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I don't remember needing to make a decision on who my favorite football team would be, as the Big Red was all I knew and loved, thanks to my grandpa, "Ol' Leroy" Lebsock, who lived in Omaha but started most game days at the Tam O'Shanter in Lincoln. I think it was the KU game in 1978 (I was 8 years old) when a friend of his picked us up from that era-defying locale and dropped us off on 10th street with tickets in hand.
'Ol Leroy, after retiring from Wilson Meats after perfecting the art of the sale, traveled with my grandmother Marie to every game, home or away, for 7 years straight, whether they had secured tickets or not. The stories he told about those trips (Barry Switzer at the lounge in Norman on Friday nights working the crowd, Junior Miller's teddy-bear alter-ego ) were so well told that they sound fabricated, but I know their true.
The memories of being able to go to a game maybe once a year or listening on KRVN in the pickup while chasing coyotes with my other grandpa in Burwell are magical and endearing. Win or lose, bad play call or not, they were "our boys, and we always root for our boys out there, don't we?"
I hope there are still folks that connect with this photo, and what a great scene those game days provided. If my cousin Dennis (Grand Junction, CO) didn't have me by about 30 pounds, I'd be the curator of those red zipper boots, but I proudly display and dust off the felt hat as needed, at my place in Mobile, AL (ugh) Aaron Sears, Hometown, Shelton NE
Thanks Aaron. I love these kinds of stories and hope that fans today are able to make them, too. You didn't have a iPhone did you?
You wrote about watching the Bud Crawford knockout at the sports bar in Chicago. Did you know that ESPN showed Warren Buffet in the crowd ? I thought that was interesting. I still picture Warren eating reubens at the Crescent Moon with Lebron James. Wouldn’t you have loved to been the fly on the wall there or his talks with Ndamagang Suh ? He has said the conversations were about investing and told them to invest in stock indexes (e.g. S&P 500 indices) and I read about Suh’s real estate investments. Warren has always recommended in diversified, productive assets, and to always invest in your self ( Suh, James, and Crawford are uber athletes and off the scale in self investment and dedication).
In Harvey Penick’s golf book ( Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book), he quoted Jackie Burke, a Master’s winner in the 1950’s, as saying golf was “controlled violence”. Everyone has heard boxing called the “sweet science” Bud Crawford is a master of the sweet science of controlled violence. Isn’t he ?
I read a story one time that the sports made for radio are baseball, horse racing, and boxing. I love them all. What would you have paid to hear one of those great radio announcers from the 1950’s call Bud Crawford’s knockout round ?
Anyway, let’s hope Scott Frost masters for the Huskers his own sweet science of controlled violence. It takes a while to do that. I think he will. Don’t you ?
Love your columns, Bob H in Omaha
Yes. Frost may not win this round, but he's setting things up for future rounds.
The group that runs husker vision and the other displays in the stadium on game day are awesome. However, there is one item that bugs me, when showing scores of other games, why are the home teams listed on the left??? Even on the main husker vision screen, the Huskers are listed on the left and their opponent is listed on the right. No other place does this but Lincoln. This cannot be that hard to fix and I am sure it has just been overlooked. Please help in getting this corrected. Tim H, Omaha
I never noticed that, Tim. But I will pass it on. Like you, I'm used to the home teams being on the right.
I probably have a one of a kind piece of memorabilia that I’m very fond of. My daughter was a broke college student and she was Big Suh’s TA in an English class. I told her I wanted his autograph. She bought a Roy Helu jersey and asked Suh to sign it! He asked her if she wanted him to get Roy’s autograph on it too and she said no. Ndamukong asked her why she bought the Helu jersey then and she answered it was cheaper than yours!! GBR! Chris Patzner, Omaha
Ha, I would have asked for both autographs. I don't believe the price of Suh's jersey today (Rams) has gone down any. Thanks Chris.
The 2 point conversion late in the first half should not have been counted, the holders knee was on the ground when he received the ball and then got up to run. BY all counts it should have been whistled as down. Why was it allowed? Thanks, Larry Austin
I assume because he wasn't touched or the official was not watching for the knee and expecting a run. Great question. I'll see if NU coaches saw the same thing.
Love the return to the grandstand, Tom. Look, I think that having a variety of songs for football games is great, but seriously, how is "The Cornhusker" (Come a Running Boys) by the Killigans not played around the start of every game?!?! For the uninitiated, this song is a reimagining of an old Nebraska fight song, and has a rocking Irish feel to it. A fun song that is all about NEBRASKA FOOTBALL?! Is there a licensing issue? Has Scott Frost or Bill Moos never heard it? I cannot imagine how loud the stadium would get when the opening few notes start blaring through the loud speakers. This is a song that is all our own, not stolen from the Chicago Bulls or played in any other stadium. Lets get behind this. Thanks! Travis Hedlund, Omaha
Never heard it, Travis. But it sounds like it might be fitting. And if it rocks, all the better for the stadium on game day. I'll pass it on to Husker Vision, thanks.
