[Jon: Promoted from the Fanposts section.... in all the hoopla. Or hype, or whatever you want to call it, I'm glad somebody said something. If you take a moment, it is pretty sad to think about all of the tradition we left behind.[
Well, it's officially here. Over 100 years of tradition. From the cold autumn days in Ames, to the warmer but still chilly Novembers of Oklahoma. From the Rockies of Colorado to the Ozarks of Missouri. All gone in seemingly the blink of an eye.
We've officially moved on, moved east, moved forward.
This is truthfully the first time I've realized that there will be no more Games of the Century. There will be no more 2 ½ hour drives to Manhattan. There will be no more buff bashing.
I feel defeated.
The solemn realization, much like getting divorced, that you're free, liberated but also knowing that there will be many things you miss about your ex. I won't miss Kansas, Texas Tech, or Baylor but I will miss Oklahoma and constantly striving to outdo them. I'm going to miss ribbing my Mizzou J-school friends after another loss to Nebraska. I'm going to miss the familiarity that came along with being in the same place for so long.
Saturday we officially start a new chapter in our school's proud 142 year history. It starts in Madison, Wisconsin. Home to the 7th ranked Badgers. Whose athletic director once played for this great university, whose head coach once played under a grad assistant by the name of Mark Pelini. Whose uniforms seem to mirror ours in a bizarro-Superman sort of anonymity with a single letter on the side of the helmet being the largest discrepancy.
We're alike in many ways, yet have so little in common.
Nebraska mirrors so many of the legendary programs in the Big Ten, whether it's being in the top-10 on the all-time wins list, or having some of the most legendary coaches in college football history, our history shows we are much better aligned with other Big Ten schools than we were with many of our Big XII counterparts. However, none of the other Big Ten schools are nearly as defined by their university as Nebraska is.
What this all means.
I understand change is an inevitable part of life. But there were many who were born and died during Nebraska's 100 year run in the MVIAA, MVC, Big 6, Big 8, and subsequently the Big XII. So many things changed in the time; 2 world wars, the television, the computer, the internet. But Nebraska was always in the same conference.
There are places I'll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all...