raised a hand, first or helmet towards them.

    Are they ignoring us? Are they trying to stay focused, and if so, why can't they enjoy the win at the end of the game? Why are they so vocal about struggling with "pressures" of playing at home?

    This is frustrating, but I support them still. Go Big Red!

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  2. 2010 Jan 25

    Chocolate Lovers Embrace Huskerlocker Fans

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    By DrNaumann

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    Speaking of seeing Red, the color of the Huskers is the also the color of Love! And don't we all love Chocolate? Come see Husker Locker on Friday February 12th at the 24th Annual Chocolate Lover's Fantasy.

    This annual fundraising event brings 18 professional and celebrity chefs of chocolate delights, together with chocolate connoisseurs, to raise moneyfor a good cause. Proceeds from the evening will help the continued revitalization of Lincoln's Historic Haymarket, as well as support CEDARS mission to
    help children who have been abused, neglected or homeless achieve safety, stability and enduring family relationships.

    Bring your sweetie or your friends and enjoy sampling delicious chocolate creations. While attending the event, don't forget to sign up your sweetie and your friends as Husker Locker.com Fans! Here are some details about the event:

    What: The 24th Annual Chocolate Lover's Fantasy

    When: Friday, February 12th, 2010 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm

    Where: Lincoln Embassy Suites, 11th & P, Lincoln, NE

    What: 18 Chefs, A silent auction and great raffle prizes; A Lazlo's Chef &Ale Dinner for 8 Package and a Sports Package featuring a Year of Beer from Empyrean Brewing Company! Music for the evening provided by the Darryl White Jazz Quartet.

    Tickets are available online at www.historichaymarket.info, www.lincolnhaymarket.org or at these Haymarket businesses, Burlington Antiques, From Nebraska Gift Shop, Ten Thousand Villages and The Mill. Tickets are also available at the Downtown Lincoln Association. For more info call the Haymarket office at 435-7496 or visit the Haymarket website.

    Tags: chocolate lovers, huskerlocker fans, valentine day

  3. 2010 Jan 18

    Chocolate Lovers Embrace Huskerlocker Fans

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    By DrNaumann

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    Speaking of seeing Red, the color of the Huskers is the also the color of Love! And don't we all love Chocolate? Come see Husker Locker on Friday February 12th at the 24th Annual Chocolate Lover's Fantasy.

    This annual fundraising event brings 18 professional and celebrity chefs of chocolate delights, together with chocolate connoisseurs, to raise moneyfor a good cause. Proceeds from the evening will help the continued revitalization of Lincoln's Historic Haymarket, as well as support CEDARS mission to
    help children who have been abused, neglected or homeless achieve safety, stability and enduring family relationships.

    Bring your sweetie or your friends and enjoy sampling delicious chocolate creations. While attending the event, don't forget to sign up your sweetie and your friends as Husker Locker.com Fans! Here are some details about the event:

    What: The 24th Annual Chocolate Lover's Fantasy

    When: Friday, February 12th, 2010 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm

    Where: Lincoln Embassy Suites, 11th & P, Lincoln, NE

    What: 18 Chefs, A silent auction and great raffle prizes; A Lazlo's Chef &Ale Dinner for 8 Package and a Sports Package featuring a Year of Beer from Empyrean Brewing Company! Music for the evening provided by the Darryl White Jazz Quartet.

    Tickets are available online at www.historichaymarket.info, www.lincolnhaymarket.org or at these Haymarket businesses, Burlington Antiques, From Nebraska Gift Shop, Ten Thousand Villages and The Mill. Tickets are also available at the Downtown Lincoln Association. For more info call the Haymarket office at 435-7496 or visit the Haymarket website.

    Tags: chocolate lovers, huskerlocker fans, valentine day

  4. 2009 Sep 03

    50 Husker Fans, 50 States: Big Red in the Big Sky

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Our next fan story comes to us from the incredible state of Montana, where John Ilgenfritz has been living in Helena for many years. There are some terrific memories from this Fremont native that we suspect you’ll identify with quite a bit. Gameday memories that make us wish that it was the old days again.

    We also think you’ll really like the comparisons John makes of Nebraska and Montana, which is NU…on a smaller scale.

    And read until the end, Husker fans. There is a story about commitment, passion and the enduring ties of Nebraska football that you’ll want to share with your friends and family.

    Enjoy, and remember: If you want to be a part of this series…you can! Just email us at sam@ne.statepaper.com. We’ve got quite few stories to tell yet, but we want yours, too!


