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I know especially now, after such a hard lost nobody really cares but I just wanted to share this. Before today the last time Nebraska lost it's opening game was on a hot day in 1985 to Florida State, the first game played after the birth of my younger brother. Four years earlier Nebraska loses it's first game of the year and of my life by fumbling away it's opening season game against Iowa. I had a life long hatred of Iowa that I never could quite explain until I found this out in my early teens. Four years before that, Nebraska loses it's opening game against Alabama, the first game played after my wife was born. Today's game was the first game played after the birth of my first child..... Also, first game played after my dad was born? Well he was born in the 50's ........so yeah, the curse goes back to there too. I'm curious about the birth year of my grandfather, but I'm pretty sure he was born in Michigan and never cared about football (or sports in general). Thanks for letting me share.
By now, I'm sure we're all aware of Nebraska adding BYU to the schedule, as well as the discussion that there is a handshake deal which may add BYU to future schedules in all sports, not just Football. If not, here's the article from the Journal Star discussing the football development. Now, here's the thing that gets disconcerting--we all know that the Big XII isn't exactly the most ethical of conferences, as we saw in the 2009 Big XII Football championship game and multiple times during the 2010 season when we were leaving. It's one of the (many) reasons Nebraska fans aren't exactly chomping at the bit to schedule Big XII teams during the non-conference season (save for Oklahoma, which is equal parts sensible and insanity). So, now we make with reports that BYU is aggressively seeking a seat in the Big XII. Of note: Now, there were talks about BYU joining the Big XII that fizzled out for a number of reasons, including (but not limited to) BYU only wanting to be a football member and not wanting to play any sport on Sunday. Now, it looks like BYU is willing to go all-in with the Big XII. Perhaps BYU is realizing what Texas figured out--that independence isn't worth the headache? --- Now, regarding Nebraska: any future home and home with BYU will likely be with them as a Big XII member. That includes being subjected to all of the old Big XII drama off the field once again (sure to give fans and players tiredhead), but all of the corrupt officiating on the field as well...perhaps as soon as 2015. Now, the problems weren't as pronounced with other sports during our last season, and I know we've already scheduled former Big XII teams in non-football sports--off the top of my head, ISU in Volleyball, and KSU in baseball. But the question is, do we really want to subject ourselves to reliving the past and having to hear Texas' side of the Big XII events taken as gospel in the media leading up to the season? Do we want to subject our kids on the football side of the equation to potentially the biggest helping of conference home cooking served up this side of a (then) Pac-10 officiated event? Is there an upside to engaging in all of this just to play BYU? Frankly, I think we (as an institution) deserve better. I do hope that if BYU goes to the Big XII, we say 'thanks, but no thanks'. (And yes, this is trivial, but it's the freakin' off-season. There are only so many 'what will be the 2-deep for the Spring Game' threads a fan can take).