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#1 af4liberty

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:50 PM

So is this some new 'tradition' thing?

I don't remember seeing this before, what's the significance?
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:52 PM

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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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:54 PM

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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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:56 PM

I believe it was just getting started around my freshman year (07 season). I don't know if it was going before that or not, but I know it's grown a lot since then.
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:57 PM

An old Huskerboard thread that might shed a little light: Shoes at Kickoff?
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:57 PM

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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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:58 PM

That may have been a tradition that started with the arrival of Adi Kunalic... Did he kick without a shoe?
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 03:02 PM

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
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 04:11 PM

Wasn't it started for Adi in '07? He was known as "Das Boot", after all.
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 04:16 PM

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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Posted 29 October 2011 - 04:19 PM

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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Posted 29 October 2011 - 07:15 PM

It means boot (shoe) it
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 07:18 PM

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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Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:34 AM

I think it's cool. What's the 'spirit finger' thing? The shoe thing is very visible!
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Posted 30 October 2011 - 10:29 AM

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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Posted 30 October 2011 - 10:37 AM

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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Posted 30 October 2011 - 10:46 AM

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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Posted 30 October 2011 - 04:56 PM

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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Posted 30 October 2011 - 04:56 PM


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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Posted 30 October 2011 - 05:41 PM

It seemed to be pretty well established my freshman year, '07
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Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:10 PM


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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Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:52 PM

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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Posted 30 October 2011 - 07:19 PM

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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Posted 30 October 2011 - 07:52 PM

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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Posted 30 October 2011 - 07:54 PM

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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Posted 31 October 2011 - 05:01 PM

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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