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Posted 08 September 2013 - 02:14 PM

Very tragic news coming out of Los Angeles, as 20 year old walk-on freshmen

Nicholas Pasquale, a UCLA wide receiver was fatally struck while crossing the street early this morning.



This obviously will change the tone of next Saturday's game, and thus puts it into perspective that at the end of the day, everything we talk about on this board comes down to one simple thing...it's just a game folks.

From this Husker fan to the UCLA players, coaches, fans, community, and especially for that player's family & friends...we are praying for you, and are so sorry for this tragic loss.

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 02:24 PM

Indeed, and well said. Thoughts and prayers to UCLA.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 02:39 PM

Sad story. 20 is far too young to die.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 02:41 PM

Absolutely awful.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 02:52 PM

Sad story. Prayers for his family, friends, and team mates.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 02:54 PM

It wasnt a car crash... he was hit by a car. RIP
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 03:01 PM

This is sad, no matter the age. My prayers are with his family and friends. RIP.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 03:03 PM

Wow...just getting on the board and seeing this. Very sad. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and UCLA.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 03:08 PM

It wasnt a car crash... he was hit by a car. RIP

Thank you for the correction. I will make the appropriate edits to the title & original post right away. It's just a tragic, tragic story.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 03:12 PM

Just terrible, I think it would be a very classy move if the stadium gave a moment of silence for him before the game. I don't know how UCLA is going to be able to play or even practice this week.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 03:18 PM

Wow...this is horrible. Thoughts going to the family in their time of need.

Maybe because I'm getting old or something, but maybe we could do something a little more somber and low-key for the game Saturday to remind folks that football is secondary to life and that we're all on the same proverbial team?

For example, we could eschew the tunnel walk for this game in favor of a soccer-style entrance where the teams come out side by side to show respect for UCLA in this difficult time? Then everyone meet at the 50 for a moment of silence?

I dunno...normally opposing teams wouldn't give two s**ts about this sort of thing...but we're Nebraska, and our abnouxiously high standards for on the field production are only exceeded by our fan standards for conduct and decorum. :)

Just terrible, I think it would be a very classy move if the stadium gave a moment of silence for him before the game. I don't know how UCLA is going to be able to play or even practice this week.


Good...so I'm not the only one that wants to see us do something nice for UCLA.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 03:39 PM

This is a terrible tragedy. Prayers sent.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 03:44 PM

It would be the coolest thing to see the team do something like we did for the Penn State game.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:07 PM

Just terrible, I think it would be a very classy move if the stadium gave a moment of silence for him before the game. I don't know how UCLA is going to be able to play or even practice this week.

Agreed. I hope it happens
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:07 PM

I agree, the Penn State style moment of unity was awesome. Definitely a fitting tribute for such an awful turn of events. My condolences and best wishes to the UCLA team and his family.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:49 PM

Condolences to his family and friends.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:04 PM

This is terrible. I feel so sorry for his family, friends and teammates.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:44 PM

Difficult news... helps to keep perspective throughout the season. Prayers sent out to the young man's family and UCLA. Would certainly be neat to see time devoted in memoriam.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:45 PM

Tragic event. The loss of a child is a horrible thing. Prayers to his family and the UCLA guys. Agree we should do something, moment of silence, prayer prior etc.........
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 07:22 PM

Truly terrible. Thoughts and prayers to the family and the UCLA football family.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 09:29 PM

Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends especially, and all those in the UCLA family. Things like these remind us just how trivial this sport is, life is so much more important.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 09:34 PM

Great thoughts here about potential classy moves we could take before the game.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 03:45 AM

I read this last night. How awful! My prayers go out to this family. :(
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:31 AM

Just terrible, I think it would be a very classy move if the stadium gave a moment of silence for him before the game. I don't know how UCLA is going to be able to play or even practice this week.


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:59 AM

Great thoughts here about potential classy moves we could take before the game.

You guys rock.


Frankly, Rob...we shouldn't rock. This should be something that would happen at any collegiate football stadium across the nation, and we should just be suggesting what would ideally be the 'norm' in how to handle these trying times.

Unfortunately, things are far from ideal in collegiate football.
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:57 AM

I know this is a tragic event, but i think this hurts the huskers chances. The whole UCLA team will be playing for this kid.
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:01 AM

I know this is a tragic event, but i think this hurts the huskers chances. The whole UCLA team will be playing for this kid.