    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: I was born in Fremont in 1946, graduated from Fremont High in 1964 and Midland Lutheran College in 1968. I met my future wife, Sheena in May, 1976 when we were both in Glasgow, MT. visiting students we recruited for Mountain Plains Education Program, a program to teach low-income families job skills and help them find jobs upon completion. Sheena was working out of the Idaho office and I the Nebraska office. In September I moved to Idaho, we were married on Jan. 1, 1977. Two years later we moved to Montana to be close to her mom after the death of Sheena's dad.

    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?

    It is difficult to watch the games. Most games are only cast regionally, so we receive the Pac 10 games. If it is a national telecast only available on cable I locate a tavern that carries it. Sometimes I have to drive to 2 or 3 before I find a bar that carries it. Even if it is on network TV sometimes it is preempted by a Montana Grizzlies game.

    If I cannot watch it, I listen to the game on the computer. No watch site that I am aware of, most folks watch in their own homes. Whenever I see someone with a Big Red hat or T-shirt I will talk with them, inquire where they are from and talk about the team.


    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? 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.

    Montana is like Nebraska in that there is no predominant pro team. As for college, Carroll College at the NAIA level and Montana and Montana State at the higher level.

    I get back to Nebraska every couple of years, over the past 10 years, primarily for funerals. I haven't been to a game since the 1980s. When my dad and mom moved to Arizona in 1982 they gave up their football tickets.

    The Nebraska experience, for me, was all about family and tradition. I loved the Devaney-Osborne-Solich link. I was very disappointed by the decision to replace Frank with Bill Callahan. No offense to Callahan. It felt like a messy divorce.

    The closest Nebraska gets to Montana is probably Colorado.

    Living in Helena, the home of the Carroll College Fighting Saints (NAIA), we have grown accustomed to national championships. I believe they have won 5 or 6, were runner-ups last year and are rated 2nd in the polls this year.

    The Montana State/Montana game is always a big deal . . . it feels like Oklahoma/Nebraska on a smaller scale. My wife is an alum of U of M and we go to the games when she can get a ticket. It’s about a 100-mile drive to Missoula on game day. You will see a stream of cars all with bumper stickers or special license plates. At the stadium there is quite a tailgate, with big RVs parked close to the stadium. I believe the stadium seats around 20,000 and it always seems full. The U of M has won a national championship and they played in the title game last year. They often win the Big Sky Conference Title .

    Nothing compares to Nebraska fans . . . they are the best bar none. However, I do enjoy going to the U of M games as the electricity in the stadium gives me a small reminder of Nebraska. We only go once or twice a year and sit with friends of my wife that she has known since college.


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

    We have lived in Helena for close to 30 years. It is the capitol city and about 28,000 in population. Most any place we want to go we can walk to. Within a mile of where we live are Carroll College, the Myrna Loy theatre (musical presentations and special movies in the former jail - beautiful building), GrandStreet Theater (local plays and musicals held in a beautiful old building that formerly was a Unitarian Church), the Holter Art Museum, beautiful Helena Cathedral, movie theaters, children museum and more. It is a beautiful community in the mountains.

    The people are friendly like Nebraska.


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

    My dad and mom had 4 tickets and I would go to games with them. I can remember times when it was so cold that we wrapped our legs in plastic garbage bags to keep warm.

    The game day ritual was to stop at Irv's Market on Highway 77 in downtown Fremont to pick up ham and cheese sandwiches on rye. We would take 77 to just past Ceresco, I believe, and, then turn east on a dirt road for 3 or 4 miles so we would enter Lincoln on a road that went under the interstate near the stadium.

    I lived in Kansas and Utah from 1968 to 1973, moving to Lincoln in 1973 and which time I met Mike and Sue, neighbors in the apartment next to mine.

    I kept in touch with Mike after moving away in 1976. If the game was on TV, we would talk before the game and at the end of each quarter.

    If the game was not on TV, mike and I would still talk between quarters and, if it was a barnburner, Mike would place the radio next to the receiver so I could listen to it. Course, this was before computers. We carried out this routine for 25 plus years.

    About three years ago I was back in Lincoln to visit Mike, he had MS and had been in Lancaster Manor for a few years, and he passed away while we were watching a game. Mike passed away in the first quarter, but I like to think that Mike saw the last 3 quarter and the Nebraska victory from his own skybox. I miss talking with Mike during the game. That was probably the best part of "Big Red" - the people it brought together.