I have always liked Sam McKewon's writing and never had him pegged as biased against the Huskers. Until today. It seems as if taking over for Lee Barfknect included Lee's common slant against the Huskers in favor of all other B1G teams.
"Adrian Martinez made some great runs on third down. Take those away, and it may be a different game."
Huh? Nebraska won the game by 25 points... Sam says the fact we made some plays on third down somehow diminishes the impact of that? Doesn't EVERY team who wins, by any score, "make some great runs on third down"?
When we lost to Colorado, Troy, and NW by less than a TD, did you say "Nebraska had some tough penalties on third down. Take those away, and it may be a different game"?
Someone should inform Captain Obvious that making great plays is what winning teams often do.. not some "factoid" to be used to diminish the win. Bad form Sam...
Sincerely, Steve McLaughlin, Omaha
I can't speak for Sam, but I will say that knowing he and Lee B., neither one was slanted against Nebraska. They may have an opinion that goes the other way of Husker fans, but neither had a bias against any team. Just my two cents. As for third downs, it would have been a different game. But you can say the same thing about a lot of plays in a game. Sam is very knowledgeable and opinionated. And I'll pass on your comments. Thanks Steve. By the way, there's only one Capt. Obvious. That's my title.
Tom, what’s your prediction on how many wins Nebraska basketball gets this season? Who’s the number one contributor off the bench? Will Tanner Borchardt get the job done down low? Regg Carnes
Overall, I'll say 20. I think they'll have more non-con wins but not as many Big Ten. I expect the league to be better and they'll go after Nebraska. How about 20 and 10? That will get them in the NCAA tourney.
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Nebraska fans topple the goal posts following the Huskers' 24-7 home victory over No. 2 and 3 ranked Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 29, 1994. It was the eighth time in Memorial Stadium history that the posts were torn down. The Huskers (9-0) dominated the first half while taking a 17-0 lead and holding a 234 to 89 edge in total yards. Nebraska defeated Colorado 24-7.
Nebraska running back Ahman Green is consoled by an unidentified husker fan after Nebraska was upset by Arizona State University on Saturday night, Sept. 21, 1996, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. ASU defeated Nebraska 19-0.
Nebraska fans Brian Bumann and Nancy Brewer of Spencer, Iowa, enjoy a moment in the rain as they watched Saturday's Nebraska Cornhuskers Football vs. Iowa State game in Ames, Iowa. It was the first time since the last Spring Game that the boyfriend and girlfriend have seen their Huskers play. Nebraska defeated ISU 49-14.
Cindy Swigart of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, formerly of Omaha, Nebraska, adds a Husker flag to her tailgate party on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 30, 1996, outside of ProPlayer Stadium. The University of Nebraska playied Virgina Tech in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1996. Nebraska defeated Virgina Tech 41-21 .
Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne, center, signs a football for fan Eric Stratton of Columbia, Maryland, as his wife Nancy looks on shortly before the team departed from the Lincoln, Nebraska, airport, for Miami, Florida. Stratton, a 1985 NU graduate, was in Lincoln for the holidays. Osborne and the Huskers were headed to Miami to play in the Orange Bowl. It would be Osborne's final game as head coach. Nebraska defeated Tennessee 42-17 to win a share of the national title.
In 1973, in his first season as Nebraska's head football coach, Tom Osborne obliges a young fan with an autographed football. In his first year as coach, Osborne had a 9-2-1 season. The Huskers finished 7th in the AP poll and had a Big 8 Conference record of 4-2-1.
Fans at 72nd and Dodge Streets in Omaha, Nebraska, celebrate after the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the Tennessee Volunteers in the Orange Bowl on Friday, Jan. 2, 1998. The second-ranked Huskers manhandled third-ranked Tennessee 42-17 to complete a 13-0 season and earn a a share of the national championship.
Nebraska fans cheer the Huskers on to a 34-17 victory over Florida State on Saturday, Sept. 6, 1986, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1986, Nebraska finished 10-2 with a final AP Poll ranking of No. 5.
Nebraska fans Tom Poeue, left, and Mike Novak, both of Lincoln, Nebraska, cheer on the Huskers on Monday night, Aug. 29, 1983, during the Kick-off Classic, featuring the Huskers and Penn State, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Nebraska defeated Penn State 44-6.
Lincoln fans see the Nebraska football team leave Burlington Station in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a parade through downtown after returning from the 1941 Rose bowl. It was the 27th Rose Bowl Game with the #7 ranked Cornhuskers taking on the #2 ranked Stanford Indians. The final score was a 21â€“13 Stanford victory.
