Dogs 2010

THE BIG 8
(12/8/10)


Nebraska
played Oklahoma
last weekend
for the Big 12
football
championship

my family
is from Nebraska
and my dad
is a fanatic

now
I live
in Oklahoma
and have only
a passing
interest
in sports
able
to walk away
from a game
for more
important
things

say
raking leaves
or a walk
with my
wife

but
I grew up
looking forward
to the annual
Nebraska/Oklahoma
showdown
in the days
of the old
Big 8 Conference

since the advent
of the Big 12
the two
do not play
every year

so the fact
that this
was the Husker's
last game
in the conference
made it
more fitting
that the Sooners
were the opponent

next year
Nebraska is leaving
the Big 12
which will only
have 10 teams
and going to
the Big 10
which will have
12

I have
no explanation
for these things
other than college
has succumbed
to the same branding
mania
as corporate
America

money
drives
everything
not
education

sad
I guess

real
I know

Oklahoma - 23
Nebraska - 20