Wow! Three years ago, I joined the "blogosphere", partly to experiment with this new phenomenon called "blogs", partly to work on my writing, and partly to have a place to express my contrarian opinions to what was happening with Husker athletics. Thus was born "Blasphemy"... as my opinions certainly weren't politically correct in 2005.
2005. Most Husker sites were eagerly anticipating Harrison Beck's first start at quarterback as Nebraska's top ranked recruiting class was preparing to revolutionize football with recruiting leading the way.
Or so we were told anyway. I wasn't buying it at the time. I remember watching this "NU" era start off with a 5-6 season, a record some blamed on a lack of talent. On defense, one coach lamented the "worst secondary play" he'd ever experienced... yet the NFL ended up using early draft picks on most of those players.
It was blasphemy at that time to second guess the program. And until Thanksgiving 2005, it looked like I was right on... then Bill Callahan's program turned the corner against Colorado. 2006 had it's ups and downs, but nine wins was progress, even if many of the losses left nagging doubts. In the summer of 2007, I quietly wondered if the season progressed the way I wondered it could, I'd have to eat a lot of my words of doubt about Callahan.
Then 2007 happened. The "NU" era suddenly collapsed in an epically horrible fashion, and everything reversed. Tradition returned, and suddenly what was Blasphemous was now in fashion.
AJ the Huskerh8r labeled this the "somewhat sane Husker blog" since I expressed doubts about where Husker football was going. Now that things are changing, I'm much more optimistic about the future. That doesn't mean I'm expecting to go dancing out at 72nd and Dodge next January to celebrate a trophy. But somehow, I expect that AJ's going to drop the "sane" part. At least I'm hoping that Bo Pelini and company will give me plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future of Husker football.
Anyway, I just wanted to thank those of you who take time to read this blog. While it may not necessarily be considered "blasphemous" anymore, I have no intention to turn pollyanna either. Just like not everything that Bill Callahan and Steve Pederson did was bad, not everything Bo Pelini and Tom Osborne will be good. (Especially if they keep selling DVD's of Pelini's press conferences... Oy!!!)