We’ll stick together in all kinds of weather

  • Phil cooks hot dogs on his portable grill before the Husker game

Story and photos by Michael Snow, NewsNetNebraska

Nebraska fans have every right to want to forget this 5-and-7 football season. Many other college teams would see half empty stadiums and hear boos after a season like this. Not this team. Not this game. Not these fans.

Nebraska fans have a reputation for being diehards in every sense of the word. The Husker faithful showed up in force on this post-Thanksgiving Friday, despite the bone chilling temperature. Memorial Stadium was sold-out again.

“Oh, no, the weather won’t keep me away. No chance. I love this team and I love to party before each game,” Phil Haile of Omaha said while bundled up on Friday.

The Huskers had a chance to take down bitter rival Iowa, ranked fourth nationally and undefeated. Iowa entered Saturday 11-0 on the season and more confident than ever.

“I got here a little earlier than I normally do because of who we’re playing. This is a budding rivalry and it’s a lot of fun to talk smack to my friends who are big Iowa fans.”

Burgers and hot dogs on the grill, beer in hand, and family and friends huddled around a truck bed. This is tailgating Huskers-style. Haile would have it no other way.

“Honestly, the cold is not a big deal, bundle up. I just love being around my friends and family right now. Does it get any better than this? Football, booze, and a good time.”

Not much could keep Haile away from a Husker game, and a tailgate for that matter.

“I haven’t missed a game in over 5 years. I’ve skipped weddings for the Huskers. It really is a way of life for my family and me. I don’t think much could keep me away from the Huskers other than a death in the family, and even then.”, Haile said with a grin on his face.

No matter that Nebraska lost to Iowa on this wintry Friday. Well, it does hurt when your team loses. Husker fans are still loyal to their team, and to their tailgating.


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