Michael Foy: Some fans spoiled Nebraska's welcome

2011-10-04T05:00:00Z Michael Foy: Some fans spoiled Nebraska's welcome madison.com
October 04, 2011 5:00 am

It was disheartening to see the poor behavior of some Badger fans toward the Nebraska faithful before Saturday's big game. In a brief walk down Breese Terrace, we witnessed students at three separate house parties pointing en masse and yelling obscenities at Nebraska fans, including an elderly couple who likely had never been subject to such a thing.

When a Wisconsin student threw a beer on a black-shirted Husker on the sidewalk, we asked the next police officer we encountered to please go over for a chat with the students. 

Inevitably during the second half, the Wisconsin student sections began yelling obscenities at each other, as they do at home games for no apparent reason other than "tradition." UW administration seems unable or unwilling to stop this. (The small print on the back of every ticket states "This ticket is a revocable license to attend the event." So go ahead and revoke.)

Confused Nebraska fans behind us, uncertain why Badgers were now swearing at each other, could only say: "You would never hear that in Lincoln." 

In spite of such behavior, the majority of Wisconsin Badger fans are very excited to have Nebraska and its excellent Cornhusker teams and traditions join the Big Ten, and we look forward to many memorable contests. You are welcome back to Madison anytime!

— Michael Foy, Madison

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