Alright, if you’re living under a rock, here is the big news. Nebraska is joining the Big Ten Conference and Missouri is likely to follow. While my feelings are mixed, it is what it is. The Big Ten and college athletics are all about the money, so the ability to generate even more revenue makes this decision more of the same. We can’t fight it, so we just have to live with it. College sports are about to change forever with the Pac-10 taking some teams and ultimately the Big 12 conference will cease to exist.
I may throw in some opinionated tidbits for comparison. Don’t treat this as a journalistic article, its more of a response/joke.
So, lets meet Nebraska….
Nebraska Cornhuskers (fitting for the Big Ten)
Early nicknames included the “Hawkeyes” (now used by Iowa), the “Antelopes” , the “Old Gold Knights”, the “Bugeaters” and the “Mankilling Mastodons”. (Yes, that is not a joke, the “Bugeaters” and “Mankilling Mastodons” ) (Wikipedia told me its not a joke)
Notable Alumni: Johnny Carson, Warren Buffet, Ndamukong Suh (does that count?)
Mascot(s): Herbie Husker and Lil’Red.
You can go to 1:40 of the video below and thats really all you need to see.
Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, the football stadium is “Memorial Stadium” (original….)
They have sold out every football home game over the last 48 years straight.
When Nebraska plays a home football game, the stadium becomes the third largest city in the state.
The Missouri Tigers are their rivals, with the football meeting played for the “Victory Bell”. Nebraska leads the series 64-36-3.
Nebraska has the highest number of Academic All-Americans beating Notre Dame by a wide margin. (Alright, thats something)
Strongest Sports: Volleyball (Penn State is better), Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Men’s Track and Field, Football (Haven’t won Big 12 in eleven years)
Sports They Suck At: Basketball. (Nebraska has a distinction of one of the few major conference programs never to win a single game in the NCAA Tournament)
Sports They Don’t Have: Men’s Soccer (no fun), Men’s Swimming and Diving, Field Hockey
Other Varsity D-1 Sports: Bowling, Women’s Rifle
This is kinda the problem with Nebraska, its in the middle of nowhere and its kinda far away. Its on the other side of Iowa, which is already way too far out there.
All kidding aside, welcome to the Big Ten.
Except for you….you creep me out….