Soundtrack for a Beatdown
On Saturday, we'll see Nebraska take the field against Wisconsin in alternate uniforms. While some old school fans are disgusted by the very thought, change is something you usually have to accept. In fact, as long as they're changing things up, why stop at the uniforms? Some of the music played in Memorial Stadium in recent years has become something of a tradition. For one night, though why not shake up the playlist? The band that comes to mind? Metallica. Here's why:
Hit the Lights
The lyrics are made for the juiced up environment of a night game in Memorial Stadium: "Gonna kick some a-- tonight...When our fans start screaming...When we start to rock...We never will stop again...Hit the lights...Our fans are insane...Gonna blow this b---- away...Volume higher...We got lethal (Husker) power...It's causing you sweet pain."
No, Broderick Thomas won't be making a special appearance in this one. But the opening line holds a message for Wisconsin's freshman quarterback. "Say your prayers little one". At 6'5" he may not be so little, but Joel Stave faces a tall task in trying to become the first opposing freshman quarterback to ever defeat the Huskers in a night game at Memorial Stadium.
Staying with the theme of the doomed visiting freshman quarterback, NU goes old testament. The pharaoh son in this case is Stave. "So let it be written...So let it be done...To kill the first born pharaoh son...I'm creeping death".
Still on Stave here. "Can (he) survive the blitz(krieg)?"
Sure, Notre Dame may lay claim to this one historically. But Nebraska's I-back quartet of Rex Burkhead, Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard, and Imani Cross have been running all over people this year. You could also use this as a reference to the devastating diamond backfield formation. "On through the dead of night...With the four Horsemen ride...Or choose your fate and die". The song also has a message for Wisconsin "There is nothing you can do".
This could refer to Wisconsin's one turnover gained on the year. "Nothing is real but pain now".
This is what another big game by pass rusher Eric Martin would mean, "Adrenaline starts to flow...You're thrashing all around...Acting like a maniac...Whiplash".
Seek and Destroy
This one screams linebacker Will Compton "Don't try running away...Cause you're the one we will find...Searching...Seek and Destroy"
After the game in Madison a year ago, NU head coach Bo Pelini might not be too quick to take his foot off the gas if this one gets out of hand. "No remorse for the helpless one".
Trapped Under Ice
If the Huskers have truly solved their tackling problems, this might become the refrain for Stave, Montee Ball, or James White. "Wrapped up tight, can't move, can't break free...Hand of doom has a tight grip on me".
A new nickname for the blackshirts? "Steamroller action crushing all...Victim is your name and you shall fall...We chew and spit you out...with fear you run...You'll know just where we come from".
Don't Tread on Me
This line says it all: "Settle the score". Though it also can provide a rallying cry for the Husker run defense.
Sure this playlist might only appeal to those of us who were mullet-haired teens in the 1980's. But it sets the tone, doesn't it?