I'm here. Let's break it all down and solve some problems. Only friendly clowns welcome in this chat.
@BojiHusker: I'm not going to tell you you're wrong. I didn't think Nebraska played well for three quarters on Saturday. I thought it was the team's worst defensive performance of the season. What I will say is I think Nebraska fans who have been around a while are going to have to get used to more NFL-type of games. The days of cushy 38-point wins over a conference foe are mostly gone. Teams like Illinois have talented guys, just not as many as Nebraska. You saw that depth come into play in that game on Saturday. As I said previously, this Husker team is going to have to fight like heck to win the West. Right now I think Husker fans should be happy that their team is responding better to adversity than it has in the past. More tests are coming, tougher tests. But this team appears to be stronger mentally.
Sometimes in our revisionist history we also forget even some of Tom's good teams had to walk on the edge, too. Go back and review that '93 season as an example. That team came within a missed field goal of a national championship yet could have lost a game to Kansas on the road had a two-point conversion gone the other way. Not saying this team is prepared to make a run like that one was. But college football has more parity than it did 23 year years ago, and even 23 years ago, you sometimes had to scrap to get past a team everyone expected you to whip.
@buster: That car has about 160,000 miles on it and will still go another 5-6 years if I want to roll with it. I'm not going to be like Georgia and get rid of a perfectly reliable friend (Mark Richt) for something that looks shinier but probably won't get the same results in the long run.
@SiliconValleyHusker: I don't mind coaches who expect journalists to show up and not just go through the motions. In fact, I applaud that. But I much prefer covering a guy like Mike Riley, who understands not every question asked of him is going to come out just right, but takes the spirit of the question and delivers a well thought out answer that benefits not just the reporter but the fan base that makes the program what it is.
@Robin: I don't know what to do with this question Robin, but I wish I were fishing today. Up in Minnesota, though. I don't know the Nebraska lakes at all, I'm sad to say.