    Since my wife and I married on January 1st, our anniversary often included a 3 or 4 hour window which was reserved for watching the game.

    We have been married 32 plus years and this Cornhusker obsession has not adversely affected our relationship.

    I am old enough to consider myself a Cornhusker fan, not a Husker fan.


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

    I was always a Bo Pelini fan...his hiring as coach feels like a return to "family"...a restoration of the Devaney-Osborne-Solich tradition.

    This year I have corn growing in my back yard . . . there are only 6 plants and they only have 5 ears, but it makes me smile. Go Big Red!

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  5. 2009 Aug 26

    50 Husker Fans, 50 States: A Music City Husker

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Our next featured Husker fan in the awesome 50 Husker Fans, 50 States series comes from the great state of Tennessee. Scott Norman, known as TheStache on the site, has a great story about falling in love with the Huskers in a short amount of time, and the hospitality of his fellow brothers and sisters in Husker family. Enjoy!

    And remember – if you’d like to be a part of the series, or know someone who would, email us at sam@ne.statepaper.com. We’ll get the questions out to you. We’re getting terrific response!


    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: I was not born into it, and did not attend the university. In 1978 I lived in Gothenburg for part of my freshman year in high school. It was here I had my first experiences watching Nebraska. Back then the only team I followed was Kentucky, because my family lives there. But in 1978, my friend invited me over to watch the NU game at his house. I spent every Saturday at his house watching every NU game I could from then on.

    It amazed me that the entire town was a ghost town on game days. The passion, knowledge and sportsmanship the fans showed drew me in like a moth to a flame.


    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?

    Currently living in Nashville I know a few Husker fans, some from Nebraska, some not. But we are a tight-knit bunch and are always surfing, reading, and finding out anything else we can about our beloved Huskers.

    If the game is on in any form, I am there. There was an unofficial watch site, but none currently. If the game is on PPV, don’t call me…I won’t answer! There are actually quite a few Husker fans in Nashville. My favorite story is a guy and his wife I ran into at Publix. As they came into my aisle and he saw my hat, at the same time I saw his. We started talking and his wife exclaimed, “I will leave you two alone.” She went and finished grocery shopping and came back…we were still talking. Nebraska fans are the only fans I ever see do things like that.


    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?

    Because I have always been so far away from Lincoln, I have only made it to 1 game. The game vs. Iowa State in 2005. I had tickets 2nd row, 15 yard line and saw the entire OT played right in front of me. I love to talk so people at work were probably happy I was hoarse for 2-3 days!

    No games scheduled to be played in my area anytime soon…so not sure when I will make it back, but on gamedays, like other fans, I am decked out in my jersey, hat, and waiving my Blackshirts towel at the TV…my neighbors think I am crazy; I tell them it’s passion, passion baby.


    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.

    The Tennessee Titans, which seems to be everyone’s NFL team. Oddly, though, the college fans are mixed, predominately Tennessee Vols fans, but also Bama, and Kentucky (I like UK also) fans. The Titans fans lack the passion that college fans have and the pro game is like a completely different animal.

    A lot of times I have to listen to the, “SEC is the toughest conference conversations.” Even from Mississippi State fans. Vols fans for the most part seem to think that no one not wearing that weird creamsicle orange color knows anything about football. Bama fans seem for the most part pretty knowledgeable about their team…just do not mention Auburn. Kentucky fans remind me a lot of Nebraska fans, and the football team at UK is starting to actually be a decent team. But, for the most part, UK is a basketball school with a football team; like NU is a football school with a basketball team.


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

    Music City, but it’s not only country; Nashville is also the Christian music capital. It also seems like every other person plays or sings…except me, no musical talent here at all.


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

    Jan 1 1995, I lived in Pompano Beach, Fl. Although I could not go to the game I was glued to the TV. Like quite a few people when Miami went up 17-7, my heart sank and I thought…I have been here before. BUT, then things changed and who better than on the strength of a local boy…TD CORY SCHLESINGER TD CORY SCHLESINGER TD CORY SCHLESINGER…that’s what I was yelling as he scored and as the final gun sounded I proceeded to run thru the apartment like a maniac yelling, screaming, and even crying as I saw TO (the REAL TO) hoisted on the players shoulders.

    Sept 9, 1990. SOUTH BEND TURNS RED BABY. The shock that the TV crew had when a large portion of Notre Dame Stadium was clad in red was priceless. That was followed up by an awesome game made even better by the fact that we beat ND in South Bend. Although I wasn’t as vocal or running around like a madman as I was in the last game I mentioned, I was nonetheless ecstatic at the fact that we had beaten Notre Dame in South Bend. After all, ND is like the Yankees, you either love em or hate em…guess where I stand!


