It's a good thing Husker fans have a full year before Nebraska begins playing in the Big 10. It's a good thing because it'll take a full year to make that transition. I'm not talking about dealing with a new schedule, or figuring out how you're going to get the Big Ten Network, nor am I talking about what the new Big 10 divisions will look like. Dealing with these changes will be relatively easy.
For some of us the conference move cuts to the core of who we are as fans. It's a complete shift (A paradigm shift? Well, yes, but i hate that phrase) in how we've approached college football season since we've been cognizant of our fanaticism. I really can't explain that right now.... but perhaps I can illustrate the problem better (after the jump).
(banging head on table) WAaaaahhhh WAAAHHHHHH wwaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!
What the hell is wrong..... Oh! Ha! That whole "Nebraska Joins the Big 10" thing is just now hitting you, isn't it?
What have we DONE? Why did this happen? Who's done this to me?
Tom Osborne, Jim Delany, maybe that Dodds guy from Texas.
I hate them! I HATE THEM ALL!
Calm down. No one hates Tom Osborne.
No you don't. The only people who hate Tom Osborne are people who like Satan. You don't like Satan, do you?
No, but someone must pay.
Dan Beebe was in on it too.
Is that that guy with the giant forehead?
I'll blame him then.
Good choice. Great choice, actually, a lot of other people blame him too. Okay, you're calm, right?
So what's really bothering you about all this? You'll miss playing Iowa State, Kansas State, or the Missouri Tigers? Is that what's gotten you so upset?
NO. I don't care about that.
So what is it?
I suppose you'll want me to like these Big 10 people.
Well, yeah. They've been pretty nice to us so far. It's been pretty amazing.
So.... I have to like Iowa now?
Let's not get crazy.
There's one other good thing I can think about all this.
At least I've only been around a couple years. It's not that big a transition for me. But for you, wow! What are you, 60?
I turned 48 in June, for crying out loud. I'm not that old.
48!!!! You're ancient! You have a lot of memories, a lot of past to deal with!
What do you mean, "to deal with"?
Oh, come on. You've been making fun of the Big 10 for years. You've hated them. You've been mean to them.
That's not true.
It is. Remember that time you said the Rose Bowl was overrated and that you were tired of hearing about it?
In fact, you guys have been calling their conference overrated for a long time. Remember the bit about the "Big Mac"?
That was Mike.
Nice try, buddy, but you attacked them for being mediocre, too! I can see it - in just a couple months, you'll be making excuses for the same conference you've spent the last 60 years bashing! You'll be a Big 10 apologist! I'll bet you'll need counseling!
I never really thought of it that way.....
You're one of those "root for the conference guys", aren't you!???
Yeah, I guess I am.
That means you might end up having to root for Iowa!
Oh.... good lord.....
What if it comes down to Iowa versus Oklahoma for a national title?
(banging head on table) WAaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh WAAHHHHHHHHHH