PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Nebraska beats Missouri 27-12

Thursday, October 8, 2009 | 11:39 p.m. CDT; updated 12:26 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 9, 2009
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After leading for the first three quarters, the Tigers allowed the Cornhuskers to score 27 points in the fourth quarter, dropping Missouri's record to 4-1.


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Schuyler Geery-Zink October 9, 2009 | 10:27 a.m.

It sickens me that people take this to heart. Coaches get paid much too much for what they do. Are they really so great? Shouldn't a humanist who dedicates their time to making the world a better place get more money...which they will surely donate to their cause? Sports are just sports and nothing more. Fan rivalry is a waste of energy and resources and is demeaning to members of our fellow species. My dad is a Missouri alumni and my mother is a Nebraska alumni. I root for missouri only because their mascott is of better quality, their color scheme is more pleasant to my eye (and I look better in black than in red) and I'm planning on splitting my college education between the two (my undergraduate at UNL and my graduate, etc. at Mizzou). Either way, rooting for a certain team isn't justified if anyone's going to be cruel about it. If one taints the respectability of the supposed "fun", then the sport is tarnished as an excuse to be crude to other people.

Is this really what we want? Football seems so violent to me as it simulates violence and oftentimes someone gets hurt.

We really don't have to attack each other, do we? My dad complains that Mizzou fans are nasty but just now reading the commets, it's obvious Nebraska fans are just as bad, at least in the head. And as I said, can a group of people validate the whole fandom? It seems to me that people do do this. I just read a comment that basically said that Nebraska was better than Missouri...that they should never be spoken in the same breath because of it? That sounds very nasty, very almost bigotted, like the white supremists of early America. "We are better than everyone else so..." and people thinks that makes it justified. It doesn't. It never will.

That's like Hitler's nazis (not all of course though) who murdered millions of Jewish people saying that they were better, that the Jewish population was to blame for all that was happening and that those certain Germans were superior to most everyone else.

Is that what American sports have come down to? Who's better than who? Think before you spit on others' shoes because you never know when someone will end up crapping on yours.

Can we be a little bit nicer to each other? Wearing red or gold or white or black with honor has nothing to do with anything. We should be wearing peace signs and our intelligence with honor. We need to at least try to be civil. After all, when the day is done, it was just a stupid sports game and it doesn't really matter whether someone won or lost, only that (yes) it was enjoyable to watch and play...Only that we learn at the end that we can love each other even when we sometimes get angry, and that we can always strive to find friendship in those of which we'd never even think to look.


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