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

    Wrestling and Volleyball, internet and sometimes on TV when I can.

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

    They say Nebraska fans are the best. I can tell you they are the friendliest. The only game I made it to, I drove from Nashville. When I parked my truck at the game, as soon as my foot hit the ground a gentleman and his friends tailgating next to me exclaimed, “TENNESSEE…u drove from TENNESSEE.” Well of course I did. Those guys treated me to steaks, seafood, and a few cold ones and made sure after the game was over that I had some food for the hotel stay later. Also, one of them gave me his e-mail address and made sure I know to e-mail him if I ever need tickets. One day I will take him up on that offer. Even though I love the South, my soul food, my fried food…THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE NEBRASKA.

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  6. 2009 Aug 04

    FANS: The Nebraskans...Who Aren't Husker Fans

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Being the best fans in college football might be a source of pride for most Nebraskans, but there are still black sheep among us.

    These anomalies are hard to find in the dog days of summer when there isn’t much worth cheering for, but come fall, Husker fans will realize that not everyone in this state is like them.

    Sometimes the odd ducks are just born that way. Reid Christensen, a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was born into a family of dedicated Big Red fans, but Christensen has never been interested in sports.

    “The only reason I go to the game is the band,” said Christensen, a baritone player in the Cornhusker Marching Band.

    Growing up, Christensen would go to his family’s Husker parties and try to slip out to do his own thing before halftime.

    “I find it funny to watch sometimes,” Christensen said. “My family will get hyped up and I’ll just sit there and leave halfway through the game.”

    Other black sheep migrate to Nebraska and never join the celebratory rituals.

    John Spooner moved to Omaha six years ago and walked off the plane on a game day. Coming from Manhattan, N.Y., where it’s hard to stand out no matter what you’re wearing, Spooner wondered why every person had on the same color of clothes. Even the retail store employees were wearing Husker shirts instead of uniforms.

    Six years later, Spooner is getting a degree from UNL in secondary education and English and he describes Nebraska football as “hard to avoid.”

    “I understand why,” Spooner said. “Because you really don’t have a professional team. You hold on to what you got.”

    Spooner, a Buckeye fan, gets under his Husker friends’ collective skin at watch parties.

    “I’ll sort-of root against Nebraska just to be the opposition,” he said. “They get mad…especially if Nebraska is losing.

    A mixed-alumni marriage can also divide families down the aisle and spawn children with no allegiance to any particular team. That’s what happened to Stan Schleifer, an administrator at UNO, when his son married a woman with a degree from Kansas State University.

    Not only that, but his daughter-in-law’s brother played for the Wildcats and Schleifer said she’s “always putting purple stuff” on his grandkids.

    “We have our battles,” Schleifer said of the two families.

    But more often than not, he said, it’s cordial when both sides of the family get together. But they don’t watch the NU-KSU game with each other to avoid animosity. Schleifer said he takes the high road and shares his season tickets.

    “I’m nice,” he said. “I usually give her tickets to the K-State game.”

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  7. 2009 Aug 03

    FANS: What's Your Favorite Husker Item?

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Derek Rau got his favorite Husker item the night before the Nebraska Cornhuskers won their most recent national championship.

    Rau, then 17, was in Miami for the 1998 Orange Bowl and staying at the same hotel as the NU football team. While their parents were partying in the lobby with other Husker fans, Rau and his brothers were peeking through the window of the hotel’s game room watching players like Ahman Green shoot pool when one of them motioned for the brothers to come in.

    “We were just admiring the players,” said Rau, a former Marine and currently a security guard from Omaha. “They said we could come in and I was like huh-uh, no way.”

    When Rau and his brothers got inside, everyone in the room came up and signed the Husker jersey Rau’s brother was wearing. That jersey would become Rau’s favorite Husker item, not just because he cared about the autographs, which he did, but also because of the story behind the signatures.

    That’s the same way with most Husker fans and their favorite piece of Big Red memorabilia. The item isn’t just cherished for what it is, it’s cherished because it reminds them of the story when their favorite NU icons became real humans before their eyes.

    That’s why Stan Schleifer, a administrator at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Husker fan from Bennington, and several members of his family have a picture of a sweaty Tom Osborne with Schleifer’s son hanging from their fire place mantles.