Like most emotional occurrences like this, it can go one of two ways. It can serve as a unifying and inspiring fuel for the team, or it can be something that really distracts from the game and the field (not that that is such a terrible thing - it's more important than a football game). It's tough telling until game time which way it will effect the situation.
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:27 AM

(Nick Pasquale is a) Local kid, made it all the way to the CIF Finals at Anaheim Stadium. Lost to Johnny Stanton QB red shirt at Nebraska now. LINK


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:49 AM

Tragic. Just feel awful to hear that. Prayers and thoughts to his family, friends and teammates.
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:25 AM

Terrible news. Thoughts and prayers to his family and the UCLA program.
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 03:02 PM

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 03:21 PM

@AFRO_THUNDER80: RIP Nicholas Pasquale, to UCLA players, fans and family alike, our hearts and prayers go out to you in the coming weeks.
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Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:49 AM

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:55 AM

Sorry if this comes off as arrogant, because it's not intended too. But in this situation, UCLA couldnt be going to a better place in the country. I can guarantee they will be treated with the upmost respect in this situation. Not that they wouldnt be elsewhere, but I can guaranteed with 100% certainty that it will be exclusive respect all across the board in Lincoln saturday. With a couple teams made up of a lot of young guys, this is a tremendous life lesson. I expect a very competitive, hard-fought, and CLEAN football game. And win or lose, UCLA will receive the treatment that every visiting opponent deserves anyway. Of course, UCLA has my sincere condolences.
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Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:56 AM

Terrible situation...................prayers go out to his family, team and fan base during this tough time.
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Posted 10 September 2013 - 07:01 AM


I know this is a tragic event, but i think this hurts the huskers chances. The whole UCLA team will be playing for this kid.



Like most emotional occurrences like this, it can go one of two ways. It can serve as a unifying and inspiring fuel for the team, or it can be something that really distracts from the game and the field (not that that is such a terrible thing - it's more important than a football game). It's tough telling until game time which way it will effect the situation.


To hear Mora say it, they've pretty much lost a couple of days and focus just trying to process this loss. And Mora doesn't seem like the kind of guy that would use a tragic event like this for gamesmanship or to lull Bo into a false sense of security.

Frankly, if the loss is hitting the team as hard as Mora indicated...I kinda wish there was a way we could just postpone the game. I know it's not realistic or feasible, looking at the schedules and all...but still--the kid was a walk-on that represented what was right with Mora's UCLA team. That's really got to hurt.
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Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:15 AM



I know this is a tragic event, but i think this hurts the huskers chances. The whole UCLA team will be playing for this kid.



Like most emotional occurrences like this, it can go one of two ways. It can serve as a unifying and inspiring fuel for the team, or it can be something that really distracts from the game and the field (not that that is such a terrible thing - it's more important than a football game). It's tough telling until game time which way it will effect the situation.


To hear Mora say it, they've pretty much lost a couple of days and focus just trying to process this loss. And Mora doesn't seem like the kind of guy that would use a tragic event like this for gamesmanship or to lull Bo into a false sense of security.

Frankly, if the loss is hitting the team as hard as Mora indicated...I kinda wish there was a way we could just postpone the game. I know it's not realistic or feasible, looking at the schedules and all...but still--the kid was a walk-on that represented what was right with Mora's UCLA team. That's really got to hurt.


Agreed. As much as I love football, when stuff like this happens....I almost wish they just wouldn't play. Thought the same thing at Penn State in 2011 - but I suppose that's the best way to honor the kid's memory.
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Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:19 AM

Agreed. As much as I love football, when stuff like this happens....I almost wish they just wouldn't play. Thought the same thing at Penn State in 2011 - but I suppose that's the best way to honor the kid's memory.

You know, I bet a lot of the players feel that way right now. But when they look back on it most of them will be glad they played this game, win or lose.
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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:02 PM




I know this is a tragic event, but i think this hurts the huskers chances. The whole UCLA team will be playing for this kid.



Like most emotional occurrences like this, it can go one of two ways. It can serve as a unifying and inspiring fuel for the team, or it can be something that really distracts from the game and the field (not that that is such a terrible thing - it's more important than a football game). It's tough telling until game time which way it will effect the situation.


To hear Mora say it, they've pretty much lost a couple of days and focus just trying to process this loss. And Mora doesn't seem like the kind of guy that would use a tragic event like this for gamesmanship or to lull Bo into a false sense of security.

Frankly, if the loss is hitting the team as hard as Mora indicated...I kinda wish there was a way we could just postpone the game. I know it's not realistic or feasible, looking at the schedules and all...but still--the kid was a walk-on that represented what was right with Mora's UCLA team. That's really got to hurt.


Agreed. As much as I love football, when stuff like this happens....I almost wish they just wouldn't play. Thought the same thing at Penn State in 2011 - but I suppose that's the best way to honor the kid's memory.

Bo alluded to this after that Penn St game. These coaches first and foremost jobs are as educators. It's a time to teach a life lesson that sometimes sh#t happens, and it's just not a time for a game. It's time for a lesson.

Now, on the other side of the coin, in a situation like this one, it may be a great healing tool for the UCLA program to get back on the field and play the game they love, that their fallen teammate loved, in honor of him. They get to go to the greatest place to visit in all of college football where they know they'll be treated with the upmost respect in a time of great need, and play an important game where they can just let it all hang out. I have a feeling both teams will make that young man looking down very proud.
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