The 2005 Nebraska football team
It felt like things were turning around. It did for me. The team went 8-4, a vast improvement over the previous season, the first losing season since 1961. The non-conference games weren’t spectacular - with victories over Maine, Wake Forest, and Pitt - but they were wins. Next up Nebraska beat a ranked Iowa State team in overtime.
Then came the first loss of the season, a 34-31 disappointment against Texas Tech at home. The Red Raiders took off to a 21-0 lead, but Kevin Cosgrove’s defense stiffened in the second half. Our beloved Huskers held a 31-27 lead when defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith intercepted a Tech pass, but then tried to run with it only too fumble it right back to those bastards from Lubbock. Tech scored with 12 seconds left and Nebraska had their first loss of the season.
The second loss came at Mizzou. Quarterback Brad Smith rushed for 246 yards and put up 480 yards of total offense as an evil black and gold team (IS THERE ANY OTHER KIND OF BLACK AND GOLD TEAM?) put the stomping on our beloved Huskers.
That Nebraska lost the next week at Oklahoma was understandable. What happened the following week was not. Our beloved Huskers suffered their first loss against Kansas in 36 years as the streaks continued to fall. The final score was 40-15 as Mark Mangino’s Jayhawks racked up 428 yards to Nebraska’s measly 138.
Was the horrid defense a sign of things to come? You’ll have to stay tuned for the rest of the summer! I’m sure the suspense will bring you back every week!
Our beloved Huskers finished the season on a winning streak. They beat Kansas State, Colorado, and then outlasted the Weasels of Michigan 30-28 in the Alamo Bowl.
When I say “outlasted”, I mean it. This is the last play of that game.
People had a good feeling about of the season. Maybe y’all be hindsighters and say you saw the future. Not me. I am stupidly optimistic much of the time. Maybe not about the world in general. But about Nebraska football? Yes.
Evan W: I just wanted to add a bit to what Jon wrote, 2005 was the first time I attended a Husker game. My dad and I went to the Wake Forest matchup early in the season. My dad has told me in the past he was disappointed because I fell asleep during the game. In 2004 I was marginally interested in football, but nowhere near where I got in 2005.
My parents got my sister and I a trip to Disneyland for Christmas in 2005. We were scheduled to stay until December 27 or 28. My dad and I both convinced my mom and sister to change our flight to come back a day early so that we could watch the game. The last play of that Alamo Bowl is the first distinct memory I have of watching Husker football. There were bits and pieces from the 2004 season, kind of like my freshman year in college if you catch my drift, but that last play was extremely memorable to me.
Jon: I had never heard of this movie before it was put on our list. It was okay. Elijah Wood as Matt Buckner did a better job that I would have thought in this role, and the other lead character, Pete, was interesting enough, but I didn’t care what happened to them until the brother was sucked back into the hooliganism. It wasn’t until that point that I got invested in the outcome. At that point, I cared what happened to the brother, “The Major”, more than Matt or Pete.
It was an interesting look into futbol gangs, however, and other than hearing about them in the news I had no idea what they might be about. Is this a fair representation? Beats the hell out of me (pun attempted).
I found this when I went to Wikipedia to get the names of the actors:
Lead star Hunnam’s attempted Cockney accent was derided by many critics as the worst in film history.
I have no idea of whether his Cockney accent was decent or not. I had not a clue as to what they were saying about 70% of the time until around 45 minutes into the film.
I’d say it’s better than about 60% of the movies currently on Netflix. Would I recommend it? If you want to see a bunch of guys repeatedly beat the hell out of each other for no apparent real good reason, yes.
If you to see a movie about soccer, I’d recommend Shaolin Soccer from 2001.
Nate M: This is the 2nd of my three submissions for this series. I was looking for movies that people likely have not seen but still might enjoy.
One of the things I learned from the movie is that ALL EUROPEANS (YES, ALL OF THEM. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS) hate it when you call soccer...soccer. Also all Europeans (YES, ALL OF THEM. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS) are likely members of a hooligan gang. I’m not sure if hooligan gang is the correct word, but regardless.
A quote that stuck with me from this movie is, “You know the best part? It isn’t knowing that your friends have your back. It’s knowing that you have your friends’ back.” There is a lot of truth to that statement. There is a lot of pride and self-worth in standing for something even when it is hard.
Now, I don’t know how much it should apply to having your friends back as they go in to fight people because the other group loves the rival soccer team.
Reminds me of the people who always complain about how everybody around them are assholes, well my friend, it sure looks like the asshole is probably you.
The movie is still enjoyable, but probably applied more to me when I was younger and I could identify with the characters to a greater extent. I believe it is worth your time. In the end at least it isn’t something directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Evan W: Unlike last week, this movie was great. I love Charlie Hunan, he’s one of my favorite actors. He played an amazing role as Jax Teller in “Sons of Anarchy,” which this movie reminded me of. I never saw his movie “King Arthur,” but I heard it wasn’t very good. Elijah Wood played a decent role of Matt Buckner, but Charlie Hunan as Pete really stole the show for me.
I was unaware of this movie before Nate put it on the list, but I really felt like it spoke to me as a Nebraska fan. The love for English soccer, it’s not football, is insane. It truly reminded me of college football in the United States. Like Nate said, English people really hate when you call soccer its real name. My friends and I have talked about making a trip to London during the fall of 2020, and if we end up going you bet we’re going to call soccer by it’s real name. I hope we can go when there’s an international NFL game and a time when we can watch a soccer match. I have no idea if “firms” are real, but if they are we might start some beef with one who knows.
Next week we’ll be reviewing “Children of Men,” which is another movie I’ve never seen. It’s also Nate’s final choice of this series. We’ll see if he can get another good suggestion in because in my opinion, last week’s movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” was awful. Let us know your thoughts about “Green Street Hooligans” down in the comments.