    It was 1987 and Schleifer and his son were visiting Nebraska and they went up to the practice field to watch the Huskers run through plays. Afterward, Osborne was running around the track and eventually, he stopped and walked over to Schleifer and asked if he could do anything for them.

    “How about a picture with you and my son?” Schleifer asked him.

    “Not too many people would have stopped,” Schleifer said more than twenty years later.

    Why is the sweaty picture of the former coach so cherished?

    “It wasn’t the idea of having it as much as it was the story of how we got it,” Schleifer said.

    Blake Jackson, an 8-year-old from Omaha, got his favorite Husker item at the end of last year’s Virginia Tech game. He and brothers were looking at the players near the end of the game with another group of kids, all of whom were asking the players to throw them their gloves.

    Jackson said his brothers weren’t saying anything, which is why, he thinks, Marlon Lucky made sure the group left with a pair of gloves. He said they saw Lucky look at them and then walk over to Lester Ward and tell him something before Ward walked over and handed the brothers his gloves.

    The used gloves are now sitting on Jackson’s dresser and remind him it takes more than a loss for Husker players to avoid recognizing their fans.

    So what's your favorite Husker Item? BLCleveland from Husker Locker said he has n old Nebraska T-Shirt that he cherishes, let us know what your favorite item is, and be sure to describe how you got because, more often than not, that’s the whole story.

    Leave us a comment down below!


    And don't forget to visit Best of Big Red for more cool gifts and great Husker items!

    Join today and get Husker updates every day throughout the fall!

    Tags: fans, husker item, ahman green, tom osborne, marlon lucky, lester ward

  8. 2009 May 14

    50 HUSKER FANS, 50 STATES: In California, The Son of Husker Broadcaster Remembers

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    By HuskerLocker

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    We return to a beloved feature here at Husker Locker with a great story.

    David Blackwell, known as DBlackwell on the site, now enjoys the Huskers from afar in Walnut Creek, Calif. But he enjoyed an up-close look at the memories and Huskers that make most of us tingle.

    He's the son of Dave Blackwell, the former KMTV sportscaster who used to join Lyle Bremser and Jack Payne on those Husker radio broadcasts all those years ago. The elder Blackwell was there for the Game of the Century, Tagge's leap into the end zone for NU's first national title and a lot of other memorable games. And just like father, the son was there, too, to see it through the wide eyes of a boy who grew up in a time when Husker legends loomed largest in the landscape.

    Q: First, tell us your "history" as a Husker fan. How did you become a fan? Family? Friends? Did you attend UNL? How long have you been a fan? How you passed on your fandom to other members of your family?

    A: We moved to Omaha right after I was born in 1964. My father was a sportscaster with KMTV, and was also the color analyst with Lyell Bremser through about 1972 (we moved to Utah in 1973). After my Dad died in 2005, a great Husker fan send me a box of cassettes of game broadcasts by Lyell, Jack Payne, and my Dad, including the Game of the Century, which still gives me chills.

    We had season tickets, so while Dad was in the booth, my Mom and I would sit in the stands. Growing up, everyone I knew was a Husker fan, and I couldn't imagine supporting any other team. As a kid, I had the full gear: red cowboy hat with a white "N", red sports coat, red shirt, red pants. It was quite a look.

    I'm trying to indoctrinate my four kids into Husker football (they are all under 6), and they already love Hail Varsity (they call it the "Boom Boom Song"). My wife is a Bay Area native, so she doesn't yet get it, and probably won't.



    You live in Walnut Creek, California, which is close to the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area. How easy is it to find Husker fans in the area? How do you get your Husker fix for games? TV? A watch site? The Internet? Radio? How about San Jose and Sacramento? Are those areas chock full of Husker transplants, too?

    We moved to Walnut Creek from SF a few months ago, so I don't know about the extent of the local fan base. While in SF, I often went to the Final Final, which generates a huge turnout for games, and is the best SF spot for a Husker fan to watch a game. There are some decent sports bars in Walnut Creek, so I'll scout them out this fall. If I can't get the game on TV, I'll listen to it on the web radio and follow it on the internet.

    I get my daily fix through HuskerPedia run by David Max, who I have met and is a great guy. I open it every day, and read almost every story, including yours.



    Do folks around the area like to follow Bay Area players, like current Huskers Zac Lee, Dejon Gomes and Roy Helu and former Huskers Maurice Purify and Sam Keller? Is there some recoginition in the area that Nebraska likes players from the area and recruits pretty actively out there? San Francisco Community College has been fairly well known since the days of OJ Simpson...do fans follow that JUCO closely at all?


