Welcome to the first installment of Sunday Night Hot Takes for the 2018 season.
Like we do most every Sunday, what will follow is an assortment of random thoughts both deep and not so deep, I guess you could call those shallow thoughts.
How the game began…
With 100+ Los Angeles Husker fans packed into our new watch site and huddled around each other’s phones because ABC insisted on showing whatever stupid game that came before it all the way to the bitter end.
The game finally came on just in time to catch the Huskers looking pretty good until they fumbled the ball away near Colorado’s red zone.
No worries. It’s the first game. This stuff happens. And then it happened again on their next drive and just like that Colorado was out to a 14-0 lead.
But then something magical happened.
The Huskers responded by rattling off an eight play, 75 yard touchdown drive. And that was only the beginning.
— Big Red Fury (@BigRed_Fury) September 8, 2018
Over the course of the next two hours or so, a lot of laughs were had, many high fives were slapped, and more than a few rounds of drinks were ordered as all of us watched in awe as the Huskers imposed their will on the Buffaloes.
It was shaping up to be a magnificent Saturday.
How the game ended…
It’s hard to be encouraged by what would normally be a soul crushing last minute loss to a former bitter rival but when you factor in:
It was the first game of the season under a new-to-the-players coaching staff.
True freshman Adrian Martinez stepped onto the field for his first real game in two years. While he looked like a true freshman at moments, he also looked like a world beating 5th year senior. He’s going to be a lot of fun.
The Killa Bees had SEVEN SACKS. Not to beat a dead horse that was buried months ago but last year’s defense had 14 sacks all season.
Colorado received more gifts from the Huskers and the refs than a Kardashian on Christmas and they still had to dig deep into Ralphie’s ass to pull out a win.
The mistakes that were made should all be easily correctable. I have a feeling there won’t be too many more dropped touchdown passes.
Larry the Cable Guy: Voice of Reason
Even though we lost this team is gonna be special. Proud of ‘em. We gave em 2 early TD’s and tried to give em some field goals but they evidently didn’t want those. It was are first game with our new coach after a rain out. Like he said “if your gonna beat us, beat us early.”Amen
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) September 8, 2018
What I’d like to see next week:
Adrian Martinez back on the field.
Andrew Bunch, aka Bunch Money, have a chance for some playing time that’s not due to injury.
The running back situation begins to sort itself out. It felt a little like they were holding an in-game audition on Saturday.
The Killa Bees force their first turnovers of the year. A couple of pass breakups should have been caught.
New Feature: Did the Huskers Earn a Postgame Trip to TCBY?
For the last three years, our signature gag to sum up the state of the Huskers was Mike Riley’s Balloon Watch.
We had a few glorious ones, like the day after Michigan State had their run at a perfect season derailed by a miraculous comeback.
But in the end, all that mattered is how Riley left the program he and his staff inherited.
Now that we have FHCMR’s last appearance out of the way, it’s time to unveil our new feature.
Say hello to the ScoFro FroYo Watch.
The ScoFro FroYo Watch can be explained like this: If you happened to be a frozen yogurt enthusiast who lived in Grand Island during the early 90s, you had a better than average chance of having a weekend Scott Frost sighting at the TCBY located next to the Grand Island Mall. The guy loved himself some TCBY and so did I. As someone who grew up in GI during the early 90s, a trip to TCBY was an event right up there with Taco Tuesday at Taco John’s.
I still get goosebumps just thinking about the heart stopping suspense when my mom would call to ask what the daily flavors were.* You could live a thousand lifetimes in that moment of silence. If they told her White Chocolate Mousse was on the lineup, my brother and I would be in the car before she hung up the phone.
[*You see, kids, back in the early 90s, there wasn’t an “internet” to look things up on and yogurt places didn’t off a magical rainbow of made up flavors. You got to choose between vanilla or something else and you were happy.]
So the question is: Did the Huskers earn a trip to TCBY?
You’re damn right they did.
This team is a full 180 from last year’s squad and outplayed the shit out of Colorado. If the Akron game wasn’t canceled, there’s no way they would have lost. By the time this four game series wraps up in 2024, the final tally will be Colorado 1, Nebraska 3.
While the Huskers did earn a hard fought trip to TCBY, it’s not a celebratory trip. As the team enjoys their frozen treat, I imagine there would be a candid and productive discussion about how to use this loss as a lesson to learn from so that it never happens again.
And while they earned the yogurt, they did not earn sprinkles. We’ll save those for when they return from the Big House with a win in a couple weeks.