Welcome to another edition of Sunday Morning Hot Takes!
Holy schnikes. Who would have predicted that Mike Riley era would have spiraled into high drama just three games into his first season?
We’ve got a lot of ground to cover so let’s get to the hot takes.
Um… dude… just put on your hater blockers and don’t worry about what the eggs are saying. And really people, just save yourself the drama and temptation to be a jackass and don’t follow players on social media.
POP QUIZ: What’s worse than watching your favorite team lose?
Watching your two favorite teams lose in one day.
I still have mixed feeling about what I did (and feel free to question the status of my Nebraskan citizenship) but with the Huskers trailing 33 – 10 in the fourth quarter, I decided to jump ship and head to the Dodger game. Clayton Kershaw was pitching and the prospect of snagging a seat above the bullpen to watch him warm up was a lot more appealing than continuing to watch what was spiraling down the drain in Miami.
(For the record, I did listen to the game the rest of the way and suffered the embarrassment of getting busted screaming in public when the Huskers tied it up.)
All in I spent a total of 7 hours watching my two favorite teams lose. Still, it was not a bad way to spend a Saturday.
If anyone needs to be blamed for the Huskers’ loss let’s blame the Captain America of Hollywood Blvd. With our Californians for Nebraska watch site a mere three blocks from the Hollywood Blvd freak show, I thought it’d be fun recurring gag to have characters model our score prediction every week.
The only rule I set for doing this is I have to go with the first character with whom I cross paths. Yesterday, it was a dead heat between Cap and Chewbacca. I rolled the dice on Cap thinking he’d be the lesser of the two crazies.
Boy was I wrong.
Before we got started, I explained to Cap what he needed to do (stand there, wear a hat) and handed him five bucks (a nice bump from the standard buck a photo). Cap then proceeded to art direct our photo shoot and when we wrapped, he asked me for another five because his charges ten a photo. FYI: It is illegal for the characters to name a price. Besides, the dude made five bucks in 30 seconds so F-him in the pie hole.
EXCUSES: Let’s stop making them. Even if Bo did his grocery shopping at the 99 Cent Store, Division I athletes are Division I athletes. Yes, it can take time to learn new plays and schemes but it isn’t like these guys are suddenly playing a whole new sport.
Congrats to Caneshades. There’s nothing we can do but tip our cap and stand by the road and cheer as the winners go by.
— Caneshades Unk (@caneshades83) September 20, 2015
Dirk Chatelain threw pretty some serious shade in the Huskers’ general direction in his post game story:
Truth is, Nebraska is lacking talent and/or depth in key areas. Defensive end. Linebacker. Cornerback. Offensive line. Wide receiver. Running back. Tight end. OK, lots of key areas.
Pelini didn’t recruit well the past few years. And Riley’s staff hasn’t maximized what they have, especially on defense. Bad combination.
And Dirk even dropped a “my goodness” in there so you know he means business.
THE BEST FANS IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Are sad Alabama fans.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 20, 2015
TOP HUSKER TWEETS FROM PEOPLE YOU AREN’T ALREADY FOLLOWING: C’mon, Hail Varsity. Let’s try to branch out a little next time. There’s some gold to be found on twitter from people who aren’t Gabrielle Union.
— Lance (@_LanceLawson) September 20, 2015
If you think about it, with the opener and today, we are a collective 8 inches from being 3-0
— Blackshirt Freshman (@BlackshirtFresh) September 19, 2015
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 19, 2015
Power of Positivity. GO BIG RED. pic.twitter.com/3JvGsuUXo9
— Andrew (@HuskerPower66) September 19, 2015
— UNL Problems (@UNLproblems) September 19, 2015
We are clearly losing because we didn't wear our red pants
— UNL Campus Squirrels (@HuskerSquirrels) September 19, 2015
It's like Melvin Gordon but in the passing game.
— Mike Purrriley (@Ndamukat) September 19, 2015
FINALLY: Still haven’t checked in with the buddy in question but if I don’t hear from him by this afternoon I will send out a search party.
— Big Red Fury (@BigRed_Fury) September 20, 2015