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  • Solly Memorial

    Solly Memorial

    I want to extend my appreciation to everyone for the sentiments and condolences expressed in remembrance of Mark. Also, a special "thank you" goes out to HuskerVotary for his generosity in providing red and white flower arrangements at the memorial service, with the message "Mark's Cornhusker Brothers and Sisters".

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  • Sad Day for BigHuskerFan.com

    Sad Day for BigHuskerFan.com

    As I small memorial to our departed friend I have I re-published his last few Blog Posts.

    We miss you Solly!
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  • The Long, Dark Path Back to the Light - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon

    The Long, Dark Path Back to the Light - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon



    "Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans. Battle is the most significant competition in which a man can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base."

    - Excerpt from General George S. Patton''s address to the 6th Armored Division, May 31, 1944

    It wouldn't take...
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  • Black Friday Red Tag Special - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon

    Black Friday Red Tag Special - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon



    “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain, 1906


    Twain sent this characteristically-pithy retort via cable from London to the press in the United States after he’d caught wind of his obituary having been erroneously published in several newspapers back home.

    He’d persist for several more years, passing away in 1910. He’d quipped that he’d arrived with Halley’s Comet in 1835, and that he’d be both surprised and disappointed if he didn’t depart with it, as well.

    Sure enough, he died the day after the Comet’s closest approach to the Earth, April 21st, 1910. Talk about calling your shot! The point is that the press is far from infallible, and what makes for a sensational lede in a newspaper isn’t worth much if the underlying facts are incorrect or incomplete. (2016 has been quite a year for demonstrating the truth of that assertion). For the last week, following Nebraska’s blue-collar dispatching of Maryland in Lincoln, most of the media has been declaring the Huskers’ impending doom at the hands of the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City tomorrow. These breathless assertions have been based on two premises or presumptions, one that’s shaky at best, and the other that had yet to be determined at all. The first premise is that since Iowa upset Michigan, they’d obviously found their groove, and would be more than a match for Nebraska. Anyone who watched that game knows that it was as much or more a matter of Michiga...
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  • Closing Ranks - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon

    Closing Ranks - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon




    “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead.”
    1. [*=center]Henry V, Act III, by William Shakespeare
    The battle rages all around, and comrades and foes alike fall all about you. But the line must hold, or all will be lost, so you do the only thing you can; you fill the hole with the next available able bodies, and as they fall, the next. And the next. At some point, the bodies aren’t so able, but they still step forward, some grimly, some with an odd serenity, some even with a smile…because it’s duty. It’s dedication to something larger than themselves. Something worth the risk, the pain, the sacrifice. Oftentimes, the sacrifice of the fallen themselves creates the motivation for the living to fill the breach and fight on, so that their sacrifice will not have been in vain. With few exceptions, history richly rewards the peoples or countries whose best shone through when things were at their worst, those who fought on from battle to battle until the greater war was won, be it on that field or the next, days, weeks, months, years or even generations later. Fight on, because you should; because you must. Step over your brother’s body to honor his sacrifice with your own offering. Battling for King and Country, for life and limb are, of course, much less trivial than mere sporting events, and certainly the stakes are infinitely higher. The fallen seldom rise from those fields, after all. But anyone who has ev...
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  • Burn the Film…Burn the Boats. New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon

    Burn the Film…Burn the Boats. New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon

    Well…that didn’t go very well. Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer, after striding off the field following a 62-3 shellacking of Nebraska, stated flatly during his postgame press conference, “I didn’t see this coming.”, and “That’s not what we saw on film.”. He wasn’t referring to the outstanding athleticism and very sound execution from his own Buckeyes, which had been on display all evening long, as they laid ruin to a heart-wrenchingly-hapless Husker squad. He was talking about the sheer ineptitude, incompetence, and, sadly, hopelessness that bled from every pore of the NU team, as they stood like a deer in the headlights while OSU went up and down the field at will…all…night…long. 11 of 15 on third down conversions, plus 1 for 1 on fourth down – that’s 12 of 15 drives where NU’s defense couldn’t seal the deal – ZERO punts, 37:18 time of possession, 86 plays, 590 yards of total offense, 6 trips into the red zone, six scores, one long, debilitating “explosive” play after another, and, again, SIXTY-TWO POINTS. And that was just the offense. Two pick-sixes by the Buckeye defense – one on the very first NU offensive series of the game, added to the Husker’s misery, as well as their humiliation, even as they padded the Buckeyes’ “scoring offense” stats, (Odd that they still don’t separate out defensive scoring in official stats). Meanwhile, Nebraska’s offense was about as imposing as a fainting goat with anemia. 204 total yards, 3.25 yards per carry on the ground, 9 of 33 for a measly 126 yards passing, and all of 3 points – on NU’s second drive of the game. The rest...
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  • No “W” in “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon

    No “W” in “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon



    The last couple of weeks, we’ve all heard a lot of discussion among college football fans and punditry as to of whether the 2016 Nebraska football team “belonged” in the Top Ten. Some was less discussion that derision, rife with sarcasm and even giggling ridicule from ESPN’s “College Gameday” crew.

