I ADORE Pelini, and I think he has been fantastic for Nebraska football and is really someone that I enjoy watching on the sidelines due to his passion. I also enjoy watching him basically be a douche to the media, I just get a kick out of it. He’s very similar to Belichick and Schwartz in that way that he just doesn’t give much information out. My concern with Pelini since last season is why he’s so gun-ho on Taylor Martinez as the QB. I think he sucks, he’s up and down, he’s a very selfish player and if he can run it he does even if there is a man open for a larger gain, I also don’t think he’s overly skilled with his pass, if it’s within 30 yards sure he’s ok, but anything longer his percentage declines to a scary level. I don’t believe that he has the skills to thread the needle, ever. Now, I could be wrong, it’s rare, but it does happen, but I just don’t think I’m wrong here. I worry that Pelini is attaching his star to Martinez and I don’t think that’s smart. Nebraska fans are very polite and will give ppl a second, maybe even a third try, but they are also educated on football (perhaps not much else but that’s an entirely different blog). Fans here are growing impatient with Pelini and Martinez and he can ask anyone, when that tide turns, you best pack up and get outta here b/c it’s not pretty. I worry that Pelini may soon head down that road and I really love him so I hope that’s not the case.
Now back to the quote.
"I don’t believe there’s any place for booing in a college stadium, and that’s something I feel strongly about."- Bo Pelini
I think Bo is wrong. I think he’s wrong b/c whether or not the NFL wants to admit it, college football is somewhat the NFL’s farm system. If these players don’t get use to the boo’s now when will they? One could argue that Henry (the new kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles) is buckling perhaps under the pressure and the boo’s. In Nebraska we went early to watch him warm up, he was our most reliable player, and if he missed one we realized the hundreds he had made previously and let it go. Fans in Philly don’t let it go, they turn on you so fast, you don’t get a second chance with them. I said when he went there that I didn’t think he’d make it there b/c of the fans and the negative pressure. I was right. Anyway back to Pelini’s quote, bottom line, he’s wrong. Pelini always struck me as a “get over it,” “walk it off,” or “put on your big boy pants and play the damn game” kinda guy, so I am somewhat shocked to hear him say that he doesn’t think his players should be boo’d. If no one boo’s them how does he expect them to react when they get to the NFL? What kind of life skills and coping education is that? Pelini, get over it, as long as your QB of choice sucks and your D doesn’t perform to the standards of Husker Nation you’re going to get boo’s just pray to god those boo’s don’t turn your direction. Husker’s fans don’t believe losing belongs in College Football, and guess what, that’s something we feel strongly about… Just sayin’