Anyone remember the corny kickoff poetry series last football season? One of the people that could write haiku at the drop of a hat, was Greg Mehochko. His way with words and sense of humor frequently have me laughing at my computer screen, especially when conversing on Twitter @thehooch36.
How did you become a Husker fan?
Greg: I'm from Illinois, where no one cares about college football. When I moved to Chadron to begin my radio career, I started with a pretty clean slate. And I kept it that way until 2006 when I was at the bar with friends watching the Huskers play USC. Even though the Big Red lost, finally having the opportunity to personally witness the passion of the fans was what really brought it all to a forefront for me. And since that time, I've gone back and familiarized myself with all that I had missed. I do, however, remember my dad cheering for the Huskers when they were playing Miami in the National Championship.
If you travelled forward in time and learned that the Huskers never win a Big Ten title or a national title ever again - would you still cheer for them?
Greg: There are some time travel theorists who believe one can only travel forward in time, not back. If that is the case, reluctant acceptance is all with which we are left. And at that point, I would be sad that I missed thirty more years of the consecutive sellout streak and the son of Rex Burkhead winning the Heisman.
What is your favorite Husker-related memory?
Greg: My first Husker game (and to date, only...but that will change when the Huskers come to Champaign this fall) was at the Rose Bowl in 2012 against UCLA. I know it wasn't a W, but it was the centerpiece of a great trip out west. Hell, it was the reason we went out to California in the first place. And that trip brought with it so many great memories.
Do you have any "superstitions" or routines that you have to do on game day?
Greg: "Dear Lord, the battles we go through life, we ask for a chance that's fair..." It doesn't matter the day - but that will send chills up my spine, for all the right reasons.
Ranchbabe's note: Just in case you have a hankerin' to hear it....
Among your family and friends, who is the most die-hard Husker fan? What makes you say that?
Greg: My buddy Josh - he was my roommate when I made the transition from casual college football observer to Husker fan. He is incredibly die-hard, and it was his passion that really exemplified to me what it meant to be a Husker fan.
What is something non-Husker related about you that people here at CornNation would be surprised or interested to know?
Greg: I wish I had something interesting to say. Really. The only thing I can think to say is that someday I want to own my own business, but according to my wife, we have to clear some bills off the ledger first. And I don't argue with the boss.
Ranchbabe's note: Smart man. Very smart man.
You're on an island with the CN Staff. Who do you kill and eat first?
Greg: Cobby. Not that I dislike him in any way...but he is the only actual food source.
What one thing about the Mike Riley regime has stuck out most to you so far?
Greg: It will be very difficult for TWoS to caricature him. No, I don't know. My five free article reads on the LJS.com have been used up, so I'm pretty out of the loop. I rely on the CornNation internal emails to get my information.