It's the offseason for Huskers athletics, the World Cup is over for most Americans, and we're a couple loooooong months out from kicking off the 2014-15 college football season. I don't know about you, but I need a Husker-related distraction or two to get me through this summer so what better time than now (what better place than here?) to debut a feature I'm going to call '#PictureMeTrollin'. I also backed myself into a corner when I announced the new feature on 93.7 The Ticket, but that's neither or nor there.
The premise is simple: I'll list out two or three polarizing talking points that will no doubt light up the comments section.
The talking points can be a statement, a question, a set of assumptions, myths or whatever. The main objective is to get the conversations flowing. I may actually believe some of the statements made or I may simply be trolling for a reaction. For those that aren't down with the internet lingo, here's the definition of an internet troll:
troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion
Got it? Good.
Hopefully this feature will lead to many cordial debates in our comments section and the hashtag #PictureMeTrollin catches on. I know the mods are REALLY looking forward to all of your reactions.
Now that we're on the same page, let's get this sucker rolling with our topics for the week...
Husker fans were pretty excited when Darin Erstad said "If you want to avoid guys leaving for the pros, recruit crummy ball players" when questioned about his current players leaving school early and his highly-touted recruits being signed before they even stepped foot on campus.
What if we applied that same logic to Bo Pelini and Husker recruiting? Are our players "crummy" since we haven't had too many players bolt for the NFL before their eligibility was exhausted?
Which Pelini recruits would have gotten drafted straight to the NFL if they were eligible right out of high school? More than likely the ones that were highly ranked out of high school.
Flip-Flopping in the Media:
Local beat writers and supporters of Bo Pelini have pointed out many times that fans shouldn't focus solely on stars and recruiting rankings when determining how "good" recruiting classes are. However, now that Bo and company are coming in hot for the 2015 class in terms of star rankings, the media and fans are quick to point out how great the 2015 class is shaping up to be. Which is it?
A Local Favorite is Overrated:
The Watering Hole's wings are overrated. That is all.
U mad yet? Let us know in the comments section. If you have ideas for the next set of topics tweet at @cornnation or myself (@midweztmaruader) with your thoughts and try to use the #PictureMeTrollin hashtag if you can.