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Enhance    3,485

The students have been taking their shoes off during kick offs ever since I've been here (four years), and as far as I know they were doing it before that.

 

I don't know when or why it started, though.

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af4liberty    3

Hmm, I've never noticed it before. I've been a die-hard fan for 30 years but never seen this before. Of course, I don't normally stare hard at fans in the stadium. My wife actually noticed.

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Foppa    379

I think it's just a tribute for the kicker, and the kick-off. Started a couple of years after I graduated. Kind of a cool thing I think.

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Jadler    38

It was that way when I used to be in school....graduated in 06....also went and sat in student section in 07 while my wife was still there

We've been doing it for quite a while.

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HuskerShark    867

It began with Adi Kunalic sending so many kickoffs through the back of the endzone, and I actually wondered if this would continue this year since he is no longer here. I'm glad it did cuz I like it!

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Jarred04    14

Saw it when I was in school, but don't remember it until my Soph year ('05). Hated it then, hate it now. People don't do it when it's raining or cold out, and it's not like EVERYONE does it. We already have the spirit fingers thing during kickoff, so I don't see why we need another.

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I'm with ladyhawke on this one. Very cool thing to do for kickoffs. I think the love that Husker fans show for kickers is one-of-a-kind (and based on a nice history of EXCELLENT kickers). His success surprised the hell out of me, but Maher seems legit, and I think he's got a decent shot at the NFL. I would imagine that this kind of tradition and interest could keep the "Kicker U" title in Lincoln for a while. Keep the nerves-of-steel, big-legged Nebraska boys comin'! BTW, his 3rd quarter punt was ridiculous.

 

Relatedly, anyone have a theory as to why our team has had such a great run of kickers? Luck? Did Boyd Epley create some secret quad machine? Just curious...

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nebraskapit    6

Relatedly, anyone have a theory as to why our team has had such a great run of kickers? Luck? Did Boyd Epley create some secret quad machine? Just curious...

 

 

All I know is that we've been really lucky to have such great kickers. If only we would have had one in 1993, we might be talking about a three-peat.

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Jarred04    14

I think it's cool. What's the 'spirit finger' thing? The shoe thing is very visible!

 

Everyone (that's not holding their shoes up) holds both hands up and wiggles their fingers along with the aaaahhhhhhhhhHHHHHHHH oooooooo kickoff yell. As the ball is kicked they pull their hands down. It's the same thing the band/flag girls do.

I'd be fine with the shoe idea if everyone did it....but they don't. It's small pockets, and like I said, when it gets cold or when it's inclement weather, they keep their shoes on and join everyone else.

Here's a link that explains where it came from. I remember the huge debate students had on facebook about this group. I think it makes us look stupid when some are doing one thing, and some are doing another. It leads people to start threads like this and say "What's going on here?" I don't mind it, but everyone needs to do it if it should be considered a new "tradition."

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Landlord    7,837

As far as I've been able to tell, it started a long time ago, but wasn't really a legitimate "trend" until Adi came in '07.

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Landlord    7,837

I think it's cool. What's the 'spirit finger' thing? The shoe thing is very visible!

 

Everyone (that's not holding their shoes up) holds both hands up and wiggles their fingers along with the aaaahhhhhhhhhHHHHHHHH oooooooo kickoff yell. As the ball is kicked they pull their hands down. It's the same thing the band/flag girls do.

I'd be fine with the shoe idea if everyone did it....but they don't. It's small pockets, and like I said, when it gets cold or when it's inclement weather, they keep their shoes on and join everyone else.

Here's a link that explains where it came from. I remember the huge debate students had on facebook about this group. I think it makes us look stupid when some are doing one thing, and some are doing another. It leads people to start threads like this and say "What's going on here?" I don't mind it, but everyone needs to do it if it should be considered a new "tradition."

 

 

What do you suggest the students do? The Taking Back Gameday kids are trying to do stuff like this, but nobody takes them seriously...how can you ever get everyone to do it?

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beanman    976

I think it's cool. What's the 'spirit finger' thing? The shoe thing is very visible!

 

Everyone (that's not holding their shoes up) holds both hands up and wiggles their fingers along with the aaaahhhhhhhhhHHHHHHHH oooooooo kickoff yell. As the ball is kicked they pull their hands down. It's the same thing the band/flag girls do.

I'd be fine with the shoe idea if everyone did it....but they don't. It's small pockets, and like I said, when it gets cold or when it's inclement weather, they keep their shoes on and join everyone else.

Here's a link that explains where it came from. I remember the huge debate students had on facebook about this group. I think it makes us look stupid when some are doing one thing, and some are doing another. It leads people to start threads like this and say "What's going on here?" I don't mind it, but everyone needs to do it if it should be considered a new "tradition."

 

So it's like the jazz hands then?

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knapplc    19,278

There are people doing the shoe thing up in the nosebleeds in Sec. 34 where I sit, so it's not only the students anymore.

 

I have no idea when it started. Seems to me that it predates Kunalic by a few years. It's a fun thing to do, and a better "tradition" if it starts spontaneously rather than have the soundsystem try to direct it, or the university in general try to start it. All traditions that start spontaneously, or for no apparent reason, are better. The spirit finger thing is equally good, although until this thread I didn't know it was called Spirit Fingers. And although I do the "aaaahhhhhhhhhHHHHHHHH OOOOOOOOO" thing, I don't do Spirit Fingers.

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Branno    985

I don't really care so much if the students are doing the shoe thing, even if nobody else is. Rewatching the game on ESPN3 it looks pretty cool when they show the student section during kickoffs and you see EVERY person on the screen holding up their shoe.

 

 

There are people doing the shoe thing up in the nosebleeds in Sec. 34 where I sit, so it's not only the students anymore.

 

There are a few people in my row in Sec. 31 that are doing it too. Even in the rain.

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knapplc    19,278

I don't really care so much if the students are doing the shoe thing, even if nobody else is. Rewatching the game on ESPN3 it looks pretty cool when they show the student section during kickoffs and you see EVERY person on the screen holding up their shoe.

 

 

There are people doing the shoe thing up in the nosebleeds in Sec. 34 where I sit, so it's not only the students anymore.

 

There are a few people in my row in Sec. 31 that are doing it too. Even in the rain.

I can't get my shoes off easy enough or I'd do it. It's harmless good fun.

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Jarred04    14

I totally agree it'd look cool if even MOST of the students did it. I like the way we support our kickers, but I am a little pessimistic about people doing it in inclement weather. I was there for 5 years (04-08 seasons) and never saw more than a few pockets. If it's catching on, that's cool, and I hope we can get more doing it. IIRC, we aren't the only school doing this. The link I posted in my last post states when it started. Again, the only thing I don't like is the split.

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Branno    985

I totally agree it'd look cool if even MOST of the students did it. I like the way we support our kickers, but I am a little pessimistic about people doing it in inclement weather. I was there for 5 years (04-08 seasons) and never saw more than a few pockets. If it's catching on, that's cool, and I hope we can get more doing it. IIRC, we aren't the only school doing this. The link I posted in my last post states when it started. Again, the only thing I don't like is the split.

 

Watch the opening kickoff from the MSU game. The entire student section is doing it. And I remember them doing it at the tOSU game as well even in the rain.

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