Disappointed Nebraska cheerleaders take in the moment after Nebraska lost in the 1984 Orange Bowl to the University of Miami on Monday, Jan. 2, 1984, in Miami, Florida. Nebraska failed on a two-point conversion attempt with 48 seconds left that would have won the game and the national championship. A successful kick would have tied the score. Miami's Ken Calhoun broke up the conversion pass from quarterback Turner Gill to I-back Jeff Smith, leaving the inspired Hurricanes with a 31-30 upset victory over the top-ranked Cornhuskers. "We were trying to win the game, " Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said. "I don't think you go for a tie in that case. You try to win the game. We wanted an undefeated season and a clear-cut national championship."
Nebraska football coach Frank Solich signs a T-shirt for Special Olympic athlete Caleb Crippen, 13, of Hickman, Nebraska, during Media Day at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000. Solich was fired on Saturday night, Nov. 29, 2003, after winning more than 75 percent of his games over six seasons. Solich took over after Tom Osborne retired after the 1997 season. Solich was 42-9 in his first four seasons. He was Big 12 coach of the year in 1999 and 2001, won the 1999 conference title and his team played for the national championship after the 2001 season.
From left: Husker fans Jim Colburn, Dick Upah and Bill Sims watch a football scrimmage at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2002.
Amanda & Jeremy Stutzman of David City, Nebraska, wait with other Huskers fans outside of the Rose Bowl before the game on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, in Pasadena, California. The Miami Hurricanes defeated the Huskers 37â€“14 to win their fifth national title.
Fans hold up placards in the east stands to celebrate Nebraska's 250th consecutive sellout on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, as the Nebraska played Utah State in a college football game on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 ,in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Utah State 44-13.
Seats were plentiful and fans sparse at the Independence Bowl on Friday Dec. 27, 2002, in Shreveport, Louisiana. The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers played Ole Miss in the Independence Bowl. Ole Miss defeated Nebraska 27-23. The Huskers sealed their first non-winning season in 41 years on Friday night. The Huskers ended their season with a record of 7-7.
Bill Callahan meets the fans at the kickoff of the Husker Nation Tour at the First National Bank plaza in Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday, June 25, 2004. It gave fans a chance to see, hear, ask questions and get Callahan's autograph.
From left: Steve Thelen of Lincoln, Nebraska, Matt Keyes and Jeff Gunn, both of Omaha, Nebraska, finally had plenty to cheer about following the first blocked punt on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, as the Huskers took on Missouri. Nebraska defeated Missouri 24-3.
Husker fan Kevin Wulf of Superior, Nebraska, gets a close up view of pregame warmups as Nebraska played Wake Forest at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday evening, Sept. 10, 2005. Nebraska defeated Wake Forest 31-3.
Husker fans embrace Terrence Nunn after his long first quarter touchdown at the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team against the Michigan Wolverines at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, December 28, 2005. Nebraska defeated Michigan 32-28.
Husker fans hope for revenge after losing to Kansas 40-15 in 2005. Nebraska played Kansas in a Big 12 college football game on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska got their revenge and defeated Kansas 39-32.
Marilyn Beebe of Lincoln, Nebraska, watches the end of regulation time during the Nebraska vs. Kansas football game on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, in Lincoln. Kansas rallied to force overtime, but Nebraska prevailed with a 39-32 win. Beebe said the game was little more tense then she liked.
Retro dressed fans with a retro sign from left: Matt Thkemeier, Ben Grabenstein, both of Omaha, Nebraska, Adam Grabenstein of Eustis, Nebraska, Chris Kramer of Omaha and Bob Floth of Snickley, Nebraska, cheer on the Nebraska football team. Nebraska played Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006. Oklahoma defeated Nebraska 21-7.
Nebraska fans attend the 1969 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Dec. 20, 1969. The Huskers took on Georgia in the bowl and defeated the Bulldogs 45-6.
With victory in the bag, Husker Glenn Patterson shoots pictures of fans behind Nebraska's bench with a tiny camera in the fourth quarter of the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Dec. 20, 1969. The Huskers took on Georgia in the bowl and defeated the Bulldogs 45-6.
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Fans crowded the Lincoln, Nebraska, Municipal Airport to greet the Nebraska Cornhuskers Friday afternoon, Jan. 2, 1987, as they return from their 30-15 Sugar Bowl win over Louisiana State University. All-American middle guard Danny Noonan was stopped for an autograph by Georgia Payne of Lincoln, one of Noonan's former teachers at Bethany Elementary school.
