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Nebraska Cornhuskers taking L’s earlier than heading to Eire


The season hasn’t begun and Nebraska has already suffered an L
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School soccer season is sort of upon us, and this yr the model is formally increasing. After COVID issues nixed final yr’s try to carry a sport at a world locale, the pandemic has been round for therefore lengthy that no one cares anymore. So prepare, individuals who have been upset about their ruined plans to go to Eire for the Nebraska-Illinois sport, right here come the Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats.

Everybody, seize your leprechaun-tinged Husker gear, bottles of Jameson, pints of Guinness, and such, and prepare to get shit-faced with the locals. Dubliners are recognized for his or her folksy disposition and appreciable endurance, so let’s test in to see how excited they ar— whoa-my-god.

“If Aer Lingus and the litany of different company sponsors concerned on this shindig wished to provide Irish sports activities followers a style of the genuine faculty soccer expertise, in all its exploitative, chew-these-young-men-up-and-spit-most-of-them-out glory, they’ve chosen properly.”

That’s only a snippet of Irish Times writer Dave Hannigan eviscerating the Nebraska program earlier than Herbie may even placed on his inexperienced overalls. It appears as if the sins of Husker’s previous have been diligently Googled and sorted.

In the event you’re a fan of the Huge Purple, and never into masochism, look away.

Hannigan discovered just a few skeletons within the closet, and sadly he might’ve discovered extra.

He brought up:

  • Maurice Washington bailing out the team during its home-opener against South Alabama despite involvement in revenge porn that got him suspended for a half, and eventually dismissed from the team
  • Lawrence Phillips breaking into Scott Frost’s apartment, and dragging his ex-girlfriend down flights of stairs before smashing her head into a mailbox
  • The university’s stint on probation as a result of Frost’s illegal practices, which got him a five-day ban, which Hannigan noted
  • New offensive coordinator Mark Whipple’s suspension while at UMass for comparing a foul against one of his players to “rape”
  • Offensive analyst Ron Brown’s rampant homophobia that goes unchecked because scripture says “homosexuality is a sin”
  • The waste of human flesh (my words, not his) “fans” who told three of their own players that they deserved to be lynched for kneeling in protest prior to the national anthem before a game in 2016

Well, when you put it like that…

And that’s not including the shots at the school’s recent struggles and at the farce of American college athletics in general. “An institution with a proud history of winning (although not lately)” was a particularly hurtful barb, but finishing that sentence with “and an equally hard-won reputation for often doing the wrong thing when it matters most” was downright malicious.

A couple of corporations getting together to rattle a few more Euros and/or dollars out of the wallets of more-than-willing consumers is nothing new. It’s like any other promotion, and if what you’re pushing has a trove of past heinous crimes as well as an array of current face plants, the profit has to outweigh the backlash.

These are well-publicized, often-overlooked incidents that most supporters of the school try to forget — or at most furrow their brows and shake their heads at. We know why the Huskers are going to Ireland, and Dave was on that one, too.

“There are sound financial reasons for bringing this match to Dublin. The Nebraska faithful will travel in great numbers and spend hugely. The live television broadcast will include sumptuous shots of scenic Ireland and inevitably twee shamroguery to boot.”

I don’t know what the fuck “twee shamroguery” is, but my guess is it’s the cultural equivalent of donning a sombrero on Cinco de Mayo. Also, I’m using that, and his kicker “Céad míle fáilte” — which means “100,000 welcomes.” Just gotta figure out how to pronounce it.

It’s not every day that your team gets roasted in Gaelic, and even though I’m a Husker fan, I feel a certain kinship with Hannigan. Screaming into the void about the injustices of capitalistic assholes trading their integrity for a sizable profit is three-fourths of what I do.

So, my apologies in advance, Dave. The football program aside, Nebraskans are generally nice people. I don’t have any friends who are rich (or stupid) enough to go to the game, but I’ll remind the ones reading here not to order any Irish car bombs.

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