    I have some friends that have gone to SFCC games, which produces some good players. It's a pretty international fan base, but they apparently draw well. As discussed below, though, the interest in college football and tracking high school players is pretty weak here. I've mentioned Helu to others around here, and I get a blank stare. There are some very good high school teams in the area (e.g., De La Salle), but I haven't seen locals become fans of the colleges where those players end up.

    What sports fan base, if any, out there compares to Nebraska? The 49ers? The Giants? The As? The Raiders? If they don't compare, how are they different from Nebraska? What about Stanford and Cal? How would you describe interest for those programs out there? Is it more about basketball?

    There is no local sports fan base that compares. College football here is weak, even though Cal produces some pretty good teams. Stanford fans don't have a clue about football. Football in the PAC 10 will never generate the fervor that it does in the Big 12 or SEC. Currently, the pro sports franchises here are floundering, but there will always be diehard fans of the Niners, Raiders, Giants, and A's, although attendance is suffering for some of those teams. These teams have been here for awhile, so they have established pretty good roots, despite mismanagement and poor performance. In the current economy, attendance will be interesting to watch.

    Bill Callahan was the head coach of Oakland before Nebraska. What's the general impression of him out there? Just another guy caught in the wake of Al Davis? A beneficiary of Jon Gruden's coaching skills? The guy who got the Raiders to the Super Bowl?

    When Callahan was hired, I was telling a colleague (former Raider player from the 70's) about how good he would be. My colleague smirked and shook his head, which should have told me something. I think people see Callahan as the beneficiary of Gruden's team building, but that team is so screwed up that there are a myriad of reasons why Callahan and everyone following him has failed. Speaking of Callahan, I naively thought that the hiring of Steve Pederson was a great step forward for the Husker program due to his passion and prior success. It just shows how wrong we can be.

    What other Husker sports, besides football, do you like to follow from afar? How do you get news on those teams?

    Honestly, I only follow two sports with passion: Husker football and Utah Jazz basketball. These bonds were created in part because of my Dad's association with both teams, so I got to know players and management growing up. As I get older, I get more jaded about sports in general, and don't have the time or the energy to follow other teams to the extent I follow the Huskers and Jazz. I would like to see Husker baseball rebound and Husker basketball get to the NCAA Tourney some day, but I don't live and die with their performances.


    Do you get back for many sporting events? How often or how rarely?

    I rarely get back. When I was in law school in Utah in the late 80's, ten of us drove a Winnebago from Salt Lake to Lincoln for the Utah-Husker game. I took my friends to Misty's and a few watering holes, and we sat in the Utah section during the game. It was a blast and great to be back at Memorial. I'll try to join David Max this year to a game, hopefully OU. If my Dad ever gets the Bremser Award for the NU Football Hall Of Fame, I would definitely come out for that. I also went to the Rose Bowl against Miami, which was painful, and saw NU play Cal in Berkeley in 1998, where a huge swath of the stadium was red. That was pretty fun, although the offense struggled.


    What's your favorite Husker memory? If you have more than one, let's hear them!

    The Winnebago trip was pretty wild. As a kid, Johnny Rodgers had dinner at our house in Omaha, which was great. I also met Devaney, Tagge, and others as a kid, which was always a thrill. I remember watching the Schlesinger Orange Bowl against Miami with my Dad in SLC; when NU finally closed out that game and won its first National Championship in years, it was absolutely joyous.

    Want to own a DVD copy of the 1971 Game of the Century with the Bremser/Blackwell/Payne play-by-play? Click here!

    Now then...hey you - yeah you! We want to hear your Husker fan stories -no matter where you live. Email me at sam@ne.statepaper.com and let us know if you, or someone you know, would be interested in being a part of this series!

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    Tags: 50 husker fans, 50 states, game of the century

  9. 2009 Apr 28

    Quote of the Day 4/28

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    By DrNaumann

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    “The men and women are helpers, they are all cornhuskers together.” -Carl Sandburg


    This is from the poem "Prairie" published in the collection titled Cornhuskers in 1918 by Henry Holt and Company. The collection is over 100 poems and won Sandburg a tremendous following across the United States as a man with the "prairie voice."


    The poety endures nearly a hundred years later as it paints a true feeling of what it means to be a "Cornhusker!"

    Tags: husker fans, tailgates, quote of the day

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