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The 2010-2011 Season Will Be the Awkward Phase

Stay on your side... Nebraskarado

Many of you out there have had the experience of moving in with a girl/boyfriend only to have the relationship go sour, and eventually you breakup.  The worst part of this episode is the awkward phase after the two of you have decided to call it quits, but neither of you has a place to move to right away, so you have to continue sharing the same living space until the end of the month when one of you can move into that sweet downtown loft* that is guaranteed to get your life back on the right track. Well the 2010-2011 school year will be that awkward “living together, but not really together-together” phase between the Remaining 10, and Nebraska/Colorado (Nebraskarado?).

*I am convinced that 50% of downtown lofts are inhabited by people that have just experienced a bad breakup.  It always seems like the fix to those that have been tied down for the past few years.

With Nebraska scheduled to leave the Big XII after the 2010-2011 school year, and Colorado looking like they will push to leave at the same time, we have an entire year ahead of us that will be spent avoiding eye contact, leaving notes rather than speaking to each other, watching tv in separate rooms, and trading off nights sleeping on the couch while we wait for the 2011 baseball season to end, and we can finally get some closure.

I realize that we are talking about fanbases and institutions, rather than individuals, so it isn’t a perfect comparison, but a similar tension will definitely exist.  I am sure that on October 23rd all the pale Peliniacs will be all over Stillwater, dressed in XXL red sweatshirts, cheering for their team like they have been for 100 years… but in the back of all of our minds we know that for better or worse, things are not, and never will be, the same.  We also know that in spite of the shared feelings of nostalgia and remorse, they are already looking forward to that downtown loft that they can’t wait to move into, and they know that we are excited about putting a pool table in that now empty room where their ugly dining table used to be.

We all know the score and know where this is headed… I am just hoping we can act like adults, struggle through this awkward phase peacefully, and next summer share a farewell hug knowing that we honestly hope for the best for each other.  Or we can spend a year calling you traitors, and you can tell us that you never felt respected and that is why you are leaving.  I guess I’m good with either….traitors.

5 comments on “The 2010-2011 Season Will Be the Awkward Phase

  1. Jasper
    June 18, 2010

    A odd mix of sentiment, trash talk, and real life. Excellent comparison my friend.

  2. John Titmanson
    June 18, 2010

    Nebraska actually strikes me as being the kind of bitter divorcee who sits in his near empty apartment every night and eats cereal for dinner. I predict they’ll be slow to embrace their new friends in the big 10 as will their friends be slow to embrace them. This next season will be a slow awkward date where you sit and hope the other person doesn’t ask “was it something I did?”

    • Samuel Bryant
      June 18, 2010

      I think it will be like that at first. Then one day Nebraska and the rest of the Big 10 will look at each other and simultaneously realize: “Hey, you are in a cold, barren wasteland where the #1 cause of death is “freezing to boredom”. You are pale and husky and don’t realize that there are other college athletics besides football. We should have been together all along.” Then they will run towards each other, embrace, and start peeling off each others parkas and thermal underwear so they can each get at the other’s sweet, flabby, pale skin. It will be so gross and hott.

  3. johntitmansonjr
    June 18, 2010

    You left out the part where they finger scoop gravy from each other’s crevasses and then wake up with the taste of warm stale Milwaukee’s Best on their breath. Later Nebraska and the Big 10 will go to Denny’s for breakfast where they will sit on opposite sides of the booth and not say a word to one another. The next day Nebraska will get its period.

    At least I think that’s how it will go.

  4. johntitmansonjr
    June 18, 2010

    On the other hand, Colorado will get stoned and eff everything in the PAC10 within the first week of being in the conference. They’ll wonder why SC and Stanford never called them back because “they both really seemed into me.”

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