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No Complaints


If you have complaints about this year's Husker football team, please take them somewhere else. I really don't want to hear them.

I've been amazed by the chirping from Husker fans over the past few weeks. I actually saw a message board post from some fan wanting members of this coaching staff fired.

And while Internet message boards are hardly the place to look for the voice of reason, they do represent at least a portion of a fan base.

Some fans look to friends and co-workers to vent their frustrations. Others flock to the Internet to purge their emotions.

Either way, there's a collection of fans that always find fault. They freak out after a loss. They call for major changes within the program. When the offense struggles, they want a new offensive coordinator. The defense forces turnovers and fans cry about the yardage surrendered.

Obviously this doesn't apply to everyone. And I understand that part of being a fan is the right to criticize your own team. I get that.

But if you've found yourself complaining in recent weeks, stop for a second. Stop and think of what this team has accomplished.

This team has won nine games for the second straight season. Do you realize that Tom Osborne had to win bowl games in four of his first five seasons to reach nine wins? This year's team has done it with two games to play.

What the Huskers have accomplished this season is remarkable. This team lost its record-setting quarterback, two of the program's best receivers and still won the Big 12 North.

Do you realize the Huskers went 4-0 on the road in conference play for the first time since 1997? In fact, Pelini has directed the Huskers to a 6-2 Big 12 road record and an 8-2 mark against Northern Division opponents.

Still feel like complaining? Let's put it in perspective. Nebraska was 12-8 against the North in four seasons under Bill Callahan and was just 5-11 in Big 12 road games, including a pair of 0-4 road records.

These are the numbers that count - wins and losses. Points and yardage just don't matter.

Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson said it best.

"It's not romantic and you aren't going to get any style points for it… You want to do all these things, but hey, it's working. I can't apologize for 9-3 man, I can't."

I'm not saying fans can't be critical. But how can you complain about 9-3?

Send me your comments or story ideas to aaron@Huskeronline.com.

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