Mike looks like he took out five minutes -maybe a few more with bathroom breaks - of his day to share with the world as to why Nebraska won't win the Big 12 North this season. Once again, Mike does his damnedest to prove to the world why Missouri will always be the
Read Mike's blog entry, "Nebraska Isn't Back Yet," right here. (I'll show you everything you need to see below.)
Mike's most articulate and convincing points:
- "Those people picking Nebraska to win the Big 12 North are abso-tooting-lutely nuts. This would include the venerable Phil Steele of Phil Steele’s (Venerable) College Football Preview fame."
- "The only reason I can see anyone picking Nebraska to win the North over either Kansas or Missouri this fall is they think Tom Osborne is recruiting and coaching the Cornhuskers instead of recruiting and being the athletic director and boss to Bo Pelini."
- "I can see a logical person - like myself - picking Kansas as the favorite. Todd Reesing is the most proven quarterback in the Big 12 North by a long shot. KU also has one of the two best receivers in the league in Dezmon Briscoe and a real gamer at wide out in Kerry Meier. Sure, KU’s offensive line appears suspect. And all those linebackers have to be replaced. But you can see picking Kansas to win the North."
- "I think Missouri - the Big 12 North’s representative in the league title game the past two seasons - is a solid No. 2 pick. Here’s where I shake my head in wonder at anyone picking Nebraska over Missouri but over Kansas as well. The Cornhuskers have an inexperienced quarterback, lost just as much as Missouri on offense, don’t have a running back of the caliber of MU’s Derrick Washington. Shouting The Blackshirts Are Back! seems based more on the hope that Bo Pelini is a defensive genius rather than a first-year college head coach that was simply better than Bill Callahan."
- "Here, really, is the main thing that leads me to believe Nebraska will NOT win the Big 12 North and could finished behind either Kansas or Missouri. The schedule. Kansas plays arguably the top two teams in the Big 12, hosting Oklahoma and playing at Texas. The Border War game with Missouri is again in Kansas City, where the Jayhawks and Tigers have split the last two games. KU should be favored to win the rest of its league games, including Nebraska in Lawrence on Nov. 14. Missouri’s toughest league road game will be at Oklahoma State. The Tigers play host to Texas, and play Kansas in KC. The Tigers should (I contend) be favored to win the rest of the games, including Oct. 8 in the league home opener against Nebraska. Often ignored fact: Missouri has beaten Nebraska three straight times in Columbia by an average of 23 points a game. Nebraska plays host to Oklahoma, but running around in front of the home folk doesn’t mean much against the Sooners. A Nebraska team that isn’t Oklahoma plays AT Missouri and Kansas."
"Mad Mike" finished his blog with.... "There now. I feel better. I’ve finished my first real blog. I don’t feel nearly as dirty as I thought I would." Welcome to the blogosphere, jackass. Let me roll out the red carpet for you. You may not feel dirty, but I speak on behalf of all us bloggers and commenters everywhere that we all feel like we just got done rolling around in shit.
Now, let's address your points Mike.
Nebraska doesn't have one running back of Derrick Washington's caliber, they have two. The "Blackshirts are Back!" talk is based on the fact that Nebraska finished second in the Big 12 in 2008 in total defense and have
a few all of their biggest weapons back. I shouldn't even have to say this, but 'Tom Osborne being boss to Bo Pelini' has nothing to do with it.
Ask anyone from Missouri with a GED if Nebraska lost just as much as Missouri on offense. Go ahead, ask someone. Missouri's first 4 Big 12 games - vs. Nebraska, @ Oklahoma State, vs. Texas, @ Colorado - means the Tigers could be (according to the dirty guys from Las Vegas, anyways) 0-4 to start league play, which doesn't count their remaining games vs. Robert Griffin III, @ Kansas State, and vs. Kansas in your backyard. The 'venerable' Phil Steele even told you all of this.
If you like that video above, check out his take on Oklahoma Sooner fans by clicking here.
You would think that it would be embarrassing for the Kansas City Star and for Mike DeArmond that I can run over to our friends at the Mizzourah and Rock M Nation blogs and get everything I need to know regarding Missouri in a coherent manner. It's not. They have integrity. Some may think guys like Mike DeArmond give bloggers a bad rap. In fact, they don't. It's guys like Mike DeArmond that make bloggers stronger.