As we continue the long slog through the offseason, we're still reaching out to fans of various college football programs with one goal in mind: to dispel with (or, in some cases, confirm) our preconceived notions of what that fanbase is like and come up with new and exciting ways to make them angry in the future. Next up: Erin Sorensen from Hail Varsity on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
What's the most inaccurate stereotype of Nebraska fans?
That they're a bunch of hillbillies with nothing better to do than cheer for the football team. Sure, Memorial Stadium becomes the third largest city in the state on Husker game days, but that's tradition. Nebraskans love the Cornhuskers, but they also love all sports. It's no coincidence that the College World Series stays in Nebraska, while the Big Ten baseball tournament, a couple of rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament and the Olympic Swim Trials have visited and also have plans to be back in the future. Nebraska shows up for more than just the football team.
What stereotype should we be mocking instead?
The "Jaysker," the fan that supports Nebraska football and Creighton basketball, forfeiting any support of Nebraska basketball come winter. It creates quite a bit of Twitter drama.
If a Husker has to be roommates with a fan of another team, which one are they most likely to get along with?
This question is almost easier to answer in reverse...which teams WOULDN'T a Husker get along with? That would be Texas, Missouri, and Iowa. A Husker fan would basically be fine with just about anyone else.
What's the worst subsection of your fans?
The pessimists. They're the ones that literally hate everything no matter what. They hated Bo Pelini, but they also hated when he was fired. They thought Mike Riley was too old when he was hired, but would have complained someone else was too young. It's endless. Nothing's ever good enough for that group.
What is a Nebraska fan's most delusional but firmly held belief?
There are two sides of this. There's one that believes Nebraska will never win anything of importance ever again and another that believes Nebraska could win it all (yes, I'm talking national championship) next season.
What is a Nebraska fan's deepest fear?