Young Pam Sutton, center, has the attention of Nebraska quarterback Earl Everett, left, and kicker Mike Coyle in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the Cornhuskers met Florida in the 1974 Sugar Bowl on New Year's Eve. Nebraska defeated Florida 13-10 in the bowl game and finished their season with a 9-2 record.
A Husker fan reacts as Nebraska plays Oklahoma State in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. Oklahoma State defeated Nebraska 45-14.
A fan sends a message from the stands as Nebraska played Oklahoma State University in Big 12 college football action on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Oklahoma State defeated Nebraska 45-14.
The exodus for the halftime concessions began early in the second quarter as a fan signed his displeasure during the Nebraska vs. Oklahoma State football game on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Oklahoma State defeated Nebraska 45-14. It was coach Bill Callahan's fourth season as coach. In 2007, Callahan finished with a 5-7 record.
University of Kansas student Andrew Claassen, left center, taunts University of Nebraska fan Adam Loecker after Kansas went up 48-21 in the second quarter during the Nebraska Cornhuskers' football game against the Kansas Jayhawks on Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Claassen and Loecker are friends from high school in McPherson, Kansas. Loecker said he was not surprised by the Nebraska performance in the first half. Kansas defeated Nebraska 76-39.
Mick Wiater of Papillion, Nebraska, enjoys pre-game festivities as the Nebraska Cornhuskers prepare to take on the Clemson Tigers in the Gator Bowl on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, in Jacksonville, Florida. Nebraska defeated Clemson 26-21.
Larry the Cable Guy, aka Pawnee City, Nebraska, native Dan Whitney, signs autographs for fans before the game. The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers played the Clemson Tigers in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, on January 1, 2009. Nebraska defeated Clemson 26-21.
Nebraska football players Jim Anderson, left, and Jerry List autograph some footballs for Mark Rouse, 8, of Lincoln, Nebraska, during a Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1971, autograph session.
Nebraska fan Rose Crowley of Omaha, Nebraska, sports a hat she bought in 1982. She said she wears it to every homecoming game. Nebraska played Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 55-0.
Nebraska fans fill Memorial Stadium during the 300th consecutive sell-out football game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 55-0.
Nebraska fans from left: Steve Hernandez, Brett Kay, Brett Gotch and Calvin Kramper of South Sioux City, Nebraska, cheer for the Huskers dressed as the band KISS against Baylor at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009. Nebraska defeated Baylor 20-10.
Husker fan Ron Freiburger, left, celebrates as his good friend and Oklahoma fan Jack Land shows disappointment in the Sooners. Land grew up in Oklahoma while Freiburger grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. The two friends now live in Los Angeles, California. The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers took on the University of Oklahoma Sooners at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009. Nebraska defeated Oklahoma 10-3.
Dann Leffler of West Point, Nebraska, wears his homemade ears of corn as Nebraska played Kansas at Kivisto Field in Lawrence, Kansas, on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. Nebraska defeated Kansas 31-17.
Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne visits with fans following the Huskers' 20-10 victory over Baylor at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009.
University of Nebraska cheerleader Kim Huhmann leaps into the air for a photo near the San Diego Bay before performing in a battle of the bands pep rally at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009. The Husker football team was in San Diego to play Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. The Huskers defeated Arizona 33-0.
Nick Schwenck, 13, of Phoenix, Arizona, center, stands with his father Tim Schwenck, right, outside of Qualcomm Stadium before the start of the Holiday Bowl, in San Diego, California, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009. Tim Schwenck is originally from Ashland, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Arizona in the Holiday Bowl 33-0 for win.
Nebraska fans cheer for the Huskers as they return to the locker room following warmups at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. Nebraska defeated Washington 56-21.
Eli Spencer, 11, from Denver, Colorado, shows his Blackshirt crossbones. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played a football game against the Missouri Tigers at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 30, 2010. Nebraska defeated Missouri 31-17.
Nebraska seniors from left: Tyler Legate, Austin Jones, Jim Ebke and Lance Thorell take the field ahead of the rest of the team on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, before playing Tennessee Chattanooga at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Huskers defeated Tennessee Chattanooga 40-7.
As a dental student and a Huskers super fan Paul Favela keeps busy and studies his anatomy homework before the Ohio State game outside of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Nebraska defeated Ohio State 34-27.
Fans cheer for the Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 16, 1978, in Lincoln, Nebraska, during a football game against Hawaii. Nebraska defeated Hawaii 56-10.
Brothers Don Drozd , left, and Andy Drozd, both of Columbus, Nebraska, cheer on the Cornhuskers. Nebraska palyed Oklahoma State on Saturday, October 6, 1984, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Oklahoma State 17-3.
Nebraska fan Mike McCann was full of emotion as the Huskers took on Alabama in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 1977, at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers defeated Alabama 31-24.