Saturday, November 26, 2011

Iowa - Nebraska Football

Gary Dolphin & Kirk Ferentz recording their pre-game radio show.
Not the typical Thanksgiving day routine for the Hawkeye football team, but it will become this in the future. Iowa and Nebraska will become the norm on Black Friday whether it is in Lincoln, Nebraska or Iowa City. The first meeting of the "Hereos Game" took place at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium and the outcome went to the home town team. But over 6,000 Iowans travelled across the border to the west for their first conference game in that direction.

Nebraska spent their first season in the Big Ten and it has turned out to be a good fit. The atmosphere is much like fans are accustomed to in Ann Arbor, Madison, Iowa City and Columbs. Football has traditionally been important to the fans in Nebraska and it is not taken lightly by them or by their university. Nebraska definitely is about Football.
 The rivalry between these two teams extends into the video departments. Husker Video Coordinator, Mike Nobler holds the travelling trophy that goes to the winning video staff. In the past the Huskers had a trophy with Colorado, the final game of their Big 12 schedule.
 Prior to the game the Husker Football Video Staff prepares for Senior Day. Within the office is a remote cam used to record the end zone angle for exchange purposes. That remote cam is used by both teams, but we were the first to experiment sharing the network tv platform in the south end zone. Important to the Iowa Football staff is having each end zone shot for teaching purposes. The Iowa coaches like to have their backs to the camera, something our video staff was able to provide for all but two games (Minnesota and Purdue).
 The tradition of Nebraska Football is something everyone in Lincoln is proud of. Although they haven't won a conference championship since 1999, they are proud of their individual and team honors. Above is a sampling of the national honors - Heisman Trophies - and alongside of these (not pictured) are the Remington, Outland and others.
 Of course the Husker fans are proud of their National Championships. The bulk of them came in the 90s. These greet you as you enter the Nebraska Football offices.
And part of the current tradition of Nebraska Football is the Tunnel Walk. It may have been the original team entrance in college football, and many are patterned after it today. On this red carpet the players leave their locker room to the 80,000+ fans of Memorial Stadium.

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