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"That Burt Fussburger guy really turns me off."
Shelly Long as Diane Chambers from Cheers speaking to Bob Costas on a pre-game skit for the '86 World Series between the Mets and Red Sox. I will never forget this. One of the best laughs I've ever had. This was during the time you speak of when ol Burt was CBS's studio host for a lot of things. If he could leave the frickin politics at home he's a really polished game announcer, but I get sooooooo tired of his BS.
I've never been much of a fan of TO as a coach but there is no dispute he is a really good guy with a really big heart.
not comparable yet... Nebraska won the Big 8 or Big 12 every time they won a NC... Alabama won it last year without even winning its division.
Wow, would love to hear some of those stories.
If not the paper, then his mailbox. Ultimately, you want him to know you appreciate his kindness and the impact he had on your life.
I gotta give Bama its due here and say its current run is very impressive. I think its a toss up but perhaps give the Huskers a little edge (maybe I'm biased). Bama has faced a tougher schedule start to finish each year than we did because it was in a stronger and bigger conference, and had to win a conference championship game each year. None of its teams compare to the 95 Husker team, but last year's was really good. I agree that its' participation in the so-called championship game the last two years had a major luck factor and involved some serious and questionable politicking. That is probably the deciding factor for me; that along with the unfair media advantage they've had for at least 3 years now. Our Husker teams were more balanced and more dominant over all. I am not an SEC hater in any way other than they are the competition, AND WE NEED TO BEAT THEIR BRAINS OUT STARTING NEXT YEAR. I don't disagree with anyone who commented that it is very tough to compare, because it is, and perhaps futile.
Very seriously, I've posted about it before several times.
I won't get into a shouting match but T.O. might have been the most brilliant offensive mind of the 20th century. He was a heck of a coach... there's a lot of evidence to the contrary of your feelings towards him. Not only that, he knew how to manage egos (Tommie Frazier anyone?) and get the most out of them. He knew how to use the NCAA rules for his team and he knew how to motivate his team without getting hyper-emotional. He's a clear cut leader and a great coach... I think Bob Devaney was the better coach, but not far behind is Tom Osborne. Line him up with all the greats and he's right in there.
You will hand the crown over? It is a completely different time. They only have to beat the other 13 teams in the SEC because there is such an uneven playing field. What Nebraska did in the late 80's to 2001 will never be duplicated.
This. It will never be duplicated.
Your entitled to your opinion. A lot of evidence to the contrary and the comment about motivating his team is strange because this was always the biggest criticism of him; i.e. "how could his team show for a game so emotionally flat and this guy has a Ph.D. in psychology?"
ha... like they were emotionally flat all the time. That's rich.
Maybe... in the 70s and 80s when they could win the "big one," people might have been saying that, but from 93-97 that team didn't show up flat for a game often. You can't not be a great coach if your team basically wins 4 national titles in 5 years (wish instant replay was around in 1993).
This post was edited by klein12 15 months ago
Please guide me to the material about TO. I would love to read it. Emotionally flat, every coach has some of those games but overall TO always had his players motivated for each game.
Sorry, didn't mean to come across so strongly.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Kram 15 months ago
Amen to that. +1
No offense to anyone but younger people who weren't able to watch the huskers during these times don't really see how great TO and the huskers were for over all those years. They mostly relate and learn about our beloved huskers thru their parents, friends, media, etc. So without first hand experience it really is hard to understand things that happened when we were either to young and not born yet.
I can still remember the last touchdown against our ace enemy, the Miami Hurricanes, in the 1994 Orange Bowl. It was like a cleansing when the last second ticked off that clock and we were National Champs and maybe just as good we beat Miami on their home turff.
Look id like to have a way to not hand it over. But if they keep winning we are going to sound like we are hopped up on kool aid if we still try and say Nebraska's run is better. Explain why you think our run was better if they keep winning (from a national title perspective) not a consistency perspective which is I think what you are talking about? Im interested to know
I wrote him a 7 page letter and put it in his mailbox the day after the Capital One Bowl. felt good.
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