    The answers ranged from the depths of “No way!” to the tepid height of “Not yet.”, with no statements, assertions or analyses lacking a healthy dose of “but” sprinkled throughout. The final consensus – such as it was – was that whether or not Nebraska was or was not worthy of being ranked among the nation’s Elite would be determined by their performance at Camp Randall Stadium, facing the Wisconsin Badgers in a raucous night game last week.

    If the Huskers face-planted – again – and got boat-raced out of the stadium, then their fall from grace would be swift, long, and irreversible. If they won, they’d be among the handful of favorites for the 2016 College Football Playoffs. If they could just stand toe-to-toe with the media darling of the moment, (a team that gets more credit for losses than any in recent memory, mind you) , they could do more to earn their ranking than they’d done in the seven victories they’d already posted in 2016.
    Well, they stood in, fought furiously for four quarters to take the game into overtime, and…lost.

    Somehow, the media decided that 6-2 Wisconsin was just so good, that those two losses were so justifiable as to barely even count, that this close loss by the Huskers merited sober and respectful consideration to the point that it earned Nebraska not only consideration among the Elite, but the right to remain counted among the fabled Top Ten.

    Nebraska fell from 6th to 10th, and has been mentioned with an oddly welcome casualness as one of “the” programs in the week that followed. They’d lost the game, but earned the respect of the College football world. My observation of the cachet imparted by all of this newly-bestowed “respect”? “So what?” Over the course of the 2016, the Huskers have won many of their games in an “ugly” manner, grinding out wins with all the subtlety of a dumptruck, often
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  • Staggering from Boilermakers to Straight Wiscy - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon

    Staggering from Boilermakers to Straight Wiscy - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon

    "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." That little chestnut is usually attributed to Mark Twain, who actually attributed it to Former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, but it’s not found anywhere among Disraeli’s voluminous writings. There are any number of possible points of origin for the pithy little truism, but truth is truth, regardless of origin. This particular truism can probably be applied to almost any pre-game analysis of a college football game, of course. Football is a game of match-ups, and in the extremity, it would be possible for a statistical David to bring down Goliath; in fact, it happens several times a season. It’s also true that what happened on the field last week against one opponent has little bearing on what will happen this week against another. Heck, what happened on one series in a game may not bear any resemblance to the next. College football is a dynamic, fluid game, with a lot of moving parts, many of which don’t show up on a stat sheet or a performance index – “measurables” only take you so far. It’s a game played by 17-to-23 year old young men, with their entire lives in flux as they balance the immense demands of this amazing game, the workload of a college curricula, the emotional meanderings of youth – from girlfriends to homesickness to the relentless background cacophony of social media. Add to that injuries and yes, the weight of fans’ expectations and history’s lofty requirements, and it’s not a stretch to say that practically anything can happen, and on any given Saturday, probably will. Most any even moderately knowledgeable college football fan would likely agree with this, and yet, we still constantly see teams regarded as “Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t” (that quote is from fire-and-brimstone American evangelist Lorenzo Dow, for you trivia buffs). So, when a top ten team like Nebraska plays a perennial sadsack team like Purdue the week after they’ve just fired yet another Head Coach, ...
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2017 Football Schedule/Results

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Nebraska vs. Arkansas State
Memorial Stadium - Lincoln, Nebraska
September 2 7:00 PM CST

2017-09-02 19:00:00 GMT-05:00 until kickoff.

Date Time Opponent Score TV
09/02
7:00 PM Arkansas State
BTN
09/09
3:30 PM @ Oregon
FOX
09/16
11:00 AM Northern Illinois
FS1
09/23
2:30 PM Rutgers *
09/29
7:00 PM @ Illinois *
FS1
10/07
TBA Wisconsin *
10/14
TBA Ohio State *
10/28
TBA @ Purdue *
11/04
TBA Northwestern *
11/11
TBA @ Minnesota *
11/18
TBA @ Penn State *
11/24
3:00 PM

Iowa *

FS1
12/02
TBA Big 10 Championship
TBA Bowl Game
Season Record: Big 10 Conference:
* Conference Game
Final score links to game stats.

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  • Solly Memorial
    BHF Administrator
    I want to extend my appreciation to everyone for the sentiments and condolences expressed in remembrance of Mark. Also, a special "thank you" goes out to HuskerVotary for his generosity in providing red and white flower arrangements at the memorial service, with the message "Mark's Cornhusker Brothers and Sisters".

