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Posted 23 September 2010 - 12:43 AM

Hey guys! I am working on an article about Husker traditions. I am a student at UNL right now and in the student section we always take off one shoe and hold it in the air during kick off. I've talked to a lot of people about how this might have started and it seems like it must be a pretty recent thing since most Husker alums don't know, but none of the students I've talked to know either. Does anyone know how this tradition started??? Please let me know ASAP!

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 01:37 AM

Hey guys! I am working on an article about Husker traditions. I am a student at UNL right now and in the student section we always take off one shoe and hold it in the air during kick off. I've talked to a lot of people about how this might have started and it seems like it must be a pretty recent thing since most Husker alums don't know, but none of the students I've talked to know either. Does anyone know how this tradition started??? Please let me know ASAP!

Thanks!
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It happened, not to lie, but other schools have been doing this way before the student section started doing it. It is not a Nebraska tradition just so you know. It was copied just like the "black out" crap.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 01:39 AM


Hey guys! I am working on an article about Husker traditions. I am a student at UNL right now and in the student section we always take off one shoe and hold it in the air during kick off. I've talked to a lot of people about how this might have started and it seems like it must be a pretty recent thing since most Husker alums don't know, but none of the students I've talked to know either. Does anyone know how this tradition started??? Please let me know ASAP!

Thanks!
Roxie


It happened, not to lie, but other schools have been doing this way before the student section started doing it. It is not a Nebraska tradition just so you know. It was copied just like the "black out" crap.



:yeah


It has been going on for a while, but REALLY took off in '07 when Adi started booting everything into or through the endzone.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 02:29 AM

I thought it started as some landmine treaty protest. They announced it on NBC in the 90s and then panned our stadium to show all of 1% of students that agreed.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 03:23 AM

I thought it was sponsored by Odor-Eaters..


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Posted 23 September 2010 - 06:35 AM

The shoe thing may have been done at other schools too, I donít know for sure. But itís been done at UNL for a great many years. And for a specific purpose. Students who sneak booze into the game would often buy a red balloon at the gate to release at the first NU score (another NU tradition). Well, it was hard to hang onto the balloons while retrieving the booze filled bota bags from underneath layers of clothing. So we would take a shoe off and tie our balloon onto our shoe. (Hey, quite a bit of alcohol had already been consumed at this pointóóso it made sense to us.) After the first score there would be a bunch of drunken students waiving their shoes in the air, their red balloons floating off into the sky. Then other students started doing it. Thatís how the shoe thing got started.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 06:57 AM



Hey guys! I am working on an article about Husker traditions. I am a student at UNL right now and in the student section we always take off one shoe and hold it in the air during kick off. I've talked to a lot of people about how this might have started and it seems like it must be a pretty recent thing since most Husker alums don't know, but none of the students I've talked to know either. Does anyone know how this tradition started??? Please let me know ASAP!

Thanks!
Roxie


It happened, not to lie, but other schools have been doing this way before the student section started doing it. It is not a Nebraska tradition just so you know. It was copied just like the "black out" crap.



:yeah


It has been going on for a while, but REALLY took off in '07 when Adi started booting everything into or through the endzone.


There was always a small contingency of students doing it in '05 and '06 when I was there.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 07:03 AM

As a reference point, we definitely did it in 99', although key jingling was more prominent.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 07:53 AM

I thought it was because they were doing a shoe swap
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 09:05 AM

I believe the shoe thing dates back further than most people think, especially to other schools across the country. I can't remember what school it was, but I know there have been plenty of kickers throughout the years that don't use a shoe to kick the ball. I remember watching a replay on ESPNC once (can't remember the teams), but kick off specialist didn't wear a shoe and hundreds of fans in the stands were holding their shoes up in the air. It was a game from the late 60's or early 70's.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 03:39 PM

I believe it dates back to post WWI times, when the students were urged to raise awareness for the numerous soldiers suffering from trench foot in the foxholes over in Europe. A student group called "Husker fans for trench foot awareness" started a committee to raise money for the boys overseas in order to get more funding for proper footwear.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 05:09 PM

As a reference point, we definitely did it in 99', although key jingling was more prominent.


The "key-jingle" is an important piece to increase sound decibels within the stadium. I really wish those blue hairs (and younger folks too) that refuse to stand up and yell for our D would at least give their keys a jingle. :corndance

The shoe thing has been around a long time and I am pretty sure that was not a nebraska born tradition.

as far as traditions go, look no further than the blackshirts. You can also touch on staff continuity in the glory years, offensive line play, WALKONS, and tons of other good stuff.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 09:07 PM

We did it in 05 and 06 when Henery was kicking for Burke.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 11:04 PM

It's a tribute to Adi "The Shoe" Kunalic.

Basically it's saying kick the dang ball through the back of the endzone.
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Posted 27 September 2010 - 08:16 PM

Michigan fans could hold up some velcros.
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Posted 27 September 2010 - 09:49 PM

Pac 10+ crowds for years have jingled their keys for the University for Spoiled Children who driver entrylevel beemers :D
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Posted 27 September 2010 - 10:04 PM

If you had picked up a daily Nebraskan last week, this article was in there on the front page along with a multitude of other things the fans do at the games.
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