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Re: Spring Games
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2019, 07:01:44 PM »
Why aren't the Hawkeyes called the Cornshuckers?

Why aren't the Cornshuckers called the Bugeaters?

Why aren't the Aggies called sheep molesters?

Why aren't the sooners called land grabbers

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Re: Spring Games
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2019, 08:19:16 PM »
the sooners are called land thieves 
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« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2019, 12:49:33 PM »
*** Frost made an interesting comment when he said that the Husker coaching staff isn’t afraid to show just how many more fans showed up at NU’s spring game than anywhere else in the country.

“We don’t negative recruit, I don’t want to blast other people, but we will show (recruits) photos of other schools’ spring games compared to ours,” Frost said. “That’s just a testament to our fans. There’s other schools with 200-300 people. … I expect ours to be sold out for a long time here.”
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Re: Spring Games
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2019, 02:49:43 PM »
He might want to be careful playing that game, it could backfire if other programs have more fans than NU.

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Re: Spring Games
« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2019, 09:08:45 AM »
there are usually a couple programs that have more fans at a spring game than the Huskers, but those teams are top 10 recruiting programs that he can't match for the 5 stars anyway.  And the number will be less than 5.

much more to gain than to lose

maybe OSU and PSU in the Big Ten
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Re: Spring Games
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2019, 09:29:42 AM »
If you claim to have more fans showing up than anywhere else in the country, and it is not correct, it's misleading, if anyone cares.


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« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2019, 10:20:28 AM »
I don't think he says that the Huskers always have more fans attend than any other program because that's just not accurate.  He knows better
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« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2019, 10:24:05 AM »
Yeah, I read the comment above that that he didn't make.

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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2019, 02:12:02 PM »
well, the stuff between the quotation marks doesn't say this ed zachery
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« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2019, 08:09:00 AM »
The Dawg spring game was predictably boring, I watched some of it.  They were passing on almost every down, which makes sense I think.  The two backup QBs made some nice throws and some bad ones (duh).  The freshman QB who is something like 6'6" and 200 pounds has wheels and a good arm, but needs weight, duh.  The Dawgs start off at Vandy and then two pastries before hosting ND, so perhaps they can get some experience and keep Fromm healthy.  Low attendance in part because of the lousy weather.

https://www.dawgnation.com/football/instant-analysis-defense-the-winner-as-red-edges-black-22-17-in-g-day-game

A lot of potential recruits present, which as noted, is perhaps the real reason for these things.

Does anyone know about when spring games became something folks attended as opposed to a scrimmage in the stadium in front of 200 people?

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« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2019, 09:43:04 AM »
Husker spring game attendance by year

I couldn't paste the chart, but this article shows the spring game at UNL has been around 5,000 folks since 1950.

My first spring game was in 1982, a can of beans donated got me in the stadium.  23,000 of us.  National titles and coaching changes boost attendance..

https://dataomaha.com/documents/husker-spring-game-attendance-through-the-years


1939: “Harvard” nips “Yale,” 10-7, as the Huskers’ spring practices end. Vike Francis� 26-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter was the difference, and more than 2,000 fans attended.
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Re: Spring Games
« Reply #25 on: April 22, 2019, 12:45:52 PM »
I don't recall it being "a thing" when I was in school (1972-1980).  I do recall the freshman games at times, not anything about spring practice.

Of course, back then "things were different".  When Nebraska demolished UGA in 1969, Dooley "realized" that perhaps he needed a more organized system of weight training.  They had not had one, the players were on their own.  Maybe they were encouraged or whatever, but they had no real weight training strength system.

I played volleyball with several starters in 1973 and they were not notably huge athletic specimens.  Our tight end often ended up opposite me on the net and we had some battles.  I think they current TEs would have destroyed me.  I was 6'4" and about 180 lbs and fairly athletic at the time.  I think today a football player on campus is easily recognizable as such most of the time, perhaps DBs excepted.  The UGA OL averaged about 245 pounds in 1995.  They average around 330 now.  I doubt any P5 team has a 245 OLman anywhere.

I suspect the spring game at UGA curca 1975 was simply the final scrimmage played in the stadium and anyone could show up, but it wasn't a thing.

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Re: Spring Games
« Reply #26 on: April 22, 2019, 01:55:31 PM »
I was born in '71, so there's a lot that went on before me (and a lot that's gone one during me thus far).

Looking at it today, it's easy to forget that college football was an activity at one point. It wasn't a multi-billion dollar linchpin affecting the viability of Universities and athletics programs. TV Sports contracts weren't something that could ruin an entire broadcasting network.

Even during my fandom, we used to be terrified of the summer - fearing the police reports detailing something stupid a critical player did. We don't really worry about that much now, because anyone with a future is staying at school all summer taking a class and primarily going through conditioning drills. If you're a player, it never ends.

Scholarships have limits. Practices have limits. You've convinced the alumni to fund a billion dollar monument to your program - one that only gets 6 or 7 games per year. Considering the official visits for recruits, open it up one more time and pretend. We all know its nothing, but it's the grandest form of nothing.

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« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2019, 02:34:56 PM »
My kids once asked me if I watched video tapes a lot when I was a kid.

Kids today may ask what the Internet was like in 1980.

Or cell phones.  Or computers.  

I walked up to the library today and was struck by all the large buildings that have sprung up around the area.  Circa 1950 this was a residential area.  A fairly tall couple of building were built around 1970.  Photos show them amidst a lot of houses.  It was an attempt to urbanize the area, and pretty much failed until about 2000 or so.  This whole area was vastly different when I was in tenth grade, and by the time I was in college it was an area to avoid unless you wanted drugs.

It was a nice walk for me, beautiful weather tending to being slightly warm in the sun.  I enjoy walking.

Things change.  I was writing a history of my family and made the remark that when my dad was born in 1917, their lives were no different from folks living in 1717, no electricity, no paved roads, no effective medicines, maybe a few cars, maybe not, ... if you live without electricity you basically are living in the Dark Ages.

That area today is a big retirement mecca.

This photo is from 1895 and shows a college game played across the street from where we live now:



I love this old stuff.  But I digress.

 

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