    ...
    06-15-2017, 10:03 AM
  • Sad Day for BigHuskerFan.com
    charlie
    As I small memorial to our departed friend I have I re-published his last few Blog Posts.

    We miss you Solly!
    06-02-2017, 01:52 PM
  • The Long, Dark Path Back to the Light - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon
    Solly


    "Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans. Battle is the most significant competition in which a man can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base."

    - Excerpt from General George S. Patton''s address to the 6th Armored Division, May 31, 1944

    It wouldn't take...
    12-30-2016, 01:14 AM
  • Black Friday Red Tag Special - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon
    Solly


    “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain, 1906


    Twain sent this characteristically-pithy retort via cable from London to the press in the United States after he’d caught wind of his obituary having been erroneously published in several newspapers back home.

    He’d persist for several more years, passing away in 1910. He’d quipped that he’d arrived with Halley’s Comet in 1835, and that he’d be both surprised and disappointed if he didn’t depart with it, as well.

    Sure enough, he died the day after the Comet’s closest approach to the Earth, April 21st, 1910. Talk about calling your shot! The point is that the press is far from infallible, and what makes for a sensational lede in a newspaper isn’t worth much if the underlying facts are incorrect or incomplete. (2016 has been quite a year for demonstrating the truth of that assertion). For the last week, following Nebraska’s blue-collar dispatching of Maryland in Lincoln, most of the media has been declaring the Huskers’ impending doom at the hands of the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City tomorrow. These breathless assertions have been based on two premises or presumptions, one that’s shaky at best, and the other that had yet to be determined at all. The first premise is that since Iowa upset Michigan, they’d obviously found their groove, and would be more than a match for Nebraska. Anyone who watched that game knows that it was as much or more a matter of Michiga...
    11-24-2016, 11:59 PM
  • Closing Ranks - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon
    Solly



    “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead.”
    1. [*=center]Henry V, Act III, by William Shakespeare
    The battle rages all around, and comrades and foes alike fall all about you. But the line must hold, or all will be lost, so you do the only thing you can; you fill the hole with the next available able bodies, and as they fall, the next. And the next. At some point, the bodies aren’t so able, but they still step forward, some grimly, some with an odd serenity, some even with a smile…because it’s duty. It’s dedication to something larger than themselves. Something worth the risk, the pain, the sacrifice. Oftentimes, the sacrifice of the fallen themselves creates the motivation for the living to fill the breach and fight on, so that their sacrifice will not have been in vain. With few exceptions, history richly rewards the peoples or countries whose best shone through when things were at their worst, those who fought on from battle to battle until the greater war was won, be it on that field or the next, days, weeks, months, years or even generations later. Fight on, because you should; because you must. Step over your brother’s body to honor his sacrifice with your own offering. Battling for King and Country, for life and limb are, of course, much less trivial than mere sporting events, and certainly the stakes are infinitely higher. The fallen seldom rise from those fields, after all. But anyone who has ev...
    11-18-2016, 09:56 PM
  • Burn the Film…Burn the Boats. New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon
    Solly
    Well…that didn’t go very well. Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer, after striding off the field following a 62-3 shellacking of Nebraska, stated flatly during his postgame press conference, “I didn’t see this coming.”, and “That’s not what we saw on film.”. He wasn’t referring to the outstanding athleticism and very sound execution from his own Buckeyes, which had been on display all evening long, as they laid ruin to a heart-wrenchingly-hapless Husker squad. He was talking about the sheer ineptitude, incompetence, and, sadly, hopelessness that bled from every pore of the NU team, as they stood like a deer in the headlights while OSU went up and down the field at will…all…night…long. 11 of 15 on third down conversions, plus 1 for 1 on fourth down – that’s 12 of 15 drives where NU’s defense couldn’t seal the deal – ZERO punts, 37:18 time of possession, 86 plays, 590 yards of total offense, 6 trips into the red zone, six scores, one long, debilitating “explosive” play after another, and, again, SIXTY-TWO POINTS. And that was just the offense. Two pick-sixes by the Buckeye defense – one on the very first NU offensive series of the game, added to the Husker’s misery, as well as their humiliation, even as they padded the Buckeyes’ “scoring offense” stats, (Odd that they still don’t separate out defensive scoring in official stats). Meanwhile, Nebraska’s offense was about as imposing as a fainting goat with anemia. 204 total yards, 3.25 yards per carry on the ground, 9 of 33 for a measly 126 yards passing, and all of 3 points – on NU’s second drive of the game. The rest...
    11-12-2016, 01:01 AM

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