. . . laughs loudest.
Bo Pelini, to put it in Facebook speak, likes this.
HERE'S an Omaha World-Herald classic from December:
Bo Pelini had played it cool walking off the field, telling Texas coaches to go win a national title.OF COURSE, you don't make a high-stakes decision like blowing up the Big 12 Conference just because you see Texas getting every benefit of the doubt because the conference's slot in the BCS championship was at stake.
But he heard about a conflict at the threshold of the tunnel. Seemed a Texas fan and somebody from NU had exchanged words.
Bo marched toward the scene. Who was it? Bo wanted to engage the Texas fan.
Told nothing happened, he went back toward the locker room, where he saw Marc Boehm, NU assistant athletic director.
“Marc, I want to see (Big 12 head of officiating) Walt Anderson in there right (expletive) now!” Pelini shouted.
“BCS!” Pelini said as he entered the locker room. “That's why they make that call!”
Nebraska lost another heartbreaker to Texas Saturday. You saw it. Felt it. What you didn't feel were the post-game aftershocks reverberating through the concrete tunnels of Cowboys Stadium.
It hit hardest the Pelinis, who nearly orchestrated a monumental upset.
The reason why they didn't, according to Bo's and Carl's immediate reactions, was the officials' decision to add one second to the game clock after Colt McCoy's last throw out of bounds.
Originally, the clock expired, sending a flood of Nebraska players onto the field. But a review changed that call, led to Texas' game-winning kick and sent the Pelinis into madness.
According to Dan Beebe, Big 12 commissioner, officials did the right thing.
According to Walt Anderson, officials did the right thing. Where was the clock when the ball hit something out of bounds?
“There was a second left,” Anderson said.
But nothing or nobody could convince Bo Pelini.
“I want an explanation!” Pelini yelled outside his locker room.
Standing in that tunnel quietly watching him: Harvey Perlman, Paul Meyers, Eric Crouch.
“Get Coach Osborne down here!” Pelini said. “Can you go get Coach Osborne?”
Minutes later, Athletic Director Tom Osborne walked slowly toward the locker room in black trench coat. He entered the double doors to meet Pelini.
From outside the doors, one word could be heard loudest: “Cheaters!”
Then Osborne strode back to the field, where Texas was wrapping up its trophy presentation. En route to midfield, Osborne said to a World-Herald reporter: “Where is Dan Beebe?''
Beebe was standing at the 40-yard line talking to Assistant Commissioner Ed Stewart, a former Nebraska All-America linebacker.
As Osborne reached Beebe, the commissioner extended his hand. But Osborne didn't shake it. Osborne pointed at Beebe and said, “Would you go see Bo? Right now?''
By then, Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman had come on to the field. Perlman and Osborne walked with Beebe off the field and down a stadium tunnel.
The three exchanged no words on the walk. Down the tunnel, Osborne walked three steps in front of Beebe and Perlman walked to Beebe's right.
(I'm not saying the call that saved Texas' hide was wrong, but I am questioning whether, if the Huskers had been in Texas' position in that game -- with the Longhorns' shot at the national title still at stake -- whether Big 12 officials don't let the clock run out and call it a night.)
But the fragrant aroma of a dish called revenge being served cold, much as a bowl of gazpacho, sure is a wonderful thing to greet you as you step into the Big Ten café.