I have traveled around the country to see the Huskers play opponents on their home turf, including to some quite hostile locations such as Boulder, Colo., Manhattan, Kan., and Miami, Fla. As a former member of the Cornhusker Marching Band, I am used to receiving scorn and taunts from opposing fans.
While the Badger fans weren't the worst I've seen, I was amazed by the volume of middle fingers, expletives on T-shirts, threats of violence and shouts of disdain.
I've had little experience travelling in Big 10 country, and I assumed the storied conference would have fans with the grace and civility that usually comes with a tradition of victory and respect. But we came as tourists and invited guests and left questioning if we should return.
Nebraska fans aren't disrespectful. We don't threaten your safety, chant expletives at fans or make guests feel unwelcome. This aspect of the Madison culture was a shock.
I wouldn't suggest the city's culture change overnight, but locals should treat tourists with a bit more hospitality. I invite Wisconsin fans to come to Lincoln next September. Sit at our table and enjoy what Lincoln and Nebraska have to offer. If we don't meet again this year, I hope to cheer for the Badgers in the national championship game.
— Benjamin J. Coleman, Lincoln, Neb.